Best hot chocolate in Tokyo

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

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Le Chocolat de H - Paul Bassett: Chocolat Chaud

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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

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Minimal: Hot Chocolate

icon-location-pin 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. ¥702

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Palet d'Or: Chocolat Chaud

icon-location-pin 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). ¥1,512

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Pierre Marcolini: Simple Hot Chocolate

icon-location-pin 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. ¥1,188

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Chocolat Chaud Guayaquil | Time Out Tokyo
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La Maison du Chocolat: Chocolat Chaud Guayaquil

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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. ¥972

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

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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. ¥584

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Dandelion: European Hot Chocolate

icon-location-pin 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

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Inamura Shozo: Chocolat Chaud

icon-location-pin 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. ¥600

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Nonna & Sidhi: Hot Chocolate

icon-location-pin 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

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Théobroma: Spicy Chocolat Chaud

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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. ¥885

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Cacao Sampaka: Ana Marina

icon-location-pin Marunouchi

The most popular choice at this Spanish chocolatery is the 'Ana Marina' (small size ¥500), 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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Origines Cacao: Chocolat Chaud

icon-location-pin Jiyugaoka

Run by pioneering chocolatier Yukihiko Kawaguchi, Origines has attracted plenty of fans with its chaud since opening back in 2003. Bitter chocolate is mixed with 100 percent cacao for a punchy, aromatic brew that's served out of a narrow-mouth cup in order to preserve the heat for as long as possible. Combine the drink with a macaron from the in-store café or get one for the road. ¥600

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