Winter is now officially here and what better way to keep cozy than with a nice, warm cup of hot cocoa?
Based on the weather this past couple of weeks, 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 DC 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 DC spots to grab a cup of hot chocolate.
1. Ice Cream Jubilee, Logan Circle
Known for its original and scrumptious ice cream flavors, this ice cream parlor also serves some incredibly tasty hot chocolates. Ice Cream Jubilee offers three kinds of hot chocolates: a chocolatey, Nutella Hot Chocolate, a rich Earl Grey White Hot Chocolate, and a Peppermint Hot Chocolate for a holiday twist!
Where: 1407 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009; 301 Water St SE # 105, Washington, DC 20003.
When: Monday to Thursday, 2 to 10 p.m.; Friday through Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.
2. Café Georgetown, Georgetown
Leave it to Café Georgetown to create whimsical, seasonal drinks! This winter, the Georgetown coffee shop is serving regular and peppermint hot chocolates with whimsical candy cane decorations and cute gingerbread men cookies!
Where: 3141 N St NW, Washington, DC 20007.
When: Open daily for pick up from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
3. L.A. Burdick, Georgetown
Hot chocolate comes in small doses at this popular DC spot. But don’t be fooled by its small appearance, Burdick’s “drinking chocolate” is made with either their dark, milk or white chocolate blends, all mixed in a rich and creamy cup of chocolatey goodness!
Where: 1319 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007.
When: Open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
4.Tryst, Adams Morgan
This trendy coffee house in Adams Morgan serves its hot chocolate with a fresh, floral twist — lavender syrup! At Tryst, you can enjoy your hot chocolate the traditional way, choose to add their house-made lavender syrup, or kick things up a boozy notch by adding creme de menthe.
Where:2459 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009.
When: Open daily for pick up from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
5. Pytango Gelato & Café, Adams Morgan
This Baltimore-based café is known for its rich, thick and decadent cups of hot cocoa made with traditional sipping chocolate from Torino, Italy. Buonissimo!
Where: 1841 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009.
When: Visit their website for updated hours.
6. Colada Shop, 14th Street
This Cuban eatery serves their hot chocolates the traditional Spanish way — with homemade churros! Dip Colada’s mouthwatering, cinnamon-sugar-coated churros in a cup of their traditional Cuban hot chocolate and take in the wonderful waterfront views.
Where: 1405 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009.
When: Sunday through Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
7. Bayou Bakery, Arlington, VA
This New Orleans-style bakery in Arlington makes its hot cocoa with traditional Valrhona chocolate, Madagascar vanilla and a pinch of sea salt, all topped off with a generous dollop of whipped cream. Yum!
Where: 1515 N Courthouse Rd, Arlington, VA 22201
When: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; weekends, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
8. Nicecream, Shaw
This popular nitrogen ice cream spot creates its chocolatey concoctions using their homemade chocolate syrup and grass-fed cow’s milk. Options include a spicy Mexican, caramel, lavender, or Nutella hot chocolate, all topped off with whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup!
Where: multiple locations
When: Check Nicecream’s website to see the opening hours for your closest shop.
9. Farewell, H Street
For a dairy-free option head on over to Fare Well the vegan bakery in H Street. This plant-based spot offers all of the chocolatey goodness of traditional hot chocolate with none of the dairy and gives you the option of choosing coconut, soy, oat milk, or even no milk for your drink!
Where:406 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002.
When: Wednesday and Thursday, 4 to 8:30 p.m.; Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
10. Stable DC, H Street
If there’s something Switzerland is known for is for its incredible chocolate. So it should come as no surprise that Stable, DC’s only Swiss restaurant, serves some of the best hot cocoa in town. Try their Schoggi Twist made with hot caotina chocolate with Godiva chocolate and mint liquors, and, of course, whipped cream, for a cup of tasty, boozy cocoa!
Where: 1324 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002.
When: Thursday and Friday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. t0 2 p.m.
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