When it comes to the humble hot chocolate, you would think it would be pretty easy to master. Melt some chocolate into hot milk and you’re all set, right? Wrong! As with coffee, there is an art to making the perfect hot chocolate.
It needs to be warm, not hot, and it’s preferable if the chocolate comes from Belgium or somewhere fancy and is not just a powder. A good indication as to whether you’re drinking a quality hot chocolate is if you would drink it happily without marshmallows. Don’t get me wrong, marshmallows aren’t going to make your hot chocolate worse, but every hot chocolate needs a solid base.
Now that you’re considerably more educated on the complex drink that is the hot chocolate, it’s time to say goodbye to the scalding, tasteless hot chocs of the past and hello to some of Perth’s best hot chocolates. You can thank us (and your barista) later!
Sapore Espresso Bar
Sapore Espresso Bar’s hot chocolates are no joke. Choose from the Nutella hot choc, white coconut hot choc or the choc mint which is served with Aero and thin mints on the side. We know which we would choose.
A proper hot chocolate IS NOT warm milk mixed with drinking chocolate. A PROPER hot chocolate is exactly what is served up at Toastface Grillah in Perth. It’s the perfect temperature, super chocolatey (none of that milk warmed up business) and comes in at a decent price. PLUS, you can get a toastie to go with!
How does a Bounty hot chocolate sound? Yeah, we thought so. But that’s not all you’ll get at Eillo in Northbridge. These guys are also serving a pretty killer Lindt hot chocolate. Plus, they hand out Hello Pandas like there’s no tomorrow. Grab one today!
The quad hot chocolate from Get Chunky is the stuff chocaholic's dreams are made of. It's a super duper chocolate-y hot choc topped with shards of milk, white and dark chocolate—which are all shaved off a 5kg slab of chocolate. #impressive
Sayers in Leederville never disappoints, especially their hot chocolate which is served with tons of choc bits and a mini stack of marshmallows. Throw it all in, wait for it all to melt and then sip away!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the Belgian hot chocolate from Flo is hands down one of the best hot chocolates I’ve tried in Perth. This bad boy is smooth and creamy with the perfect balance of chocolate and milk. It’s so tasty no marshmallows are required—gasp! Do yourself a favour and order one of their incredible kimchi and cheese toasties while you’re there.
If you haven’t seen Cafe 2TwentyFour’s Wonderland Hot Chocolate on Instagram you’re obviously following the wrong accounts. Imagine a frothed up hot chocolate, covered in a web of chocolate sauce and chocolate sprinkles, served on a bed of hundreds and thousands with a giant mound of fairy floss on the side. And if that wasn’t enough it even comes with marshmallows and Tiny Teddy’s. Whoa!
Little Bird Cafe
Though we’re not entirely sure, we like to think the 70% hot chocolate from Little Bird in Northbridge is ever so slightly healthier than your norm. Everything that goes into it is made in house (no pre bought syrups here) and it’s sweetened with organic coconut blossom syrup. Noice!
With a name like Cioccolato Espresso, you know their hot chocolate is destined to be good. Theirs is served with chocolate flakes and loads of marshmallows. Choose from their milk chocolate, white chocolate, mint chocolate, hazelnut and chilli hot chocolates.
We’re so happy Perth cafes are getting creative with their hot chocolates as well as their coffees. At BOHO Espresso you can pick up an orange infused hot choccy—made with real dark chocolate, cream and infused with orange and cinnamon.
The Aussie biscuit classic Mint Slice has had a luxurious makeover thanks to Haven Lounge at The Westin. Indulge in choc-minty opulence with the classic, or opt to have it spiked with a shot of minted Baileys, because yolo. If that's not enough, you can also get it with the Haven Lounge's take on the Mint Slice‚—think house-made chocolate biscuit and Australian native river mint flavoured white fondant, all coated in a dark velvety Valrhona chocolate. Drool.
Good Things Cafe
If you like your hot chocolate dark and moody, head to Good Things in Mossy Park for their Mork 70% hot chocolate. You know what they say, the darker the chocolate, the better the buzz. Plus, this one comes in at the reasonable fee of $4.50!
The Belgian couverture hot chocolate from Epic Espresso in West Perth is serious business. Made with one part Belgian chocolate and four parts milk and foam it goes down super smooth thanks to a large amount of cocoa butter in the Belgian chocolate. Once you’ve downed that, order one of their L’Angelina hot chocolates which combines more delicious Belgian couverture chocolate with whole milk and a dash of cream.
Perth and Claremont
While it sits on the pricier side, the hot chocolate from Koko Black is definitely worth it. This bad boy is brewed for two hours and available in classic Belgian, mocha, chilli, cinnamon and hazelnut varieties. If you’re feeling like $7 is a little too steep then you can always opt for the baby hot chocolate—Koko Black’s signature Belgian hot chocolate, served warm, not hot (as they should be).
City Farm Cafe
Next time you’re at the Perth City Farm farmer’s market head to City Farm Cafe and grab one of their couverture hot chocolates. They’re oh so creamy and you can get them made with all your fave alternative milks—coconut for the win. Plus, these guys are now open Sundays!
Fremantle & Yallingup
You know we usually never say no to extra sprinkles but sometimes a traditional hot chocolate in all its simplicity can start explosions in your mouth. We're talking about the hot choccie at Gabriel Chocolate—these guys make a truly delicious one proving that simplicity wins sometimes.
The Little Stove
Belgian chocolates have a reputation of being the best in the world, and after trying the hot chocolate at The Little Stove we can say for sure that this applies to liquid chocolate too. Relaxing in one of their velvet sofas while sipping on melted white, milk and dark Belgian chocolate bring you pure joy.
Looking for more coffee alternatives? Here are Perth’s Best Cafes For Non-Coffee Drinkers!
Sapore Espresso Bar | Image credit: Nancy Hanna