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29 Best Melbourne Chocolate Shops & Destinations

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Melbourne is known for its exceptional culinary scene, from local wines to modern Asian fusion. But chocolate? Not so much. So I decided to jump into the scene of Melbourne chocolate shops, as well as several chocolateries within walking distance of the Melbourne city line. I found that a lot of shops are closed on Sundays and Mondays, and some on Tuesdays. But the most well-known ones, like Monsieur Truffe, Yarra Valley Chocolaterie, and Koko Black, are open every day.

Overall, I was kind of disappointed by the Melbourne chocolate scene. I was expecting much higher-quality bonbons, but almost everything was uber-sweet. A great bonbon is kind of like a great slice of cake: you can taste each component clearly, but they taste most complete together. And above all— it tastes like chocolate. However, I appreciated that there are several bean to bar chocolate makers in Melbourne.

Normally I include average prices on my chocolate travel guides, but in the case of Melbourne, chocolate prices were remarkably consistent. Bonbons were nearly all $2.50AUD apiece, while chocolate bars ranged from $10-12AUD each. Note that I’ve marked Melbourne chocolatiers in blue and Melbourne bean to bar chocolate makers in purple on the map at the bottom of the post.

East of Melbourne

While they were a bit further out than my range encompasses, Sisko Chocolate and Hahndorf’s Fine Chocolate (which has multiple locations) are still reasonably close to Melbourne. This region encompasses about a kilometer-and-a-half east of Melbourne proper.

Mámor Chocolates & High Tea

As soon as I walked in, the owner came out to help me and answer all my questions, and she was clearly more than happy to be there. While I had good service in chocolate shops in Melbourne, this was some of the warmest I experienced. Their specialty is definitely the high tea set, but as soon as you walk in you’ll notice the display case of chocolates, and to the right, the 1800’s-style seating.

On my visit their bonbon options were a bit limited, but they usually have over a dozen flavor options, plus their chocolate desserts. They also have many vegan-friendly dessert options, though we didn’t have time for either that particular day. The bonbons I bought were beautiful, with lovely texture on the fillings, though the flavors weren’t as strong as I’d have liked. Overall, I’d have been fine to receive some of these bonbons as a gift, or even better, enjoy some over a leisurely afternoon tea, nut I wouldn’t buy them again for myself.

Address: 153 Johnston St, Collingwood VIC 3066, Australia

Hours: 11am-5pm, Wed.-Sun.

The Chocolate House

This place is huge. They sell nuts and prepackaged chocolates, as well as some more niche Australian-made products like Davies Chocolates. For the most part, they resell bagged & boxed chocolates, with truffles in a small display case near the front. That’s the extent of their chocolate offerings. What seems to bring in more customers are the large selection of sandwiches and coffees, nice for a lunch break and then a little treat afterwards. I found the staff to be helpful, and with seating for almost a dozen patrons, it’s kind of like eating a meal in a gift shop. But I wouldn’t come back for the chocolates.

Address: 133 Church St, Richmond VIC 3121, Australia

Hours: 7am-5pm, weekdays & 8am-4pm, Sat.

Hunted + Gathered

After seeing their bean to bar process on Instagram, I was a bit surprised to find such an open-air, minimalist chocolate cafe. This was designed as a place to hang out over a cuppa, but not much else. With haphazard seating for 20 or so people, and floor space for as many as are willing to sit there, the shop has a fair amount of room to play with.

Along the right wall you’ll find their complete selection of small-sized bars, while at the counter you can complete your purchase; add on a chocolate cookie, a piece of cake, a sandwich or a drink. The shop offers around a dozen chocolate and coffee drinks, as well as a few rotating specials. I recommend trying a Salt & Pepper bar over a flat white.

Address: 68 Gwynne St, Cremorne VIC 3121, Australia

Hours: 8am-4pm, weekdays

Xocolatl Fine Artisan Chocolate

The natural light here is gorgeous in early afternoon. Perusing the magazines and the chocolate bars along the shelves, you get a preview of their offerings. Xocolatl’s large chocolate and coffee drink menu includes several chocolate base options, and teas over ice (or not). A small portion of their display case is dedicated to several different cakes & pastries, but the largest retail space is dedicated to a couple dozen flavors of bonbon and over a dozen different bars, chocolate-covered confections, and bags of chocolate pieces.

