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Chocolate for the soul

Creative hot chocolates, cosy cafes and an extra serving of locally made chocolate.

Hot Choc Challenge Bellbird Eatery
Sweet As Hutt Hot Chocolate Challenge
Photo credit: Bellbird Eatery
Cupcake Sweeties
Cupcake Sweeties
Photo credit: Cupcake Sweeties

The fight is on to make the best Hot Chocolate

From marshmellow topped and cream covered concoctions to 'spiked' chocolatey-brews, Lower Hutt is pumping out hot chocolates decadent enough to warm you from head to toe. Taste your way through the annual Sweet As Hutt's Hot Chocolate Challenge or sip on pure chocolatey goodness all year round at The Chocolate Story.

A masterpiece to eat on the way home

Let creativity flow each Saturday at Cupcake Sweeties, taste the flavour of the week and stay to watch their passionate instore demonstrations. 

Home Harvest Cafe credit home harvest cafe
Home Harvest Cafe
Photo credit: Home Harvest Cafe
Grind Coffee Milkshake credit NZ.Rach
Grind Coffee Lounge
Photo credit: NZ.Rach

Home baking in the setting of an 1865 homestead

Admire the crockery at Home Harvest Cafe while enjoying a traditional Devonshire tea, served with clotted cream and a pot of loose leaf tea. Or sink your teeth into a decadent strawberry chocolate macaron or lemon raspberry meringue slice, locals swear by them!

Take a friend so you can sample theirs

Hands down the best milkshakes are found at Grind Coffee Lounge. Flavour themes change every month, these funky-named shakes will have you going back to try them all.

Seashore Cabaret
Seashore Cabaret
Zany Zeus Chocolate Cake
Zany Zeus

Coffee and chocolate!

Our roasters keep the coffee machines full of locally roasted coffee - so look out for one of five local roasters Bravo at Janus Bakkerij, Good Fortune Coffee Co, Karamu Coffee, Ripe Coffee, Revive Espresso.

More for chocolate addicts

Grab a slice of Zany Zeus's world-famous cake or a scoop of their gold medal winning Ghana chocolate or rose water and coconut icecream - plus all the other great flavours you can buy by the litre - they do soy too! Savour the handmade amazingness of local favourite The Chocolate Story any time of the year.