It’s a tough job but Liz Schaeffer is prepared to suffer for the cause – she tries the chocolate houses of Sydney to give you Five of the Best Places for a Chocolate Fix in Sydney. During its extensive lifetime chocolate has been sacrificed to the gods, improved even the smoothest kiss, and caused foodies everywhere to fall helplessly at its feet. So, it’s not surprising that chocolate stores keep popping up around Sydney. To help navigate the city’s cocoa jungle Liz Schaffer found five chocolate haunts that are definitely worth a visit.
684 Parramatta Road, Petersham
With owner and chocolatier Jan ter Heerdt having four-generations worth of chocolate making experience to draw from, Belle Fleur proves that chocolate really is an art form and even champagne corks should be devoured.
The elegant stores have a rather rustic aesthetic yet their quirk and passion shines through in the fudge, truffles and chocolates that take on every shape imaginable.
While the products change with the seasons the signature ‘Belle Fleur’ chocolate, a blend of orange and hazelnut, is always popular. Likewise, their ‘Lemon Meringue’, a sweet, creamy take on the traditional dessert, makes overindulgences unavoidable.
Just William Chocolates
4 William Street, Paddington
Everything delicious about Sydney can be found in its side streets; so naturally it’s where the aromatic Just William Chocolates has resided since 1984. This tiny, aromatic store is all about decadence. Indeed, their fashionable gold collection comes with praline, truffle or ganache centers and subtle touches of gold, while the fruity, alcohol infused bombs make a great afternoon pick-me-up. Personally, I’ve always had a thing for their bite-sized orange buttons, which show that good things ready do come in small packages.
Shop 1, The Strand Arcade, Sydney
Sydney’s oldest family owned chocolate manufacturing store is never quite. Even on rainy Thursday nights it’s difficult to spy Haigh’s signature chocolate frogs, which have hopped out the door for over 67 years, and walls of chocolaty goodness behind the throngs of cocoa loving shoppers. But it’s defiantly worth battling the crowds.
Originally founded in Adelaide by Alfred E. Haigh, the current chocolate recipe came about after Alfred’s grandson spent a year in Switzerland learning the tricks of the trade with Lindt & Sprungli. 60 years later the smooth, creamy texture remains, even if Haigh’s is no longer a cinema-going staple.
700 New South Head Road, Rose Bay
Established by the Kapos family back in 1939, Perfection’s hand made chocolates come with a delicious European twist and a sizeable local fan base. It’s also a remarkably friendly place to shop. From across their milk bar-esque counter I was met with greetings, recommendations and useful new facts – did you know chocolate is an anti-cancer, brain stimulator brought to Europe by the always-inquisitive Spanish?
Must haves include the famous Rocky Road and White Chocolate Honeycomb Clusters, which can make even the strongest Crunchie addiction a thing of the past.
Chocolateria San Churro
47 Glebe Point Road, Glebe
Chocolate is quickly becoming the ultimate gourmet indulgence that’s capable of holding its own against any cup of coffee or anti-oxidant drenched glass of red. It’s a creative, dreamy experience and San Churro, which channels the panache of the world’s oldest chocolate culture, shows us how to really indulge.
The dimply lit, ornate interior (a perfect first date setting) seems almost out of place amongst Glebe’s eclectic shop fronts. However, the dark leather chairs, arresting blue archways, and chic lights have a slight bohemian twist that compliments the signature truffle collection perfectly.
Although San Churro only has nine truffles on offer they remain truly innovative. The limited edition ‘Fire and Ice’ is a chili infused, avant-garde take on mint chocolate, while the ‘Sticky Date’ (a personal favorite) revamps butterscotch and dates in the sweetest way possible. This really is the sort of place you need to visit with a heroic amount of will power.
Then again, who needs will power when chocolate is on the menu?