Indulge a little with the best hot chocolate spots in LA that will warm your heart (and soul) during this winter-y cold snap
There’s nothing more comforting on a cold and rainy day (and we’ve had our fair share of those lately) than a cozy cup of silky hot chocolate—guaranteed to brighten your spirits and warm your soul. But when you’re looking for the best hot chocolate near me, any old, run-of-the-mill cocoa won’t do! We’ve done some Nancy Drew-level sleuthing to uncover the best of the best hot chocolate in LA and are delivering each, delicious cup below. Ready for the best hot chocolate ever?
Best Hot Chocolate in LA
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1. Café Demitasse
If you’re on the prowl for some of the dreamiest hot chocolate in LA, look no further than Café Demitasse in Santa Monica. Known for their Liquid Lavender Hot Chocolate with a huge, toasted marshmallow for dipping, this cozy coffee purveyor is likely to become a regular stop in your schedule—especially during chilly winter months. Enjoy a cup in shop or make it at home with their Lavender Hot Chocolate Kit that comes with 8 oz. of hot chocolate, 5 jumbo marshmallows, and a vial of lavender extract. There’s a reason they are rated as one of the best hot chocolate Santa Monica has to offer.
1149 Third St.
2. Lady Chocolatt
As one of the most impressive chocolate shops around, it’s no surprise Los Angeles’ Lady Chocolatt’s hot chocolate makes our list. This Brentwood standout handcrafts their chocolates in Belgium and has them flown to the shop, garnering a devout customer following. Though chocolate candy is the star here, Lady Chocolatt’s dark hot chocolate is far from an understudy—it’s truly some of the most decadent we’ve tasted and may just change your life—it’s that powerful.
12008 Wilshire Blvd.
While there is no longer a favorite hot chocolate Beverly Hills location (it recently closed), Chokolatta is still open for business in North Hollywood. With traditional Hot Chocolate and a Spicy Mayan flavor made from the finest cocoa beans available, you can’t go wrong. And if that’s not enough, the shop also sells a selection of chocolate covered strawberries, bon bons, and other delectable treats.
5264 Tujunga Ave.
4. Lavender & Honey Espresso Bar
If regular hot chocolate isn’t doing it for you anymore, stop by the adorable Lavender & Honey Espresso Bar in Pasadena. Their extensive hot chocolate bar features a wide variety of assorted flavors to wet your whistle, including white chocolate, peppermint, salted caramel, campfire, P.B. cup, cupcake, and more. And if you prefer your hot chocolate frozen, they can handle that too.
1383 E. Washington Blvd.
ChocoVivo’s single-source bean to bar chocolate is a one-of-a-kind experience. Featuring one of the best hot chocolate menus we’ve seen, customization is the name of the game here. Customers choose the style of drink they want – whether it’s sipping chocolate, hot chocolate, iced hot chocolate, mocha hot chocolate, or frozen hot chocolate. Next, pick your base from various types of milk or filtered water. Lastly, choose the type of chocolate you desire – everything from 100% Cacao to Mayan Tradition and more. If that’s not enough, they have a fantastic selection of desserts as well.
12469 W. Washington Blvd.
6. La Monarca Bakery
La Monarca is always top of mind when Angelenos want to grab some mind-blowing Mexican pastries, but they also deliver the best Mexican hot chocolate Los Angeles has to offer. What starts with fair trade cacao ground in house, ends with a totally unique hot chocolate that’s both foamy and cinnamon-y with a kick. Or try the Champurrado—a delicious thick version of Mexican Hot Chocolate that pairs great with an order of conchas. You can also purchase containers of both mixes to go.
12 Locations across LA
Regarded by many critics as one of the best restaurants in the country, Guelaguetza isn’t just killing it at the food game, but the hot chocolate game as well. If you’re going grab a bite at this beloved dining star, don’t dare leave without trying their Mexican Hot Chocolate. Rich and creamy to the last sip, this is some of the tastiest artisanal Oaxacan chocolate you’ll ever have. They also have a hot chocolate gift set available for purchase so you can recreate the experience at home.
3014 W. Olympic Blvd.
8. Churros Calientes
If you find yourself in West LA, Churros Caliente is well worth a stop. Their delicious Spanish style hot chocolate is even better with a side of the most mouthwatering churros this side of Madrid.
11521 Santa Monica Blvd.
9. Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop
Not only does the Hollywood Walk of Fame have Spiderman, Darth Vader, and a disheveled Elmo, but it also has some of the best hot chocolate in Tinseltown. Famed Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop features everything from Classic and Sea Salt Caramel Hot Cocoa to Frozen Hot Cocoa and Decadent Drinking Chocolate. And if you happen to load up on some of those dreamy little chocolate squares during your visit, we’ll never tell.
6834 Hollywood Blvd.
While you won’t find it on their online menu, for those in-the-know, Bardonna on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica is one of the best places to get hot chocolate. Their one-of-a-kind hot chocolate bombs will delight both kids and adults alike—not to mention, a favorite spot to grab brunch (to balance out that sugar rush).