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Best hot chocolate in Tokyo

Warm up with a hot cup of lip-smacking chocolatey goodness. By Ayumi Ichikawa

By Time Out Tokyo Editors

French-style chocolat chaud is the king of liquid chocolate, a luxurious delicacy that's leagues ahead of the regular cocoa powder-based versions. Often made from high-quality choccies, this decadent treat has stolen the heart of many a Tokyoite, leading to fierce competition among the city's sweets artisans. We've scoured the streets for the tastiest creations out there for this list. What better way to forget the woes of winter than sitting down by the window and sipping on a steamy cup of chocolatey goodness? 

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The best hot chocolate in Tokyo

Le Chocolat de H - Paul Bassett: Chocolat Chaud

Shopping Chocolate and sweets Shibuya

The hot chocolate at Shibuya's Le Chocolat de H is served in matching cups and pot (holds two servings), and is available only in winter. Thick and rich, the chocolate has a heady aroma, and is just right in terms of sweetness. Perfect for a quick break from shopping. ¥950

Minimal: Hot Chocolate

Shopping Chocolate and sweets Yoyogi-Hachiman

‘Bean to bar' chocolate is definitely bubbling under in Tokyo. Maintaining in-house control of the entire production process, these specialists share a commitment to producing the finest choc. One of the first exclusively bean-to-bar shops in the city, Minimal uses its ‘Nutty’ chocolate, made from Haitian beans, for this decadent mixture served with milk. Don’t be surprised to find tiny cacao nibs still floating around in your smooth drink. ¥715


Palet d'Or: Chocolat Chaud

Restaurants Cafés Marunouchi

This refreshing chocolat chaud is easy to drink, yet boasts a rich, deep flavour. The exquisitely balanced mixture reveals the taste of the cocoa in all its glory – try it with one of Palet d'Or's cakes for a satisfying combo. Greedy choco fans will be happy to hear that one order gets you two full servings, making up for the slightly steep price. The same great taste is also available for take-out (¥540). ¥1,500

Pierre Marcolini: Simple Hot Chocolate

Shopping Chocolate and sweets Ginza

This one's for those who prefer a dense, rich concoction. The 74 precent chocolate – the same grade used in their cakes and ice cream – is thoroughly melted into milk and a bit of fresh cream. With a deep flavour and powerful aroma, you'll feel like you're eating pure cocoa as much as drinking it. ¥1,280

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La Maison du Chocolat: Chocolat Chaud Guayaquil

Shopping Chocolate and sweets Marunouchi

Two varieties of chaud are on the menu here: Guayaquil, which features an invigorating hint of lemon and a refreshing flavour, and Andalusia, a deep and rich beverage with traces of vanilla, best enjoyed with a spoonful of fresh cream. Takeaway versions of the Andalusia hot chocolate are also available for ¥702. ¥999

Jean-Paul Hévin Hot Chocolate
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Jean-Paul Hévin: Eau du Chocolat

Restaurants Cafés Marunouchi

Available at Jean-Paul Hévin's Chocolate Bar in Marunouchi, this drink is made simply with hot water to bring out the full aroma of the bitter chocolate. For a gentler flavour, try the milk-based Chocolat Chaud Parisien. You could also choose from some of the more intense mixtures – how about a hot chocolate with rum? Take-out available. from ¥584


Dandelion: European Hot Chocolate

Restaurants Cafés Asakusa

San Francisco bean-to-bar import Dandelion's 'European' has been a hit in the Bay Area, so we were eager to try the treat, made exclusively with fine Ecuadorian cacao. Getting one of their original cookies or marshmallows on the side is another nice touch. Take-out available. From ¥580

Inamura Shozo: Chocolat Chaud

Restaurants Cafés Yanaka

They say that careful temperature control, tireless testing and ingredients hand-picked by the chef are behind this extra special take on hot chocolate. The product is made to order, heated to 70C in a small pot, and served at exactly 60C, making the entire process seem almost ridiculously scientific. The taste can't be faulted though and you can taste the quality. ¥680


Nonna & Sidhi: Hot Chocolate

Restaurants Cafés Ebisu

The 100 precent cacao hot chocolate here comes courtesy of Italy's Domori, a widely respected brand in the world of premium choccies. The taste is so rich you'd swear there was nothing but pure chocolate in the brew, making it a must-try for every dessert connoisseur. Take-out orders are available. ¥500

Théobroma: Spicy Chocolat Chaud

Restaurants Cafés Shibuya

Sweet and mildly addictive, one sip of this drink releases a spicy aroma with hints of pepper, nutmeg, chilli and cinnamon. All orders come with either caramel or chocolate sprinkles, while the drink itself is also available in 'bitter', 'dark' and 'herbal' varieties. ¥900


Cacao Sampaka: Ana Marina

Restaurants Cafés Marunouchi

The most popular choice at this Spanish chocolatery is the 'Ana Marina' (¥540), deliciously flavoured with cinnamon and light enough to be enjoyed an everyday basis. Adventurous drinkers might want to try the chocolate champagne (¥600), an exciting, refined creation. Take-out available.

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