Ditch the coffee for this favorite cold-weather beverage sure to keep your belly warm and your sweet tooth satisfied. Recall cheerful childhood memories over a cup or two of hot cocoa at these local cafes and restos that do this sweet drink justice.
With constantly changing art installations and an eco-friendly atmosphere, this Center City shop is truly a hipster’s paradise. Not only is Elixr passionate about their coffee, but they also make a mean cup of hot chocolate that's of single origin and sourced from Ghana. Grab a cup to go or stay and sip as you check out the latest artworks. 207 S. Sydenham St., 239-404-1730
A destination for chocolate fiends, Max Brenner has made waves in the cocoa world by dishing up chocolate flavored everything (yes, even pizza), and providing a one-of-a-kind meal that seems to even rival Willy Wonka’s world. From marshmallow to mocha, you won't be disappointed with any of their hot chocolates, all of which come in a "hug mug"—a cup designed to be held with both hands to create the coziest drinking experience. 1500 Walnut St., 215-344-8150
Inspired by Parisian cafe culture, this Rittenhouse Square brasserie’s hot chocolate is the perfect way to end a full-on French meal any day of the week. Their hot cocoa offering stands out from the rest thanks to a magical mix of French milk, dark chocolate, and cinnamon sticks steeped into the dairy to ensure a flavorful kick. 227 S. 18th St., 215-545-2262
Opt for a Sunday brunch with your closest friends and a large cup of Oaxacan hot chocolate at this small corner cafe that prides itself on flavor and tradition. Here, the hot cocoa isn’t just a suggestion: it’s a must. Pair your hot cup with a Mexican-inspired breakfast as you catch up on holiday gossip this season. 2100 S. Norwood St., 267-639-4506
Known for their out-of-the-box hot chocolate menu and enticing desserts, this Italian Market gem has been sharing the essence of traditional Italian cafe dining with Philly since 2006. Their explosive concoctions are guaranteed to give you the sugar high you’ve been dreaming of. Try their popular erupting option, volcano, served with whipped cream and topped with a hot chocolate mixture and shavings of pistachios. 1172 S. Ninth St., 215-465-3515