Warm Up: Where to Score the Best Hot Cocoa in Boston

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Boston’s winter months are some of the best around. You can take the kids tubing or sledding, go for a spin at Frog Pond under the twinkling lights, or take a break from the cold at some of the city’s best attractions and museums. But let’s not forget one of the simple enjoyments of living in the city on a cold day—getting to sip on hot cocoa. There’s no doubt that the mere mention of a hot cup of cocoa is enough to brighten up the kids’ eyes after a long day in the snow. With so many choices, you might be wondering who pours the best hot chocolate in Boston? It’s time to find out.Prepare your taste buds and get started with our favorite spots.

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The Paris Creperie

If you or anyone in the family is a fan of Nutella, then you’ll have to put The Paris Creperie at the top of your list. Pair this delicious cup of cocoa with a savory Nutella crepe and you have one heavenly breakfast in Boston. They offer a variety of crepes and other yummy drinks, like a Nutella latte to get you going in the morning. Just be ready to get there early or wait around a bit as this is a pretty popular spot.

278 Harvard St.
Brookline, MA 
Online: pariscreperie.com

1369 Coffeehouse

Though this place is known for its incredible coffee and espresso selections, 1369 Coffeehouse is home to some amazing gems such as their homemade Dutch hot cocoa. They also serve Mexican hot cocoa which is flavored with coriander and cinnamon. If you’re in need of a caffeinated boost, bring the kids to this spot in Boston for a much-needed cup of cocoa, while you check out some of their seasonal choices, like the gingerbread latte.

1369 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA
Online: 1369coffeehouse.com


L.A. Burdick Chocolates

Does your family have a sweet tooth? This will definitely be one of your favorite places in Boston for hot cocoa no matter the weather. With hand-crafted specialty chocolates among other desserts, you’ll be amazed to try out their hot cocoa which is made with your choice of milk, dark, or white chocolate. For vegan options, you can swap the milk for soy or almond milk.

220 Clarendon St.

52 Brattle St.
Online: burdickchocolate.com

Curio Coffee

On the search for your next go to breakfast place while also searching for the best hot cocoa in Boston? Look no further than Curio Coffee in Cambridge. There is no better combination than a nice hot cup of cocoa served with a fluffy, delicious waffle. We are sure your kids will agree.

441 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA
Online: curiocoffee.square.site


Oakleaf Cakes

Best known for their custom gourmet cakes, Oakleaf Cakes offers one of Boston’s best cups of hot cocoa as well. Aside from their yummy, traditional hot cocoa blend, they also make a spicy Aztec Hot Chocolate, for when you are feeling a little adventurous. But their cakes are not the only thing that is handmade. They have handmade, jumbo marshmallows to go along with your cocoa. If this doesn’t have your kids jumping for joy, we don’t know what will.

12 Westland Ave.
Online: oakleafcakes.com


While Cacao specializes in selling the best nuts and chocolates, they also sell Hot Cocoa mix to take home and make in your own kitchen. With options like classic, dark, and spicy hot chocolate, you’ll be able to make a day of it with your kids and maybe a movie or two at home. Make sure to pick up some of their chocolate covered nuts or fruit for an extra treat.

660 Centre St.
Online: cacaonuts.com


Stephanie's On Newbury

Who says you can’t have hot cocoa with dinner? Take the family to this popular spot on Newbury Street in Boston and dine on some tasty burgers or a bowl of New England Clam Chowder while also partaking in Stephanie’s hot chocolate experience. It allows you to select from a variety of flavors like classic milk hot chocolate, pumpkin spice, and peppermint chocolate too. Top them off with a mountain of whipped cream and your kids can vote on their favorite. You’ll be returning for another cup for sure.

190 Newbury St.
Online: stephaniesonnewbury.com


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