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.
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.
Cloud 9 Chocolate Café, Newtown, Crows Nest & Macquarie
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.
Adora Handmade Chocolates Café, Earlwood, Sydney CBD, Parramatta, Newtown, Oatley & Double Bay
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. High tea is on offer at Parramatta, Newtown, Earlwood & Oatley, and 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.
Coco Chocolate, Kirribilli
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 chocolate – the black pepper dark chocolate is highly recommended for the grown-ups. They also have a chocolate school and studio in Mosman open by appointment only, offering high tea and cooking classes, as well as school holiday programs and children’s parties.
Koko Black, Sydney CBD
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 Koko Chocolate Loung at The Strand is easy to miss though, hidden down a staircase and fairly plain looking. However, the menu reveals you can enjoy their signature Belgian Hot Chocolate or their own-blend coffee, and choose from a selection of sweet and savoury items including decadent chocolate desserts.
Lindt Café, Martin Place, Cockle Bay & Miranda
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). They also have chocolate stores in Drummoyne, Homebush, Liverpool & Macquarie, and a factory outlet in Marsden Park
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 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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