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Where To Find The Best Hot Chocolate Cafes In Melbourne?

While it may not have seemed possible, the hot chocolate keeps getting better, and Melbourne boasts some of the best around. Although the city is typically known for its incredible coffee, it can cater just as well to those who prefer their hot beverages on the sweeter side. 

From classic creations made with the finest cocoa to innovative options featuring smoke, chilli, and sometimes even cheese, Melbourne’s hot chocolate scene is a delicious melting pot of flavours and ideas. 

To sample the best cups, you need to know where to go. As such, we’ve rounded up the top hot chocolate cafes that the city has to offer so that you can start sipping straight away.

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Hot chocolate is a completely different creature in winter. And these cafes take it to the next level.

Mörk Chocolate Brew House

When it comes to getting a great hot chocolate in Melbourne, nowhere beats Mörk Chocolate Brew House. The North Melbourne cafe, which is also an on-site cacao roasting facility, serves up some of the best hot chocolates that you’ll ever taste. Mörk’s hot drinks are so delicious that they also supply other Melbourne cafes with their fantastic chocolate. 

But why go elsewhere when you can visit the source? While the cafe serves plenty of great hot chocolate options, the Campfire Chocolate is a must. The innovative beverage is served with a smoke-filled stemless wine glass, a jug of 70% drinking chocolate, and a charred marshmallow.

Visit Mörk for an artisan cup of ethically sourced hot chocolate. Campfire is the Insta star, recreating the nostalgic atmosphere of a childhood bonfire. You can pick up a DIY pack to make your own at home, complete with house-made marshmallows. But the latest standout is the layered chocolate drink. Chilled dark chocolate is topped with warm crema Catalana custard, infused with orange zest and vanilla bean.

Mörk is the origin of the hot chocolate served at some of Melbourne’s best cafes, and they decided to get in on the cafe action for themselves! Mörk's flagship cafe provides patrons with a variety of options, including the Junior Dark (50% cacao), Original Dark (70% cacao) and Even Darker Dark (85% cacao) hot chocolates. 

Their signature menu offers something for those keen to stray from the norm. It features the 'Hot' Hot Chocolate, which comes with four chillies and the Breakfast Hot Chocolate, which comes with house-made oat milk, coconut and cinnamon. The best part? With dairy-free options available, like their Pure Dark 100% Cacao — described as the 'short black' of chocolate — everyone can play.

Website: www.morkchocolate.com.au

Location: 150 Errol St, North Melbourne

East Elevation

East Elevation shares its Brunswick East space with the artisanal chocolate makers of Monsieur Truffe, so you can trust that the cafe creates exceptional hot chocolates. Served in a terracotta mug with a small wooden paddle, every East Elevation hot chocolate is delicious and indulgent. 

While the ultra-rich 70% Monsieur Truffe Couverture house blend is a must for first-timers, there are other unique and exciting options to keep you coming back. The Peanut Hot Choc is certainly one to try, as is the Jaffa Hot Choc, which features a cheeky shot of triple sec and a candied orange peel to garnish.

It's Melbourne's take on Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory! So, of course, that means that in place of Oompa Loompas, your hot chocolate will be made by an uber-cool barista, and in place of the crazy colours and edible-lolly trees, the furnishing of a trendy loft-style cafe is your surroundings. 

There might not be a chocolate river flowing through it, but prepare to be delighted nonetheless. Enjoy your hot chocolate while watching the artisan chocolate makers of Monsieur Truffe do their thing through a glass window for an all-encompassing chocolatey experience.

Website: www.eastelevation.com.au

Location: 351 Lygon St, Brunswick East

Sonido

You can experience hot chocolate the traditional Colombian way at Sonido. The South American cafe in Fitzroy serves up imported Corona drinking chocolate for an authentic Colombian experience. The chocolate is mixed with almost boiling milk and served in a jug-shaped saucepan. 

You’re also provided with a wooden whisk to make it extra frothy. While the standard option is delicious and divine, don’t hesitate to try it “con queso” or with cheese. Adding cheese to hot chocolate is a typical Colombian act and one you’ve got to try. The creamy, white cheese softens slowly in your mug as you pour the hot chocolate over, creating a unique and extraordinary flavour.