Despite their beauty— and they are lovely— I found their bonbons to be overly sweet and rather flat; I wanted the Passion Fruit to be brighter and deeper and the Caramel to be something beyond just sugary. The red velvet cake I had wasn’t very chocolatey relative to its American counterpart, and the frosting wasn’t as tangy. The staff was very nice, but this wouldn’t be my first choice for chocolates or cakes.

Address: 611 Malvern Rd, Toorak VIC 3142, Australia (various locations)

Hours: 8am-5pm, Mon.-Sat. (opens at 8:30am on Sat.)

North Melbourne Chocolate Shops

There’s also Savour School, a chocolate education center just north of the city. This region encompasses about a kilometer north of Melbourne proper.

San Churro

This spot is better known for their freshly made churros, chocolate-dipped ice cream, and cakes & macarons. But we happened to walk by one day and noticed that they also sell pre-packaged chocolates— with a distinct gold theme— and bonbons! Plus, it’s one of the many places to get ruby chocolate in Melbourne.

There’s lots of space for sitting upstairs, and a couple of tables to sit at on the ground level, but we came for the chocolates. The bonbons we had tasted almost exclusively of sugar, with some artificial berry flavor on the Golden Berry chocolate. Unfortunately, I do not recommend the bonbons here, though the churro was decent.

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Address: 175 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia (various locations)

Hours: 12pm-11pm, daily (open until 1am on Fri.-Sat.)

Koko Black

With a few locations across the city, this is definitely one of the most famous chocolatiers in Melbourne. Walking in, you’re struck by the huge, absolutely massive selection of truffles, bars, and confections, such a chocolate-covered fruits & nuts, chocolate dots, and hot chocolate mixes.

They also offer chocolate barks and an array of light fare to nibble on over a hot chocolate or espresso, in one of the several 3-person tables. The bonbons are good, with a nice range of flavors, though definitely on the sweeter side. The flavors themselves come through pretty cleanly, but they’re almost too strong for each bite. I’d have them again, though I wouldn’t buy them for myself.

Address: 167 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia (various locations)

Hours: 10am-10pm, daily

The Chocolate Box

Note that this shop is inside the Royal Melbourne Hospital. They sell chocolate-covered dried fruits & nuts, a large display of self-serve truffles of varying sizes, and bars of chocolates and other intriguing confections. The staff was very helpful and offered samples of some of the panned chocolates shortly after we walked in, and before we bought anything.

The quality of the chocolate itself is very sweet and strongly-flavored, but not bad for a pick-me-up (the peppermint dark chocolate tasted almost exactly like a York Peppermint Patty®/TM). I wouldn’t come here again unless I was already in the hospital, though.

Address: The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Grattan St &, Flemington Rd, Parkville VIC 3052, Australia

Hours: 8am-7pm, weekdays & 12pm-4pm, weekends

Mörk Chocolate Brew House

This was one of my favorite chocolate shops in Melbourne. They make over a dozen unique & appealing cacao-based drinks, including vegan options, which really sets them apart from other Melbourne chocolate shops. The bonbons are quite good, though they’re as non-traditional as the rest of the shop. Both chocolates I bought were fruit-based and tasted like delicious jammy versions of themselves; I highly recommend the raspberry.

They also offer chilled chocolate milk, a few pastry and confection options, and hot chocolate mixes ranging from 85% to 50% percent  cacao. But people definitely come for the drinks before anything else. When we went on a Friday afternoon, all four of the tables were set for visitors to convene over very intricate cacao beverages.

Our cacao tasting flight was nice, but not the beverage I’d come back for. The cold brew cacao has a very intense cacao tea flavor, probably more appreciated by the espresso lovers among us; I’d describe it as the essence of cacao nibs, without the sweetness or much traditional chocolate flavor. My yuzu pistachio mini-bundt was lovely, and went well with the chocolate milk.

Address: 150 Errol St, North Melbourne VIC 3051, Australia

Hours: 9am-5pm, Tue.-Sun.

Monsieur Truffe

Note that the chocolate shop is located inside a restaurant (just tell the host you’re there for chocolate). While Monsieur Truffe also sells blocks of gianduja and molded chocolates, the stars of the retail space seem to be the various flavored bars and hot chocolate mixes. At around $12AUD per bar, there are similar prices between the bean to bar stuff and the couverture-based options, though you can tell which is which from both the labels and the ingredients.

