There is nothing more comforting on a cold winter’s day than sipping on a mug of smooth, velvety hot chocolate. We’ve tracked down some of our favourites across Perth to add a little sweetness to your day.
Whistler’s Chocolate Co
With more than 50 years of chocolate tradition, Whistler’s Chocolate Co is the ultimate destination for everything chocolate – including a whopping seven hot choccy varieties! (We’re eyeing off the chilli hot chocolate to really turn up the heat this winter.)
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506 Great Northern Highway, Middle Swan
This CBD cafe is known for their outrageous desserts, so of course their hot chocolate has to be equally show-stopping! This winter has seen the triumphant return of Gemini’s “fluffy” hot chocolate – this time with a strawberry twist! 58% dark Belgian hot chocolate is topped with fluffy homemade marshmallow, with the addition of luscious real strawberry purée.
66 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Sue Lewis Chocolatier
For all things chocolate, look no further than the State Buildings’ resident choccy expert, Sue Lewis. While her charming shop isn’t necessarily set up for long leisurely hot choccy dates, this luxe hot chocolate is still more than worth stopping by for. Settle in for some people watching in the Postal Hall and make sure to grab a jar to take home (you’ll thank us later) – or pop into Telegram (see below) if you also want some caffeination…
State Buildings, 1 Cathedral Avenue, Perth
This CBD favourite is already one of our coffee go-tos, so when Telegram teamed up with State Buildings neighbour Sue Lewis Chocolatier… we knew it would be the salve to those cold winter afternoons. Made exclusively for Telegram, the hot chocolate mix is made with 64% single-origin Madagascan dark chocolate – now that’s pretty hard to pass up.
State Buildings, 1 Cathedral Avenue, Perth
We may not be soaking up the sun on the Amalfi Coast, but we can certainly channel a little slice of Italy here in Perth. Italian espresso bar and café Vetrina takes their hot chocolate to the next level, adding a scoop of ice cream to transform it into their own twist on an affogato. Topped with whipped cream, pistachios and a wafer of biscotti… Who needs a flight to Italy when this is on our doorstep?
180 Newcastle Street, Perth
When you see Chicho’s chocolate tap, oozing temptingly… it would almost be a waste not to pop a cup under there, right? Thankfully, they seemed to think the same thing – with some lusciously rich hot chocolates available. This winter they’ve upped the ante with their “cioccolata calda” – or Euro hot chocolate. Topped with fresh whipped cream and a pastry cigar, we’ll even pass up on their ace gelato for a cup of this goodness.
180 William Street, Northbridge
1 Cantonment Street, Fremantle
Ask just about any Freo-dweller where they’re warming up this winter and you’ll hear all about Hush’s legendary hot chocolates! This High Street stalwart has been keeping the Freo massive cosy with a secret blend of premium Belgian chocolate – perfect for spending chilly afternoons hidden away from the weather.
68 High Street, Fremantle
Now, maybe this list isn’t for anyone watching their caloric intake… but we’ve got to warn you, Get Chunky’s quad hot chocolate is truly next-level. Then again, we’d expect no less from the decadent cookie experts. Super creamy, super chocolatey, this bad boy is topped with shards of dark, milk and white chocolate.
Shop 7, 81 Walcott Street, Mount Lawley
Shop 3, 900 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park
FOMO Freo, 10 William Street, Fremantle
Frustrated by the difficulty of sourcing high-quality chocolate in WA, Gabriel Chocolate became the state’s first bean to bar chocolate maker. Their hand-crafted bars showcase the complex flavours of chocolate, so of course their hot chocolates are just as delicious. Served out of their Yallingup factory and cafe, it’s a must-visit for your next down south trip.
14/5 Quininup Road, Yallingup
Sapore Espresso Bar
It’s easy to see why Sapore’s hot chocolates have become somewhat of an icon for Perth locals. Nestled along Belmont Ave in Cloverdale, they offer a ‘Cheeky Hot Chocolate’ with your choice of luscious flavouring: Nutella, choc mint or white choc coconut. All are served with piles of your favourite chocolate snacks on the side – it’s basically an entire dessert!
4/275 Belmont Avenue, Cloverdale
Margaret River Chocolate Company
You know a hot chocolate is going to be good when it’s made by a company who produces their own chocolate. When the ingredients are this good, you only need two of them – hot milk and chocolate. Dark, milk and white chocolate pastilles are lovingly made by Margaret River Chocolate Company chocolatiers, making their hot chocolates decadent and smooth. Luckily, they’ve now got two café locations (plus their city retail location) to get your fix – and pick up some pastilles to take home with you!
415 Harman’s Mill Road, Metricup
5123 West Swan Road, West Swan
317 Murray Street, Perth (retail only)
If you’re after an Insta-worthy hot drink, then look no further than Café 2TwentyFour. Their marvellous Wonderland Hot Chocolate is back again this winter to add a colourful pick me up and combat the grey skies. It features a lavish, warming drink with oozing chocolate drizzle, all served with a magical heap of pastel coloured fairy floss, marshmallows, sprinkles and of course, tiny teddies. This fun drink is sure to bring out the child in all of us!
4/224 Belmont Avenue, Cloverdale
Cioccolato’s botanical laneway is the perfect place to enjoy one of their lush hot chocolates. Tucked away under the ivy, it’s one of the nicest spots to enjoy a rainy day. Topped with plenty of chocolate shavings, their hot chocolates will make any winter’s afternoon a cosy delight.
One of the CBD’s quiet coffee achievers, Little Angel has earned legions of fans for their hot chocolates – which will warm you even when you’ve been chilled to the core by that icy cold Terrace wind.
Exchange Plaza, 2 The Esplanade, Perth
Header image: Cioccolato Espresso