As much as we Melburnians love our coffee, we sometimes forget about those all-important hot chocolates. Whether it's an indulgent thick Italian blend, or a light silky smooth brew, sipping on hot chocolate is the perfect way to warm-up this winter. Here are ten spots to indulge in the best hot chocolate in Melbourne.
Pana Chocolate | Richmond
For the healthier hot chocolate aficionados out there, Pana Chocolate's cosy café in Richmond offers the perfect guilt-free blend. Made with raw organic homemade chocolate and warm almond milk, it delivers all the essential hot chocolate flavours, with wholesome ingredients as an added bonus.
Demitri's Feast | Richmond
If a thicker, more indulgent drop is what you seek, look no further than Demitri's Feast, home to some of best hot chocolate in Melbourne. The European-style thick hot chocolate is like drinking Willy Wonka's chocolate river and will bring out the Augustus Gloop in all of us.
A Blessing in Disguise | Abbotsford
Not a dark, or milk chocolate fan? Not a problem. A Blessing in Disguise makes a mouth-watering white hot chocolate. While it may look like a simple cup of milk, one sip will satisfy that sweet-tooth craving.
Koko Black | Various locations
Renowned for some of the best hot chocolate in town, it's worth paying a visit to Koko Black to try their Black Belgian Hot Chocolate Chili Blend. The rich and spicy mix is for the more adventurous chocolate-lovers and will put a spring back in your step on a cold windy day.
Alice Nivens | Melbourne CBD
Hidden down an arcade off the hustle and bustle of Flinders Street is Alice Nivens' small and inviting café. Offering a wide range of delicious baked goods, it is her hot chocolate that gets some of the best reviews. Nivens uses Mörk chocolate for a very thick and creamy texture and if you're lucky, she might just throw in a homemade marshmallow to soak it all up.
Ganache | Melbourne CBD & South Yarra
Ganache are renowned for their beautifully crafted chocolates lined up in a display window begging to be devoured. For a hot chocolate with a bit of a twist, try the cinnamon hot chocolate, which will warm those cold hands up with just a few sips.
Sonido | Fitzroy
The colourful South American themed atmosphere at Sonido welcomes a fun and relaxed crowd. Their jug of traditional Colombian hot chocolate is best enjoyed with a group of chocolate-loving friends on a cold winter's day.
Monsieur Truffe at East Elevation | Brunswick East
Situated in a factory in Brunswick East is Monsieur Truffe's East Elevation café, where beautiful artisan chocolate is produced for chocolate enthusiasts from all over town. The signature Monsieur Truffe blend is perhaps the best hot chocolate in Melbourne – with a rich 70% cacao blend, it's bound to satisfy.
Hardware Societe | Melbourne CBD
If you can manage to find a table inside Hardware Societe on a cold day, the delicious milky hot chocolate will stop the shivering in no time. Arriving in a generous jug portion, at least two cups of this warming brew can be enjoyed before once again braving the elements.
Proud Mary | Collingwood
Brewing, roasting and grinding their own signature blends of coffee, Proud Mary is one of the best cafes in Melbourne, known for their amazing breakfasts, great cups of joe, and creamy sweet hot chocolates. The Baristas are also gifted latte artists, delivering each cup of hot chocolate with a side of drinkable art.
Main image credit: What Katie Ate.