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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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.
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.
Puyero, South Street
This Venezuelan street food spot is all about bringing seasonal specialties from their homeland to Philadelphia — and this month, they’re pouring piping cups of their thick, cinnamon-spiced Andino-style hot chocolate.
Café Y Chocolate, South Philly
Start with some tacos (and maybe an order of molten queso dip for the table) 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.
Shane Confectionery, Old City
Head to the back of this throwback candy shop to find their Chocolate Cafe, where you can sip rich, creamy drinking chocolates based on recipes beloved by the likes of Thomas Jefferson.
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.
Hip City Veg, Center City
For a hot cup of cocoa without the dairy, head to Nicole Marquis’s vegan fast-casual spot on the Penn campus, Rittenhouse Square, or Broad Street.
Saxbys, various locations
Go trendy with ruby hot chocolate, made with a ganache of ruby chocolate and steamed milk and a little whipped cream.
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.
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.
Cake Life Bake Shop, Fishtown
Go for campfire hot chocolate (topped with whipped cream, toasted meringues and house-made graham cracker crumbs), or take it over the top with Unicorn hot chocolate, a white hot chocolate topped with whipped cream, rainbow meringues and pastel sprinkles.