If you love chocolate like we love chocolate, you’ll know that Melbourne is pretty good at the sweet stuff. Stroll around town and you’ll find everything from chocolate cakes and mousses to decadent sweet pizzas and sundaes; enough to satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth. We reckon Melbourne’s colder months are pretty conducive to sitting indoors with a chocolate treat and a coffee, which is why we’ve tried chocolate desserts across town to bring you our ultimate list of the city’s best that should keep you going throughout winter. It’s a tough gig, but someone had to do it. Wrap your mouths around Melbourne’s best chocolate desserts!
Dark Chocolate & Pistachio Brownie at Ebenezer Coffee & Wine Bar
The incredible dark chocolate brownie at Ebenezer Coffee & Wine Bar, Black Rock, is one of the best bayside dessert finds we’ve had the pleasure of tasting! Made using only the finest quality Mork chocolate, the brownie comes covered in a light honey-infused yoghurt and decorated with edible rosemary flowers. Perfectly balanced, this is one of the most beautiful chocolate desserts in Melbourne too. Great with a glass of wine or an after-dinner coffee!
Nutella & Peanut Butter Crepes at Myrtles Crepes
Whether you prefer savoury or sweet, it’s hard to go past light, fluffy crepes for breakfast, lunch, dessert or a late-night snack. Northcote’s cute and cosy Myrtles Crepes may be in a different hemisphere to France, but once you bite into these buckwheat beauties you’ll be instantly transported to Paris. Classic fillings like lemon and sugar and strawberry jam are on the ‘basics’ menu, but choc fiends should head straight to the taste explosion of the Nutella and peanut butter combo—with just enough of each to satisfy you time and time again.
Chocolate, Coffee, Mascarpone and Marsala Cake at Burch & Purchese
It’s hard to walk out of Burch & Purchese without a lighter wallet and a bag full of treats. The South Yarra “sweet studio” is a haven for sweet tooths, and home to some of Melbourne’s best desserts. Specialising in cakes (including wedding cakes), house made chocolate bars (like the fruit salad and white chocolate), choc pops and jams, there’s no shortage of different concoctions to try on your next visit. But we can’t go past the simplicity of one of Darren Purchese’s signature items, available in a cake or a mini tube. It’s a combination of single origin 80% dark chocolate mousse, smoked chocolate jelly, salted coffee crunch and mascarpone cream. Consider us sold.
Rocky Road Pizzetta at Mr Wolf
Any self-proclaiming Melbourne pizza connoisseur already adores Karen Martini’s Mr Wolf. But next time you’re enjoying a thin-crust pizza dinner, make sure you leave room for dessert. Mr Wolf’s Rocky Road pizzetta is one of the most decadent, delicious desserts you’ll find anywhere in Melbourne. It’s all Karen’s signature house-made Rocky Road—Turkish delight, oozing chocolate and vanilla bean ice cream—on a small dessert pizza that will have your stomach full but your heart wanting more.
Tarta de Chocolate Azteca at Smith & Daughters
No round-up of Melbourne’s best chocolate desserts would be complete without a vegan offering, for those that steer away from dairy. Thankfully, the city’s best vegan restaurant Smith & Daughters hits the spot every time. The Latin-inspired menu includes the Tarta de Chocolate Azteca, a chocolate tart with a biscuit base. It’s topped with rich, dairy-free fudge, features a layer of sweet date filing and is accompanied by a scoop of house-made avocado ice cream. It’s unlike anything you’ve tried before, and the perfect way to complement a meal—whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian or carnivore.
Banana Split Sundae at Trunk
We’re big fans of everything about Trunktown—part American diner, part Honey Garden and home to the city’s biggest outdoor beer garden. You’ll find plenty of US-inspired dishes on the diner menu, from hot wings to burgers and hot dogs. But make sure you leave enough room for the incredible banana split sundae. The flavour combination is to die for—a scoop of chocolate, a scoop of strawberry and a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, as well as fresh banana and chocolate, caramel and raspberry sauce. If that’s not enough goodness for you, it’s topped with whipped cream and maraschino cherry.
Chocolate Cravings Cake at LuxBite
When they name a cake Epic Chocolate Cravings, the good folk at LuxBite are talking our language. The masters of the macaron, LuxBite also specialises in rich, melt-in-your-mouth cakes. This beauty is all Belgian dark chocolate on top of a hazelnut crust. It’s topped with caramel spheres, white chocolate sticks and baby versions of LuxBite’s signature salted caramel macarons. They say you never forget your first love; we say you never forget your first Epic Chocolate Cravings.
Chocolate Pear Tart at Grossi Florentino
If we were putting together a bucket list of the best Melbourne desserts you must try in your lifetime, Grossi Florentino’s famous chocolate pear tart would be somewhere near the top. The northern-inspired dessert strikes the perfect balance of rich dark chocolate and the freshness of the pears, and is so good you’ll be wanting to order seconds and thirds! Guy Grossi’s signature restaurant offers a number of other choc-filled desserts, like the chocolate soufflé (grains of paradise ice cream, chocolate sauce, hazelnut praline).
Peanut Butter Delice with Chocolate Mousse at Huxtable
The Huxtable empire has long expanded from its original Smith Street premises, to now include a bunch of Huxtaburger sites serving up our favourite old-school burgers all day. But the Fitzroy restaurant that started it all is known as one of Melbourne’s best for a reason. The dessert menu includes a selection of creative dishes like the deconstructed pavlova (simply named “broken pav”) and the lemon yoghurt panna cotta. But chocolate fiends won’t be able to go past the peanut butter delice, with chocolate mousse, crisp brownie and raspberry. It’s as decadent as it sounds.
Image Credit: Myrtles Crepes by Sabine Legrand for The Urban List