Chocoholics’ tour of Melbourne

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Duration: 1-2 hours
Price Guide: $0, if you can resist the chocolate!
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Chocoholics’ tour of Melbourne

Whet your appetite, it’s time to taste some of the best chocolate this city has to offer.

Starting the tour

Flinders Street Station.

Section 1:
Directions:

From the steps at Flinders St station, cross Flinders Street and head north along Swanston Street until you reach the corner of Collins Street. Turn left and walk for a couple of minutes, stopping just before Elizabeth Street and on the right, on the northern side of the street, will be the Block Arcade. Head inside and walk past the first section of shops and you will run straight into Haigh’s Chocolates.

Stopover:

Haigh’s Chocolates is full of treats big and small. You can choose a bagful from their individual selection (try the dark chocolate berry mousse pieces!) or a block from their selection of dark, milk and white chocolate stands. You can also purchase pre-packed bags of goodies. Try the freckles! After your chocolate stop, take a look around the rest of the arcade bathed in the golden ambience. But not for too long, more chocolate awaits.

Section 2:
Directions:

Head further along the Block Arcade in the same direction you were going to start with. This will lead you to Little Collins Street. On the other side of the road is the Hub Arcade, but first, turn right and a couple of shops up on the left you will find Laurent Patisserie.

Stopover:

Laurent Patisserie. Stop here for a coffee and cake. There are many chocolate choices on offer, but do try any of the cakes on offer too. It’s all good. Plus, there’s still more chocolate to come.

Section 3:
Directions:

Head back down to the Hub Arcade. In here (shop 318-322) you will find The Chokolait Hub.

Stopover:

The Chokolait Hub has a selection of chocolates, dipped fruits and drinks to try. If you like your chocolate spicy, then why not try a chilli hot chocolate (dark or milk). You can also choose how hot you would like your hot chocolate (on a scale from 1-10+). The hottest has been 30!

Section 4:
Directions:

From the Hub Arcade, keep heading along until you reach the Royal Arcade. If you hit Bourke Street mall you’ve gone too far. Inside you should find Koko Black.

Stopover:

Koko Black take the art of chocolate-making seriously. This is shown through the deep chocolate-coloured interior and warm surrounds. One look at the selection will have your mouth watering. Once again, this place not only serves individual pieces, but you can sip on a hot beverage if you passed one up in the last stopover. Try one of their many moulded pralines.

Section 5:
Directions:

Go out onto Bourke Street Mall, turn right and walk up to Swanston Street. Cross to the other side and walk left down Swanston until you reach QV, situated between Lonsdale and Little Lonsdale Street. Make your way up to the second level and head to the last stop on the tour, the Max Brenner Chocolate shop (Shop 25, 210 Lonsdale Street).

Stopover:

Max Brenner Chocolate is one of the earlier chocolate institutions. It brought the idea of a cafe devoted entirely to chocolate into the mainstream, at least in the Australian market. There are many signature treats here, from the mugs of chocolate you melt yourself, to the fresh strawberries drizzled with warm chocolate fondue. Now sit back and unbuckle your belt, you’ve reached the end of the chocolate trail.

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