There’s nothing like strong hot chocolate for giving the cold a smack and sending it running home in tears. Ha! Stupid cold. Say hi to your mother for us, okay?
There’s regular milkbars, and then there’s Daisy’s Milkbar. This place is a whimsical wonderland of colour and kitsch, and dishes up some of the yummiest cafe fare in town. Whether it’s fresh fruit tarts or hefty burgers that make you swoon, you’ll be very well looked after here. As for the hot chocolate? It’s smooth, sweet and thoroughly wholesome, and served with a toasted marshmallow.
“The Beach Boys on the speakers, pin-up girls taking orders, a cordial station, jars of sweets and gingham curtains … If this place was any cuter I could be sick. Luckily this inner west café is perfect for the old-fashioned milk bar menu. Think shakes, Jaffles and sundaes – but with a modern twist.” – Miss Dissent
Any ice cream fan worth their salt(ed caramel) in Sydney knows RivaReno, but what you might not know is that there’s plenty of reasons to swing by even when the weather’s cold. In this case, the main one is the delectable hot chocolate they serve up. Much like <insert reality TV star of choice>, it’s incredibly thick and rich, made with single-origin 64% cocoa sourced straight from Madagascar.
“RivaReno Gelato is my favourite place in Surry Hills! I love the ice cream here! Last time I went with my family and really enjoyed it! Thanks guys for such a great ice cream.” – AlDe
Another ice cream powerhouse, Cremeria De Luca has been scooping out the good stuff ever since the breezy days of 1937. Once again, however, it’s the hot chocolate that’s truly captured our hearts this time. It’s proper Italian style, which means it’s so thick that it’s practically chocolate pudding. There’s a variety flavours too, such as hazelnut, salted caramel, rose, orange blossom and mint.
“Cremeria De Luca is the place to go! Love the authenticity and people. The coffee and deserts are absolutely delicious!” – MSPTAB
T Totaler is a cute tea bar in the Galeries, and it’s pretty much the definition of a hidden gem. As well as settling down for a nice cup of something hot, you can buy all sorts of nifty tea-based bits and bobs, so it’s great if you’re shopping for interesting gifts. Of course, the main draw is the French Earl Grey Hot Chocolate! It’s hot choccy infused with tea, and topped with fairy floss for good measure.
“Went here to try the French Earl Grey Hot Chocolate, in was a really subtle tea flavour, blended nicely with the hot chocolate, topped with rose water petals and fairy floss! Loved it! Mostly a tea shop selling products but a range of drinks available to take away.” – Kurt & Sarah C
Bright, bustling and big on local produce, West Juliett is everything great about the Sydney cafe scene. The staff are lovely and they really know their stuff, and they’ll make sure you’re looked after from the second you enter to the moment you leave. The hot chocolate is dreamily indulgent, made by pouring freshly steamed milk over sumptuous Callebaut chocolate. Irresistible!
“Very impressive cafe. The fit out is cool, and staff are too. Food is different but very yummy interesting options. Coffee is good and strong. Can get very busy so don’t come right on lunch without expecting to wait a little.” – jmer