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Where to Warm Up With Delicious Hot Chocolate Today

Steel yourself against the cold with chocolatey treats

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When it’s cold or snowing, there's nothing better to warm you up than hot chocolate. Whether you are looking for a simple, straightforward, and nostalgic cup of cocoa or a dense and soul-warming treat, Boston has plenty of great options.

Here are 22 sure-fire places to find excellent hot chocolate around the city as the Northeast gets swept into colder months. If you dare venture out, these places will have warm cups of chocolatey goodness waiting for you. Some are sweet, some have a kick of spice, and some are topped with delightful whipped cream. Go forth and consume all the hot chocolate.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Diesel Café

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257 Elm St
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 629-8717
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Up in Somerville's Davis Square, Diesel Cafe has a specialty hot chocolate beverage called "Tuck's Turtle." The hot chocolate is blended with hazelnut and salted caramel that's made in house, and it's topped off with fresh whipped cream.

2. Area Four Cafe

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500 Technology Sq
Cambridge, MA 02139

For those in the Kendall Square area who venture out for a warm-up, Area Four’s cafe has hot chocolate available, along with plenty of comforting pastries.

3. 1369 Coffee House

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1369 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 576-1369
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This Cambridge coffee house has two locations, one in Inman Square and one in Central, and both serve a few different kinds of hot chocolate. To start, there's the standard hot chocolate, blended with Dutch-process cocoa. A Mexican hot chocolate takes the beverage a step further and is spiced with chipotle and cinnamon.

4. Curio Coffee

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441 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02141
(857) 242-3018
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This quaint spot in East Cambridge serves hot chocolate made with Taza chocolate, and it pairs nicely with one of Curio’s liege-style waffles, making for a warm and sweet treat for cold days.

A Liege-style waffle sits next to a frothy hot chocolate in a white cup and saucer
Waffle and hot chocolate at Curio
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5. Zinneken's

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1154 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 876-0836
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Nothing pairs better than waffles and hot chocolate, as mentioned above, and Zinneken’s also has both on hand in Cambridge. If you're feeling in the mood for something truly warming, get a hot chocolate with a Nutella-topped waffle.

6. Barismo

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364 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 714-5536
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All three of Barismo's coffee bars offer hot chocolate that's topped with a frothy and lightly sweet foam. The warm beverage itself gets sweeter as it goes on and ends on a nice chocolatey note.

7. Pepita Coffee

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284 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 945-0450
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Spicy hot chocolate is the move here, and if you’re hungry, get a taco to go along with it. Pepita, located inside Lamplighter Brewing, has cozy spots to read or play board games, too.

8. Night Shift Brewing (Lovejoy Wharf)

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1 Lovejoy Wharf Suite 101
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 456-7687
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Night Shift’s new addition to Boston has its standard beer offerings, but the Lovejoy Wharf brewery also has its own specially roasted coffees, plus hot chocolate made with Goodnow Farms chocolate.

9. Toscanini's Ice Cream

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159 First St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 491-5877
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The Toscanini’s hot chocolate is a melted ganache mixed with steamed milk for a creamy treat on a cold day. If you’re feeling like a rebel, you can get some ice cream, too.

10. Caffe Vittoria

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296 Hanover St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 227-7606
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If you're in the North End craving some hot chocolate with a little something extra, Caffe Vittoria has all the answers. There are two kinds of cocoa cocktails, including the "Mint Cookie," a version with Bailey's mint and peppermint schnapps, along with the "Italia," which is rounded out with hazelnut liqueur, Kahlua, and brandy. There's also a standard cioccolatto caldo with whipped cream.

11. Darwin's Ltd.

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313 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

There are three Darwin’s locations in Cambridge, so if you have to be out and about near Central Square or Harvard, this is a great place to satisfy a hot chocolate craving.

12. Thinking Cup

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165 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 482-5555
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Thinking Cup has two hot chocolate options available: a standard French hot chocolate and a Tainori Valhrona drinking chocolate. If you sit in the window, you can watch snow fall on the Common while you stay nice and warm inside with a steamy cup of chocolate.

13. FoMu

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481 Cambridge St
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 903-3276
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When it's too cold for ice cream, hot chocolate is definitely the way to go, and FoMu has its own dairy-free hot chocolate to throw into the mix.

14. L.A. Burdick Chocolate

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220 Clarendon St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 303-0113
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L.A. Burdick has locations in Cambridge and Boston where visitors can indulge in hot chocolate made with either dark, milk, or white chocolates. It's less liquid than your average hot chocolate and more akin to a straight-up melted chocolate bar. Proceed slowly.

