Winter is notoriously harsh here in Boston, and what better way to keep cozy than with a nice, warm cup of hot cocoa?
Based on the mountains of snow outside our windows right now, it’s pretty obvious we’re officially in hot chocolate season. This tasty, chocolatey cup of absolute goodness is key to keeping warm during the cold New England winters and even boosting one’s intelligence! So because we cannot go through winter without this wonderful, decadent elixir, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite Boston spots to grab a cup of hot chocolate.
1. L.A. Burdick, Back Bay
Hot chocolate comes in small doses at this popular Back Bay spot. But don’t be fooled by its small appearance, Burdick’s “drinking chocolate” is made is with either their dark, milk or white chocolate blends, all mixed in a rich and creamy cup of chocolatey goodness!
Where: 220 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA; 52 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA
When: Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
2. Thinking Cup, Multiple Locations
One of the best places to grab coffee in The Hub, Thinking Cup also offers two excellent kinds of hot chocolate: A French-style one made with melted chocolate and a Tainori Valhrona. Yum!
Where: multiple locations
When: Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
3. Tatte Bakery, Multiple Locations
Coffee and baked goods are pretty amazing at Tatte, but their Belgian hot chocolate is a total must try as well! Their drinking chocolate is hand mixed using Valrhona chocolate for a creamy, rich cup of some of the best hot chocolate in town!
Where: Multiple locations
When: Check Tatte’s website for the exact hours of the shop neartest to you.
4. Paris Creperie, Coolidge Corner
This coolidge corner takes hot chocolate to a whole new level with their decadent nutella hot chocolate. Pair it with one of their amazing crepes for the ultimate chocolatey experience!
Where: 278 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446
When: Daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
5. Stephanie’s on Newbury, Back Bay
This Newbury spot has gone all out for hot chocolate season! Stephanie’s is currently offering four decadent options including a classic hot chocolate, a dark bittersweet, a dulce de leche and a toasted coconut one. Plus they can all be spiked up with your choice of Baileys, chocolate or caramel vodka and coconut rum. Yum!
Where: 190 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116.
When: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
6. Oakleaf Cakes Bake Shop, South End
All of Oakleaf’s hot chocolate mixes are made in house including a spicy Aztec Hot Chocolate with cinnamon, dark cocoa and cayenne pepper. Add a homemade marshmallow and you’re good to go!
Where: 12 Westland Ave, Boston, MA 02115
When: Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
7. Diesel Café, Sommerville
At this Sommerville cafe they make their hot chocolate using chocolate syrup in house with Dutch cocoa powder, sugar, and water for a rich and tasty cup of cocoa. You can snag a cup by making your order online and picking up it up curbside!
Where: 257 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144
When: Daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
8. Curio Coffee, Cambridge
At Curio they serve their Taza hot chocolate with a side of the best waffles in Massachusetts — the perfect combo for keeping warm and cozy on a cold winter’s day!
Where: 441 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141
When: Monday through Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
9. FoMu, Allston
Are you dairy and gluten-free? Don’t worry, FoMu’s got you with its delicious vegan and dairy-free hot cocoa. All of the chocolatey goodness with non of the dairy!
Where: 481 Cambridge St. Allston, MA
When: Open daily from 1 to 9 p.m.
10.Cacao, Jamaica Plain
This Jamaica Plain spot focuses on producing delicious combinations of nuts and chocolates, but with a shop entirely dedicated to selling the best cacao has to offer you can imagine they also have some pretty good hot chocolates. Cacao offers three types of drinking chocolate including a traditional one, a 70% dark chocolate mix and a spicy hot chocolate!
Where: 660 Centre St, Boston, MA 02130.
When: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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