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Where to Find the Best Hot Chocolate in Washington, DC

Ridiculously delicious hot chocolate and melty goodness awaits you at these DC hot spots.

Although DC may not be the first city that comes to mind when you think of hot chocolate, the creamy cocoas in this list rival those of any European capital. You’ll find no powder mixes here, just melted chocolate shavings and, in many cases, any kind of milk you’d like. What are you waiting for? Warm up this winter with a cup of chocolate cheer.


Pitango Gelato

With six locations throughout the capital region, including two in the District, you’re never too far from an authentic Italian gelato fix. But this Baltimore-based chain offers more than just the frozen treat. Pitango takes hot chocolate to a whole new level with its traditional sipping chocolate, an elixir straight from Torino, Italy. This thick, intense, bittersweet concoction has the consistency of pudding or melted chocolate. Packed full of low-fat, additive-free, pure cocoa, Pitango’s sipping chocolate makes for a smooth treat. Some enjoy it with steamed milk, whipped cream or even straight up.



Like Pitango, Dolcezza specializes in gelato but serves up some serious hot chocolate. Although you can grab a cup of choc year-round, the sharp, intense flavor of the seasonal Askinosie variety is something special, recommended for dark chocolate lovers.


Colada Shop

The handmade churros from the vibrant eatery were made for dipping into a cup of Cuban hot cocoa. The sweet cinnamon sugar swirls perfectly with the Spanish-style chocolate, making for the perfect combination sure to please your taste buds. Enjoy a cup of classic Cuban chocolate at The Wharf, Dupont Circle and 14th Street locations.


Café Georgetown

Known for its custom latte art by talented artisan baristas and cutting-edge printer, this charming café in historic Georgetown offers peppermint hot chocolate as part of its holiday menu. This hot drink at Café Georgetown is sure to glam up your ‘gram and get you ready for the season with colorful candy cane artwork floating on top.


Baked and Wired

Baked and Wired uses Callebaut, a Belgian brand of chocolate, melted down to craft essentially a perfect hot chocolate. That might be all you need to hear, but just in case you’re not convinced, the Georgetown bakery also offers a house-made whipped cream with notes of vanilla and caramel. And if you’re not into the dairy, drop a vegan marshmallow (also made in house) into it, instead. You’ll forget this place sells cupcakes.


L.A. Burdick Chocolates

Like its name suggests, L.A. Burdick Chocolates knows a thing or two about chocolate. The Boston-based shop adds a gem to DC’s food and drink scene with the “country’s best hot chocolate.” Customize your experience with either milk, white, dark or spicy dark chocolate for your drink.


Baked by Yael

As is the M.O. for Baked by Yael, DC's first cakepoppery®, the hot chocolate here comes your way served on a stick. Forget cocoa powder – stir a block of delicious gourmet Belgian chocolate on the end of a wooden spoon into the hot beverage of your choice: milk, water or coffee. The interactive element to this hot chocolate makes it taste that much sweeter.  While you're at Baked by Yael, be sure to check out their nut-free and kosher baked goods, made from scratch in their bakery across from the National Zoo.


Willard InterContinental

Cafe du Parc

The Willard InterContinental is a DC institution, and, for those who know, so is the hot chocolate. Grab a cup from the counter of Café du Parc, or order it at the storied Round Robin Bar. While we believe in hot chocolate year-round, this cup shines during the holidays, hopefully with snow, among the dazzling interior decor.


Bourbon Steak

Head inside the Four Seasons Hotel to the Lounge at Bourbon Steak for an indulgent take on the sweet treat. Made with a secret ingredient of condensed milk, this hot chocolate is lighter than many others on this list. Treat yourself to layers of flavor from the sweet and creamy drink served in adorable glass tumblers. 


Black Coffee

Black Coffee is a coffee shop that is doing hot chocolate right. No powders or syrups here, just melted chocolate in a perfect ratio to milk. Offering an incredible depth of flavor, the chocolate-y finish will stick with you but not overpower. Nearby, Blue Bottle churns out a similar no-frills cup of cocoa.

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