Latest update: January 2019. 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, vanilla and a light infusion of spices. For a small supplement, you can get a caramel mousse topping, and yes, you’ll want the caramel mousse topping.
Au festin de Babette is a classic go-to spot for great hot chocolate in Montréal. Its hot chocolate selection is separated into three categories: dark chocolate, white chocolate and Valrhona Grands Crus. In all, twelve different flavours for you to enjoy, from a classic mix to comforting brews flavoured with spices, orange, nuts or piment d’Espelette.
Geneviève has been one of Montréal’s foremost artisanal chocolate purveyor for several years now, thus contributing to the happiness of her young and mature clientele alike. Her European-style hot chocolate is prepared from her homemade blend of 70% chocolate and vanilla cane sugar. It’s served at the Geneviève Grandbois Mile End boutique on Saint-Viateur Street West.
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.
Juliette is the doyenne of all things chocolate in Montréal. 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! Its crazy and fun concoctions include hot chocolates topped with salted caramel, Oreo bits, marshmallows, and more! Pick from one of its six hot chocolate flavours (including a vegan one) and add some extra toppings for a more decadent drink.
The Mile End café has become one of the most popular in Montréal from day one. Its take on the tartine made on its homemade sourdough bread is now legendary. Its 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 twelve flavours of hot chocolate await you at all four 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 three-spices and a coconut-flavoured one.
This Mile End Jewish-style bakery has garnered a loyal following since its opening. Hof Kelsten’s flakey pastries and scrumptious breads are some of my favourites, hands down. Its hot chocolate is made by preparing a thick Valhrona chocolate ganache, which us then thinned out with hot steamed milk, in the same manner one would make a latte.
The Scandinavian-inspired Rosemont bakery serves some of the best bread in the city. Its pastries are also delicious and so is its hot chocolate. It uses 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. Its unusual elegant cake and bonbons designs distinguish them from the competition. Its 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. Grab the $5 hot chocolate and cookie combo for an extra special treat.
Popular ice cream stores Les Givrés also make delicious hot chocolate at their Vieux-Rosemont and Hochelaga locations. The comforting brews come in three different flavours of Valrhona chocolate: Jivara, Guanaja and Opalys. You can top your drink with a marshmallow or some homemade whipped cream.
This adorable Plateau-Mont Royal shop is among the most loved in Montréal. Les chocolats de Chloé’s basic hot chocolate is made up of cocoa paste, dark chocolate and organic cane sugar. It’s the same hot chocolate mix it sells in the store for you to enjoy at home. It also serves an alternate weekend choice that is either a chai, coffee or mint-flavoured brew.
Everything at Café Dei Campi tastes delicious. Its vegan pastries are some of the best in town, regardless of their butter and egg content. Its hot chocolate is no exception and is prepared with extra brute cocoa with vanilla and sugar and your choice of cow, soy or homemade almond milk.
Cacao 70’s Montréal chocolate factory as well as all its stores are beacons of chocolatey goodness for all dessert lovers. In addition to all the regular flavours, try the Cocoa Blast, a dark or milk hot chocolate base with little chunks of white, milk and dark chocolate.
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.