Winter is not over yet, and it’s possible Mother Nature has another round of snow coming, so what is a better way to warm up than a nice, steamy cup of hot chocolate? We did the research, check out our favorite spots in Columbus to get a cup (or gallon!) of hot chocolate!
Located in Upper Arlington, Chocolate Cafe offers everything chocolate. When ordering, you can select regular, dark, or white chocolate for your drink. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, you can choose one of their specialty hot chocolates like Cherry Jubilee, LaSalle Mint, Caramel, Mexican, Kaffee Wien, Peanut Butter, Nutella, or Butterscotch. For the adults out there, try the boozy Chocolate Café with espresso vodka or the Chocolate Corvette with dark rum. (Pro Tip: on Friday nights, they have all you can eat fondue after 5 PM!).
According to Yelper James, “the Frozen Hot Chocolate here, will cure all the world’s problems.” With a review like that, we had to try it. James is right. A mixture of hot and cold, it tastes like no hot chocolate we have ever had before. I am a huge fan of frozen coffee, so this was right up my alley. Find them located on the east side of Columbus in Reynoldsburg.
We conducted a poll on our Twitter asking where the best hot chocolates are in Columbus, and one of the top answers was the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium! And we gotta say, they were right. A super-rich and creamy hot chocolate that was unlike any of the others on the list. We also got to see the new baby polar bear who is ADORABLE.
Known for their delicious chocolate and chocolate products, Winan’s is almost a requirement for the list. We tried the toasted marshmallow hot chocolate, and our tastebuds loved it. They can also customize your hot chocolate with different flavors and different types of milk, such as almond, soy, and coconut. With four locations in Columbus (Grandview, German Village, Dublin, and Downtown), this should be an easy stop to grab a drink on the way home from work or on a chilly Saturday afternoon.
A Columbus staple with now THREE locations, this Cafe is known for its delicious coffees, hot chocolate, and breakfast pastries. Get it with the Cafe’s massive homemade marshmallows, and you will not regret it! They opened their first location in 2014 in Italian Village and opened two more locations in 2018 in German Village and New Albany. No matter where you are in the city, this Cafe should only be a short drive away!
The iconic late-night coffee house in the Short North also has hot chocolate, and it’s delicious! We tried the raspberry hot cocoa, but they have other flavors as well that can be custom ordered with different types of milk and flavorings. Open from 9 AM to 12 AM every day, this hot chocolate is perfect any time of the day!
Located in historic Worthington, Highline Coffee Co opened in 2015. With every type of coffee you can think of and hot chocolate, this is a for sure stop while you are in Worthington. Be sure to try one of the baked treats from The Flaky Baker while enjoying art from locally featured artists. They can customize your drink as well with things such as almond, coconut, and soy milk. And don’t forget the whipped cream! 🙂
Honorable Mention – Community Grounds: Coffee & Meeting House
A favorite coffeehouse of mine, Community Grounds can be found on the southside of Columbus on Parsons Ave. Their hot chocolate is coming soon, but the picture looked so good I had to include it. The ultimate vegan hot chocolate made with almond milk and toasted vegan marshmallows, I cannot wait until this is a permanent item on their menu.
Where is your favorite place to get hot chocolate? Let us know in the comments!