Best hot chocolate in Vancouver

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Sipping on a hot mug of cocoa is one of winter’s greatest pleasures. Wonderfully indulgent and comforting, this beverage is guaranteed to warm your spirits on the most frigid of days.

Whether you like your hot chocolate ultra thick, on the bitter side, or topped with whipped cream, here’s our list of where to sip on the best hot chocolate in Vancouver.

Prado Café

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Photo courtesy of Prado Café

In addition to providing customers with cozy nooks to enjoy well-made espresso drinks, Prado Café also whips up a light, addictively smooth hot chocolate rendition. Sweet and mild, Prado make their own chocolate sauce, using a dark 80 per cent Dutch process cocoa and a secret, dry spice blend. After pouring steamed milk over the chocolate sauce the baristas shake a little more cocoa powder over it and stir. The cost is $3.75 and there is even a special kids price ($1.95) that comes with mini marshmallows.

Address: Three locations (check website)
Twitter: @PradoCafe

Thomas Haas

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Photo courtesy of Thomas Haas

Known for their delicate handcrafted chocolates and pastries, it’s no wonder that Thomas Haas creates a stunning hot chocolate. Made with real chocolate (not cocoa powder), Thomas Haas’ drinking chocolate is thick, rich and boasts a creamy texture. This wicked concoction comes in three varieties: a ‘Classic’ version with 65 per cent cocoa; an ‘Extra Dark’ which contains 75 per cent cocoa; and an ‘Aztec’ which uses 65 per cent cocoa along with chipotle and ancho chili for a touch of spice.

Address: 128-998 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver
Phone: 604-924-1848

Address: 2539 West Broadway, Kitsilano
Phone: 604-736-1848

Twitter: @thaaschocolates

Small Victory

Small Victory Hot Chocolate (Jess Fleming / Vancity Buzz)

Small Victory Hot Chocolate (Jess Fleming / Vancity Buzz)

Yaletown’s Small Victory Bakery creates on-site an incredibly light and smooth-textured hot chocolate. Not too big, not too sweet the hot chocolate is made with top-grade Valrhona chocolate from France.

Address: 
1088 Homer Street
Phone: 604-899-8892
Twitter: @sv_bakery

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East Van Roasters

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Photo courtesy of East Van Roasters

East Van Roasters’ made in-house drinking chocolates are sure to put a smile on your dial — they’re smooth to taste and comprised of 70 per cent dark chocolate. Currently the Gastown outpost has a Single-Origin, Mayan spiced and a Malagasy Bitters drinking chocolate on offer.

Address: 319 Carrall Street
Phone: 604-629-7562
Twitter: @Eastvanroasters

Mink Chocolate Café

Thick, rich, and ultra-luxurious Mink Chocolate Café celebrates hot chocolate in the most opulent of ways. Ranging from 38 to 70 per cent cocoa content Mink’s drinking chocolate consists of pure, fresh chocolate ganache (no powders, no water, nothing reconstituted or rehydrated).

Address: 863 West Hastings Street
Phone: 604-633-2451
Twitter: @minkchocolates

Thierry

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Photo courtesy of Thierry (John Sherlock)

Thierry’s signature blend of pure velvety dark chocolate is on the bitter side and can be savoured on its own or for those with a sweet tooth, complemented with caramel or hazelnut, or even Basque chilli for an added kick.

Address: 1059 Alberni Street
Phone: 604-608-6870
Twitter: @thierrychocolat

Koko Monk Chocolates

Made with 72 per cent Venezuelan Trinitario, top quality pure cacaos, herbs, spices, and a dash of orange zest, Kitsilano’s Koko Monk Chocolates offers a sweet and slightly spicy sipping hot chocolate. In addition to this authentic brew that guarantees to warm patrons to the core, Koko Monk Chocolates also prepares a spiked brew, which is made up of Turkish coffee, organic dark chocolate and Courvoisier Cognac.

