A version of this article was first written for Tourisme Montréal
Nothing says cozy and comforting like a steaming mug of hot chocolate. Luscious, warm, rich, sweet or spicy, the beverages listed below are the perfect mix of premium ingredients and creativity. From classic to completely decadent and utterly funky, they’re the perfect mugs of comfort to dive into in these frigid temperatures. Enjoy!
Patrice Demers and his lovely, sweet-laden store don’t need an introduction anymore but did you know that they serve one of the best hot chocolates in Montreal? Their classic version contains Araguani chocolate, cocoa, canilla and a light infusion of spices. For a small supplement, you can get a caramel mousse topping; and yes, you definitely want to splurge on the caramel mousse topping.
Au festin de Babette is a classic go-to spot for great hot chocolate in Montreal. Their hot chocolate selection is separated into 3 categories: dark chocolate, white chocolate and Valrhona Grands Crus. In all, 12 different flavours for you to enjoy, from a classic mix to comforting brews flavoured with spices, orange, nuts or piment d’Espelette.
Cacao 70 recently opened a chocolate factory in Montreal, in addition to all its stores, beacons of chocolatey goodness for all dessert lovers. In addition to all the regular flavours, some Holiday-inspired ones will be on the menu until January 14th. Choose between a matcha, Earl Grey or eggnog flavoured hot chocolate before they disappear!
Suite 88 Chocolatier is a chocoholic paradise! From delicate, filled bonbons et cookies and cakes, you can indulge in all things chocolate, including one of the best hot chocolates in Montreal. Try one flavoured with vanilla or spices or stick to a classic topped with homemade whipped cream.
La Diperie may very well be known for their ice cream cones but they also make great hot chocolate in the cold season, which they offer in 30 flavours! From salted caramel to Oreo, ginger, spicy pepper and more, you’ll certainly find one (or 10!) flavours to your liking.
Juliette is the doyenne of all things chocolate in Montreal. Her stores are so popular, it’s often hard to find a table at any time of day or night. Several hot chocolates are on this institution’s menu, including the latest, a campfire hot chocolate with velvety thick hot chocolate smoked with wood chips and served with a brownie and toasted marshmallows.
C’ChoColat takes toppings to a whole new level! Their crazy and fun concoctions include hot chocolates flavoured with caramel fleur de sel, Oreo crumbs or espresso. Pick from one of their 6 hot chocolate flavours (including a vegan one) and add some extra toppings.
The Mile End café has become one of the most popular in Montreal from day one. Their take on the tartine made on their homemade sourdough bread is now legendary. Their hot chocolate concoction is made with Weiss chocolate (a bean-to-bar French brand), cocoa and love. Oh and milk of course, regular or nut.
Close to 12 flavours of hot chocolate await you at all 4 locations of Marius et Fanny. The beverages are divided into two categories: soft for milk or white chocolate-based drinks and intense for drinks with darker chocolate (anywhere from 65% to 75%). The intense flavours also include single origin chocolates. Marius et Fanny also serves special seasonal concoctions such as a 3 spices and a coconut-flavoured one.
Located in Verdun, Restaurant Su is mostly known for its delicious Turkish cuisine, including its elaborate brunch spreads. It is precisely at brunch that you can order their spicy and dark hot chocolate, an invitation to take a journey along the spice route while enjoying your brunch delicacies.
The Scandinavian-inspired, Rosemont bakery serves some of the best bread in the city. Their pastries are also delicious and so is their hot chocolate. They use 58% dark chocolate, cocoa powder, chai spices and a sprinkle of salt. You can get yours with regular or nut milk. Either way, it’s delicious!
This tiny Plateau spot has quickly garnered a loyal following and has become a favourite among neighbours and tourists alike. Their unusual yet elegant cake and bonbons designs distinguish them from the competition. Their classic hot chocolate is a comforting combination of milk, cream and 64% dark chocolate. The result is an unctuous drink that can quickly become addictive.
Café Larue has this centrifuge that keeps turning all day and keeps the rich and thick hot chocolate perfectly warm and melted. It’s the perfect consistency, just a little thinner than those really thick Spanish hot chocolates, and perfect for dipping a biscotti or a croissant.
If you like chocolate, check out my favourite Montreal chocolate shops.