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

Mörk Chocolate Brew House

Visit Mörk for an artisan cup of ethically sourced hot chocolate. Campfire is the Insta star, recreating the nostalgic atmosphere of a childhood bonfire. It comes complete with house-made marshmallows. Prefer to keep it simple? The chocolate makers are also brewing cups from 50 per cent cacao all the way up to a rich 100 per cent cacao drop! Don't forget the marshmallow, toasted to order.

A hot chocolate in a glass with steam coming off it
Mörk Chocolate Brew House

Black Star Pastry

The pastry legends at Melbourne's newest laneway cafe have dreamed up a cake-inspired hot chocolate. Black Star Pastry's hot choc mirage is every bit as decadent as the mirage cake. The smooth butterscotch flavour comes from a blend of Rooibos tea, caramel and Madagascan Manjari chocolate. It'd be rude not to double down with a slice of its namesake layered mousse cake.

Riverland Bar

Chilly Melbourne weather can only mean one thing. It's time for Riverland to bring back the OG boozy Milo cocktail. The indulgent hot bev comes with maple syrup, oat milk and a big swirl of cream. It's spiked with dark rum to warm you up from the inside out. Keep the toasty drinks coming with a boozy Biscoff cocktail and steaming cups of mulled wine.

Two people raising glasses filled with milky cocktails topped with cream.
Image via Riverland Instagram

Chokolait

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 a milk or dark hot shot. The rich bev comes served in a tall glass, thick enough to spoon up but still sippable.

Heartattack and Vine

Friendly neighbourhood spot Heartattack and Vine is one of Carlton’s quiet achievers. The vibe is relaxed European, with the 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.

A person's hands holding a hot chocolate
Heartattack and Vine’s hot chocolate. Pic by Grace Petrou for What’s On.

Bowery to Williamsburg

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 a 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.

Koko Black

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. Or mix it up with mocha, orange or chilli variations, with your choice of milk. For hot choc on the go, grab a takeaway from the kiosk outside the Town Hall store on Swanston Street.

A hot chocolate on a saucer with an orange chilli hot cocoa packet next to it.
Koko Black

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 soy or almond milk, and it’s basically a health food. Plus, it’s specially made for cooler weather.

Local Folk

A Kensington favourite, Local Folk serves brunchy 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 sourdough? Most local folk can’t go past the breaky gnocchi with mushrooms and halloumi.

Naröcha

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

Bubble tea in a plastic cup
Narocha tea and chocolate fusions

Seven Seeds

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 own hot choc, pick up a pack of Birdsnake’s Ecuadorean drinking chocolate in store. Or, even simpler, a jar of their Strange Magic single-origin chocolate sauce. Just add a tablespoon to hot milk.

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’ own 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.

More must-visit chocolate spots

Haigh's Chocolates

Haigh's Chocolates

Fine handcrafted chocolate from the newest store in the Haigh's family.

Max Brenner Chocolates

Max Brenner Chocolates

Decadent chocolate for when you need that slightly classier sugar fix.

Last updated on Mon 15 May 2023

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