I'm in Melbourne often enough - so why not write a bit about some places I've seen :)
Published August 29th 2013
Chocolate. For many of us, this fine cocoa-derived substance makes the world a better place. For those amongst us who do not share the passion to indulge in some chocolately-goodness, there is little doubt that you are close to someone whose mood can be instantly brightened when they hear the rustle of tin-foil opening and a bar of brown deliciousness revealed beneath the wrapper.
Melbourne is a perfect place to fill your day with chocolate contentment and delight. So next time you're in the city, why not take a chocolate walking-tour of Melbourne and let your tastebuds guide you around to some chocolate fineries.
No matter where you start your chocolate tour of Melbourne, you'll easily stumble across Koko Black. With three convenient locations in the inner city, Koko Black will enchant you on the Royal Arcade in Bourke Street, on Collins Street, or the delicious eating precinct of Lygon Street in Carlton.
Koko Black is an ideal first stop because it is here you can whet your appetite; or rather wet your appetite with a divine hot chocolate. After admiring the clever barista designs atop your hot chocolate, each subsequent sip from the mug will be followed with an ahhh of satisfaction.
Before leaving the shop will naturally be in awe of the chocolates on display, and reading the menu will leave you with a dilemma of whether to choose the Hazelnut Crisp or Raspberry Ganache – there will undoubtedly be something that makes you cannot resist!
Again, strategically placed with two shops along Collins Street, you simply cannot walk this road without entering a Haigh's. The chocolate display in the window will be enough to draw you in, and once inside you will not be disappointed.
With the walls lined with an array of chocolate to send even the most respectable person into a fit of giggly delight, it will be money well spent at Haigh's.
Whether you're a fan of traditional milk chocolate frogs or can't go past a bag of freckles, Haigh's will have just what you need to receive that perfect endorphin-filled chocolate satisfaction. And with a free sample of some fine chocolate available at the counter, this place may as well as be perfection in a shop.
Perhaps these chocolate places should be more spaced out around the city so that one must walk further in between stops and make more room to indulge, but alas Collins Street is the place to be. After departing Haigh's, you will shortly find yourself at the Lindt Chocolate Shop. Take a deep breath before walking in; otherwise you may pass out with giddiness. The shop itself is incredibly well-presented and inviting – the chocolates on display are much responsible for this!
Here is a perfect opportunity to enjoy another beverage. After all, that chocolate at Haigh's will have left you with a craving for a deliciously thick chocolate milkshake. Now, because a chocolate tour of Melbourne will have used up a lot of energy, Lindt is an ideal third location as they serve up a beautiful lunch menu. So to accompany your milkshake or beverage of choice, a tasty grilled focaccia may serve to please you.
And naturally, when exiting Lindt, you won't be able to go past the traditional Lindt balls.
So don't even try – just stock up a bag for the journey home!