When Old Man Winter starts getting on your nerves, bundle up your babes and battle the brr’s with a cup of hot chocolate at one of our favorite hot chocolate and coffee houses. From exotic to the everyday, nothing beats a little cocoa to cajole a smile from under all those layers. Here are five hot spots to sit down and enjoy a cup with your cuties.

Malvi Mallow

For a delicious marshmallow topper on your decadent cup of molten chocolate, head to Avalon and find the Malvi Mallow truck, which will be on the Boulevard until Jan. 2. Until Dec. 19, find them Wed.-Fri. from 3-9 p.m. From Dec. 20 to Jan. 2, find them daily from noon to 9 p.m.

400 Avalon Boulevard

Online: experienceavalon.com


ChocoLaté Coffee


ChocoLaté Coffee is a specialty coffee shop that specializes in hand crafted coffee beverages prepared in the European traditional way. They roast their own beans freshly every week, and their award winning hot chocolate comes in several varieties. Our favorites are their house blend of dark and milk chocolate, or the hazelnut variety.

2558 Shallowford Rd. NE, Ste 201
Online: mychocolatecoffee.com

2094 N Decatur Rd.

Sugar Cakes Patiesserie


This heavenly hot chocolate can be found on Marietta Square. The Chocolate Chaud is made with strong, freshly-melted dark chocolate, heavy cream, whipped cream, and a dainty sprinkling of cinnamon on top. Stroll the square with your cup in hand, and it's easy to convince yourself that you've found the best cup in town.

101 North Park Square NE

Online: sugarcakespatisserie.com

Xocol Atl

The first Europeans to consume chocolate were members of the Spanish royal family, and you'll feel pretty darn royal after a cup of Xocol's small batch drinking chocolate. While you're there, don't pass up a chance to sample their Blood Orange & Raspberry chocolate bar. And vegans rejoice! All chocolate at Xocol is vegan. Current hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. For curbside pick-ups, call 404-333-8562.

Krog Street Market
99 Krog St.

Online: xocolatl.com

Moonbird Coffee

This Chamblee coffee shop is a local's favorite for coffee, grab-and-go breakfasts, and of course, hot chocolate. Grab a cup of their rich, regular hot chocolate, or try something different with their Mexican hot chocolate—and leave with a little kick on your lips. Current hours are Wed.-Sat. from 8-11:30 a.m. for takeout (no indoor seating). Card and mobile payment only. 5394 Peachtree Rd. Chamblee 678-332-7280 Online: moonbirdcoffee.com


Garnet Gal's Coffee Shop & Bakery

Garnet Gal's is the perfect spot for picking up a some breakfast, a light lunch, or a mid-day snack to pair with your cup of hot chocolate, which comes straight up or with caramel or hazelnut, if you're feeling frisky. Current hours are Mon.-Fri. from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for grab-and-go and limited patio dining. 2770 Lenox Rd. NE Buckhead 404-748-4027 Online: garnetgalscoffeeshop.com

Café Vendôme Boutique Bakery & Cafe

Located in the backside of a building with a lovely, quiet patio, this french bakery and café has authentic food and a Parisian atmosphere. Enjoy the iconic and delicious hot chocolate or the pastries collections, and don't leave without a delicious crêpes. The tea room also offers a brunch, as well as a savory menu during the day. Current hours are Mon.-Sun. from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

4969 Roswell Rd Suite #155 (Located in the back side of Cibo E Beve, and the Food 101 Restaurants.)

Online: cafevendome.com

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—Shelley Massey


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