Last updated on June 18th, 2023 at 05:49 pm
I have a few loves in my life, two that appear high on my list are chocolate and coffee. And at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery I recently spoilt myself with both. So if you are a coffee and or chocolate lover like me, make sure you don’t miss this place on your trip in to the Yarra Valley.
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Where is the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery
The quickest way is to take the Maroondah Highway to the Yarra Valley – unless you know the back roads
The Yarra Valley is about an hour’s drive east of Melbourne along the Maroondah Highway. It is known as being one of Australia’s premier wine regions but it is also home to loads of local produce. Like cheese, tea, handmade jams, a brewery, a gin maker, plenty of wineries and of course, chocolate. Now just outside of Yarra Glen on Old Healesville Road you will find the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery.
Why Visit the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery
Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate – that’s why! Attention all chocolate lovers, there are a number of reasons to visit the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery. Apart from taste testings dozens of different chocolate, try some delicious ice cream flavours, join a workshop to make your own or enjoy something chocolaty in the coffee shop. Sounds like a good day out in the Yarra Valley to me!
How to Spend Your Time at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie
Wall of Chocolate
The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery is based on 40 acres of prime land in the Yarra Valley. When you arrive, the first place you will head to is the main building housing the factory, shop and cafe. Entry is free. When you walk in through the main door you are greeted with the sweet smell of cocoa and by a massive array of chocolate. Where ever you look, there is chocolate.
The Chocolate Factory
Where the chocolate magic happens
If you veer to the left after walking through the main door you will see the factory area, through the glass petition where the chocolate is made. Yes, all chocolate in made in-house by European chocolatiers from mostly locally sourced ingredients. Stand and watch for a while the chocolatiers at work. Watch them make and pack the chocolates and dream of standing in there too making and enjoying some. And if you are there at the right time you can participate in chocolate making classes. The Junior Chocolatier class is a popular class as is the Taste and Create session. Check out the classes available here.
The Chocolate Shop
1 Kilo or 1 Metre of Chocolate – which to choose
The chocolate shop is huge and often packed with visitors. Walking around the shop is an experience. Wherever you turn there is chocolate – milk, white and dark chocolate. From 1 kilogram blocks to 1 metre long blocks to soft centres, to eggs, to chocolate in different shapes of native Australian animals to truffles. There is also chocolate on a stick to melt in your coffee, chocolate cook books and chocolate related knick knacks to purchase. Even some beauty products such as the chocolate lip balm – hmmmm and the chocolate hand cream. Be warned you won’t walk out of the chocolaterie empty handed. I usually leave with a giant Polka Dot – a circle of chocolate with hundreds and thousands on it. And a bag, or two, of Rocky Road – a mixture of marshmallows and nuts held together by chocolate.
Enjoy a Sweet Treat in the Cafe
Chocolate Brownies are just the best in the Cafe
If needing a pick me up or even if not, there is a cafe in the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery serving yummy chocolate fair that you can have with a chocolaty drink. I can highly recommend their chocolate brownie with a hot chocolate. If wanting something more savoury tasting, there is plenty on offer. And the views through the massive windows over the Yarra Valley from the cafe are just breathtaking.
Walk Around the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie Grounds
Enjoy great views over the Yarra Valley
Once you have indulged at the chocolaterie why not get an ice cream from the gelaterie. There are some 40 flavours to choose from. Enjoy your ice cream sitting outside on the sprawling lawns amongst the colourful sculptures. Or perhaps walk, or maybe run around the orchards and wetlands and take in the gorgeous views of the Yarra Valley while burning some of the chocolate and ice cream calories you have consumed.
How to Organise Your Visit to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery
35 Old Healesville Road
Yarra Glen VIC 3775 (Cnr of Melba Highway)
Open daily from 9am – 5pm and can be a very popular place to visit during the week but particularly on the weekend.
As mentioned, the Chocolaterie is a short drive from Melbourne. And there is plenty of free parking if you drive yourself. If you don’t have a car check out renting one here. Or you could take a tour and tie your visit in to other delights that you will find in the Yarra Valley or even a road trip through the Dandenongs.
Are You Ready to Visit the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie?
I hope you enjoyed this post on the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery. It’s a place I visit often as I live on the doorstep of the Yarra Valley. I really hope you make the time to visit during your travels into the Yarra Valley. If you have I’d love to hear your experience, or if I have inspired you and you have any questions, ask away in the comments.