Where to Warm Up With Hot Chocolate in Philly Right Now

It’s cold out there. Get yourself a steamy cup of chocolatey goodness at these Philly spots.


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The hot chocolate at Fiore is divine. Photograph courtesy Fiore

Whether you like it dark and rich or served with an artisanal marshmallow on top, these Philly hot chocolate spots are sure to warm you up and satisfy your sweet tooth.

Sazon, Spring Arts
Chef-owner Judith Suzarra-Campbell handles the kitchen at this homestyle Venezuelan BYO — and her husband and co-owner Robert Campbell, a.k.a. The Chocolate Alchemist, makes rich, fair trade drinking chocolates straight from the bean. Get one with churros on the side.

Franny Lou’s Porch, Kensington
Franny Lou’s is excellent at drinks (see: their Sick and Tired ginger beer, lemonade, and smoothies). The hot chocolate is no exception, and it’s made with fair-trade hot chocolate.

Grindcore House, Multiple locations
Most great hot chocolates lean on a lot of very rich dairy, but Grindcore makes all of theirs with non-dairy milk. Choose between coconut, oat, soy, macadamia, almond or an extra-rich soy cream.

Herman’s Coffee Bar, Pennsport 
Herman’s does their own hot chocolate, steaming and rich, as well as usually offering a handful of high-end hot chocolate mixes in their well-stocked grocery section.

RIM Cafe, Italian Market
This French-Italian cafe is a longtime Philly favorite (and Best of Philly winner) for owner Rene Kobeitri’s decadent, artisanal hot chocolate — including special flavors like white chocolate-peanut butter and tiramisu.

 

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Hey Sugar, Old City or shipped 
Sometime in the last six months, the Internet went crazy for hot chocolate bombs, which are confections made to melt in hot milk to create a rich beverage. Hey Sugar, a remote confectionery in Philly, started making Gritty-shaped hot chocolate bombs, and the rest is history. Order them for pick-up at Bloomsday Cafe, or have them shipped to you.

Café Y Chocolate, South Philly
Start with some tacos (and maybe an order of molten queso dip) and finish with the namesake hot chocolate at this Mexican cafe.

Anthony’s Italian Coffee & Chocolate House, Italian Market
This fourth-generation shop on Ninth Street is the perfect place to score a house-made cannoli or crisp, flaky sfogliatella along with a hot cup of cocoa, spiked with amaretto, peppermint, Nutella, or straight up.

Fiore Fine Foods, Queen Village
Hot chocolate is all grown at Fiore with rich, intense, not-to-sweet drinking chocolate

J’aime French Bakery, Midtown Village
Warm up and get your sweet treat fix with steamy cup of hot chocolate and a tender madeleine at Bastien Ornano’s chic cafe and bakery.

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Shane Confectionery, Old City
This throwback candy shop has an entire Chocolate Cafe, where in normal times you can sip rich, creamy drinking chocolates. In the meantime, order their milk and dark hot chocolate mixes and drinking chocolate online.

Elixr Coffee, Center City
When you’re already too wired for a pour-over of Elixr’s house-roasted, single-origin coffees, sip a rich cup of their hot cocoa instead.

La Colombe Headquarters, Fishtown
The hometown coffee roaster’s gleaming cafe on Frankford Avenue serves up unsweetened cocoa mixed with steamed milk so that you can sweeten to taste.

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Weckerly’s, Fishtown
Part of why Weckerly’s ice cream is so good is because they use very high quality dairy, which also happens to make excellent hot chocolate. Top it with two house-made, torched marshmallows because life is worth living.