Tucked up an inconspicuous alley (the type you might otherwise try and avoid), in 5 Eva Street, is Wellington's answer to chocolate done right.
A veritable cornucopia of delights, this bean to bar chocolaterie in the centre of Wellington's CBD is a treat.
Beans are processed, magic is made, chocolate emerges.
What more could a chocoholic ask for?
The hot chocolate (NZ $5) can be made with either cow's milk or soya milk, and you have a choice between 70% Peruvian or Dominican chocolate.
If you like a fruity, sweet taste, Peruvian is your thing.
If you prefer rich and malty (which I recommend), try the Dominican.
Believe me when I say, this might be the best hot chocolate you might ever taste.
Each cup is filled half-way with chocolate, and then steamed/frothed milk is poured over that, bringing it up to the brim of the cup. Your chocolate of choice is then sprinkled on top.
It is outrageously good. So good, in fact, that we went back for both consecutive weekends of the two weekends we were in Wellington to seek it out.
Each slab (NZ $13.50) is hand wrapped in both foil and an artistic thick paper cover, and sealed with a sticker.
We tried both the 70% hazelnut and the coconut milk chocolate (52% cocoa solids + dairy free + made with coconut sugar). Both were excellent.
It is wonderful to see the craftsmanship behind this artisanal chocolate.
If you ever find yourself in Wellington, New Zealand - find yourself in the Wellington Chocolate Factory.
Address: 5 Eva Street, Te Aro, Wellington.
By Bus: Wellington's bus system is hard to beat in terms of cost and convenience. Safe, friendly and clean (especially in comparison to Melbourne's disgustingly dirty trams), buy yourself a Snapper card, load money on it and tag on/off wherever you feel like going.
Catch any bus which runs past Courtenay Place. Alight at Manners Street, close to Arty Bees Books, Walk up Cuba Street, take a left at Dixon and a right into Eva Street. Look closely to find the sign for WCF. It's worth the trip.