With the weather getting colder outside, there’s never been a better time to get a warm cup of hot chocolate. This is especially true if you love the outdoors, as you get to reward all your activity with a tasty mug of chocolate. I’ve been in Seattle for over 25 years, so here are my top recommendations for where to get hot chocolate in Seattle.
If you love all things chocolate, you’ll want to make a stop at Chocolati Café on Greenwood Avenue. You’ll be greeted with the sweet smell of chocolate as soon as you walk in, thanks to their variety of freshly made truffles and other sweets. You’ll find everything from candy cane truffles to sea salt caramels to chocolate-dipped Oreos.
Once you get over gawking at all the chocolate, it’s time to order your hot chocolate. What makes this one of the best places to get hot chocolate in Seattle is the different options you have. Unlike most places where you can only order one type, you can get dark chocolate, Peruvian hot chocolate, Belgian hot chocolate and more.
Once you have your drink, go to the back of the store to settle into a chair. I recommend bringing a book, as it’s a quiet place to relax that feels partly like a library.
While I love the Greenwood location best, you can also find them in Greenlake, Wallingford, the downtown library and Factory Outlet in Seattle.
I love heading to University Village for a little shopping and ending the day by getting hot chocolate at Fran’s Chocolate. Their dark hot chocolate is not only delicious but both gluten-free and vegan, so you can enjoy it even if you have food allergies. You can also buy a canister to take home and make your own, which I highly recommend.
To make your hot chocolate even more unique, try adding one of their sauces, including raspberry, dark chocolate, and caramel (which you can also purchase to take home). These go well with not only hot chocolate but any dessert you have.
You can also find Fran’s Chocolate in Bellevue and downtown Seattle.
Oddfellows Cafe and Bar
Oddfellows has been a staple in the Capitol Hill area for years when people need a quick cup of coffee, but they also make amazing hot chocolate. They’re open from breakfast until well after dinner so that you can get your fix anytime you need. You can order a regular hot chocolate and dress it up by pairing it with any of their flavors (peppermint hot chocolate is amazing in the winter!).
They also have a large menu so you’ll love meeting friends here for brunch. With items like baked eggs, brioche French toast and homemade biscuits and eggs, you’ll find something you love. This cafe is also the ideal place to people-watch by the window, as it’s at the heart of the always busy Pike and Pine.
If “Emily in Paris” has put you in the mood for the French lifestyle, you’ll want to stop by Le Pichet. Located in the Belltown neighborhood, this small cafe is one of the chicest places to get brunch. While they have a variety of French cocktails, you won’t regret ordering their hot chocolate. This decadent drink is thick, sweet and extremely satisfying.
I recommend bundling up and grabbing a table outside on their patio to sip your hot chocolate. They also have a small menu of brunch items such as baguette and butter or pain au chocolat to really feel like you’re in another city.