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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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.
The Goat, Rittenhouse
The Goat knows exactly how to maximize fun for the whole family: order their s’mores hot chocolate, which comes topped with a torched marshmallow and served with a chocolate bar and graham crackers, for your kid, and then get a second one for yourself, spiked with booze.
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.
Rival Bros. Coffee, multiple locations
Swap out your morning cup of coffee for a sugar rush from Rival Bros. excellent hot chocolate, which is made with rich Valrhona cocoa, their housemate vanilla syrup, and steamed milk.
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.
Manatawny Stillworks, East Passyunk
Manatawny recently released a small batch of their vanilla barrel aged rum, which happens to pair exceptionally well with their oat milk hot chocolate.
Menagerie Coffee, multiple locations
Menagerie is particularly good at doing flavored coffee without making their drinks too sweet, and the hot chocolate is no exception. They make it with Omanhene chocolate, a single original cocoa from Ghana, and add steamed milk and your choice of sweetener (we like cinnamon.)
Four Seasons Philadelphia, Center City
With the over-the-top seasonal decorations, there’s no better spot in Philly to be transported to a (modern) winter wonderland. Order their newly added hot chocolate from the in-room dining menu, and you’ll be treated to a hot chocolate bomb served in a festive mug with a toasted marshmallow skewer on the side. It’s perfect for a night in watching movies with your kids (or just yourself.) Available starting December 1.
Fiore Fine Foods, Queen Village
Hot chocolate is all grown at Fiore with rich, intense, not-to-sweet drinking chocolate and a gigantic, house made marshmallows.
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
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.