Art enthusiast. Loves painting, bushwalking and travels. Writing what I love sparks my passion. Sydney, Australia.
Published May 25th 2012
As winter is setting in, there is nothing better than having a hot chocolate to keep you warm. As I am a sweet tooth and a big fan of dark chocolate, I can't resist the temptation of trying out hot chocolate at different places. In my humble opinion, I have picked five great places for you to indulge yourself in the ultimate chocolate experience, based on the quality of chocolate, the variety, the store atmosphere, and the friendliness of customer service.
Located on beautiful Darling Quarter, you'll find Guylian Cafe, which is renowned for their Belgian chocolates. They also have other outlets on the Rocks and Circular Quay. The hot chocolate is priced at a premium, but it has a delicate flavour, and you'll get a sheer pleasure when it comes to the first sip. If you would like to explore further, you can pick and choose chocolates in different flavours, and bring them home for enjoyment.
Walking down the corner of Sussex and Bathurst streets, you'll find The Chocolate Room, a home grown chocolate shop which was first established in Geelong, Victoria in 2006. The shop is quite spacious, and you can sit back and relax without being too close to other customers. So, if you are after a quiet place for relaxation, this will be a choice for you.
The Chocolate Room, corner of Sussex & Bathurst Streets
Max Brenner, situated on Metcentre, 273 George Street, is definitely one of my top picks. Max Brenner, the bald man, brings a new chocolate culture - experimental, emotional and incorporates each aspect of chocolate and its relation to our lives. The shop was founded in Israel in 1995, and you can read Max's story to find out more about how he started off his business.
The shop offers a variety of choices and my favourite one is hot chocolate with crunchy waffle balls (dark/milk/ white is available for your choice). The hot chocolate is very rich with lovely aroma, and it sometimes come with a cup in an interesting shape, depending on what chocolate drink you choose. It will certainly make a lasting impression. What's more, you will be rewarded for your loyalty; buy 10 hot chocolates or coffees, and you will be rewarded a free small box of Max's pralines or a free suckao.
Nestled on the Glebe Point Road is San Churro, a Spanish chocolateria that lures countless passers-by to come into the shop. What attracts me to this chocolate shop is its unique ambience and mood, projected by the eclectic interiors and beautiful paintings. Of course, the hot chocolate is simply sensational.
Sucre is certainly another one not to be missed. The shop is located on the Darling Street, Balmain Village. The shop is bright in setting with a playful display of colourful and funny decorative items, creating an ambience to uplift your spirit and enhance your appetite. A great selection of European style hot chocolate is served – rich, thick and plenty of flavours. Make sure you try their house special - dark chocolate with no added sugar.
All these chocolate shops offer fine quality hot chocolates and delicious sweets. Just a warning; it is really hard to resist the temptation, and so make sure you exercise your body after the indulgence.