After I declined sitting in the restaurant, I couldn’t seem to find a menu, but they have an espresso machine which makes delicious lattes. The bars themselves are quite good, though I found the 55% vegan milk chocolate to be overly coconut-y. The honeycomb milk chocolate is what I’d come back for, though I’d love to see it made with different origins.

Address: 351 Lygon St, Brunswick East VIC 3057, Australia

Hours: 8am-4pm, daily

Ratio Cocoa Roasters

With seven flavors of gelato, a dozen or so chocolate-centric delights, and a wall of bars to choose from, there’s a treat here for even the most discerning visitor. While you’d expect to find their great selection of chocolate drinks, they also serve coffee, with a small range of cold drinks and as-you-like-it espresso-based beverages. But again, you’d be remiss to come to a craft chocolate factory without trying a chocolate drink, like the Cocoa Nib Pour Over or the 88% Melted Hot Chocolate.

Looking over their wall of chocolates, you have sixteen bars and several cocoa origins to choose from, including their blended Melbourne bar. For those looking to learn more about the chocolate making process, you can book chocolate workshops weekend factory tours online for $15AUD per person, which take about 1-1.5 hours depending on group size, and end with a chocolate tasting. It’s just a shame they’re only open four days a week.

Address: 186 Sydney Rd, Brunswick VIC 3056, Australia

Hours: 2pm-10pm, Thu.-Fri. & 10am-10pm, Sat. & 10am-5pm, Sun.

Downtown Melbourne Chocolate Shops

I was unimpressed with all of the chocolates from the chocolate shops in downtown Melbourne, though some of them may have lovely pastry and meal options. Most of these shops are located in a shopping center or mall of some kind.

KitKat Chocolatory

Located in Melbourne Central, upon walking in you’ll likely first notice the 3 create-your-own kiosks along the left wall. These give you the opportunity to build a box of kit kats, personalized and made directly in the store, or to choose a box pre-chosen by some of the staff. Beyond that, they offer a dozen or so flavors of kit kats, normally available only in Japan.

These include butter, sake, and their sublime line (unsurprisingly, ruby sublime was basically sold out on our visit). Otherwise, they also have a couple of “single origin kitkats,” in this case from the Philippines and Papua New Guinea, available for $5AUD per kit kat. If you like kitkats, I guess this is your spot.

Address: Melbourne Central, level 1/211 La Trobe St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Hours: 10am-7pm, daily {open until 9pm Thu/Fri}

Chokolait

Located in Emporium Melbourne, Chokolait is definitely more of a fancy sit-down place. They maintain a large sweets & drink menu, with a fair amount of space for sitting (maybe 25-30 seats), as well as a huge number of nearby restaurants to precede a sweet treat here. They offer a dozen flavors of truffles and stacks of pre-packed bonbon boxes near the entrance, for easy purchasing. We found the bonbons to be very basic, on the sweet side with weaker fruit flavors (though the tiramisu bonbon was heavy on the coffee).

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Address: Shop 342, Level 3, Emporium, 287 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Hours: 10am-7pm, daily {open until 9pm Thu/Fri}

Max Brenner Chocolate Cafe

Located on floor 2 of QV Melbourne, this Belgian chocolate cafe chain carries notoriously very sweet chocolates, with an array of chocolate-based pastries and a huge selection of chocolate drinks. They don’t have a large selection of bonbons, but they do offer chocolate bars, Belgian waffles, and their infamous dessert pizza topped with marshmallows.

However, after trying the chocolate by itself, all I wanted was a huge glass of milk. The chocolates themselves, especially the white and milk, are way too sweet to be able to balance out any of the other flavors. If you do choose to come here, opt for something made with dark chocolate, and maybe split it with a friend or two.

Address: QV Square, 25/210 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia (various locations)

Hours: 8am-10:30pm, daily {open until 11:30pm Fri/Sat & opens at 9am on Sun.}

Haigh’s Chocolate

A stop-in shop with no seating, Haigh’s Chocolate is an Aussie mainstay. They have a huge selection of pre-packaged chocolates and several dozen flavors of bonbons in a massive display case at the register. Their seasonal selection is small but lively, while their regular options range hugely in size and price, making it a good choice for those looking to pick up a quick gift. Their largest selection is in their solid chocolate molded into shapes and the chocolate-covered nuts, most of them in milk chocolate.

