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With winter in full swing, there’s nothing that’ll be more appealing than curling up with a hot mug of cocoa. Check out our recommendations for the best spots for drinking chocolate in the DC area.

Dolcezza

This Argentine gelato spot is District residents’ go-to place for cooling desserts in the summertime. During the colder months, you can enjoy a glass of thick, creamy hot chocolate served with a churro on the side for dipping.

904 Palmer Alley NW, Washington, DC 20268, USA
202-733-2879

Chinatown Coffee Company

Settle at a table at this rustic, brick-walled coffee shop in DC’s Gallery Place with a book or a laptop and order a mug of their steaming hot chocolate. The drink is made of Omanhene cocoa from Ghana, along with organic, non-GMO milk from Trickling Springs creamery.

475 H St NW #1, Washington, DC 20001, USA
202-320-0405

Brasserie Beck

Given that Belgium is the second largest exporter of chocolate in the world, it’s hardly surprising that local Belgian restaurant Brasserie Beck serves one of the best cocoas in town. The drink, labeled one of DC’s best chocolates by Zagat, comes topped with a luscious helping of whipped cream and a generous dusting of chocolate powder, along with two chocolate straws for soaking.

1101 K St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA
202-408-1717

The Sweet Lobby

Head to this Capitol Hill bakery to enjoy decadent, European-style hot cocoa so thick you’ll almost feel like you’re drinking a glass of melted chocolate. Make sure not to miss out on the French baked goods on offer here, including macarons.

404 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA
202-544-2404

Le Diplomate

This classic French bistro in Logan Circle is serving a boozy hot chocolate that comes with green chartreuse and marshmallows. Take a seat on the glassed-in patio and pair this with the deliciously crispy creme brulee for a treat on a cold winter night.

1601 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
202-332-3333