Located at the very western end of Gough Street, this bean-to-bar craft chocolate workshop is the perfect pit stop on your stroll through Sheung Wan. There’s no seating, except for a bench outside because most of the store’s floor space is taken up by the equipment needed to make solid and drinking chocolate entirely from scratch. Choose from 78% ($40) or 100% hot chocolate ($50), or a housemade hot chocolate drink ($50) available in the flavours fleur de sel (sea salt), Earl Grey, fresh mint, and ginger. Crack the door open to make your order and people-watch outside for the five minutes it takes to prepare. The railing adjacent to the store overlooks a mesmerising slice of busy Sheung Wan, and the frothy, intense, almost savoury hot chocolate is well worth the wait.
The subtleties of coffee and wine can sometimes be baffling, even for the most devoted fans among us. On the other hand, it’s almost impossible to confuse an average cup of hot chocolate for a truly rich and full-flavoured one. While we encourage you to keep going on your hot chocolate journey to find your own favourite, here are some of our tried-and-true recommendations that will keep you going when it’s cold outside (or inside, you know how it is with Hong Kong air conditioning). By Kate Lowe