A frothy hot chocolate in a to-go cup
L.A. Burdick hot chocolate
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15. Max Brenner

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745 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 274-1741
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This chocolate retailer and restaurant in Back Bay has so many warm chocolate options, perfect for snowy days. There are seasonal specials along with the usual dark, milk, or white chocolate beverages, including a classic whipped hot chocolate; a thick version with vanilla ice cream; a cup that comes with red chili, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pepper; a Swiss whipped version topped with whipped cream; and even peanut butter, hazelnut, and mocha versions.

16. Trident Booksellers & Cafe

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338 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 267-8688
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With the standard hot chocolate and white hot chocolate options on the menu, Trident also offers a "chocolatino," which is espresso with steamed chocolate milk that's topped with whipped cream, cocoa, and chocolate syrup.

17. Flour Bakery + Cafe

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131 Clarendon St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 267-4300
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Sure, go to Flour for the sticky buns, but stay for the fiery hot chocolate. The rich beverage brings the fire with some chile powder and cayenne pepper accents. Also keep an eye out for specials, like a white hot chocolate.

Overhead view of a white mug of hot chocolate on a wooden table There’s whipped cream and cocoa powder on the hot chocolate. A bouquet of flours peek in from the top right corner of the photo.
Fiery hot chocolate with whipped cream at Flour
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18. Tatte Bakery & Café

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1003 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 577-1111
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Tatte has so many appealing pastries, sandwiches, soups, and more that are great for snowy days like this, but their white Belgian hot chocolate is perfectly sweet and steamy.

19. Paris Creperie

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278 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 232-1770
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Nutella is the name of the game at Paris Creperie in Coolidge Corner. The restaurant's hot chocolates embrace the hazelnut spread, featuring regular, mint, and raspberry Nutella versions. There are also standard hot chocolates made with Taza chocolate.

20. Fuel America

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152 Chestnut Hill Ave
Brighton, MA 02135
(617) 782-0999
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For those around Boston College, Fuel has plenty of warm beverages on standby, including hot chocolate that comes in 12-, 16-, or 20-ounce cups, depending on how cold you are.

21. Dolce Vita Café

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1698 Commonwealth Ave
Brighton, MA 02135
(617) 232-2380
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Inevitably, when cold weather arrives in Boston, so do travel delays, and the Green Line can get particularly sidelined by inclement weather. Hide out with a hot chocolate at Dolce Vita Café, where you can keep an eye on the approaching B line trains.

22. Render Coffee

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563 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 262-4142
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With one South End location and another downtown, there's twice the opportunity to get hot chocolate from Render Coffee.

A hot chocolate in a large white mug on a saucer with heart-shaped foam art
Hot chocolate from Render
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1. Diesel Café

257 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

Up in Somerville's Davis Square, Diesel Cafe has a specialty hot chocolate beverage called "Tuck's Turtle." The hot chocolate is blended with hazelnut and salted caramel that's made in house, and it's topped off with fresh whipped cream.

257 Elm St
Somerville, MA 02144

2. Area Four Cafe

500 Technology Sq, Cambridge, MA 02139

For those in the Kendall Square area who venture out for a warm-up, Area Four’s cafe has hot chocolate available, along with plenty of comforting pastries.

500 Technology Sq
Cambridge, MA 02139

3. 1369 Coffee House

1369 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

This Cambridge coffee house has two locations, one in Inman Square and one in Central, and both serve a few different kinds of hot chocolate. To start, there's the standard hot chocolate, blended with Dutch-process cocoa. A Mexican hot chocolate takes the beverage a step further and is spiced with chipotle and cinnamon.

1369 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139

4. Curio Coffee

441 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141
A Liege-style waffle sits next to a frothy hot chocolate in a white cup and saucer
Waffle and hot chocolate at Curio
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

This quaint spot in East Cambridge serves hot chocolate made with Taza chocolate, and it pairs nicely with one of Curio’s liege-style waffles, making for a warm and sweet treat for cold days.

441 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02141

5. Zinneken's

1154 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

Nothing pairs better than waffles and hot chocolate, as mentioned above, and Zinneken’s also has both on hand in Cambridge. If you're feeling in the mood for something truly warming, get a hot chocolate with a Nutella-topped waffle.

1154 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

6. Barismo

364 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

All three of Barismo's coffee bars offer hot chocolate that's topped with a frothy and lightly sweet foam. The warm beverage itself gets sweeter as it goes on and ends on a nice chocolatey note.

364 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139

7. Pepita Coffee

284 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

Spicy hot chocolate is the move here, and if you’re hungry, get a taco to go along with it. Pepita, located inside Lamplighter Brewing, has cozy spots to read or play board games, too.

284 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139

8. Night Shift Brewing (Lovejoy Wharf)

1 Lovejoy Wharf Suite 101, Boston, MA 02114

Night Shift’s new addition to Boston has its standard beer offerings, but the Lovejoy Wharf brewery also has its own specially roasted coffees, plus hot chocolate made with Goodnow Farms chocolate.

