The Swiss and Belgians have long had a stranglehold on the production of quality chocolate. And while many shops in Sydney still work with couverture chocolate imported from Europe, a smaller number of operators have brought the entire process in-house, with impressive results.

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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Kakawa Darlinghurst

Cafe

From the chocolate-making process to the delicate, handcrafted results glowing at the front counter – everything here is on display. The city’s finest.

147 William Street, Darlinghurst

Belle Fleur Fine Chocolates

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This chocolatier looks more like a jewellery store than a sweet shop. Although the endless choices here draw on four generations of family tradition, Belle Fleur isn’t afraid to experiment with new flavours and techniques.

584 Parramatta Road, Petersham

Just William Chocolates

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From its eye-catching shopfront to the gift box packaging, this is one of Sydney’s most aesthetic chocolate shops. Decadent truffles, pralines, liqueur bombs, ganaches and old fashion favourites lie within.

4 William Street, Paddington

Vegan Chocolate Co

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This inner west chocolatier does handmade vegan takes on Tim Tams, Cherry Ripes and Snickers. Plus, a vegan version of the classic Wagon Wheel made in collaboration with the food technologist who helped create the original.

360 New Canterbury Road, Dulwich Hill

MADE by MakMak and Bakedown Cakery

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Get blocks of chocolate from Bakedown Cakery, or grab some chocolate-chip cookies or macarons.

Arcade One, Gaffa Gallery, 281 Clarence Street, Sydney

Simon Johnson

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Simon Johnson doesn't make its own chocolate, but it holds the exclusive license to premium international brands like Valhrona chocolate and Duchy Originals.

55 Queen Street, Woollahra