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Where to Find the Best Hot Chocolate in Washington, DC

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

Brace yourselves, winter is here and along with it, the bitter cold. How will you weather the storm? We’ve got your survival guide right here, and it involves hot, melted chocolate beverages that are sweet, sinfully delicious and sometimes very adult.

1 Ice Cream Jubilee


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If there's a shoe-in for the most innovative, delicious hot chocolate in the city, it's Ice Cream Jubilee. First off, the creamy Nutella hot chocolate is composed of melted dark chocolate, potent cocoa and the hazelnut- and cocoa-infused ingredient for which it is named. The yin to that hot chocolate's yang: the malted white hot chocolate. It's literally white hot, and features homemade earl grey-lavender syrup, malted milk and melted hunks of white chocolate.

301 Water Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
1407 T Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

2 Baked by Yael

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As is the M.O. for Baked by Yael, DC's first cakepoppery®, which doles out sweet delights on a stick, the hot chocolate here also gets similar treatment. 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.

3000 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

3 Masa 14


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Just a year old, Masa 14’s renovated rooftop bar offers Cocoa Under The Stars, a free hot chocolate bar with snug vibes under heat lamps and plush blankets on every seat. So grab a mug to make your own hot cocoa creation, complete with fresh baked cookies, homemade whipped cream, candy canes, marshmallows and other goodies. It’s the perfect spot to warm up, and you can even spice things up and buy a shot of Bailey’s to spike it. Available daily, open-close.

4 Killer E.S.P.

Mocha from Killer E.S.P. in Chinatown - Where to find the best hot chocolate in Washington, DC

Started in Old Town Alexandria as a small and quaint coffee shop, Killer E.S.P. has made its way to the District, with a location opening in Chinatown in this fall.  Known for their mouthwatering pie and delicious espresso drinks, this unique little coffee shop has put a powerful twist on the traditional hot chocolate. Ask for a Killer Mocha to delight in Hot Cocoa with a kick (a shot of espresso). Traditional hot chocolate is also available for the purists out there.

675 I Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

5 Pitango Gelato

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With six locations throughout the capital region, including three 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.

660 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003
413 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
1841 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC 20009

6 National Gallery of Art

Hot chocolate at the National Gallery of Art - Where to find the best hot chocolate in Washington, DC

Once you’ve explored the National Gallery of Art’s East Wing, travel through the concourse via Multiverse, the light sculpture by Leo Villareal, to the museum’s Espresso & Gelato Bar. There, indulge in a delicious cup of hot chocolate paired with any one of the cafe’s baked goods. Looking for an outdoor experience at the gallery? Head to the sculpture garden to skate amid magnificent works of art and towering sculptures in a lush garden. Warm up with a mug of hot cocoa from the Pavilion Café, where spiked hot chocolate is available for those over 21.

6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

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Where to Find the Best Hot Chocolate in Washington, DC

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