A roundup of some of Montréal’s best hot chocolate
This article was updated on November 29, 2018.
Nothing says cozy and comforting like a steaming mug of hot chocolate. Luscious, warm, rich and sweet, the beverages listed below are the perfect mix of premium ingredients and creativity. From classic to completely decadent and utterly funky, dive in and enjoy!
Juliette & Chocolat
Juliette is the doyenne of all things chocolate in Montréal. Her stores are so popular it’s often hard to find a table at any time of day or night. Several hot chocolates are on this institution’s menu, including the latest, a campfire hot chocolate with velvety thick hot chocolate smoked with wood chips and served with a brownie and toasted marshmallows.
Cacao 70’s Montréal chocolate factory as well as all its stores are beacons of chocolatey goodness for all dessert lovers. In addition to all the regular flavours, try the Cocoa Blast, a dark or milk hot chocolate base with little chunks of white, milk and dark chocolate.
La Diperie may very well be known for its ice cream cones but it also makes great hot chocolate in the cold season, which it offers in 30 flavours! From salted caramel to Oreo, ginger, spicy pepper and more, you’ll certainly find one (or ten!) flavours to your liking.
Au Festin de Babette
Au Festin de Babette is a classic go-to spot for great hot chocolate in Montréal. Its hot chocolate selection is separated into three categories: dark chocolate, white chocolate and Valrhona Grands Crus. In all, twelve different flavours for you to enjoy, from a classic mix to comforting brews flavoured with spices, orange, nuts or piment d’Espelette.
C’ChoColat takes toppings to a whole new level! Its crazy and fun concoctions include hot chocolates topped with salted caramel, Oreo bits, marshmallows, and more! Pick from one of its six hot chocolate flavours (including a vegan one) and add some extra toppings for a more decadent drink.
The Mile End café has become one of the most popular in Montréal from day one. Its take on the tartine made on its homemade sourdough bread is now legendary. Its hot chocolate concoction is made with Weiss chocolate (a bean-to-bar French brand), cocoa and love. Oh and milk, of course, regular or nut.
Patrice Demers and his lovely, sweet-laden store don’t need an introduction anymore, but did you know that they serve one of the best hot chocolates in Montreal? Their classic version contains Araguani chocolate, cocoa, vanilla and a light infusion of spices. For a small supplement, you can get a caramel mousse topping, and yes, you’ll want the caramel mousse topping.
Marius et Fanny
Close to twelve flavours of hot chocolate await you at all four locations of Marius et Fanny. The beverages are divided into two categories: soft for milk or white chocolate-based drinks and intense for drinks with darker chocolate (anywhere from 65% to 75%). The intense flavours also include single origin chocolates. Marius et Fanny also serves special seasonal concoctions such as a three-spices and a coconut-flavoured one.
The Scandinavian-inspired Rosemont bakery serves some of the best bread in the city. Its pastries are also delicious and so is its hot chocolate. It uses 58% dark chocolate, cocoa powder, chai spices and a sprinkle of salt. You can get yours with regular or nut milk. Either way, it’s delicious!
This tiny Plateau spot has quickly garnered a loyal following and has become a favourite among neighbours and tourists alike. Its unusual elegant cake and bonbons designs distinguish them from the competition. Its classic hot chocolate is a comforting combination of milk, cream and 64% dark chocolate. The result is an unctuous drink that can quickly become addictive. Grab the $5 hot chocolate and cookie combo for an extra special treat.
Popular ice cream stores Les Givrés also make delicious hot chocolate at their Vieux-Rosemont and Hochelaga locations. The comforting brews come in three different flavours of Valrhona chocolate: Jivara, Guanaja and Opalys. You can top your drink with a marshmallow or some homemade whipped cream.
Les chocolats de Chloé
This adorable Plateau-Mont Royal shop is among the most loved in Montréal. Les chocolats de Chloé’s basic hot chocolate is made up of cocoa paste, dark chocolate and organic cane sugar. It’s the same hot chocolate mix it sells in the store for you to enjoy at home. It also serves an alternate weekend choice that is either a chai, coffee or mint-flavoured brew.
Chocolats Geneviève Grandbois
Geneviève has been one of Montréal’s foremost artisanal chocolate purveyor for several years now, thus contributing to the happiness of her young and mature clientele alike. Her European-style hot chocolate is prepared from her homemade blend of 70% chocolate and vanilla cane sugar. It’s served at the Geneviève Grandbois Mile End boutique on Saint-Viateur Street West.
Vegan bakery Sophie Sucrée specializes in pastries and cakes that are dairy free and/or allergy friendly. Its hot chocolate is served all winter long and is a scrumptious mélange of dark chocolate, spices, cinnamon and a mix of coconut and soy milks. It can be purchased in store to make at home.
This Mile End Jewish-style bakery has garnered a loyal following since its opening. Hof Kelsten’s flakey pastries and scrumptious breads are some of my favourites, hands down. Its hot chocolate is made by preparing a thick Valhrona chocolate ganache, which us then thinned out with hot steamed milk, in the same manner one would make a latte.
Café Dei Campi
Everything at Café Dei Campi tastes delicious. Its vegan pastries are some of the best in town, regardless of their butter and egg content. Its hot chocolate is no exception and is prepared with extra brute cocoa with vanilla and sugar and your choice of cow, soy or homemade almond milk.
Mayssam Samaha, blogger
Mayssam Samaha is a food and travel writer and blogger. She travels the world in search of the next culinary discovery. From Iceland to South Africa, she’s already visited over 30 countries and there’s nothing she enjoys more than wandering around a farmers’ market in a foreign city.
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