Want something a little more left-field? Experience the hot chocolate of Colombian culture with a visit to Sonido. It offers hot chocolate served with queso — a white cheese that will soften in your hot drink of deliciousness. Your drink comes with a mug holding the queso and a little saucepan-style mug containing imported drinking chocolate. Pour the drinking chocolate over the cheese to experience hot choccie the Colombian way!

Website: www.sonido.com.au

Location: 69 Gertrude St, Fitzroy

Koko Black

With locations all over Melbourne, Koko Black provides countless locals with exquisite chocolates and hot chocolates every week. The artisan chocolatier’s hot chocolates are blended and brewed over two hours to achieve a smooth, velvety texture. Each signature flavour is made fresh daily and combines a balanced blend of 54% dark couverture chocolate and milk. 

On offer is not only a great Belgian Hot Chocolate but also mocha, orange, cinnamon, and hazelnut options. For those extra cold days, you can also warm up with Koko Black’s sweet and spicy Chilli Hot Chocolate.

You’re spoiled for hot chocolate choice at Koko Black’s flagship store in Royal Arcade. Their signature beverage is a perfectly balanced blend of Belgian 54 per cent dark chocolate, cream and milk. It’s brewed for two hours for extra creaminess. For added spice, try the hot chilli chocolate. Or mix fire and ice in a vanilla bean affogato. For hot choc on the go, grab a takeaway from the kiosk outside the Town Hall store on Swanston Street.

Website: www.kokoblack.com

Locations: CBD, Chadstone, Doncaster, Highpoint, and Carlton

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Brunetti

You can’t call yourself a true hot chocolate lover if you’ve never been to Brunetti. The must-visit Melbourne cafe, which has locations in Carlton and the CBD, offers the best Italian-style hot chocolate in town. Head there on a winter’s day when you need a pick-me-up, and you won’t be sorry. 

The decadent drink has an intense flavour and is incredibly thick, making it perfect for those with a serious sweet tooth. After just a few sips, you’ll instantly be feeling warmer and happier.

No visit to Melbourne is complete without a trip to the Italian wonderland and Melbourne institution Brunetti. The good news? Their authentic Italian hot chocolate is on par with their fabulous cakes and treats. Enjoy this rich, thick and creamy chocolatey drink with one of their delicious pastries or cakes — or, if you’re a real chocoholic, something from their cioccolateria range.

Website: www.brunetti.com.au

Location 1: 380 Lygon St, Carlton

Location 2: Level 3, Myer Melbourne, Bourke St, Melbourne

Location 3 (coming soon): 250 Flinders Ln, Melbourne

Hash Specialty Coffee and Roasters

If you’re looking for a hot chocolate with a point of difference, Hash Specialty Coffee and Roasters is the place to go. The cafe is located on Melbourne’s Hardware Street and serves up a hot chocolate that’s part beverage and part science project. Upon ordering the unusual drink, you’ll receive a beaker of Mörk hot chocolate and a cup of towering milk-flavoured fairy floss. 

Then, all you need to do is pour away. As soon as the hot chocolate hits the top of the fairy floss, the floss will melt away into the mug below. The result is a combination of the two that makes for a delicious and decadent hot chocolate.

With a beaker full of decadent Mörk hot chocolate and a mug topped with a cloud of fairy floss served on a wooden board, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve ordered a science experiment. 

Pour your hot chocolate over the fairy floss and, after one sip, you won’t mind if you have! It may sound super sugary, but if you're intrigued, definitely give it a go — the hot chocolate is 85% cacao and balances out the sweetness of the fairy floss perfectly!

Website: www.facebook.com/hashcoffeeroasters

Location: 113 Hardware St, Melbourne

Ganache Chocolate

Ganache is known for its beautifully crafted chocolates, and its hot chocolates are just as good. The options available are also excellent, meaning that you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice when visiting. While there’s always a classic choice for the traditional hot chocolate lover, there’s also cinnamon, chilli, mint, hazelnut, salted caramel, white, milk, white chai, espresso, and vegan-friendly options available. 

