Two things I really look forward to when the cold weather arrives are cozy knits and a delicious cup of hot chocolate. Sometimes the simplest things are really the best things. I definitely have my favorite spots all over the city to go for hot chocolate. You can use this girl’s guide to give you ideas on where to go for the best hot chocolate. You can plan a cozy afternoon meet up with a girlfriend, an afternoon date, an afternoon or after dinner treat, or even if you are visiting the city, use this guide to find a cozy place to go.
Here are my favorite spots to go for hot chocolate and then I’ve made a checklist that you can download and save below of a few other places around Chicago that are also great for hot chocolate.
Eataly is a great place to go for a little snack, a coffee, or to dine in one of their restaurants. I often like to go to their coffee bar Lavazza for an Italian coffee but I really like getting Cioccolata Con Panna which is rich Italian hot chocolate topped with fresh whipped cream. It’s a delicious and a perfect afternoon or after dinner treat.
Leonida’s is a little hidden gem that I had known about for a few years but I had never gone to try their hot chocolate. I recently went and I can’t believe I had never gone before! Their hot chocolate is probably some of the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had. I order a small triple chocolate and it was a perfect mix of milk and dark chocolate. This little cafè is located at Chicago Avenue just off Rush Street. After you have finished shopping on and around Michigan Avenue you can easily walk over for a little after shopping treat.
Ghirardelli is known for their ice cream but they also have really good hot chocolate. I’ve gone with my Mom a few times after a fun girl’s day shopping downtown so it’s pretty special to me. If you go you should get the sea salt caramel hot cocoa and if you are not in the mood for hot chocolate just stop by for a free piece of chocolate for a little treat.
Starbucks in the Gold Coast
I have to say that I don’t think Starbucks has the best hot chocolate compared to some of my other favorite places but I really like relaxing at this Starbucks in the Gold Coast at Rush St. and Oak St. The upstairs is really cozy especially when the fireplace is on. I will often go during the winter to work for a few hours and sip on a dark chocolate, hot chocolate.
RH, Restoration Hardware
RH is one of my favorite places to go with my girlfriends any time of the year. During the holidays, you can enjoy a yummy hot chocolate and walk around to enjoy all the Christmas decorations, cozy blankets, and cute little knick-knacks to buy. If you go, order a regular hot chocolate and add salted caramel or vanilla.
Mindy’s Hot Chocolate
Mindy’s Hot Chocolate is a great place to go with the girls. They have really good food and it’s a cozy little spot to have brunch, lunch, or dinner with the girls. But you have to make sure to save room for the hot chocolate. Their hot chocolate is amazing and they have some great combinations. The hot chocolate is really rich and very big so you can easily share.
Fairgrounds Coffee is fairly new to Chicago. They haven’t even been open a year and their Vosges Haut Chocolat has already won an award. I’ve had the truffle mocha hot chocolate and it’s definitely worth stopping by to try. Get your Instagram ready because their coffee shop is really cute and hot chocolate is worth a photo!
Katherine Anne Confections
Katherine Anne Confections is a little tiny shop that makes their chocolates in-house as well as delicious hot chocolate. The hot chocolate is really rich and they also have different combinations as well as hand-made flavored marshmallows. It’s a great place to go to on a really cold day here in Chicago.
I finally went Bombobar this fall and although their hotter chocolate won’t really warm you up on a cold day, it’s definitely a delicious sweet treat to share with a friend. I love s’mores so I had to get the s’mores hotter chocolate but the funfetti looks really good too!
Dinkel’s Bakery has been on my list as one of the hot chocolate places I had been wanting to try. It just so happens that my husband’s grandmother used to go to Dinkel’s Bakery all the time as a child and lived right around the corner. So, we had to go and recently made the trip to go get a hot chocolate and a donut. Dinkel’s Bakery has been around since 1922 and it’s a cute little bakery and cafè where you can go in and shop for bread and pastries or even eat lunch. I would definitely stop by and try the hot chocolate and a pastry since their recipes have been around for years.
Free Download: Save a copy of this checklist I made:
A Girl’s Guide to the Best Hot Chocolate in Chicago