If you find yourself with a bit of a confection obsession and can honestly say that watching “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” makes you salivate in seconds, you no doubt love to check out the chocolate cafes that have been popping up around the world. If you’re planning a visit to Brisbane, you’ll be pleased to know that there are many chocolate cafes in the city where you can indulge your sweet tooth. From a plethora of hot chocolate varieties and sundaes, to gooey brownies, Spanish donuts, small chocolates and truffles, you’ll easily find a sugary concoction to satisfy your sweet tooth and take dessert to the next level. Read on for five great locations to enjoy a taste test at on your next visit.
With four locations in Brisbane (South Bank, Hamilton, Newstead and Bulimba), Max Brenner chocolaterias are accessible to most locals and plenty of tourists. Founded by the company’s namesake, Max Brenner, who has been making chocolate for over a decade, the stores feature large, gleaming spaces enhanced with mood lighting and fun art, a huge variety of individual sweets and a cafe menu that can make a person drool in seconds. Brenner says he read Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” at age 10 and swore at that time that he would find a river of chocolate and swim in it. While the swimming probably hasn’t happened, the business owner has opened up a world of chocolate delights to children and adults alike across Australia at his many store locations. Some of the brand’s signature dishes include a tasty chocolate fondue for two people; melted, thick hot chocolate in mugs that need to be “hugged”; chocolate brownie sundae concoctions; and chocolate pizzas.
Chocolateria San Churro
The concept of this chocolate cafe was born in 2004 when the founders enjoyed a trip through Spain and many indulgent meals of the Spanish donuts called “churros”. Back in Australia, the duo opened their first San Churro store in Melbourne in 2006 and has since expanded into 37 stores across five states. In Brisbane the company has two locations, one in South Bank and one in the centre of the city, where both locals and tourists can taste the sensation of freshly- made churros. The signature dish of the sugar and traditionally served with a cup of thick, rich Spanish hot chocolate.
If you’re staying in accommodation anywhere near Teneriffe on your next trip to Brisbane, don’t miss a visit to the local Dello Mano store. The founders of this celebrated business had a dream, in 2006, to create the best possible brownies that would also be packaged beautifully in a simple brown and cream box and make the perfect gift for people of all ages. That dream has come to life, and since the Dello Mano store opened it has shipped the now-famous brownies across Australia and throughout the world. Many celebrities, politicians and VIPs have enjoyed the indulgent treats, including actor Ashton Kutcher, who ordered a batch for his birthday in 2011. The store also creates wedding cakes, truffles, cookies, soufflés and fudge. Monty’s Chocolates Specialist chocolate store Monty’s Chocolates was first established in inner-city Paddington but now has a second store on Edward Street in the city centre. The shabby-chic decor of the chocolate parlours make them a relaxing, comfortable place to enjoy a sweet indulgence, and the menu features a variety of treats such as small chocolates, decadent hot chocolate, and organic coffee or fine leaf teas. The store’s founder sources fine chocolate from all over the world, including Australian brands such as Lief Chocolates and Cravve, plus international mainstays like Germany’s Coppeneur or the royal suppliers,
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Theobroma Chocolate Lounge The Theobroma Chocolate Lounge in Brisbane is situated in South Bank and provides customers with hot and cold chocolate drinks, melted chocolate dips, chocolate desserts, individual chocolate treats and other variations of sweet delights that will suit every taste. The Lounge also has a more extensive food menu that caters to customers looking for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The first Theobroma store opened in Melbourne in 2006, and the brand has now spread across Australia and gone international, expanding to New Zealand and Malaysia.