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

  1. Jacques Genin Yet another reason to visit the chocolate-pastry-caramel master’s beautiful shop and tea salon in the upper Marais.
  2. 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.
  3. Un Dimanche à Paris Thick and rich, the chocolate concept store’s mix will leave your heart pounding.
  4. 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.
  5. SIP Babylone Well-located for pre- or post-shopping fortification, this café near Le Bon Marché gets high marks for their hot chocolate.

Runners up: Angelina, Café de Flore, La Charlotte de l’Isle, Christian Constant, Queen Ann, Le Danton

Reject: Carette

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.