Best Hot Chocolate In Seattle

December 18, 2013 4:00 AM

Whatever your reason for heading to the chocolate aisle in your local store, there’s one way to get your chocolate fix that should not be overlooked – hot chocolate. This steaming treat of chocolate and milk is one of the most delicious treats around. Here are a few places in Seattle where you’ll find just the right drink to sip this decadence.

Chocolate Box hot chocolate (Credit, Jenise Silva)

Chocolate Box
106 Pine St.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 443-3900

What’s better than a box of chocolates? How about a large retail store in the middle of downtown that’s stocked from floor to ceiling with some of the best chocolate available in the U.S. and beyond? Chocolate Box prides itself on not only showcasing the cocoa bean in its most classic form (the bar), but it also offers up an incredibly satisfying hot chocolate that is both dark and rich and comes topped with a healthy dose of whipped cream.

El Diablo
1811 Queen Anne Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 285-0693

A lot of people visit this Queen Anne haunt for the classic Cuban coffee drink that is packed with caffeine and a dose of caramelized sugar. But if you are looking for a more mellow experience, the Mexican hot chocolate is guaranteed to warm you to your bones. This sinfully delicious beverage tends to be a bit thicker than your average hot chocolate and provides a little kick itself with a hint of cinnamon and chili. If you’re not quite ready for this taste sensation, El Diablo will mix you up a hot concoction using other chocolate it has in stock. But then, you’d be missing out on something special.

The Pink Door hot chocolate (Credit, Jenise Silva)

The Pink Door
1919 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 443-3241

This hidden gem just off the alley from the hustle and bustle of Pike Place Market offers a perfect place to sit back and recharge before you head back out to finish your market shopping. But if all of your shopping is done and you’re looking to unwind, you may just want to check out Jacquelina’s X-rated Callebaut hot cocoa. This adult beverage comes with an extra kick of peppermint schnapps but does not forget its roots. Just like the hot chocolate we remember from our youth, this frothy beverage is topped off with a healthy dose of marshmallows.

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Fran’s Chocolates
1325 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 682-0168

You can go all “upscale” with your hot chocolate when you stop by this chocolate lover’s boutique situated at the base of the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel. Sure, you’ll want to pick out all of the high-end chocolate offerings that are elegantly displayed throughout as gifts for friends and loved ones. But don’t forget to treat yourself and order up a cup of the dark hot chocolate. If you don’t think you’ll have time to enjoy this 65-percent Venezuelan dark chocolate treat in the store, there’s no reason to worry. Fran’s has this magic bottled and ready for the road.

Cafe Presse
1117 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 709-7674

Do you ever wish you could enjoy a nice cup of hot chocolate while sitting at a Parisian café? It’s true, Seattle is not Paris, but it does boast a lively French café that serves up all of the classics. Even if you don’t speak French, you know that the Chocolat Chaud on the menu is going to result in a creamy hot chocolate delight that would make any Frenchman – or woman – yearn for their beloved hexagon hometown. Fortunately, you can get this quintessential taste of France without ever leaving the city.

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Jenise Silva is a freelance writer in Seattle who has studied culinary, visual and performing arts. She penned the financial planning guide Women & Money, and has been writing about food and the arts for a number of years. Her work can be found at