The bonbons are sold by weight, averaging ~$2.70AUS apiece. None of the bonbons will go above 70% cacao in the chocolate, so they’re on the sweeter side, however I found them to be rather good. For someone with a sweet tooth and eclectic taste, this would be a great present to bring home from Melbourne, with particular love for the very strongly-flavored floral creams. The staff was very patient and helpful as I made my selection.

Address: The Block Arcade 7, 8/282 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia (various locations)

Hours: 8:30am-6pm, weekdays {open until 7pm Fri.} & 9am-5pm, Sat. & 10am-5pm, Sun.

Ganache Chocolate

This cafe sells chocolates from Selene’s Chocolatier. They offer a small selection of drinks, a couple dozen flavors of bonbon, five macaron flavors, several beautiful pastries, and some sandwiches for those looking for a light meal. Across from the bonbon display is a set of chocolate shoes and a wall of bagged, chocolate-coated sweets; this seems to be the norm.

The macarons we had were quite disappointing, rather stale and light-flavored, and we actually found the bonbons to be similar. The chocolates here are some of the most beautiful bonbons in Melbourne, but unfortunately overly sweet and flat in flavor. There is, however, plenty of seating if you’d like to stop in for a pastry.

Address: 245 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Hours: 8am-8pm, weekdays {open until 11pm Fri.} & 9am-11pm, Sat. & 10am-6pm, Sun.

South Melbourne Chocolate Shops

These shops are located in the south of and just south of Melbourne.

Theobroma Chocolate

Located inside the train station, this is the only chocolate shop in Melbourne that opens with the sunrise. The shop carries a huge selection of bonbons & truffles, with maybe three dozen flavors and some chocolate pastries. When we visited, some of the bonbons looked a bit rough, and the chocolate was incredibly sweet, but the flavors were not bad.

It was just more like chocolate-flavored sugars than truffles; I could feel the sugar in the back of my throat. It was also relatively crowded when we went, and most people were having a coffee and sandwich or pastry, which seem to be the main reason people duck in.

Address: 219 Spencer St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Hours: 7am-6pm, Mon.-Thu. & 7am-9pm, Fri. & 7:30am-6pm, Sat. & 8am-6pm, Sun.

Atypic Chocolate

Started by an instructor from Savour School, just north of Melbourne, Atypic is a bean to bar chocolate company specializing in unusually-flavored bars. The team uses cacao sourced from nearby South Pacific islands to make their chocolate, which goes into ice creams, hot chocolates, and a variety of pastries sold at the shop. They also have their chocolate bars and chocolate-covered treats in giftable containers. My picks are the Caramelized White Chocolate or the Long Black.

Address: Coventry St, South Melbourne VIC 3205, Australia

Hours: 8am-4pm, Wed./Fri.-Sun. {open until 5pm Fri.}

Bibelolt

With upscale European decor and a massive selection, at first Bibelot seemed like all the other chocolate shops in Melbourne. Beyond the typical chocolates, they also sell a dozen flavors of gelato & sorbet, ten types of fancy cakes, petit fours, macarons and a large assortment of chocolate-centric treats. It’s a lot to take in.

The macarons we ordered were on the sweet side, but had good flavor. Their bonbons are very well made and beautiful, worth the higher-than-average price tag. We loved the Passion Fruit and the Salted Caramel, though the herbal bonbons we tried were too strong for my personal tastes (though interesting flavor combinations).

Their high tea seemed rather popular when we went in the afternoon, albeit quite pricey relative to other parts of the city. This is basically a full-service chocolaterie & patisserie, only missing the modern addition of a bean to bar chocolate line. If I were to buy bonbons in Melbourne again, this would be my first stop.

Address: 285-287 Coventry St, South Melbourne VIC 3205, Australia

Hours: 12pm-6pm, Mon. & 10am-6pm, Tue.-Fri. & 10am-10pm, Sat. & 10am-6pm, Sun.

