World Chocolate Day: Perth’s best places to satisfy your choc cravings

Looks good, doesn't it? Photo: iStock
Looks good, doesn't it? Photo: iStock

WE don’t think you need a special reason to enjoy chocolate, but this Friday July 7 gives us the perfect excuse to ditch the diet anyway.

It’s World Chocolate Day, so what better time to splash out on some choccies?

Chocolate has been around in various guises for thousands of years but in the last century chocolatiers have taken the sweet treat into the realm of high art.

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Whether your penchant is for milk or dark, Cadbury’s Dairy Milk to the highest of high-end Lindt Berne ($12 a block!!) – Friday is a day when you should enjoy one of mankind’s greatest ever creations.

Here are some of the best chocolate shops in and around Perth, so you can get your choc on this Friday.

Chocolate Drops, The Tearooms, Yanchep National Park 

A specialty chocolate shop and cafe located within the picturesque Yanchep National Park, Chocolate Drops have been creating unique quality handmade chocolates since 2005. The dark chocolate drops are a highlight, and if white chocolate is your thing be sure to try the dolphins.

Fremantle Chocolate, 20/8 Sustainable Avenue, Bibra Lake and 60 Market Street, Fremantle 

With a host of beautiful chocolates, fudges, truffles and pralines, Fremantle Choclate can satisfy whatever your sweet tooth is craving. You can buy chocolate at head office in Bibra Lake, or try the store in Freo if you’re having a wander round the port city.

Whistler’s Chocolate Factory, 506 Great Northern Highway, Middle Swan 

A trip to the Swan Valley should not be complete with a stop in at Whistler’s, a company which boasts probably the best slab of rocky road we’ve ever had the good fortune to get our hands on. Leave room for a chocolate pretzel too!

The Raw Kitchen, 181A High Street, Fremantle

The Raw Kitchen is a forward-thinking venue that creates wonderful food with a keen eye on health and sustainability. Be sure to try some of their boutique vegan chocolate, and their super-choc bliss balls are to die for.

John Walker Chocolatier, Karrinyup Shopping Centre 

Although it has other stores at Garden City Booragoon and London Court in the CBD, John Walker Chocolatier is locally owned and has been operating in Karrinyup since 1987. It’s not hard to see why the company has stood the test of time, with a wonderful range of chocolate boxes. Try the almond rough, and the peanut brittle is another winner.

Decadent Cs Chocolate and Cafe, 25 Husband Road, Barragup

Not just a choc shop, Decadent Cs is a fully fledged cafe run by chocolatier Jenny Todd and her husband Neil, while daughter Natarlie Woodman creates amazing custom cakes. The desserts are incredible, and chocolate is a key feature. This is one cafe that more than lives up to its name.

Guylian Café, 101 St George’s Terrace, Perth 

Guylian Cafe has fast become a go-to spot for inner-city choc lovers since opening in May. It offers all of the deluxe chocolate manufacturer’s goodies, including chocolates, cakes, tarts and slices.

Koko Black, 140 William Street, Perth and Claremont Quarter 

Beginning life in Melbourne in 2003, Koko Black has grown to have a presence in Adelaide, Sydney, Canberra and two outlets right here in Perth. With an astounding selection of the very best chocolates, Koko Black – if we may be so bold – offers the most delicious array of hot chocolate blends we’ve ever seen.

Margaret River Chocolate Company, 317 Murray Street Perth and 5123 West Swan Road, West Swan

A WA staple for years, it’s tough to go past The Margaret River Chocolate Company. As well as the original factory in Margaret River, it has cafes at its factory in Perth’s Swan Valley and in the city, where you can enjoy delicious breakfasts and light lunches as well as a selection of cakes, desserts, chocolate fondues and absolutely stunning hot chocolate.