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Ten Hot Chocolate Hot Spots Around Washington

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As colder weather rolls in, evenings call for hot chocolate. Some of the best versions are decidedly adult, with the addition of bitter dark chocolate or booze. But there are tons of family friendly options to sweeten a day of holiday activities as well. Pick your poison, and use this map as your guide.
—Jamie Liu


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. ACKC Cocoa Bar

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2003A Mt Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301
(703) 635-7917
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ACKC Cocoa Bar has the largest selection of hot chocolate variations. You can choose from 15 options named after sirens of stage and screen in a range of milk, bittersweet, dark and white chocolates. The menu has fruity flavors like raspberry and orange; spices like cardamom and clove; or basics like espresso and hazelnut. And if it's warm outside, you can get them as chilly milkshakes (Old Town location as well).

2. Chinatown Coffee Company

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475 H St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 559-7656
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Omanhene Chocolate cocoa powder and chocolate is a favorite for hot chocolate among coffee shops in D.C. Chinatown Coffee Co. whisks the chocolate into Trickling Springs milk to incorporate it, and then additional steamed milk is added to bring it to just the right, non-scalding temperature.

3. Co Co. Sala

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929 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 347-4265
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A chocolate-centric restaurant is naturally going to have great hot chocolate. Hot or frozen, you can pick from dark, milk, and white chocolate or peanut butter, salted caramel, chipotle or pumpkin spice chocolates. If you can't decide, get a sampler of three.

4. J Chocolatier

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1039 33rd St. NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-4111
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Local chocolatier Jane Morris, in addition to making hand dipped chocolates, also serves up a mean drinking chocolate. Her version is made with dark chocolate, sea salt, her own secret ingredients and steamed whole milk. It's just right for keeping warm as you wander Georgetown.

5. Locolat Cafe

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1781-A Florida Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 518-2570
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With a name like Locolat Cafe, it's only natural the Belgian cafe would serve great hot chocolate. Choose from hot or cold milk mixed with milk, dark, white, caramel or cappuccino chocolates.

6. Peregrine Espresso

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1718 14th St., NW
Washington, DC
(202) 525-5127
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Like most coffee shops, Peregrine Coffee sells hot chocolate for the kids or the adult who never really grew up. They use chocolate from fair-trade producer Omanhene Chocolate, which is made exclusively from cacao beans grown in Ghana (multiple locations)

7. Pitango Gelato

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1451 P St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 332-8877
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Pitango's thick European-style hot chocolate is made with organic Costa Rican cocoa, and organic milk. If you want something less heavy, add steamed organic regular, skim, soy or almond milk. You can also opt to have it with whipped cream, chili peppers, espresso or poured atop gelato. If you want to Irish some up at home, you can also purchase 16-ounce to-go bottles (multiple locations).

8. Poste Moderne Brasserie

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555 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 783-6060
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Poste's menu has always been heavy on the pork. So it's natural that the hot chocolate would come with a little pork. The smokin' bacon hot chocolate features hot cocoa mixed with bacon-infused Bulleit bourbon, and garnished with a housemade bacon cayenne marshmallow.

9. The Sweet Lobby

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404 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-2404
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Pastries and macarons aren't the only sweets at The Sweet Lobby. Thick European-style hot chocolate can be garnished with cardamom whipped cream, and one of the flavored house made marshmallows.

10. Dolcezza

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1560 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-4646
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One of the best ways to enjoy hot chocolate is with churros. The hot chocolate fills all the small pockets in the fried dough, making for a warm chocolatey pastry. Dolcezza's Valrhona hot chocolate makes it the best place to have the two together (multiple locations).

1. ACKC Cocoa Bar

2003A Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301
ACKC Cocoa Bar has the largest selection of hot chocolate variations. You can choose from 15 options named after sirens of stage and screen in a range of milk, bittersweet, dark and white chocolates. The menu has fruity flavors like raspberry and orange; spices like cardamom and clove; or basics like espresso and hazelnut. And if it's warm outside, you can get them as chilly milkshakes (Old Town location as well).
2003A Mt Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301

2. Chinatown Coffee Company

475 H St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
Omanhene Chocolate cocoa powder and chocolate is a favorite for hot chocolate among coffee shops in D.C. Chinatown Coffee Co. whisks the chocolate into Trickling Springs milk to incorporate it, and then additional steamed milk is added to bring it to just the right, non-scalding temperature.
475 H St. NW
Washington, DC 20001

3. Co Co. Sala

929 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
A chocolate-centric restaurant is naturally going to have great hot chocolate. Hot or frozen, you can pick from dark, milk, and white chocolate or peanut butter, salted caramel, chipotle or pumpkin spice chocolates. If you can't decide, get a sampler of three.
929 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004

4. J Chocolatier

1039 33rd St. NW, Washington, DC 20007
Local chocolatier Jane Morris, in addition to making hand dipped chocolates, also serves up a mean drinking chocolate. Her version is made with dark chocolate, sea salt, her own secret ingredients and steamed whole milk. It's just right for keeping warm as you wander Georgetown.
1039 33rd St. NW
Washington, DC 20007

5. Locolat Cafe

1781-A Florida Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20009
With a name like Locolat Cafe, it's only natural the Belgian cafe would serve great hot chocolate. Choose from hot or cold milk mixed with milk, dark, white, caramel or cappuccino chocolates.
1781-A Florida Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20009

6. Peregrine Espresso

1718 14th St., NW, Washington, DC
Like most coffee shops, Peregrine Coffee sells hot chocolate for the kids or the adult who never really grew up. They use chocolate from fair-trade producer Omanhene Chocolate, which is made exclusively from cacao beans grown in Ghana (multiple locations)
1718 14th St., NW
Washington, DC

7. Pitango Gelato

1451 P St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Pitango's thick European-style hot chocolate is made with organic Costa Rican cocoa, and organic milk. If you want something less heavy, add steamed organic regular, skim, soy or almond milk. You can also opt to have it with whipped cream, chili peppers, espresso or poured atop gelato. If you want to Irish some up at home, you can also purchase 16-ounce to-go bottles (multiple locations).
1451 P St NW
Washington, DC 20005

8. Poste Moderne Brasserie

555 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Poste's menu has always been heavy on the pork. So it's natural that the hot chocolate would come with a little pork. The smokin' bacon hot chocolate features hot cocoa mixed with bacon-infused Bulleit bourbon, and garnished with a housemade bacon cayenne marshmallow.
555 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

9. The Sweet Lobby

404 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Pastries and macarons aren't the only sweets at The Sweet Lobby. Thick European-style hot chocolate can be garnished with cardamom whipped cream, and one of the flavored house made marshmallows.
404 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

10. Dolcezza

1560 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007
One of the best ways to enjoy hot chocolate is with churros. The hot chocolate fills all the small pockets in the fried dough, making for a warm chocolatey pastry. Dolcezza's Valrhona hot chocolate makes it the best place to have the two together (multiple locations).
1560 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20007

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