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Warm Up With Creative Hot Chocolate in D.C.

Cold weather is no match for these winter treats.

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Whether hot chocolate comes from a packet of instant mix or gets made with rich cream and real cocoa, it’s the go-to drink for snow days, cold nights, and lazy afternoons by the fire. Several D.C. coffee shops, bakeries, bars, and restaurants pull out all the stops to create special versions of the ultimate winter drink.

In addition to classic takes, you can find boozy twists and cups of hot cocoa made with flavors from Switzerland (Stable) to Cuba (Colada Shop). Hunker down with a creative cocoa at one of these spots.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Conche

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1605 Village Market Boulevard Southeast
Leesburg, VA 20175
(703) 779-1800
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Venture away from the city to Leesburg’s chocolate-themed boutique restaurant for a wide array of hot chocolates. Choose from dark, milk, white chocolate, peanut butter, or salted caramel (starting at $7). Add a shot to any of the options.

2. Tryst

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2459 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 232-5500
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The popular and eclectic coffeehouse in Adams Morgan serves a hot cocoa with house-made lavender syrup along with a classic version. Both are $4. There’s also a boozy version with creme de menthe for $11.

3. Pitango Gelato & Cafe

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1841 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 615-2419
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This gelato shop draws hot chocolate inspiration from towns of the Italian Alps. The sipping chocolate is thick and intense — like the cocoa version of espresso — thanks to single-origin Vidama chocolate from the Ivory Coast. If the sipping variety is too strong, baristas can add steamed milk or espresso. 

4. Colada Shop

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1405 T St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-8800
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Colada Shop gives hot cocoa a Cuban flair with its Chocolate de la Abuela (starting at $3.95). The drink involves dark chocolate, whole and evaporated milks, a Colada spice blend, and sweet Cuban crema, which is whipped espresso and cane sugar.

5. Peregrine Espresso (Multiple locations)

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1718 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 525-5127
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Taking a page from third wave coffee culture, the hot chocolate at Peregrine is made from Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company beans grown in Ghana ($4).

6. Doyle

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1500 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 448-4301
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The swanky, mod cocktail bar at the Dupont Circle Hotel serves a $16 Flaming Hot Chocolate cocktail, mixed up with with hot chocolate, cayenne pepper, coffee liqueur, and nutmeg.

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7. Buttercream Bakeshop

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1250 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 735-0102
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One of the most Instagrammed bakeries in D.C., Buttercream serves mint hot chocolate with milk and dark chocolates. Add a shot of espresso to make it a minty mocha. 

8. Fare Well

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406 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 367-9600
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For hot chocolate without the dairy, head to vegan diner Fare Well ($12) and order a Santa’s Little Helper. It has Hershey’s hot chocolate, Silk soy creamer, peppermint schnapps, and Kahlúa, all topped with marshmallow fluff and crumbled candy cane.

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9. Stable DC

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1324 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 733-4604
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The city’s resident Swiss restaurant makes a Schoggi Twist with (Swiss brand) Caotina hot chocolate, Godiva chocolate liqueur, and mint whipped cream. 

The Schoggi Twist from Stable
The Schoggi Twist from Stable
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10. Cafe Chocolat

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1423 H St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 827-3057
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At a shop entirely dedicated to chocolate, a strong hot cocoa is a must. Café Chocolat offers three choices: dark, milk, or white chocolate (starting at $4.95).

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11. Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

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401 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 628-1005
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Staying true to its Mexican roots, Oyamel’s “Chocolate Caliente” is a Oaxacan hot chocolate with sugar, cinnamon, vanilla bean, cloves and steamed milk. Order it for $4 a glass.

12. Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery

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1515 N Courthouse Rd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 243-2410
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This New Orleans bakery offers the classic Bayou Cocoa, made with 64 percent Valrhona chocolate, milk, Madagascar vanilla, and sea salt, all topped with a dollop of whipped cream.

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13. Nicecream

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2831 Clarendon Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 908-0225
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This liquid nitrogen-dispensing ice cream shop now has four local locations. It offers hot chocolate choices like spicy Mexican, caramel, lavender, or nutella. Hot chocolate here is made with homemade chocolate sauce and grass-fed milk with a dollop of whipped cream on top.

14. The Pretzel Bakery

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257 15th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 450-6067
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While obviously known for its pretzels, this bakery also draws eaters with “hotella,” a rich Nutella hot chocolate ($3).

