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Published March 20th 2015
Hidden hot chocolate hot spots in and around Melbourne-Found
Image: Yarra Valley Chocolaterie
You've got your Koko Black, your Lindt, your San Churro's and your Max Brenner's; can't argue that you'll get yourself one of the hottest hot chocolates in Melbourne at these hot spots.
But we have some hidden hot chocolates of Melbourne for you on this list; not to be missed:
Monsieur Truffe (East Brunswick): Monsieur Truffe is a security by obscurity choice; you will find this decadent chocolate hidden in artisan food shops from Lorne to Sorrento and across other Australian states, and at their own cafe, factory and store at 351 Lygon Street, East Brunswick (aka East Elevation, or the little red door).
Image: Yarra Valley Chocolaterie
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie (Yarra Glen): 31 hot chocolate flavours in 31 days? Well you'll have to wait until August, but it will be worth it. From Mango Spice to Turkish Delight, your tastebuds will thank you for the one hour drive to the picturesque Yarra Valley for some of the most delightful courverture chocolate you've ever laid buds on, at the annual Hot Chocolate Festival. Go for the flavour more than the warm cafe ambiance, as it's got a distinct "cafeteria" feel to it; it's family friendly, which is really great if you've got the kids with you, but not-so-great if you're looking for a quiet, warm, romantic brunch date. 35 Old Healesville Road, Yarra Glen.
Phillippa's Bakery: Phillippa's made the cut due to their product being all organic. Hidden may be a stretch, with bakeries in the City, Brighton, Armadale, Richmond, and a few Farmer's Markets; their organic milk and quality melted chocolate mixture is a true classic with an upgrade. Various Locations.
DMarcos Espresso Bar (CBD): The DMarco brothers have somehow kept their reputation under wraps in a little corner of Little Bourke Street in Paramount Centre. For friendly but no-nonsense service and a shocking hot chocking, duck into DMarcos and see what they have on offer for their espresso-based drinks as well. 103 Little Bourke Street, Shop 11.
A Blessing in Disguise (Abbotsford): A pop up espresso bar by Melba Coffee and Tea, A Blessing in Disguise is a sweet surprise with a mixture of organic seasonal bites from A Thousand Blessings Cafe, and sweet treats sourced daily from Abbotsford Convent Bakery. At just $3.50 for a small and $4.50 for a large, this smooth drinking chocolate comes in both dark and white. 24 Acacia Place Abbotsford.
Mörk Chocolate Brew House (North Melbourne): They can hardly be described as hidden, but I can't leave without an honourable mention to the new and already infamous Mork Chocolate Brew House, serving up divine cold chocolate milk and small-batch drinking chocolate, which started their fame being sipped at top local cafes like St Ali, Proud Mary, and Seven Seeds. Try their Breakfast Chocolate, made with oat milk, dark chocolate, and cinnamon. 150 Errol Street North Melbourne.