Six Of The Best Chocolate Cafes In Sydney
Ahhh, chocolate. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. So delicious is this “sometimes” food that I’ve been known to stand behind the pantry door, stuffing squares into my mouth, hoping not to get caught by my daughter. When it's time for a treat – and we all deserve a treat sometimes – it’s worth taking the kids somewhere special. After all, life is too short to eat bad chocolate.
1. Zokoko, Emu Plains
With an emphasis on producing “bean to bar” chocolate, Zokoko has been described as having some of the best in Australia. The factory uses artisan techniques to create chocolate from scratch, starting with beans sourced directly from the growers, and the café has a large viewing window so the kids can watch it being made while they (and you) enjoy sweet treats such as chocolate crackles, fudge brownies or the ‘Ultimate’ chocolate cake. You can choose from their selection of handmade chocolates or single origin bars and wash them down with a cup of Morgan’s coffee.
2. Cloud 9 Chocolate Café, Newtown and Crow's Nest
Go to Cloud 9 Chocolate and Gelato Café and try the gelato sandwiches. Seriously, just do it. Start with your choice of cookie, brownie or banana bread then add a scoop of your favourite gelato and top with milk or dark chocolate drizzle. Bring your kids so you have an excuse to go, they’ll love pretty much everything on the menu, as it's all about chocolate. For little ones, try the strawberry dippers, fresh strawberries with chocolate for dipping, or split a waffle pizza. Just don’t leave without trying that sandwich.
3. Adora Handmade Chocolates Café, Earlwood, Sydney CBD, Parramatta and Newtown
Started by two sisters creating at home, the handmade chocolates with no preservatives or artificial flavours at Adora became so sought after, they had to open a commercial business just to keep up with demand, and now have four stores across Sydney. The high tea on offer at the Parramatta and Newtown locations will set you back just $25 for a selection of handmade savoury pastries and sweet treats – a very special way to spend the afternoon with the kids. Bookings are essential so you’ll need to plan ahead. They also run chocolate classes in Marrickville for adults for $80 or kids’ classes for $40.
4. Coco Chocolate, Kirribilli and Mosman
This pretty little shop sells organic fair-trade chocolate, and all the dark chocolate bars are vegan – so now you can eat some of Sydney's most delightful chocolate with a clear conscience. Amongst their divine selection of handmade chocolates, Coco Chocolate serves 35 chocolate bars with flavours including dark chocolate with caramel, pine nut and sea salt and lime and coconut. Pair it with one of the luxurious hot chocolates – the black pepper dark chocolate is highly recommended for the grown-ups. They offer high teas and cooking classes at their school in Mosman, as well as school holiday programs for kids. They also have high tea children’s parties for $80 per child, with mini-milkshakes, Alice in Wonderland cupcakes and more. Or if you're ready to really splash out, they have chocolate-making kids’ parties where little ones can make their own chocolate treats to take home.
5. Koko Black, Sydney City
Once the domain of smug chocolate-loving Melbournians, Koko Black has arrived in Sydney so we can see what all the fuss is about. They have two shops selling their sublime chocolates. One is in the QVB and the other in the Strand Arcade, just within a couple of blocks of each other if you feel like hitting them both up. Their chocolate café is easy to miss though, hidden down a staircase in the Strand store. The cafe itself is fairly plain looking, but the menu reveals a selection of sweet treats (and a couple of savoury items) that makes deciding almost impossible. Luckily, there is a Dessert Degustation ($29) so you don’t have to pick just one. For the kids, there's a junior menu featuring hot chocolates served warm (not hot) and 'heart' or 'teddy' chocolate pops. The hot chocolate is double brewed for two hours and is so rich and thick it's a dessert in itself, with the baby size being perfect for the little ones.
6. Lindt Café, Martin Place, Cockle Bay Wharf, Drummoyne, George Street, Homebush, Liverpool, Marsden Park, Miranda, North Ryde
Lindt is a household name in chocolate, but if you are ready to take your Lindt addiction to the next level it’s time to visit the Lindt Café. Here, you’ll find a range of macaroons, cakes, desserts and ice creams, as well as chocolates made exclusively for the cafes and milkshakes made with a half a bar of your favourite Lindt Excellence Block (mine is Salted Caramel).
Three more cafes spreading the chocolate love are Max Brenner, Guylian Chocolate Cafe and Chocolateria San Churro, all of which serve delicious chocolate desserts, lush hot chocolates and just generally more chocolatey goodness than you can poke a stick at. Best of all, they are located all over Sydney so you are never too far from your next chocolate fix... I mean treat for your kids, which you are totally doing just for them. Honest!
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