Longing for that sweet rush? Indulge in exquisite treats of all kinds from hand-crafted chocolates to jewel coloured lollies, all made in Melbourne, Australia.
Come and gaze in the huge glass windows and watch the chocolatiers as they work with couverture to create an array of decadent creations. Just watching the continuous running chocolate, in milk, dark and white will have you working up an appetite. Set inside this chocolate wonder and feast your eyes on the chocolate ‘jewellery’ display cabinet.
Shop 4, Royal Arcade, Melbourne
Ph 03 9639 8911
Cacao is an impressive café/retail outlet dedicated to all things chocolatey, so good it’s hard to know where to begin. The huge display cabinet offers a great selection of moulded, filled and jelly chocolates, buy them individually or in mixed boxes. If your timing is right you’ll be able to see chocolates made before your very eyes.
52 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
Ph 03 8598 9555
This Ivanhoe shop gives chocoholics a chance to pick and choose their favourite from the huge Chocolatier range. It could be the ever-popular hazelnut pralines, the decadent filled truffles in dark, white or milk chocolate, or perhaps the liqueur truffles or the mini mud chocolates, specially created to serve with coffee.
244 Waterdale Road, Ivanhoe
Ph 03 9499 7022
Haigh’s favourites include chocolate hearts, hand-dipped champagne truffles, rocky road, dinner mints, peppermint tablets, hard and cream centres and chocolate bilbies at Easter. Haigh’s bars of milk, dark, orange or mint chocolate are scrumptious and the frogs are as popular as ever.
Shop 7, Block Arcade, 282 Collins Street Melbourne
Ph 03 9654 7673
The worldwide Max Brenner chain has finally made it to Melbourne. The entire range is on display and staff are happy to host a small sampling, especially if you look longingly into the display cabinet. The other drawcard here is the amazing range of hot chocolates to drink.
25–27 QV Square, 210 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Ph 03 9663 6000
From small beginnings with one shop in Royal Arcade, Suga now has a mini-chain of made-on-site lolly shops. Come and watch the action as the lolly makers stretch, pull and twist the hot molten candy before your eyes, then chop it into jewel-sized bites. An amazing food-as-theatre experience.
Shop 20, Royal Arcade, 335 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Ph 03 9663 5654