Where to hunt for Melbourne’s best chocolate Easter treats
With Easter approaching, you’ve just earned yourself a perfect excuse to explore some of Melbourne’s best quality chocolate! Just because your grandchildren’s less mature tastebuds are less discerning about their Easter basket stash, you don’t have to settle for a lower cocoa ratio in yours. Melbourne’s reputation for being a gastronomic hub means that it has attracted a generous share of celebrated artisan Chocolatiers.
Below is a mouth watering sample of chocolate makers’ lounges and retail outlets to go and explore over the coming weeks and months. This list is by no means exhaustive. The listings are sorted into Melbourne precincts and provided in alphabetical order because one is not better than the other – they’re all amazing and each brings something very special to eager palates. We’ve intentionally focused on chocolate artisan destinations that can only be found in and around Melbourne, or were Melbourne born.
Best chocolate Easter treat hunting in Melbourne’s CBD and Inner Urban Haunts
There are so many to list, that there are even a choice of walking tours when it comes to Melbourne CBD Chocolatiers. It's well worth making the most of your Seniors Card and travelling to the city on Melbourne's public bus, train and tram network.
Here is a decent chocolate-box-like sample of great Melbourne based chocolate makers.
Chokolait’s passionate team of Pastry Chefs and Chocolatiers produce finest quality genuine Belgian couverture chocolates, hand crafted cakes and desserts and premium quality beverages. Chokolait is celebrated for its diverse range of Easter gift choices.
You’ll find Chokolait at Shop 342, Level 3 Emporium, 287 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.
You’ll inhale intoxicating aromas of great quality chocolate and chocolate products as you approach Koko Black at 52 Collins Street, Melbourne. Koko Black can now also be found in almost every capital city of Australia.
This is a European style chocolate lounge. Ganache Chocolate is the creation of dessert and chocolate artisan, Arno Backes. What makes this chocolate destination particularly special is that beyond offering scrumptious chocolate delights, you can also book into a class at the Chocolate School.
You’ll find Ganache Chocolate at 245 Collins Street Melbourne, and at 250 Toorak Road, South Yarra. Find out more by visiting Ganache Chocolate’s website.
Founded way back in 1915, in Adelaide Haigh’s is also a Melbourne destination for people looking for beautifully produced, quality chocolate gifts. From traditional chocolate speckles to the delightful surprises of violet or rose cream centres in rich, creamy dark chocolate Haigh’s is both classic and contemporary. Haigh’s chocolate Easter fish or Bilby are highly sought after gifts.
In Melbourne, follow your nose to Haigh’s Chocolates’ flagship store in the Block Arcade off Collins or Little Collins Street. To find other Melbourne locations visit Haigh’s Chocolates’ website.
For those seeking a healthier Easter gift alternative, Pana Chocolate is a specialist in crafting preservative free chocolate, that is vegan, gluten free, dairy free and soy free.
The result is a rich, smooth chocolate that feels and tastes as decadent as any high quality luxury chocolate does.
In Melbourne you can browse in a Pana Chocolate shop at either 491 Church Street, Richmond or at a satellite store at Happy Olive Tree at 83 O'Shanassy Street, Sunbury.
Best chocolate Easter treat hunting in and around South East Melbourne
Theobroma Chocolate Lounge
Theobroma serves good chocolate in almost every way you could imagine. The retail chocolate lounges offer an extensive range of chocolate gifts, and a packed menu of oozy, smooth, creamy chocolate options to enjoy while you dine in.
You’ll find Theobroma Chocolate Lounge at shopping centres Cranbourne Park; Dandenong Plaza; Westfield Fountain Gate; Northland and at Southern Cross Station, Melbourne.
Best chocolate Easter treat hunting in and around Bass Coast
Phillip Island Chocolate Factory
Also known as Panny’s Amazing World of Chocolate, visiting is much more than a retail cafe experience. Handcrafted chocolate products are made on-site and you can watch, and even participate. Think Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory...
You’ll find the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory at 930 Phillip Island Road, Newhaven.
Best chocolate Easter treat hunting on the Mornington Peninsula
Mornington Peninsula Chocolates
Fine art features in each box of Mornington Peninsula Chocolates’ chocolates. Handcrafted daily in Flinders, Mornington Peninsula Chocolates produce delectable gift boxes of their finely honed craft.
You’ll find Mornington Peninsula Chocolates at 45 Cook Street, Flinders.
Best chocolate Easter treat hunting further afield in Victoria
There are many, many more chocolate artisans worthy of a visit and a taste in and around Melbourne. Beyond a 90 minute long freeway ride from Melbourne’s CBD, here is a list of other Chocolatiers you need to include in your Victorian travel itinerary.
Albury – Renaissance Chocolates
Alpine country – Bright Chocolate Factory and Store
Beyond Daylseford – Chocolate Mill
Great Ocean Road / Shipwreck Coast – Gorge Chocolates