It's official. The teeth chattering, foot tingling, freezing Melbourne weather is upon us. No matter how prepared you think you are, it always comes as a bit of a shock. Never fear, there's no need to curl up in your sleeping bag on the couch with a cup of Milo and hibernate, no matter how tempting it might be. Grab your overcoat and beanie and check out some of the places in and around Melbourne below. They're sure to warm the cockles of your heart:
Enjoy a hot chocolate and handmade chocolates at Hahndorf's in Montrose
Fancy a day trip out of Melbourne and a delicious hot chocolate? Pop into Hahndorf's Fine Chocolates in Montrose on your way up Mount Dandenong. They make all their own chocolates and Mt. Dandenong is a stunning spot to visit during the cooler months.
The Wesley Anne 250 High St, Northcote Hill The Wesley Anne in Northcote has delicious food and a lovely open fire to warm your hands by. They also have a fantastic live music program so you can always dance to get warm.
Nothing is quite as delicious on a freezing night as a glass of warm mulled wine. Madame Brussel's fig mulled wine stands out from the rest. Served in a tea pot dressed in a cosy complete with fancy tea cups, you won't want to leave.
The Alderman 134 Lygon St, Brunswick East The Alderman has delightful Sicilian food and a lovely log fire out of sight in the back room. Well worth taking the time to warm your hands by over a glass of red.
The Order of Melbourne Level 2&3 401 Swanston St, Melbourne If you feel like taking the bull by the horns and actually sitting out in the cold on a rooftop The Order of Melbourne in the place for you. To keep yourself warm they serve spicy mulled wine in delightful teacups.