Hot Chocolate In The City: The District's Best Hot Chocolates

Carrie Murphy

Since Valentine's Day is coming up, I thought I'd round up some of the city's best hot chocolates. After all, it's still cccccccold outside and what better way to warm up than with than a steaming cup of hot cocoa? Add a Valentine into that equation and you've got a recipe for loooooove. (Or just a pleasant afternoon. Either way!)

It's not surprising that Co Co Sala makes incredible hot chocolate--after all it IS a chocolate restaurant. But that doesn't make their deliciously velvety drinks any less of a revelation: you can pick from dark, white or milk chocolate for your beverage, as well as pumpkin spice, caramel and other awesome flavors. Order up another chocolate-y dessert delight, sit at their shiny bar, and sip away.

Pitango Gelato (which also has three locations in the District, and one in Baltimore) is known as much for their hot chocolate as for their dreamy gelato. We like to order both: take a spoonful of cold, creamy gelato and then a quick gulp of hot, sweet chocolate. Truly, there's no other treat like it. 

Adams Morgan's Locolat Cafe has gotten a lot more popular in recent years, and deservedly so. Their food is always great, but we particularly love going there for their hot chocolate, which comes straight from Belgium and is totally worth the chilly walk from the Dupont metro station. 

The Sweet Lobby is another well-known spot for hot chocoholics (you have may seen it featured on the Food Network). Once you have a sip of their thick European-style hot chocolate, there's no turning back. It's amazingly sweet, but if you have a sweet tooth, you'll be craving more just as soon as your cup is done. A bonus: the sample size of the hot chocolate is often enough to satisfy a sweets craving, along with one of their tasty cupcakes.

Tacos and hot chocolate? For a tacoholic/chocoholic like me, it sounds like a perfect pairing. Taqueria Nacional serves amazing amazing amazing (yes, three amazings are necessary) Mexican hot chocolate. They begin serving it at 7 am with their breakfast menu and it goes until they run out, usually somewhere around 10 am. Chocolate drinks are said to have been invented by the Mayans, and Mexican hot chocolate, with it's semi-sweetness and spiciness (they use chili powder) has truly been perfected by Taqueria Nacional. 

Do you have any suggestions on where to go to get the best hot chocolate around? If there's a spot in your neighborhood that's serving up cups of exceptionally sweet steaming chocolate-y goodness, we'd love to add it to our list.


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