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Hot chocolate from Dolcezza
Hot chocolate from Dolcezza

Drink Your Dessert at These Hot Chocolate Hot Spots

It's cold out and these hot chocolates are hot.

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Hot chocolate from Dolcezza

Cold weather calls for hot chocolate. But it's not just a treat for kids anymore. By using dark chocolate, spices and herbs, or adding booze, many restaurants and bars are catering to the adult palate. But there are plenty of family friendly options, as well as a few places that make it easy to DIY at home.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 701 Restaurant

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701 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 393-0701
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At 701, find The Bear Trap, which features bourbon and cayenne added to hot chocolate. It's then topped with whipped cream and drizzled with a syrup reduced from a house made version of Barenjager (German honey liqueur), made with oak-aged white corn whiskey and raw honey.

2. Artfully Chocolate

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2300A Mt Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301
(703) 635-7917
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Artfully Chocolate features 15 hot chocolate variations 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.

3. Bayou Bakery

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1515 N Courthouse Rd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 243-2410
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High end 64% Valrhona chocolate is what constitutes the thick Bayou Cocoa available at Bayou Bakery. For an extra indulgent treat dip in some freshly fried beignets.

4. Bibiana Osteria & Enoteca

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1100 New York Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 216-9550
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Looking for some spice? Bibiana's hot chocolate features espelette pepper, chili flakes, vanilla and cognac or brandy with 65% chocolate.

5. Chinatown Coffee Company

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475 H St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 559-7656
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Omanhene Chocolate is a favorite for hot chocolate among coffee shops in D.C. As of last year, Chinatown Coffee Co. whisks the chocolate into Trickling Springs milk to incorporate it.

6. Co Co. Sala

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929 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 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, or chipotle options. Can't decide? Get a flight of three.

7. Dolcezza Gelato and Coffee

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1418 14th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 817-3900
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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.

8. Max Brenner Chocolate Bar

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7263 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 215-8305
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Known as "chocolate by the bald man", Max Brenner's main business is chocolate. Along with a full-fledged menu of chocolate desserts and pastries, there are hot chocolates infused with vanilla cream, or drizzled with caramel and sea salt. For a richer hot chocolate, get the oddly named Suckao, a cup of hot milk mounted over a tealight into which the drinker mixes in chunks of milk, dark or white chocolate.

9. Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

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401 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 628-1005
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It's no surprise to find Oaxacan hot chocolate at Oyamel. Flavored with cinnamon, vanilla, and cloves it's the perfect complement to the spices in Mexican cuisine.

10. Peregrine Espresso

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1718 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 525-5127
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Like most coffee shops, Peregrine Espresso 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.

11. Pitango Gelato

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1451 P St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 332-8877
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Pitango's thick European-style hot chocolate is made with organic milk. Those who want to enjoy it at home can purchase to-go bottles to reheat and modify with booze or other flavors.

12. Pleasant Pops Farmhouse Market & Cafe

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1781 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 558-5224
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At Pleasant Pops the hot chocolate experience is DIY. Select a "hot pop" in milk, dark, Mexican, mint or salted chocolate on a popsicle stick to stir in to hot milk.

13. Poste Moderne Brasserie

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555 8th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 783-6060
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As part of its winter lounge, Poste is serving the Holey Moley -- hot chocolate with Milagro silver tequila, chili pepper, and cinnamon topped with whipped cream and chili.

14. The Pretzel Bakery

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340 15th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 450-6067
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The Pretzel Bakery has been making pretzel bombs with Nutella, and to accompany them they also serve what they call Hotellas. It's a rich, thick hot chocolate made with whole milk and Nutella.

15. The Rye Bar

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1050 31st St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 815-2425
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The Rye Bar is serving the Hot Coco, which features 64% Guayaquil chocolate. It's sweetened with a splash of Chambord (raspberry liqueur), and house-made whipped cream.

16. The Sweet Lobby

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404 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 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.

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1. 701 Restaurant

701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

At 701, find The Bear Trap, which features bourbon and cayenne added to hot chocolate. It's then topped with whipped cream and drizzled with a syrup reduced from a house made version of Barenjager (German honey liqueur), made with oak-aged white corn whiskey and raw honey.

701 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

2. Artfully Chocolate

2300A Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301

Artfully Chocolate features 15 hot chocolate variations 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.

2300A Mt Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301

3. Bayou Bakery

1515 N Courthouse Rd, Arlington, VA 22201

High end 64% Valrhona chocolate is what constitutes the thick Bayou Cocoa available at Bayou Bakery. For an extra indulgent treat dip in some freshly fried beignets.

1515 N Courthouse Rd
Arlington, VA 22201

4. Bibiana Osteria & Enoteca

1100 New York Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20005

Looking for some spice? Bibiana's hot chocolate features espelette pepper, chili flakes, vanilla and cognac or brandy with 65% chocolate.

1100 New York Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

5. Chinatown Coffee Company

475 H St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Omanhene Chocolate is a favorite for hot chocolate among coffee shops in D.C. As of last year, Chinatown Coffee Co. whisks the chocolate into Trickling Springs milk to incorporate it.

475 H St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

6. Co Co. Sala

929 F St NW, Washington, D.C. 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, or chipotle options. Can't decide? Get a flight of three.

929 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

7. Dolcezza Gelato and Coffee

1418 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

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.

1418 14th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

8. Max Brenner Chocolate Bar

7263 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

Known as "chocolate by the bald man", Max Brenner's main business is chocolate. Along with a full-fledged menu of chocolate desserts and pastries, there are hot chocolates infused with vanilla cream, or drizzled with caramel and sea salt. For a richer hot chocolate, get the oddly named Suckao, a cup of hot milk mounted over a tealight into which the drinker mixes in chunks of milk, dark or white chocolate.

7263 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

9. Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

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

It's no surprise to find Oaxacan hot chocolate at Oyamel. Flavored with cinnamon, vanilla, and cloves it's the perfect complement to the spices in Mexican cuisine.

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

10. Peregrine Espresso

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

Like most coffee shops, Peregrine Espresso 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.

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

11. Pitango Gelato

1451 P St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005

Pitango's thick European-style hot chocolate is made with organic milk. Those who want to enjoy it at home can purchase to-go bottles to reheat and modify with booze or other flavors.

1451 P St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

12. Pleasant Pops Farmhouse Market & Cafe

1781 Florida Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

At Pleasant Pops the hot chocolate experience is DIY. Select a "hot pop" in milk, dark, Mexican, mint or salted chocolate on a popsicle stick to stir in to hot milk.

1781 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

13. Poste Moderne Brasserie

555 8th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

As part of its winter lounge, Poste is serving the Holey Moley -- hot chocolate with Milagro silver tequila, chili pepper, and cinnamon topped with whipped cream and chili.

555 8th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

14. The Pretzel Bakery

340 15th St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003

The Pretzel Bakery has been making pretzel bombs with Nutella, and to accompany them they also serve what they call Hotellas. It's a rich, thick hot chocolate made with whole milk and Nutella.

340 15th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

15. The Rye Bar

1050 31st St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

The Rye Bar is serving the Hot Coco, which features 64% Guayaquil chocolate. It's sweetened with a splash of Chambord (raspberry liqueur), and house-made whipped cream.

1050 31st St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

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16. The Sweet Lobby

404 8th St SE, Washington, D.C. 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, D.C. 20003

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