The temperature has dropped in Sydney and all I want is a steaming cup of hot chocolate. After searching extensively on blogs and news websites as well as asking friends for recommendations (thanks Mari!), I have come up with a list of my top 5 hot chocolates within a short walking distance of my office (on O’Connell Street). I believe that it should be within a SHORT walking distance as I want to spend minimum time in the cold wind and maximum time in my heated office with a piping hot cup of sweet, milky, chocolat….
Adora Handmade Chocolates
Shop P9 Wentworth Connection 2A Bligh St, 9232 6601
Open Mon-Fri: 8am – 6pm
This delightful little shop is on your left at the top of the escalator as you enter Wentworth Connection from Bligh Street. It’s hard to believe that this posh little chocolate store with a few swanky tables in the walkway across from a small art gallery, was created by two sisters from their home in 1993. They also offer a large selection of non-dairy and gluten-free chocolates. The best part is that their rich and frothy hot chocolate ($5) comes with a free piece of divine handmade chocolate. Bonus!
Lindt Chocolat Cafe
259 George Street, 9017 5400
Open: Mon – Wed 7.30am – 6pm
Only Lindt can deliver a seriously high quality hot chocolate. The ‘Lindt Hot Chocolate’ is a bit dear ($7) but it is a little cup of heaven. Well it’s from an institution that was established in 1845 in Switzerland – they know their hot chocolate. The café on George Street was spacious with plenty of seating and smells very chocolatey. There is also an entire wall lined with chocolates in packages and on display to tempt you as you leave. This one is perfect for when you are feeling really, really down – basically when you need a quality hot chocolate that will not disappoint.
Shop MG 24, Metcentre, 273 George Street, 9251 7788
Open: Mon – Wed 9:30am – 6:30pm & Thurs – Fri 9:30am – 8:30pm
When I think of hot chocolate in Sydney, I immediately think of the bald man, Max Brenner. Like Lindt, it’s a chocolate store as well as a café and smells like chocolate as you enter. However it feels a little bit more funky and interesting with it’s dark and spacious interior and a ‘chocolate factory’ type theme. I love the ‘chocolate pipes’ on the ceiling and the ‘chocolate vats’ in the entrance – it’s quite clever! Personally, I am not a huge fan of the ‘hot chocolate in a hug mug’ ($5.50 and the ‘hug mug’ allows you to hug the mug to enhance your hot chocolate experience) as I find it a little TOO RICH and chocolatey. In fact it’s so rich that I sometimes need water because it borders on salty! But it’s delicious and perfect for chocolate lovers looking to indulge. My personal Max Brenner favorite is actually the warm Belgian waffles with a side of banana, strawberries and chocolate…. It’s healthy because of the fruit, right?!
Governor Macquarie Tower, Shop 1, 1 Farrer Place, 9252 0222
Open Mon – Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
The hot chocolates ($4) here, in my opinion, are just as good as those of the serious chocolatiers. They give you a tall glass full of creamy, frothy milk and a little jug of thick, liquid chocolate. So you can pour or as much (or as little) chocolate as you like into your milk to create your hot choccie. Sigh. There is plenty of space to sit down inside or you can sit outside overlooking the area outside GMT/GPT. It’s also very quick and easy to take away, especially if you see your boss in the corner!
7 Spring Street, 9247 1417
Open 6am – 4.30pm
Maxwell’s is a cosy, hole-in-the-wall coffee shop known mainly for its great coffee and lunch options. A tempting, strong coffee aroma greets you as you walk in and there are a few casual benches with stools to sit down and chat over your cuppa. Unlike the hot chocolates from the ‘real’ chocolatiers as above, Maxwell’s hot chocolate ($3 for S and $3.70 for L) was less chocolatey and rich but it still hit the spot. I mean, how can you go wrong with a bit of chocolate, sugar and hot frothy milk on a cold day?