When heading to Ganache’s South Yarra location, don’t forget to check out the liqueur hot chocolates. Created with 60% dark couverture chocolate and infused with a shot of Frangelico, Cointreau, Kahlua, or Baileys, these drinks are devilishly good.

Website: www.ganache.com.au

Location 1: 250 Toorak Rd, South Yarra

Location 2: 245 Collins St, Melbourne

Hardware Societe

Hardware Societe is one of Melbourne’s most beloved spots to eat for a good reason. The French cafe/restaurant dishes up some of the best food and drinks in the CBD, including its high-quality hot chocolate. 

Served in a generous jug for the ultimate sweet fix, Hardware Societe’s hot chocolate features homemade ganache with cream and 54% dark Callebaut chocolate. The drink is so delicious that it’ll even make waiting for a table on a cold day well worth it.

Website: www.facebook.com/Hardware-Societe

Location: 120 Hardware St, Melbourne

Bowery to Williamsburg

When the craving for a sweet sip of chocolatey goodness arises, Bowery to Williamsburg has you covered. The CBD cafe offers an incredible peanut butter hot chocolate that you must try. The beverage is created with peanut butter caramel syrup and peanut butter ganache. But don’t worry if you think it’ll be too decadent for your taste buds. 

The caramel and high-quality chocolate tone down the sweetness, leaving an excellent flavour with a subtle, nutty taste. The drink is also served with a mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup to complete the palatable purchase.

Bowery to Williamsburg offers a ‘coco deluxe hot chocolate’. But don’t come expecting glamour at this New York-style cafe. Hot chocolates are served in NYC deli takeaway cups. It’s the perfect partner for NYC-style pastrami on rye or slice of cheesecake. Want something different? Try their peanut butter hot chocolate, boosted with Reese’s famous Peanut Butter Cups.

Peanut butter lovers rejoice! Melbourne has a hot chocolate that is made just for you—introducing the peanut butter hot chocolate that is available at Bowery to Williamsburg. Combining hot chocolate with a delicious peanut butter caramel syrup and garnished with one a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup on the side, enjoy this winter warmer with one of their American-style meals or treats.

Website: www.facebook.com/bowerytowilliamsburg

Location: 16 Oliver Ln, Melbourne

Seven Seeds

While many Melburnians head to Seven Seeds for the excellent coffee, the Carlton cafe also serves up some good hot chocolate. The flavour is the perfect level of sweetness, while the mug size is just right. Like many great hot chocolates, the Seven Seeds’ option includes delicious Mörk cocoa. 

Although that already makes for a great cup, the cafe masterfully finishes off its hot choc with a thick bar of chocolate. Then, all you need to do is watch it melt, stir it in, and sip away in blissful happiness.

One of Melbourne’s finest coffee roasters also happens to make superb hot chocolate. Seven Seeds’ version is made with ethically sourced vegan chocolate by Birdsnake. To make your hot choc, pick up a pack of Birdsnake’s Ecuadorian drinking chocolate in store. Or, even simpler, a jar of their Strange Magic single-origin chocolate sauce. Just add a tablespoon to hot milk.

Website: www.sevenseeds.com.au

Location: 106-114 Berkeley St, Carlton

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Club Colombia

Go to the source, and try a Latin American–style hot chocolate at Club Colombia. This one comes with an unexpected salty-sweet hit. Made with Colombian chocolate, the warming drink is spiced with cloves and cinnamon. Beneath the foam of foamy milk, you’ll find oozy melted mozzarella. Go on, try it and see.

Min the cafe

For a healthier take on a sugar-fuelled hot chocolate, Min serves up a superfood-style sip. The red velvet latte blends beetroot powder, cacao, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla bean. It’s an earthy chocolate hit. Classic Mörk hot chocs are also on the menu, along with a malty Ovaltine latte. Alternative milk includes soy, oat, almond and skinny. You’ll find Min at the Docklands end of Bourke Street.

