Lurking in the laneways, tucked away on side streets, trying to blend in but inevitably blowing their own cover with the bewitching aroma of cacao. This is our round-up of the best chocolate shops in the Melbourne CBD, a postcode with a delectable underbelly of artisanal chocolate.
Koko Black is one of Melbournes original chocolate temples. The founder travelled the world on a quest to comprehend the centuries-old craft of chocolatiering before opening his own shop. Their couverture chocolate blends are imported from Belgium, Switzerland and France, three of the key countries where the worlds obsession with chocolate began.
52 Collins St, Melbourne 3000 |(03) 9663 5567
These delightful shops make chocolate more fun and less cultish than some of their cocoa-obsessed counterparts. They focus on quirkiness and creativity in their handmade treats, experimenting with texture, flavour and expectations. But despite the light-hearted spirit of the brand, one bite of their chocolate confirms how serious they are about their craft.
335 Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne 3000 |(03) 9639 9012
6 Degraves Street, Melbourne 3000 |(03) 9663 3355
Everyone knows what to expect from Lindt and thats the beauty of a stand-by. Theres a reason Lindt has been one of the worlds favourite chocolatiers for over a hundred years and most of those reasons have to do with creaminess and mouthfeel and endorphin release. Lindt makes classically delicious chocolate that appeals to just about everyone (except for those shady types that dont like any chocolate we urge you to reconsider your relationship with them).
271 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000 |(03) 9667 0900
Casual chocolate-eaters, beware this is a place for the connoisseur. The highly skilled chocolatiers in the purpose-built Chokolait kitchen live by the words, The pursuit of perfection is a worthwhile endeavour. They have a collection of elegantly packaged chocolates intimidatingly called The Vault and their dine-in chocolate desserts are stunning.
Emporium Melbourne, Shop 342, Level 3, Emporium, 287 Lonsdale St, Melbourne 3000 |(03) 9662 4235
Ganache is modelled after the chocolate shops of Europe. Theyve created a luxe lounge vibe that centres around the experience of eating their finely crafted European chocolates, house gelato or exquisite desserts. If youre shopping for a gift, Ganache does sweet little mixed boxes of their signature chocolates or you can pick out one of their pretty chocolate bars, topped with chunks of everything from orange to ginger to rose petals.
245 Collins St, Melbourne 3000 |(03) 9650 8388