Address: 1849 West 1st Avenue, Kitsilano
Phone 604-708-3366
Twitter: @MyKokoMonk

Bel Café

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Photo courtesy of Bel Café

With an array of chocolatey treats (in the form of cookies, pastries, macarons, and crumbles) it should come as no surprise that David Hawksworth’s downtown Bel Café whips up a memorable cup of hot cocoa. Made with 70 per cent Valrhona Dark Chocolate, Bel Café’s drinking chocolate is heavenly; it’s mildly sweet and smooth to drink.

Address: Located at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, 801 West Georgia Street
Phone: 604-673-7000
Twitter: @Bel_Cafe

Blenz

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Photo courtesy of Blenz

Chocoholics will savour Blenz’s signature hot chocolate, which is made from using only 100 per cent authentic Belgian chocolate chips. Hand blended with freshly steamed milk, then topped off with whipped cream, Blenz’s hot chocolate is available in dark, milk or white Belgian chocolate. Customers can even request a mixture of all three, in addition to opting for almond milk or soy milk.

Address: Various locations (check website)
Twitter: @BlenzCoffee

Continental Coffee

Continental Coffee offers an incredibly indulgent hot chocolate. Crafted with steamed milk and Belgian chocolate syrup, Continental Coffee’s sweet decadent pick-me-up is topped with their famous house-made chocolate whipped cream. Chocolate drizzle finishes it off.

Address: 1806 Commercial Drive
Phone: 604-255-0712

Address: 4295 Main Street
Phone: 
604-559-7712 

Twitter: @ContinentalCoff


Best hot chocolate in Vancouver

By Vancity Buzz

  • Prado Café

    By Vancity Buzz

    Sweet and mild, Prado make their own chocolate sauce, using a dark, 80 per cent Dutch process cocoa and a secret, dry spice blend.

  • Thomas Haas

    By Vancity Buzz

    Made with real chocolate (not cocoa powder), Thomas Haas' hot chocolate is thick, rich and boasts a creamy texture.

  • Small Victory

    By Vancity Buzz

    Yaletown’s Small Victory Bakery creates on-site an incredibly light and smooth-textured hot chocolate. Not too big, not too sweet the hot chocolate is made with top-grade Valrhona chocolate from France.

  • East Van Roasters

    By Vancity Buzz

    East Van Roasters’ made in-house drinking chocolates are sure to put a smile on your dial — they’re smooth to taste and comprised of 70 per cent dark chocolate. Currently the Gastown outpost has a Single-Origin, Mayan spiced and a Malagasy Bitters drinking chocolate on offer.

  • Mink Chocolate Café

    By Vancity Buzz

    Ranging from 38 to 70 per cent cocoa content Mink’s drinking chocolate is consists of pure, fresh chocolate ganache (no powders, no water, nothing reconstituted or rehydrated).

  • Thierry

    By Vancity Buzz

    Thierry's signature blend of pure velvety dark chocolate is on the bitter side and can be enjoyed on its own or for those with a sweet tooth, complemented with caramel or hazelnut, or even Basque chilli for an added kick.

  • Koko Monk Chocolates

    By Vancity Buzz

    Made with 72% Venezuelan Trinitario, top quality pure cacaos, herbs, spices, and a dash of orange zest, Kitsilano’s Koko Monk Chocolates’ offers a sweet and slightly spicy sipping hot chocolate. 

  • Bel Café

    By Vancity Buzz

    With an array of chocolatey treats (in the form of cookies, pastries, macarons, and crumbles) it’s no wonder that David Hawksworth’s downtown Bel Café offers a memorable cup of hot coco.

  • Blenz

    By Vancity Buzz

    Chocoholics will savour Blenz’s signature hot chocolate, which is made from using only 100 per cent authentic Belgian chocolate chips.

  • Continental Coffee

    By Vancity Buzz

    Continental Coffee offers an incredibly indulgent hot chocolate. Crafted with steamed milk and Belgian chocolate syrup, Continental Coffee’s hot chocolate is topped with house-made chocolate whipped cream.

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