Looking for something warm and sweet? Visit one of these Philly favorites for decadent hot chocolate creations:
There’s a lot to like about Sky Garten—spiked hot chocolate, bar snacks, and spectacular views of the city just to name a few. Designed like an indoor beer garden (community tables and games), Sky Garten offers a variety of rotating alcohol options to add to hot cocoa as well as a toppings bar with candies, caramel, sprinkles, and chocolate. Don’t forget to step out onto the veranda to soak in Philadelphia from 51 stories up.
1717 Arch Street, 51st Floor
Capogiro is renowned for its tasty and natural-ingredients-sourced gelato and frozen treats, but the hot chocolate stands on its own. Regular hot cocoa is served with a healthy helping of whipped cream, dusted with cocoa powder. The Italian hot chocolate is a thicker and richer option that is served with molten chocolate and housemade whipped cream on the side.
119 South Street
Max Brenner is the restaurant mecca for chocolate, serving standard hot chocolate with milk, dark, or white chocolate. Other options include: a Mexican Spicy Hot, packed with cinnamon, nutmeg, red chili and pepper; the salted caramel, with milk chocolate, caramel sauce, and sea salt; or a thick Italian hot cocoa. Be sure to indulge in other chocolatey goodies while you’re there, such as the dessert chocolate pizza or the Philly cheesesteak waffle.
1500 Walnut Street
Watch Rene Kobeitri, the owner of RIM Café, make your hot cocoa order at this cozy spot. The Volcano is often heralded as the best hot chocolate in the city, and was featured on the Food Network show “Sugar High.” The signature drink features whipped cream topped with a hot chocolate mixture, shaved chocolate, fruit, and nuts. Of the 12 other options, our favorites are the white raspberry and a marshmallow brûlée.
1172 S. 9th Street
Perhaps one of the most quality-focused options available, hot chocolate from the Venezuelan restaurant and chocolate shop Sazon is free of gluten, refined sugar, wax, preservatives, artificial colors, or soy. Fresh, fair trade Cacao beans compose all of the chocolates, free-range local dairy, and high quality liquors. Spices, fruits, and nuts go into every delicious cup. The “clasico” is thick and creamy with 5 different cocoa flavors, and the Orgasmo is a little more decadent with dark chocolate, peanut butter, Kahlua, and homemade banana cream.
941 Spring Garden Street