Get your sweet fix with our pick of the best chocolatiers around the country.
A mysterious red door opens onto Monsieur Truffe, a cheery café and chocolate factory, replete with working machinery, in Melbourne’s Brunswick East. Grab a bite to eat, and afterwards peruse shelves full of delicious confections including dark chocolate caramelised almonds and praline.
351 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
The brainchild of chef Darren Purchese, B&P offer an extravagant range of cakes and desserts at its Willy Wonka-esque store on Chapel Street. Among its wonderfully coloured sweets is a special range of Easter chocolates, including a Cuban single origin chocolate egg and a merry cast of chocolate characters. You’ll be smitten by its Boy in a Chicken Suit.
647 Chapel Street, South Yarra
Raw, organic and handmade is the ethos at Pana Chocolate. Made from vegan, organic ingredients, Pana’s chocolate bars are flavoured with cinnamon, rose and mint. Visit the flagship store in Richmond to experience its full range of guilt-free chocolate and artfully presented cakes.
491 Church Street, Richmond
New South Wales
Tucked down William Street in Paddington, this hole-in-the-wall chocolate shop stocks everything from truffles to pralines, ganache and hard chocolates filled with all sorts of fruits and nuts. There are chocolate animals too – crushed nougat frogs, orange koalas and mango penguins, that are guaranteed to impress little ones.
4 William Street, Paddington
Chocolatier Jin Sun Kim is raising the bar on chocolate making in Australia. At her Darlinghurst workstation you can get your hands on chocolate spiked with Champagne, caramelised olive or wattle seed and espresso. Want more? Sign up for a ganache and single origin workshop.
147 William Street, Darlinghurst
The folk at Noosa Chocolate Factory have teamed up with local farmers to create their tasty range of chocolate. Made entirely from Australian ingredients, try Kingaroy cocoa dusted peanuts, chocolate-coated young Queensland ginger and freeze-dried whole Victorian strawberries. A range of standing bunnies and hand painted eggs is available for Easter, including a monstrous 3-kilogram milk chocolate egg. Yes.
144 Adelaide Street, Brisbane
Tasmanian provedore Coal River Farm prides itself on small-batch, home-grown products, with its range of seasonal chocolates, cheeses and jams. Spend the morning picking berries, before sitting down to the farm’s famous hot chocolate. Don’t leave without chocolate truffles or chocolate almond rocks.
634 Richmond Road, Cambridge
Perth’s sweet-tooth favourite, chef Sue Lewis makes her chocolates on site at her State Buildings Store. The range spans raspberry ganache with Madagascan dark chocolate, fresh lemon juice blended with fine white chocolate and salted caramel encased in 70% Valrhona dark chocolate.
State Buildings Corner St George's Terrace & Barrack Street, Perth
Launched in Adelaide in 1915, Haigh’s Chocolates is Australia’s oldest family-run chocolate maker. Easter specialties include milk and dark chocolate honeycomb eggs and all sorts of chocolate animals. A chocolate hot cross bun hybrid sees dark chocolate fudge with currants, peel and Easter spices coated in a dark chocolate shell.