Granted, it’s not cold for much of the year here in Austin, but when it is, we are never really ready for it. Whether you need a break in between errands, need an excuse to get out of the house or just need a way to get warmed up, here are our picks of where to go to find the best hot chocolate in Austin:
1886 Cafe & Bakery
604 Brazos St.
If you are downtown or feeling a little bit fancy, head to the Driskill’s 1886 Cafe & Bakery for a decadent hot chocolate with a pastry.
1100 South Lamar, 1101 West Lynn, 2222B Guadalupe St. & 200 Congress Ave #2B
Delicious, made-to-order hot chocolate at Medici is quite possibly the best hot chocolate in Austin.
221 W. North Loop Blvd. & 2700 W. Anderson Ln #409
Try Epoch’s Hot Chocolate Steamer with either Mexican or Dutch chocolate. If you want some food, you can check out the selection of food from the case, including pizza from East Side Pies, sandwiches and vegetarian wraps and empanadas.
2424 W. 2nd St., 1300 South Congress Ave. & 3001 S. Congress Ave (St. Edward’s University)
If you need something for the kids when you are getting a cup of joe at Jo’s, you can satisfy them with a hot chocolate.
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters
3825 Lake Austin Blvd.Many visitors flock to this lakeside cafe to see the holiday lights show, but it’s a great place to stop year-round, with both indoor and outdoor seating. You can choose from a number of flavor shots (think peppermint or hazelnut) or enjoy a cupcake, fruit tart or another dessert fro the bakery.
Pacha Organic Café
4618 Burnet Rd.
Pacha offers hot chocolate, made with either Mexican or dark chocolate, in addition to an extensive menu of healthy fare, including a items off its gluten-free menu.
La Patisserie Bakery
602 W. Annie St.
In addition to mouth-watering macarons and other baked goods, La Patisserie also serves some killer hot chocolate.
411 E. 43rd St.
If you can resist getting one of the amazing decorated sugar cookies to go along with your hot chocolate, you are a stronger person than I am.
The Steeping Room
11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Suite 112 (Domain) & 4400 North Lamar Blvd, Suite 102
You can choose from Mexican, classic or mint hot chocolate and pair your drink with something from the restaurant’s full menu, or just a sweet treat.
1206 W. 38th St.
You might not even think about going to Teo during the winter because it’s a gelato shop. In addition to the cold stuff, Teo has great espresso drinks and some tasty hot chocolate. During the winter months, you can even enjoy it outside on the deck next to a gas fireplace.