Where To Go For The Best Hot Chocolates in Sydney

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By: Marie Ashworth, ellaslist

Brrr….winter is here! If you’re anything like me, when the temperature gauge starts to drop the cravings for a smooth, warming hot chocolate rises. It certainly puts a zing back into my step.

So, whether you like your hot chocolates plain, white or garnished with the weird and wonderful, we’ve scoured Sydney for the best hot choccie drinks that will sweeten up any winter day.

Take the kiddies along for a warming treat of milky goodness or wrap your hands around a cup of smooth, sweet hot choccie and savour some ‘me-time’.


1. San Churro – 11 locations across Sydney


Don’t be put off that it’s a chain; San Churro serves up a thick, rich hot chocolate and guards its original Spanish recipe carefully. Stick to the Classic Spanish or add all kinds of delicious toppings from handmade giant toasted marshmallows to chocolate popping candy. San Churro is in Bankstown, Bondi, Chatswood, Eastgardens, Glebe, Harbourside, MacArthur Square, Miranda, Parramatta, Penrith and Weatherill Park.

2. Adora Handmade Chocolates – 4 locations across Sydney


Adora’s smooth, creamy hot chocolates are fast becoming as legendary as their handmade chocolates. Choose from milk, dark or white hot chocolate and the best bit, all their drinks come with a complimentary melt-in-the-mouth chocolates made from pure Callebaut, a fine Belgium couverture chocolate, King Island cream and other goodies. Find Adora Cafés in Earlwood, Sydney CBD, Parramatta and Newtown.

3. Daisy’s Milkbar – Petersham


It’s cute, it’s fun and it’s retro. Daisy’s Milkbar’s hot chocolate and hot Milo are as cheerful and delicious as the rest of their menu. 

4. The Copper Mill – Alexandria


The Copper Mill has been serving up their Coconut Hot Choc for years and each winter, they seem to taste even better. They take the finest chocolate powder, a generous dash of creamy coconut milk and extra-frothy steamed milk to create this rich, smooth cup of chocolate bliss.

5. Koko Black, QVB & Strand Arcade, Sydney


Koko Black’s signature hot chocolate is double brewed for 2 hours to an authentic Belgian recipe. Stick to the classic or add a Chilli, Cinnamon, Mocha, Orange or Hazelnut twist. You'll find Koko Black on the ground floor of the stunning Queen Victoria Building and in the Strand Arcade on the corner of Pitt Street. Both cafés make a perfect respite to a busy shopping trip.


6. Lixie Chocolaterie – Surry Hills


Tantalising hand-flaked chocolate is stirred with Valrhona cocoa to make a balanced and rich flavour. Lixie Chocolaterie is set in a gorgeous store with marble, glass and tiles that match the taste of its fine hot chocolate. They’re located on Crown Street, Surry Hills.

7. Pana Chocolate – Alexandria


Pana offers plenty of healthy and flexible options with a range of vegan, dairy and gluten free raw desserts. Their hot chocolate will melt your chills...proof that healthy hot chocolate does exist, albeit decadent!

8. RivaReno Gelato – Darlinghurst and Barangaroo


The Italians know how to make two things – gelato and hot chocolate (and maybe pizza). RivaReno uses one of the best chocolates in the world – Valrhona single origin Grand Cru ‘Manjari’ – made with single origin 64% cocoa from Madagascar. It is a very thick, rich chocolate with beautifully balanced acidity and red fruit flavours. So head to the Crown St location in Darlinghurst, or Shop 4/33 Barangaroo Avenue.

9. Cremeria De Luca – Five Dock


Available in dark, milk and white chocolates with dairy free and gluten free options, Cremeria De Luca serves thick Italian hot chocolate. Take a taste from any of these delicious options: rose, orange blossom, mint, rhum, lemon myrtle, zabaglione, coconut, tiramisu and more!

10. The Bathers’ Pavilion – Balmoral


Take a sip from The Bathers’ Pavilion’s Real Hot Chocolate Made with Callebaut dark chocolate melted over cream or a simpler Hot Chocolate with Cocoa powder and your choice of milk. Pop into their store at 4 The Esplanade, Balmoral.


If sweet, dairy goodness is your thing, make sure you check out our favourite Sydney Spots for a mega-milkshake! or the most delicious Chocolate Cafes in Sydney.




LYNNE Mullaney

May 25 2016

They all sound great-just making a list, checking it twice and heading off to sample the goodies!