15. Officina

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1120 Maine Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 747-5222
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The rooftop at multi-level Wharf hot spot Officina underwent a winter wonderland makeover, with flannel blankets and apres-ski drinks like La Befana, which includes bourbon, hot chocolate, and fernet whipped cream. 

1. The Conche

1605 Village Market Boulevard Southeast, Leesburg, VA 20175

Venture away from the city to Leesburg’s chocolate-themed boutique restaurant for a wide array of hot chocolates. Choose from dark, milk, white chocolate, peanut butter, or salted caramel (starting at $7). Add a shot to any of the options.

1605 Village Market Boulevard Southeast
Leesburg, VA 20175

2. Tryst

2459 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

The popular and eclectic coffeehouse in Adams Morgan serves a hot cocoa with house-made lavender syrup along with a classic version. Both are $4. There’s also a boozy version with creme de menthe for $11.

2459 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

3. Pitango Gelato & Cafe

1841 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009

This gelato shop draws hot chocolate inspiration from towns of the Italian Alps. The sipping chocolate is thick and intense — like the cocoa version of espresso — thanks to single-origin Vidama chocolate from the Ivory Coast. If the sipping variety is too strong, baristas can add steamed milk or espresso. 

1841 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. Colada Shop

1405 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Colada Shop gives hot cocoa a Cuban flair with its Chocolate de la Abuela (starting at $3.95). The drink involves dark chocolate, whole and evaporated milks, a Colada spice blend, and sweet Cuban crema, which is whipped espresso and cane sugar.

1405 T St NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. Peregrine Espresso (Multiple locations)

1718 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

Taking a page from third wave coffee culture, the hot chocolate at Peregrine is made from Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company beans grown in Ghana ($4).

1718 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

6. Doyle

1500 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
Photo credit: Dupont Circle Hotel

The swanky, mod cocktail bar at the Dupont Circle Hotel serves a $16 Flaming Hot Chocolate cocktail, mixed up with with hot chocolate, cayenne pepper, coffee liqueur, and nutmeg.

1500 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

7. Buttercream Bakeshop

1250 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

One of the most Instagrammed bakeries in D.C., Buttercream serves mint hot chocolate with milk and dark chocolates. Add a shot of espresso to make it a minty mocha. 

1250 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

8. Fare Well

406 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
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For hot chocolate without the dairy, head to vegan diner Fare Well ($12) and order a Santa’s Little Helper. It has Hershey’s hot chocolate, Silk soy creamer, peppermint schnapps, and Kahlúa, all topped with marshmallow fluff and crumbled candy cane.

406 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

9. Stable DC

1324 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
The Schoggi Twist from Stable
The Schoggi Twist from Stable
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The city’s resident Swiss restaurant makes a Schoggi Twist with (Swiss brand) Caotina hot chocolate, Godiva chocolate liqueur, and mint whipped cream. 

1324 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

10. Cafe Chocolat

1423 H St NW, Washington, DC 20005
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At a shop entirely dedicated to chocolate, a strong hot cocoa is a must. Café Chocolat offers three choices: dark, milk, or white chocolate (starting at $4.95).

1423 H St NW
Washington, DC 20005

11. Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

401 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

Staying true to its Mexican roots, Oyamel’s “Chocolate Caliente” is a Oaxacan hot chocolate with sugar, cinnamon, vanilla bean, cloves and steamed milk. Order it for $4 a glass.

401 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

12. Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery

1515 N Courthouse Rd, Arlington, VA 22201
Courtesy of Bayou Bakery

This New Orleans bakery offers the classic Bayou Cocoa, made with 64 percent Valrhona chocolate, milk, Madagascar vanilla, and sea salt, all topped with a dollop of whipped cream.

1515 N Courthouse Rd
Arlington, VA 22201

13. Nicecream

2831 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

This liquid nitrogen-dispensing ice cream shop now has four local locations. It offers hot chocolate choices like spicy Mexican, caramel, lavender, or nutella. Hot chocolate here is made with homemade chocolate sauce and grass-fed milk with a dollop of whipped cream on top.

2831 Clarendon Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

14. The Pretzel Bakery

257 15th St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003

While obviously known for its pretzels, this bakery also draws eaters with “hotella,” a rich Nutella hot chocolate ($3).

257 15th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

15. Officina

1120 Maine Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024

The rooftop at multi-level Wharf hot spot Officina underwent a winter wonderland makeover, with flannel blankets and apres-ski drinks like La Befana, which includes bourbon, hot chocolate, and fernet whipped cream. 

1120 Maine Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024

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