The Swiss and Belgians have long had a stranglehold on the production of quality chocolate. And while many shops in Melbourne still work with couverture chocolate imported from Europe, a smaller number of operators have brought the entire process in-house, with impressive results. Expect to see more of this in future. We’re already a world leader when it comes to coffee, and there are many parallels between the two industries: the beans come from the same regions, both products involve fermentation and roasting, and even share terminology such as “single origin”.

In compiling this list, we haven’t discriminated between shops that re-mould European chocolate and those that actually roast, winnow and grind their own cacao beans – all we’re interested in is that the finished product is up to scratch. And in that respect, there’s plenty to choose from.

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Ratio Cocoa Roasters

Here, a single bar of chocolate takes four weeks and eight steps to make - and you can watch it all happen.

186 Sydney Road, Brunswick

Atypic Chocolate

Single-origin hot chocolates and whipped-cream meringue sandwiches? Merci beaucoup.

South Melbourne Market 322/326 Coventry Street, South Melbourne

East Elevation

This bustling warehouse looks like any other cafe in Melbourne, until you realise the hefty roaster behind the glass screen is for cacao beans, not coffee beans. The brand – Monsieur Truffe – got its start at the Prahran Market in 2006 and has steadily grown since then, which is no surprise given the excellence of its organic chocolate, which comes plain or studded with freeze-dried raspberries, sea salt, honeycomb and more.

351 Lygon Street, Brunswick East

Burch and Purchese Sweet Studio

Where science meets sweetness.

647 Chapel Street , South Yarra

Xocolatl

One of the few places in Melbourne where it is socially acceptable to dribble smears of chocolate down your chin.

123 Maling Road, Canterbury

Bibelot

A dessert boutique next to Chez Dré.

285-287 Coventry Street, South Melbourne

Mörk Chocolate Brew House

A bean-to-cup hot chocolate experience.

150 Errol Street, North Melbourne