You know and I know that Sue Lewis Chocolatier at the State Buildings is Perth’s go-to for hand-made chocolate treats.

Come February, the experienced Welsh-born chocolatier will open her second store as part of the the new Yagan Square development. A $74 million, three-storey project cradled inside the Horseshoe Bridge, Yagan Square reconnects the city centre with Northbridge and offers access to both the Perth train and bus stations.

“It’s one of the most exciting developments in Perth and a great project to be in with at ground level,” says Lewis. “It’s going to be very European style and somewhere you can get a drink but also hang out with the kids. It has such a lovely vibe.”

Although Lewis’s Yagan Square store is retail-only (she will continue to make chocolate at her State Buildings kitchen), the chocolatier hopes to fill the display cases with some exclusive items including smaller versions of popular bars.

Tying in with Yagan Square’s indigenous focus, Lewis wants to make more chocolates showcasing native ingredients: think chocolate truffles filled with myrtle-infused creams and saltbush caramel. Tempering demos and the – hurrah! – occasional lunchtime tasting are also on the cards.

“We want to be able to make fine, high-end chocolate, but we also don’t want to exclude anyone,” says Lewis.

Other food and drink offerings announced for Yagan Square include permanent homes for popular food trucks Soul Provider and The Fish Boss while Jimmy Soo and the Chimek crew will launch their new Hawaiian poke bowl concept, Ahi Poke.

Yagan Square is due to open in February.

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