Review: Melbourne chocolate tasting tour reveals the inner city’s sweetest secrets
Melbourne's quirky laneways and inner-city arcades harbour delicious delights around every corner, including a high concentration of quality chocolatiers. Join this guided walking tour to a selection of the best options. Review: Adam Ford
Melbourne chocolate tasting tour with Chocoholic Tours
Enjoy a decadent afternoon stroll around the Victorian capital’s inner-city chocolate shops on this fabulous Melbourne chocolate tasting tour. You’ll be guided through the CBD’s quirky laneways and arcades, and try a range of sweet treats. Duration: 2.5 hours (approx.)
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I’m standing on Melbourne’s glitzy Collins Street, devouring a chocolate caramel dome.
It’s exquisite. It quite literally melts in my mouth in a matter of seconds, as only fine chocolate can. It’s a moment of pure, unadulterated deliciousness from Melbourne chocolate maker Ganache.
Melbourne has always been a gastronomical hotspot, so it’s no real surprise that this city has a significant sweet tooth — and an artisanal chocolate industry to match. However, what might surprise you is just how concentrated it is.
Within the confines of two or three square city blocks; hidden down laneways and by-ways; within historic arcades and holes in the wall; you’ll find a huge number of boutique chocolatiers hard at work – from prestigious family companies like Haighs Chocolates in the Block Arcade to anti-establishment start-ups, hell-bent on stirring the pot.
To learn more, I’ve joined Jessica from Chocoholic Tours on the company’s signature Melbourne chocolate tasting tour — a decadent afternoon stroll around Melbourne’s inner-city chocolate blocks. I take the opportunity to ask Jessica a few questions.
Why is Melbourne such a chocoholic’s delight?
Melbourne has been mad about chocolate since the 1840s when the first individual pastry and confectionary shops opened their doors. By the 60s and 70s all that was left were the large corporate chocolate companies, but today it’s all about individual boutiques once again — and very passionate career chocolatiers.
So this inner-city community has gradually evolved. And when you go inside any of the chocolate boutiques and salons on our Melbourne chocolate tours, you can see and feel the passion straight away. It’s in the amazing hand-crafted designs and intricate moulds.
We have a lot of entrepreneurs here, driven by fine chocolate making and ready to take on the world!
What’s so special about Melbourne’s chocolate scene?
Most of the city’s chocolatiers are hidden away and that’s what makes them so special. You would wander past in the street and not even know they were there. Once you’ve found them though, you can indulge in a velvety truffle, a sneaky hot chocolate, a slice of dark chocolate mud cake or even lash out on a dessert degustation — without anyone walking past the window and seeing you.
Can you share some of the city’s best kept chocolate secrets?
Of course! There are so many that we share on our Melbourne chocolate tasting tour, but here are a couple. Let’s start with the Brugge Room at Koko Black in the Royal Arcade. Few people know about this opulent retreat hidden upstairs in the company’s flagship salon. You can sit and enjoy a sweet treat right in the heart of this hectic city, without anyone catching you in the act.
So many people that come on our tours have never been to Chokolait in the Hub Arcade before and I just love taking them down the stairs to this hidden gem. Chokolait is really famous for their quad-ripple dark chocolate Pavlova. They also stock gorgeous fine Australian-origin chocolate from Daintree Estates in North Queensland.
Adam Ford is editor of The Big Bus tour and travel guide and a travel TV presenter, writer, blogger and photographer. Adam has travelled extensively through Europe, Asia, North America, Africa and the Middle East. He worked as a travel consultant for a number of years with Flight Centre before taking up the opportunity to travel the world himself as host of the TV series Tour the World on Network Ten. Adam also appears regularly as a travel commentator on Sky News Business Class. He loves to experience everything a new destination has to offer and is equally at home in a five-star Palazzo in Pisa or a home-stay in Hanoi.