1 Lovejoy Wharf Suite 101
Boston, MA 02114

9. Toscanini's Ice Cream

159 First St, Cambridge, MA 02139

The Toscanini’s hot chocolate is a melted ganache mixed with steamed milk for a creamy treat on a cold day. If you’re feeling like a rebel, you can get some ice cream, too.

159 First St
Cambridge, MA 02139

10. Caffe Vittoria

296 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

If you're in the North End craving some hot chocolate with a little something extra, Caffe Vittoria has all the answers. There are two kinds of cocoa cocktails, including the "Mint Cookie," a version with Bailey's mint and peppermint schnapps, along with the "Italia," which is rounded out with hazelnut liqueur, Kahlua, and brandy. There's also a standard cioccolatto caldo with whipped cream.

296 Hanover St
Boston, MA 02113

11. Darwin's Ltd.

313 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

There are three Darwin’s locations in Cambridge, so if you have to be out and about near Central Square or Harvard, this is a great place to satisfy a hot chocolate craving.

313 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

12. Thinking Cup

165 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111

Thinking Cup has two hot chocolate options available: a standard French hot chocolate and a Tainori Valhrona drinking chocolate. If you sit in the window, you can watch snow fall on the Common while you stay nice and warm inside with a steamy cup of chocolate.

165 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02111

13. FoMu

481 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134

When it's too cold for ice cream, hot chocolate is definitely the way to go, and FoMu has its own dairy-free hot chocolate to throw into the mix.

481 Cambridge St
Allston, MA 02134

14. L.A. Burdick Chocolate

220 Clarendon St, Boston, MA 02116
A frothy hot chocolate in a to-go cup
L.A. Burdick hot chocolate
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

L.A. Burdick has locations in Cambridge and Boston where visitors can indulge in hot chocolate made with either dark, milk, or white chocolates. It's less liquid than your average hot chocolate and more akin to a straight-up melted chocolate bar. Proceed slowly.

220 Clarendon St
Boston, MA 02116

15. Max Brenner

745 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

This chocolate retailer and restaurant in Back Bay has so many warm chocolate options, perfect for snowy days. There are seasonal specials along with the usual dark, milk, or white chocolate beverages, including a classic whipped hot chocolate; a thick version with vanilla ice cream; a cup that comes with red chili, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pepper; a Swiss whipped version topped with whipped cream; and even peanut butter, hazelnut, and mocha versions.

745 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116

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16. Trident Booksellers & Cafe

338 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115

With the standard hot chocolate and white hot chocolate options on the menu, Trident also offers a "chocolatino," which is espresso with steamed chocolate milk that's topped with whipped cream, cocoa, and chocolate syrup.

338 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02115

17. Flour Bakery + Cafe

131 Clarendon St, Boston, MA 02116
Overhead view of a white mug of hot chocolate on a wooden table There’s whipped cream and cocoa powder on the hot chocolate. A bouquet of flours peek in from the top right corner of the photo.
Fiery hot chocolate with whipped cream at Flour
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Sure, go to Flour for the sticky buns, but stay for the fiery hot chocolate. The rich beverage brings the fire with some chile powder and cayenne pepper accents. Also keep an eye out for specials, like a white hot chocolate.

131 Clarendon St
Boston, MA 02116

18. Tatte Bakery & Café

1003 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

Tatte has so many appealing pastries, sandwiches, soups, and more that are great for snowy days like this, but their white Belgian hot chocolate is perfectly sweet and steamy.

1003 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02446

19. Paris Creperie

278 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

Nutella is the name of the game at Paris Creperie in Coolidge Corner. The restaurant's hot chocolates embrace the hazelnut spread, featuring regular, mint, and raspberry Nutella versions. There are also standard hot chocolates made with Taza chocolate.

278 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446

20. Fuel America

152 Chestnut Hill Ave, Brighton, MA 02135

For those around Boston College, Fuel has plenty of warm beverages on standby, including hot chocolate that comes in 12-, 16-, or 20-ounce cups, depending on how cold you are.

152 Chestnut Hill Ave
Brighton, MA 02135

21. Dolce Vita Café

1698 Commonwealth Ave, Brighton, MA 02135

Inevitably, when cold weather arrives in Boston, so do travel delays, and the Green Line can get particularly sidelined by inclement weather. Hide out with a hot chocolate at Dolce Vita Café, where you can keep an eye on the approaching B line trains.

1698 Commonwealth Ave
Brighton, MA 02135

22. Render Coffee

563 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118
A hot chocolate in a large white mug on a saucer with heart-shaped foam art
Hot chocolate from Render
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

With one South End location and another downtown, there's twice the opportunity to get hot chocolate from Render Coffee.

563 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02118

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