Melbourne Walking Tour
For a piece of urban indulgence, get around a Melbourne Walking Tour, taking in the sights, smells and sweet treats hidden among the city’s labyrinth of laneways. Learn about the history, detail and intricate architecture of Melbourne’s iconic lanes and arcades while discovering local designers, artists and, of course, cacao artisans, with chocolate tastings at some of the city’s premier chocolatiers.
Cabosse & Feve Chocolates
When it comes to feel-good chocolate, the fine folk at Castlemaine’s Cabosse & Feve have nailed the brief. As well as being sinfully bingeworthy, their range of ethically sourced, single-origin Swiss couverture chocolate is sourced from sustainable cocoa farmers who are paid four times above Fair Trade wages. And, if that wasn’t enough, all of their packaging is biodegradable to boot. Get those chocolate endorphins flowing with a bite of their Bean to Bar range and see how, much like in wine, terrior can have a profound impact on the final flavours and profile of chocolate, too. Visit cabosseandfeve.com.au.
Join a one-hour chocolate-tasting experience and master the art of chocolate tasting at Mansfield’s Chocolaterie RenMar. Sit back with an exquisite hot chocolate while trained chocolatier Rene Slack explains the different flavour profiles of chocolate before taking you on a guided tasting where you will learn how to taste with your senses, rather than just mindfully indulge. From knowing how to pick a high-quality chocolate to being able to guess where the beans used to make it came from, you’ll be a cacao connoisseur in no time. Visit chocrenmar.com.
Echuca Chocolate Company
Just a short stroll from the Murray River paddlesteamers, in an unassuming corner store, you'll find one of Echuca Moama’s best-kept (and most delicious) secrets: Echuca Chocolate Company. Inside, rows of handmade artisan chocolate bars line the shelves, while beautifully decorated chocolate truffles and perfect pralines beckon from behind the glass counter. But it’s not just the decadent delights that will have you salivating: the rich, luscious and oh-so-lovely chocolate liqueurs are sure to send your tastebuds into overdrive. Visit echucachocolatecompany.com.au.
Indulge Cafe and Chocolate Lab
If you’re looking for further proof of why Bendigo was recently named a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, you'll find it at Indulge Cafe. Located in the heart of the central Victorian city’s shopping, arts and heritage precinct, Indulge’s brand of handcrafted chocolates uses ethically sourced Belgian callebaut to showcase local flavours. Think smoked salt chocolate bars made using locally harvested Pyramid Salt, honey and cinnamon milk chocolate ganache using nectar from locally sourced Newbridge Honey Co, and chocolate pannacotta infused with Heilala Vanilla. Visit indulgechocolates.com.au.