Heartattack and Vine

Friendly neighbourhood spot Heartattack and Vine is one of Carlton’s quiet achievers. The vibe is relaxed European, with a focus on warmth and hospitality. Their Spanish hot chocolate is made with house-made ganache and chilli orange syrup. It’s an absolute winner. To add a touch of France, enjoy with an almond croissant from Noisette.

Chocolate

The Belgian hot chocolate from Chokolait will transport your taste buds to a winter wonderland. The chocoholics at the helm of this Royal Arcade spot can add cinnamon, chilli or mocha for extra flavour. For a jolt of pure chocolatey goodness, order milk or dark hotshot. You have two choices, so dense you can eat it with a spoon or just thick enough to sip.

Parco

One of Melbourne’s cutest drinks-to-go spots is Parco. It’s a tiny kiosk on Argyle Place in Carlton, and hot chocolate here is by Koko Deluxe. A silky-smooth mix of West African cocoa powder and Aussie cane sugar, it’s vegan and gluten-free. Opt for oat, soy or almond milk, and it’s healthy food. Plus, it’s specially made for cooler weather.

Local Folk

A Kensington favourite, Local Folk serves brunch goodness every day of the week. Order a hot or iced chocolate beverage with your choice of milk—Soy, almond or lactose-free. Then decide on your breakfast, brunch, or lunch. A bowl of fresh fruit granola or smashed avo on pumpkin sourdough? Most local folk can’t go past the passionfruit pancakes with candy floss and berries.

Naröcha

Want a different choc to treat? Try a boba from Naröcha. This premium tearoom serves a range of matcha 'macchiatos' and milk teas. For a bubble-tea take on hot chocolate, try a foamy cream-cheese chocolate macchiato with tapioca pearls. But perhaps the closest match is the Milo mocha. It’s malty and creamy, with soft, chewy pearls.

Market Espresso

As the name suggests, coffee’s the specialty at Market Espresso. But you can also stop in for Melbourne-made hot chocolate. Their baristas’ blend of hot chocolate packs a dark, 70 per cent cocoa punch. Or go for the lighter, creamier 40 per cent cocoa range. The kiosk-style cafe is in L Shed at Queen Victoria Market.

Loukoumades

For convenient chocolate treats, order a tray of 10 bite-sized Greek doughnuts from Lukumades. They have stores in West Melbourne and on Lygon Street. Top your doughnuts with a choice of melted choc sauces and crunchy garnishes. Nothing goes better with these golden doughy delights than a creamy hot chocolate.

Lindt Cafe

As a household favourite in chocolate labels, the Lindt Cafe is a reliable place to go for your chocolate hit and is sure to resonate with the little ones (Lindt chocolate bunny anyone?). Try their Signature Hot Chocolate for a nice hot mug of the flowing Lindt milk or dark chocolates, or if caffeine is calling, try their Lindt Mocha, topped with delicious chocolate thin.

FAQs About Melbourne Cafes

If you’re looking for the best hot chocolate in Melbourne, head to Mörk Chocolate Brew House, East Elevation, or Sonido.

Melbourne's best hot chocolate brands include Monsieur Truffe, Mörk, and Koko Black.

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Most use Monin dark chocolate sauce, which we lightly dilute with hot water before topping off with steamed milk. One of our cafes uses a drinking chocolate mix from Ritual Chocolate, which is prepared into a sauce in batches and served the same way.

Mocha is a blend of a cappuccino and a hot chocolate. Like a cappuccino, it contains espresso, warm milk and a frothy top, but it also contains a sweet chocolatey twist using either chocolate powder, chocolate syrup or melted chocolate.

Conclusion

With winter just a few weeks away, we are cutting the ribbon and officially announcing the start of the hot chocolate season! Anything made from chocolate is guaranteed to be a winner, but when it comes to this decadent drink, Melburnians don’t play around. 

From on-site cacao roasting to spicy chilli infusions, we’ve come a long way from the days of throwing some Nesquik and milk in the microwave. For all the chocoholics out there, these are the sweet spots around town serving up the best hot chocolate in Melbourne.

Resources:

The Best Hot Chocolate In Melbourne, Australia

Top 10 Hot Chocolates in Melbourne

The Best Hot Chocolate in Melbourne for a Decadent Winter Indulgence

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