Your Official Philadelphia Hot Chocolate Guide

Come winter, you’d be hard pressed to find us with something other than hot chocolate in hand. (Sorry, cider.) And after years of sampling all of the cocoa Philadelphia has to offer (read: a lot), we’ve finally compiled our top picks. So whether you’re looking for sit-down coziness courtesy of the Rittenhouse Hotel or the chocolate-y creations concocted at RIM Cafe, there’s an iteration for even the pickiest prospects.

For a spin on the classic: RIM Cafe // Folks practically make pilgrimages to try RIM Cafe’s legendary hot chocolate. Their signature sip, the Volcano, is whisked together in a saucepan until thick and cream, then topped with chocolate shavings and chopped pistachios. The result: one heavenly sugar rush. Sneak a peek at their beverage photo gallery to see just how seriously they take their cocoa. 1172 South 9th Street, East Passyunk.

For the atmosphere: The Rittenhouse Hotel // Inside the luxurious and historic Mary Cassatt Tea Room, guests can enjoy an expertly crafted, seasonal cup of cocoa. 210 West Rittenhouse Square, Rittenhouse.

For a local mainstay: Capogiro // With outposts all over the city, Capogiro serves up Italian-inspired mugs of ultra-rich, silky smooth hot chocolate. We love their gelato, but by December, it’s cocoa or bust. 117 South 20th Street, Rittenhouse; 119 South 13th Street, Midtown Village; 3925 Walnut Street, University City.

For a non-dairy option: Hip City Veg // People wait all year to grab themselves a cup of Hip City Veg’s vegan hot chocolate. Topped with coconut whipped cream, it’s the perfect thing to sip while strolling through Rittenhouse Square. 127 South 18th Street, Rittenhouse; 214 South 40th Street, University City.

For cocoa in its most natural form: La Colombe // Served unsweetened, La Colombe’s take on the cold-weather cup is perfectly bitter and calls to mind your favorite dark chocolate. 1335 Frankford Avenue, Fishtown; 1414 South Penn Square, Rittenhouse; 130 South 19th Street, Rittenhouse; 100 South Independence Mall West, Old City.

For an indulgence: Max Brenner // We’ll admit this is an obvious pick, but it’d be a disservice not to include an eatery with an entire hot chocolate menu. Choose from quirky flavors like Mexican Spicy Hot Chocolate, Swiss Whipped, Marshmallow, Peanut Butter and Hazelnut. 1500 Walnut Street, Rittenhouse.

Gather your group and tackle all of these cocoa outposts together this winter.