As much as I love coffee and tea, when the temperatures in Boston begin to drop, the only drink I crave is a warm, rich cup of hot chocolate.
Hot chocolate has long been my cold weather beverage of choice, so over the years, I’ve sipped and sampled many of the city’s hot cocoa offerings, and found what I consider to be the ultimate hot chocolate picks! On the next chilly Boston day, forget the packet of Swiss Miss, and cozy up with a cup of one of my favorite hot chocolates!
The A-Lyst for Boston’s Most Delicious Hot Chocolate
This charming Hanover Street café is one of the cutest in the city, and wow, do they make a delicious hot chocolate! I love coming here on a lazy Sunday with friends or as a sweet ending to a date night in the North End. Take a seat by the window, order a cup of their Cioccolatto Caldo and a delicious cannoli, and you’ll find yourself instantly transported to a café in Rome. Fun fact: Caffé Vittoria, which opened in 1929, was the first Italian café in Boston! 290 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113
I love anything and everything red velvet, which makes the Red Velvet Hot Chocolate at Jaho one of my favorite variations of this classic drink. Beyond the fact that Jaho’s hot cocoa is deliciously creamy, I adore the fact that it’s the perfect hue of red! If you love unique hot chocolate flavors, this one is for you! 1651 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118
The Harvard Square outpost of renowned chocolatier L.A. Burdick is one my favorite spots. While the shop and cafe are often bustling with college students and tourists, I still find it to be the perfect respite on a chilly day. While their “Drinking Chocolate” aka hot chocolate is incredibly decadent and I usually can never finish it by myself, the Milk Chocolate variety is outstanding! Let’s just say, they call it “drinking chocolate” instead of hot chocolate for a reason. It’s intense…but in a good way! 52 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
If you are a self-proclaimed chocoholic, head over to the Boston Public Market and the Taza Chocolate Bar. Using only the best stone ground chocolate, the Taza staff aka chocolate baristas will work with you to customize the hot chocolate of your dreams. You can choose the type of chocolate, milk, flavor, and toppings (think fresh whipped cream or marshmallows!). Oh, and don’t miss the churros, which in my opinion, are the perfect hot chocolate dipping dessert! 100 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02108
This indie café and bookshop is a Newbury Street original, and even after 30+ years in business, it still draws quite the crowd! While I love coming here to peruse their book selection, a visit is never complete without grabbing a cup of their White Chocolate Hot Chocolate. Beyond books and hot cocoa, Trident serves up delicious brunch fare, frappes, and fresh juices; all of which I’d recommend. They also host artists and authors, so make sure to check their calendar for upcoming events. 338 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02115
I love throwing on a few layers, grabbing a cup of the oh-so-rich, but oh-so-delicious French Hot Chocolate, and taking a seat on the sidewalk patio of the Thinking Cup’s Newbury Street location for some good ol’ people watching! This hot chocolate is comprised of 64% Tainori Valhrona drinking chocolate, which basically equates to it being really, really good. The sizes may seem small, but trust me, a little goes a long way…it’s chocolate heaven. 85 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
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