Kep Whitley

Kep Whitley is best known for their bonbons, mediants, nut clusters, and ice cream. You can pick up some hand-rolled truffles for $2AUD or hand-painted bonbons for just $3AUD. Overall, the bonbons are okay, but I found the flavors to be weak and not very dynamic relative to the creativity of the flavors (like Mango Macadamia and Kiwi PashPav). We may have just gotten some old bonbons, but I was expecting more of a pop.

They also offer several types of coffee beverages and customizable hot chocolates, which were very popular while we were resting in their shop. However, we were most impressed by the chocolate-dipped ice creams and ice cream sandwiches, which are delicious; we liked the dipped Gingerbread the most. For those with a small appetite, grab a $2 baby cone soft serve, with vegan options available. I’ll be back for another dipped ice cream, myself.

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Address: Shop 4/851 Bourke St, Docklands VIC 3008, Australia

Hours: 11:30am-6pm, Tue.-Fri. & 11am-5pm, Sat.

Online Chocolate Retailers

“Raw” chocolate from Melbourne-born maker Pana Chocolate.

Pana Chocolate: This famous Melbourne chocolate brand is known for their “raw” chocolates, which are not to my personal taste, but seem to be rather popular. Their products are now only available online and from stockists in Melbourne, as their retail location has closed.

Cuvée Chocolate: founded by a couple of wine- and chocolate-lovers back in 2014, Cuvée is a small line of bean to bar chocolates carefully curated to pair with the region’s best wines. At the moment, offerings include dark, milk, white, and caramelized chocolate bars, as well as hot chocolate mixes. Currently available only through stockists and special order on their website.

Birdsnake Chocolate: one of the youngest chocolate companies in Melbourne, Birdsnake was founded by coffee industry folks who fell in love with cacao. Their chocolate is produced from bean to bar in Melbourne, and features dark chocolate, single origin chocolate bars. Currently available through stockists only.

Cacao beans in a chocolate factory.

Hey Tiger: Using couverture chocolate, Hey Tiger makes cutesy chocolate balls and bars flavored in nostalgic & creative ways, with vegan options available. I accidentally walked into the entrance of their production space and then ducked out once I realized what it was, so note that their location on Google Maps is not a cafe. Currently available online and in select stores.

Melbourne Cocoa: one of the newest kids on the block, Melbourne Cocoa is a company under a much larger parent company which has been manufacturing chocolate for over 25 years. Their lineup includes blocks of baking chocolate, bars of chocolate, plain truffles, and hot chocolate mixes. Currently available online, with some stockists throughout Australia.

Schoko Chocolates: this online-only retailer specializes in collections of handmade chocolates in over a dozen flavors. They offer selections of various sizes, and carry white, milk, dark, and ruby chocolates, for delivery throughout Melbourne and across Australia. Available online-only.

Bonus: Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

About an hour outside of Melbourne, Yarra Valley Chocolaterie can be reached by car, or can be visited on any number of Yarra Valley Wine Tours. We did a half-day wine & cheese tour, which visited three separate wineries and made a trip to the Chocolaterie at the end. While I highly recommend checking out a wine tour when visiting Melbourne, I cannot recommend Yarra Valley Chocolaterie. Their selection of chocolate is indeed vast, said to be in the thousands, but the flavors are very basic.

The chocolate they use to make their truffles, bars, and confections tastes sweet, but flat, just as most couverture chocolates will. However, feel free to judge for yourself. If you end up there after a wine tour, you can sample each of their types of chocolate, and a few flavors from their ice creamery (which I also can’t recommend after trying several other, better gelato shops right in Melbourne). It all just felt very corporate & touristy after visiting some of the beautiful chocolate shops in Melbourne that I’ve mentioned above.

If you’d like to do a tour in Melbourne and you really love chocolate, there is also a 2.5-hour chocolate walking tour in Melbourne. I didn’t personally do this on my visit, but you can read reviews on TripAdvisor here.

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Belinda

Thursday 26th of March 2020

Great to have an honest reviews. I am surprised you make no mention of the Chocilo Melbourne chocolate shop (formerly branded Chocolatier Australia Shop) in Ivanhoe. They have been there for over 30 years.

Max

Friday 27th of March 2020

No problem— looking at a map, Ivanhoe was a bit out of my range for a Melbourne guide; the only reason Yarra Valley made it on was because of a tour my sister & I went on. But maybe next time I visit I can expand the guide. Hopefully there will be more quality shops to add to the list then, and remember to always support local!

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