Public service announcement: World Chocolate Day is officially (yes, we’re serious) on Saturday 7 July, and there is way too much cacao to eat. Here are some places to start you off on your sugary journey.
Wipe the terror of last year’s Nutella shortage from your mind as you step into Melbourne Central’s new Nutella-centric café. Everything at Tella Balls has been thoroughly pumped up with Nutella and chocolate, like their insane dessert lasagne (which layers biscuits with melted Nutella and chocolate mousse) or the Italian inspired ‘Pastatella’ – crepe ‘fettucine’ tossed in milk and white chocolate sauce.
Sweetie & Moustache
Sweetie & Moustache put a cocoa twist on Japanese ‘Honey Toast’, pouring rich chocolate ganache all over their bread-based creations. Try out their decadent homemade pouring chocolate on the Tiramisu flavour toast, or grab a multi-layered black forest crepe cake – featuring chocolate ganache, chocolate crepes and cream chocolate sponge – before climbing the stairs to their gorgeous green rooftop area. Bring your sweetie along with you, because there’s no chance you’re finishing this alone.
Dex2Rose specialises in creating decadent desserts with liquid nitrogen. But if you’re after something warmer, then opt for ‘The Mist in the Woods’, their signature spiced hot chocolate. More like a dessert than a drink, it recreates the scene of toasting marshmallows by a smoky campfire – with some theatrics thrown in. Or double down and tuck into the charcoal chocolate chip Belgian waffles, which come complete with fresh seasonal berries, rainbow meringues, Persian fairy floss, a dollop of gelato and pouring ganache.
This Melbourne institution has been pouring the good stuff for more than 10 years. Try a decadent take on an iced chocolate in Royal Arcade, where salted caramel and fresh chocolate milk is poured over vanilla bean ice cream, or head to Lygon Street for an after dinner dessert degustation platter. And if all you want is a box of curated chocolate delights, then they also have a kiosk store at the Queen Vic Market.
Described by Australian Gourmet Traveller as ‘Melbourne dessert royalty’, the chocolate soufflé at Grossi Florentino is the stuff of legend. It’s a perfect balance between light and rich, chocolatey and nutty and soft and creamy.
A crossover between rich chocolate and the national pride that is pavlova, Chokolait’s famous chocolate pavlova is a must. Topped with dollops of cream, fresh strawberries and chocolate, this dessert is all about treating yourself.
Where to keep the chocolate coming
The Chocolate Box – The chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate bullets and the very adult ‘Belgian-style Gianduja’ on offer at the Chocolate Box make this Collins Place stalwart a must visit for cocoa enthusiasts.
Delhi Streets – Get on-board with Delhi Streets’ chocolate naan stuffed with M&Ms. Toasted to crispy perfection, take a bite for a nutty, rich treat.
Damon Bradley – There’s no lack of chocolate on the dessert menu at Southbank’s Damon Bradley. The DB team also host regular high teas and workshops, so you too can master the art of chocolate indulgence.
Mörk – Head to Mörk Chocolate for their campfire hot chocolate, where liquid smoke and house made marshmallows combine into the perfect winter drink.