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The best chocolate shops in Sydney

Annie Gray

With Valentine's Day around the corner, it is perfectly acceptable to eat heaps of chocolate right? Maybe not. But if you are in the mood for a bit o' chocolate to celebrate, hit up some of the best chocolate shops that Sydney has to offer.

Adora: 2A Bligh St, Sydney

This chocolate shop doubles as a cafe and kitchen that serves coffee, cakes and pastries with a chocolate theme. Treat someone to a High Tea or how about a more in-depth look at how chocolate is created with a chocolate making class? Now that's a gift that keeps on giving! Buy the perfect gift of homemade chocolate boxes and beautiful hampers to give to your loved ones. If you have a fussy Valentine, why not let them decide on a sweet experience with an Adora handmade gift voucher.

Kakawa: 147 William St, Darlinghurst

This amazing chocolate shop is one not to be missed as it doubles as a chocolate factory! It may not be on the same scale as Willy Wonka's, yet there is a certain privilege a customer feels when you walk into the shop, being able to transparently see the chocolatiers making these fine treats that the shops sells. Using natural ingredients to create amazing chocolate bars, chocolate slabs and novelty chocolate CDs with flavours including date & marzipan, blueberry white chocolate and salted caramel, there is really something for everyone's tastes. Take home a Kakawa Gift Box to enjoy and there are multiple sizes including 2 to 50 chocolates to choose from. They also offer chocolate workshops every Saturday to master the process of matching different flavours of Ganache. You can book this event on their website http://kakawachocolates.com.au/chocolate-workshops/

Just William Chocolates: 4 William Street, Paddington

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This chocolate shop may be small in size but it is a jewel of a place! With quaint gift boxes tied up with brightly coloured bows and doily lined trays of chocolate truffles and chocolate bark, everything about the interior of this shop is so delicate and makes you feel like you have just entered the daintiest shop in the world! On the sliver tray lined shelves are a variety of chocolates filled with ganaches and creams, pralines filled with fruit, nut or alcohol and the signature quirky ganache filled Australian animals (think strawberry echidnas and orange koalas). Customers have been to this shop over generations as it is over 30 years old, rightly justifying how this little homemade chocolate shop has stood the test of time! Surprise your loved one this Valentine's Day with a Just William delivery so that they open the door to their very own signature Just William's gift box with a brightly coloured ribbon!

Pana Chocolate: 21 Fountain Street, Alexandria

After a vegan, raw and organic chocolate? Look no further than this alternative dessert bar, established to treat yourself to a chocolate that is free of gluten, dairy products, eggs and cane sugars. With exquisitely packaged chocolate bars with flavours like coconut and goji as well as raw cacao it will feel like you are nurturing your body with these wholesome ingredients rather than indulging in a naughty snack. You can also get a chocolate bar with a message such as "I Love you" and "Happy Valentine's Day" to celebrate this festive day or purchase a gift hamper filled with Pana goodies. Is this the answer to a healthier alternative to the traditional store bought chocolate? We think so!

With more authentic and personalised chocolately treats than a simple card and flowers, spoil another or yourself this Valentine's Day or any other time of the year for that matter!

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