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. 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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Kakawa Chippendale

The best chocolate shop in the inner west.

22 Kensington Street, Chippendale

Belle Fleur Fine Chocolates

Hand crafted chocolates made fresh daily.

584 Parramatta Road, Petersham

Just William Chocolates

A small shopfront catching the eye of shoppers on William Street.

4 William Street, Paddington

MADE by MakMak and Bakedown Cakery

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

Arcade One, Gaffa Gallery, 281 Clarence Street, Sydney

Kakawa Darlinghurst

Like Tiffany's for chocolate

147 William Street, Darlinghurst

Simon Johnson

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