Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery

Given my last post was about chocolate walking tours you could be forgiven for thinking I have a one track mind. The chocolate walking tour I did some time back but the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery is where I've come from just a few short hours ago.

This place is new. Brand new and there has been much hype about it in the local media. It's not the easiest place to find if you aren't familiar with the Yarra Valley area and by the time you spot the large sign you have gone past it. Look for a large modern, unusual looking building on top of a hill in the middle of nowhere. I literally mean nowhere...this place is in a paddock.

The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery is both a cafe and a chocolate shop. Although there is some cafe seating inside, the majority of it is outside, albeit undercover, which might be a tad unpleasant on a windy cold weather day. My trip to the chocolaterie was for afternoon tea, something I came to regret when I saw some yummy looking pumpkin, spinach and fetta pizzas waft past my table. Still, my berry tart was pretty good and came served with a small cup of chocolate pouring sauce. My companion opted for an ice cream sundae which came in a glass large enough to house a goldfish.

You can't leave this place without purchasing something from the chocolate shop. Aside from some good old favourites like rocky road, chocolate drops and giant freckles there are some unusual flavoured chocolate blocks, bottles of delectable chocolate sauce, fancy chocolate nougats and so much more. This place is a chocolate lovers heaven!

Be warned, this place isn't cheap and the wait to order can be lengthy. Although there was plenty of staff on hand to serve and clean tables there were two registers with only one running most of the time which resulted in a wait in the queue of over 15 minutes. (The ice cream counter is manned separately). Aside from its shortfalls the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery is worth visiting at least once and you will be surprised by just how large it is.

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery

35 Old Healesville Road (cnr Melba Highway)
Yarra Glen Victoria
03 9730 2777

Monday to Sunday 9am-5pm
(except Christmas day)

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Image: © Suzanne Trew

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