The falling temperatures have us thinking about one thing: Hot chocolate.
We asked our cuckoo-for-cocoa contributors where they go for a cup of chocolat chaud, and the results range from chocolate specialists to elegant tea salons and neighborhood cafés. Notably absent from the top five? Angelina, whose thick-enough-to-stand-a-spoon-in-it version might be the most famous in the world.
Five Great for Hot Chocolate
- Jacques Genin Yet another reason to visit the chocolate-pastry-caramel master’s beautiful shop and tea salon in the upper Marais.
- Jean-Paul Hévin Hévin’s chocolat chaud has an intense, pure cocoa flavor that can be dressed up with add-ins like banana and hot pepper, raspberry, or… oysters.
- Un Dimanche à Paris Thick and rich, the chocolate concept store’s mix will leave your heart pounding.
- Pâtisserie Viennoise Tucked between Odéon and the Sorbonne, this unassuming Viennese bakery (hallo, strüdel) also serves an intense, bittersweet chocolat chaud, emphasis on the bitter.
- SIP Babylone Well-located for pre- or post-shopping fortification, this café near Le Bon Marché gets high marks for their hot chocolate.
About our process: For each topic, we begin with a little research to identify options. We then ask our readers, by posting a question in the forum, to offer additional suggestions. From that discussion, we compile a list of candidates and ask our panel of contributing advisors to rank their top choices and identify any rejects. Their rankings are weighted, analyzed, and compiled into a new Five Great post every week. Runners up are places who received more positive votes than negative comments. Rejects are places that received only negative comments with no positive votes.