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The Best Hot Chocolate in Cape Town

Winter isn’t all gloom and doom when paired with a mind-blowing hot chocolate!

Although Cape Town’s Winter is one of the mildest on the planet, ranging between just 8 and 17 degrees celsius (sort of like a mediocre British Summer), Capetonians are notorious for considering the lesser-favoured season a mild Ice Age. That’s why we’ve taken the liberty of finding the best DIY hot chocolate recipes for you to test out this chilly season!

Vegans, don’t leave just yet - we’ve even included something scrumptious for you too! Get ready for the most mouthwatering homemade hot chocolate recipes the internet has to offer. And for those of you looking to keep out of the kitchen for your fix, we’ve also rounded up a list of the best spots in Cape Town to have yourself conveniently served a heavenly hot chocolate with no effort required.

Best places to buy hot chocolate in Cape Town

We’ve asked almost every hot chocolate lover we know in Cape Town for their favourite places to get chocolate Winter warmers and these are the top ten places (in no specific order) that came up! Enjoy.

Deer Park Café
Enjoy a steamy glass of milk accompanied by a generous helping of Nutella in this picturesque garden-setting.

2 Deerpark Drive | Vredehoek | Cape Town

My Sugar
Where's a better place to enjoy an indulgent hot chocolate than a bar that is solely dedicated to the production of artisan chocolate and coffee?

3 La Rhone Building | 77 Regent Road, Sea Point | Cape Town

Giovanni’s Deliworld
This old gem is one of the longest standing establishments in Cape Town and their dedicated baristas make a rich, quality hot chocolate that warms one from the inside out!

103 Main Rd | Green Point | Cape Town

Melissa’s The Food Shop
Another long standing and well-loved establishment, Melissa's prepares their hot chocolate with a whole lot of Nutella. Yum!

94 Kloof Street | Tamboerskloof | Cape Town
Shop 6195 | Victoria Wharf | V&A Waterfront
43 Victoria Road | Camps Bay | Cape Town

The Creamery
Purveyors of perfect ice cream, The Creamery also offers a highly-rated hot chocolate experience.

Shop 4 | Newlands Quarter | Dean Street | Newlands | Cape Town
Shop 2 | New Cumberland Building | Park Road | Cape Town
Shop 16 | Palmyra Junction | 4 Palmyra Road, Claremont 

Honest Chocolate
Their in-house hot chocolate is made with organic ingredients, is rich and thick and intended to be sipped as a short, espresso-style drink.

64A Wale Street | Cape Town City Centre | Cape Town

Rick’s Café Americain
Rick's serves up a glass of steaming hot milk accompanied by a slab of Lindt chocolate for you to dip and mix (or nibble on) as you please!

2 Park Road | Gardens | Cape Town

Hudsons Burger Joint
If Hudsons' shakes are anything to go by, best believe they'll serve up a delightfuol hot chocolate that won't dissapoint.

1A Portside mall, Main Road | Green Point | Cape Town
69 Kloof Street |  Gardens | Cape Town
77 Dorp St | Stellenbosch Central | Stellenbosch

RocoMamas
As one of the top contenders for over-the-top shakes with literally all the trimmings, it is no suprise that their hot chocolate is also a glorious sight.

107 Main Road | Green Point | Cape Town

Moro Gelato
This gelateria offers Italian-style ice cream-infused hot chocolates that will have you going back for more!

65 Long Street | Cape Town City Centre 

Best recipes to make your own hot chocolate

First up, we have a recipe that will make all chocolate lovers weak at the knees. In this informative clip, Mike Cooper of the world-famous Jamie Oliver’s Drinks Tube channel shows you how to make “the ultimate hot chocolate,” complete with an assortment of tantalising toppings that includes orange zest, dark chocolate shavings, marshmallows, nutmeg sprinkles, a dash of cinnamon and a generous helping of crushed Flake!

Dairy-free, cane sugar-free, animal product-free and guilt-free! This creamy concoction, made by Founder and Chief Lunch Lady of Fablunch, Olga Bykina, treats all with the luxurious chocolate texture that dairy-drinkers know and love without the actual dairy. And a fluffy finishing of cloud-like whipped almond cream with cinnamon sprinkles.

Now you have almost no reason to complain this Winter. Happy sipping!

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Words and compilation by Cheri Morris

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Keen on pairing your hot beverage with a hearty, warm meal? Why not check out our overview of restaurants with the best steaks in Cape Town?

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