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Klara Avsenik

The best hot chocolate in Hong Kong

Forget your latte, the perfect – and wonderfully indulgent – drink for winter is a mug of Hong Kong’s best hot chocolate

By Time Out Hong Kong
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Winter is here, so it’s time to push aside those frosty beers and grab something warm instead. And what better way to get cosy on a chilly day than with a cup of hot chocolate? When you’re not too busy having a twirl on Hong Kong ice-skating rinks or enjoying all the various winter festivities, pop into one of these cafés and grab a steaming scrumptious mug of hot cocoa. So ignore all the calories today and work it off at one of Hong Kong’s best gyms tomorrow. 

Hong Kong’s best hot chocolate

Godiva Chocolatier HK
Godiva Chocolatier HK

Godiva (IFC)

Shopping Chocolate and sweets Central

When it comes to chocolate, Godiva are one of the best in the biz. Decadence and self-indulgence are words long associated with the Belgian chocolatier and you can enjoy all that luxury in a steaming hot cup. Pick your favourite hot cocoa from a selection of seven including a 72 percent dark chocolate version for those who favour a bitter edge. There are flavours like caramel salted, cinnamon, ginger and chilli for anyone looking to get more exotic. All $50.

Passion by Gerard Dubois
Passion by Gerard Dubois

Passion by Gérard Dubois

Restaurants French Wan Chai

Though the popular French café is well known for its sandwiches and pastries, Passion also does a killer cup of hot choc. You can’t go wrong with the classic ($34) but the real must-try is their Chocolat Chaud ‘Passion’ ($33). Don’t let the small cup fool you, made from Valrhona chocolate, the steaming bevvy is incredibly rich and gooey, served with a thin sheet of chocolate that melts right in your mouth. Each cup comes with a raspberry too, to counter the sweetness with something tangy. 

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Passion by Gerard Dubois
Passion by Gerard Dubois

La Maison du Chocolat

Restaurants Cafés Central

A popular go-to source for upmarket sweet treats – chocolate bars, truffles, choco-covered almonds, you name it – La Maison du Chocolat also concocts one of the best hot chocolates in town. The luxury French chocolatier has a pretty decent selection of cold and hot drinks, but the ones to keep you eye out for is the Guayaquil ($60), a smooth dark chocolate drink infused with vanilla, or the Caracas ($60), a full-bodied 60 percent chocolat chaud. Best of all? You can savour it with a macaron or one of the signature chocolates. Sweet.

LGB Café
LGB Café

LGB Café

Restaurants Cafés Central

Look no further than LGB Café if you want a cup of hot chocolate that has a particularly rich and intense flavour. This heady drink uses 70.5% cocoa based Callebaut from Belgium. The powerful bitterness of their signature hot chocolate is tempered with just the right dash of acidity and sweetness, creating a delicate balance of robust and contrasting flavours.

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The Peninsula hot chocolate
Calvin Sit

The Peninsula Hong Kong

Hotels Tsim Sha Tsui

Home to one of the city’s best afternoon tea sets, The Lobby at the Peninsula Hotel is steeped in old world splendour and the Traditional Rich Hot Chocolate ($95) is well worth the trip to hectic Tsim Sha Tsui. Made with milk and dark choc as well as cocoa powder, sip and savour this famous hot bevvy to the strains of classical music performed live by The Lobby Strings.

Opendoor Cafe + Courtyard

Restaurants Cafés Sai Ying Pun

This unsuspecting and laid-back café on Connaught Road West has a great coffee and smoothie selection and is happy to replace regular milk with your pick of coconut milk, unsweetened almond milk and organic soy milk. Order up the Homemade dark chocolate ($42) concocted from a special signature recipe and enjoy it in their outdoors courtyard. Drizzle in some of the homemade syrup, in flavours such as mint or ginger and cinnamon, to give it an extra kick.

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Brunch Club

Restaurants Causeway Bay

The hot chocolate at Brunch Club’s Soho branch is meant to last and linger, whether it’s enjoyed al fresco on the open-air patio or on one of the cosy couches inside. The hot chocolate ($38-$45) is made from melted Belgian dark chocolate frothed in milk and are served with whipped cream and your choice of toppings. Choose from marshmallows, strawberries, caramel and almonds to sweeten your drink and to satisfy your inner Marie Antoinette.

The Leah
Caryn Yap

The Leah

Restaurants British Causeway Bay

Head over to The Leah if you like your traditional hot chocolate spiked with some booze. This winter the restaurant has created the perfect concoction to keep you warm and maybe a little toasted. Titled ‘Santa’s Addiction’, this rich and frothy drink is made from soy milk and infused with dark rum. Topped with torched marshmallows and chocolate shavings, this is one creation you don’t want to miss! It also comes with a peppermint candy spoon to refresh the palate.

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Easy Joe

Restaurants Cafés Tai Kok Tsui

Since opening a few months ago, Easy Joe continues to attract customers with its unique hot chocolate recipe. For its signature hot chocolate drink titled Zucchini Chocolate ($42), the restaurant spends an hour each day making chocolate pulp by hand, which is then diluted with steamed milk. The resulting concoction is deliciously thick and smooth. Embodying a delicate flavour, the drink is topped with chocolate chips.

Habitu
Habitu, Eunice Lim

Habitū

Restaurants Cafés Central

Habitu’s Original Cioccolata ($50) makes for a comfortable respite for anyone looking to escape the chill of the cold. This rich and luscious drink uses cocoa powder and natural cocoa butter sourced from the US, packing in a delicious warmth and sweetness. Topped with chocolate shavings, this is one concoction that should not be missed!

Need a jolt of caffeine?

Ten cafés that serve locally roasted coffee in Hong Kong

Restaurants Coffeeshops

It’s no wonder this city never sleeps given its abundance of excellent coffee shops and cafés. If you’re one of the millions who enjoys a good brew, check out the best places to grab breakfast, coffee cocktails, or looking ahead, the best cosy coffee shops for winter.  With all this choice, the real connoisseurs know that no matter how good the latte art is, it’s the freshness of the roast that counts. We thought you might like to know which brew houses care about the flavour and freshness enough to source locally roasted beans, or for full flavour profile control, roast their own. That’s why we’ve put a list together of where to find the best locally roasted beans for a proper cup of joe. By Sam Sinha

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