Famous for its coffee and creamy "real" hot chocolates, Bunker also gets creative with its flavours. Chilli, peppermint or peanut butter anyone?
Dello Mano, Brisbane City & New Farm
Italian hot chocolates from Paddington Deli and Epicerie are so thick they almost verge on dessert-spoon-required territory. In fact, they’re so incredibly rich and moreish that they could be classed as a dessert all their own. Hard-core, chocolate devotees take note.
For 4 weeks only, Gelato Messina are serving two epic hot chocolates from the laneway in West Village. Save room for dessert as these hot chocolates are a drink and dessert rolled into one. The Bombe-Choc-Alaska includes hot chocolate, one scoop of dulche de leche gelato then topped with torched marshmallow, while Malty McMalt Malt consists of hot chocolate milk, one scoop of vanilla gelato then topped with torched marshmallow.
Piggy Back, Jindalee
If you're wanting an overloaded hot chocolate then pop into Piggy Back cafe for one of the wacky creations. For the kidults, we give special mention to 'the Unicorn,' a strawberry hot chocolate with cream, marshmallows and sprinkles or enjoy a winter special with 'The 5 o'clock shadow,' encompassing white hot chocolate with whipped cream and crushed oreos or 'The sweet chai of mine,' a chai latte with whipped cream, salted caramel and cinnamon sugar – all are Instagram worthy.
We all love an Italian hot chocolate but Denim Co goes one step further and makes it a Peanut Butter Italian hot chocolate. Served with a spoon because it's too thick to drink means you can savour the goodness with little spoonfuls - or gulp it down as quickly as possible because its too good to resist.
For the serious hot chocolate lover, try to decide between one of the 15 varieties at John Mills Himself. Order one of the less-conventional flavours such as lavender, lemon myrtle, orange or rose if you dare or take it to the next level and even try their hell-yeah hot chocolates for a hot chocolate cocktail.
When a restaurant specialises in Italian food, how can they not be the experts in Italian hot chocolate? Especially when Nutella is thrown into the mix, making it easily one of the best in town.
How dark is too dark? Head to The Dark Chocolatier by Noosa Chocolate Factory for rustic hot chocolates ranging from 90 and 73 per cent dark cacao, to 56 per cent semi-dark and 36 per cent milk chocolate options. No syrups or powders, just authentic hot chocolate.
To get your hands on a hot chocolate by Melbourne-based Mork Chocolate, visit Burrow in West End or Jak + Hill in Spring Hill. Both cafes are stockists of the brand and create delicious drinks using Mork’s original 70 per cent dark cacao featuring notes of stone fruit, almonds and ripe berries that are rounded off with hints of toffee and lingering dark chocolate richness. Yum!
Spice up your life this winter with a visit to Café Wrapture for a sip of its Shakti hot chocolate. Infused with chai spice and chilli, this Venezuelan blend will warm you from the inside out while leaving a subtle kick on the tongue at the end.