Best Hot Chocolate In Washington DC

December 18, 2013 7:00 AM

Sipping a warm and steaming cup of hot cocoa is one of the best ways to relax during the holiday season, especially with the cold winter days and nights in Washington D.C. Here is information on where you can get the best hot chocolate in the area, which means these places make the creamiest, sweetest and most innovative cocoa in town. Get ready to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Coco Sala
929 F. St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 347-4265

Coco Sala, appropriately called a chocolate lounge and boutique, offers not one, not two, but six different kinds of hot chocolate. Each one could easily qualify as the best cocoa in the city. The first three are the more traditional flavors: white chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate. The white chocolate option is great because even those allergic to chocolate can drink it. The milk chocolate is the richest, and the dark chocolate has the deepest chocolate flavor. The restaurant also offers a seasonal flavor, which is pumpkin in winter, as well as a spicy chipotle hot chocolate and a peanut butter hot chocolate that is essentially like a liquid peanut butter cup. Enjoy a sampling of these options by ordering a flight of hot chocolate, or you can just order a mug of one. Made with whole milk and high-quality chocolate, you will enjoy every last drop of this beverage!

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1781 Florida Ave. N.W.
Washington DC 20009
(202) 518-2570

Because this venue makes its hot chocolate with authentic Belgian chocolate, which is some of the best chocolate in the world, you know it has to be good. Locolat offers five types of hot chocolate. White, milk and dark chocolate are all available, as well as a caramel hot chocolate and a cappuccino hot chocolate, for those who need the extra caffeine. Rich and velvety, each of the hot chocolates is a decadent delight.

Artfully Chocolate
506 John Carlyle St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 575-8686

Artfully Chocolate is unique in that it makes its hot chocolate according to types of chocolate. Milk and white chocolate hot cocoa are available, in addition to semi-sweet hot chocolate and bittersweet hot chocolate. The semi-sweet uses chocolate that is usually between 40-60 percent cocoa, while bittersweet is made with chocolate that is around 70 percent cocoa. Chocolate aficionados will love this place, as they may select a hot chocolate with the least, or highest, percentage of cocoa.

The Sweet Lobby
404 8th St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-2404

The Sweet Lobby serves only one kind of hot chocolate, but that one type is so delicious. Its specialty is European hot chocolate, which means it is essentially thick, liquid chocolate made from melted chocolate instead of a powder. It tastes like you are drinking a melted chocolate bar: sweet, rich and sinful. Order yours with a few of homemade vanilla marshmallows.

Max Brenner
7263 Woodmont Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20894
(301) 215-8305

This newcomer offers several exciting ways to personalize your hot chocolate. First, choose from milk, white or dark cocoa. Next, you make a request to add vanilla cream, top it with marshmallows, infuse it with spices or change the hot chocolate into a sweet and salty concoction by adding caramel and sea salt. The fun hot chocolate choices at this self-proclaimed chocolate bar make it a great place to bring kids.

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Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at

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