Besides NSYNC’s Christmas album, nothing gets me more into the holiday spirit than hot chocolate. And when you’re out in Salt Lake City on a chilly day, nothing warms you up faster than a steaming cup of cocoa.
So the next time you’re running errands or having date night, get the tastiest hot cocoa in Salt Lake from one of these establishments to help you beat the winter chill.
250 South 300 East
Open for breakfast and lunch, Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and small plates and dinner, Monday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m.
This downtown bakery isn’t known for its hot chocolate; it’s known for its pastries and other sweet treats. But take it from me, everything here is pleasing to the palate. Gourmandise’s hot chocolate is rich, thick and creamy. It has a great chocolate flavor and is topped off with whipped cream and milk chocolate shavings. Pair it with a slice of holiday pecan pie, or if you’re looking for your next appetizing addiction, order a butter croissant and dip it into your hot chocolate—it’s a heavenly pair.
63 East South Temple
Open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Lion House is a historic building in downtown SLC, and its pantry offers delightful home-style foods. The sweet, buttery rolls, as well as the fresh-baked-daily desserts, like the cookies and cream pies, are local favorites. But so is the hot chocolate. During the holidays, come see the Temple Square Christmas Lights and then head to the Lion House for Chillin’ in the Garden, where you can cozy up with friends and family drinking hot cocoa and eating gooey brownies, yummy cookies or warm cinnamon rolls.
376 8th Ave. A
Open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
[Source: Hatch Family Chocolates Facebook]
The hot chocolate at Hatch’s is thick, creamy and deliciously rich—basically, it’s like Christmas in your mouth. The very first sip I ever took felt like I was being dipped into a pool of soul-warming chocolatey comfort. They offer vegan, milk or dark chocolate choices, but the dark hot chocolate with bitter orange flavor is a good combo. And for a slam dunk of another sweet chocolatey treat while you’re here, get the Karl Malone Krispie.
216 East 500 South
Open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
[Source: Les Madeleines Facebook]
This charming French pastry shop is known for its delectable French pastries and hearty breakfast options, but it also serves up a mean cup of hot cocoa made from Valrhona chocolate, a French premium chocolate. Pair your hot drink with a flaky croissant, pastries or buttons, which are just French macarons. Whatever you choose, your taste buds will be sweetly satisfied. If you want to know what I like, I usually pair my hot chocolate with either their Kouing Aman or Pain au Chocolat. The first is Les Madeleines’ nationally-known flaky and salted caramel pastry, and the second is a croissant filled with Valrhona chocolate batons. Too much sugar in one sitting? Maybe. But it’s totally worth it.
155 South Main St.
Open daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Chef and owner Charlie Perry open Eva’s Bakery in honor of his great-grandmother, who always cooked with lots of love and butter. The stuffed French toast is the perfect breakfast option, and you can never go wrong with one of their flatbreads (the bread here is melt in your mouth good). And while it’s not on the menu, you can order a succulent cup of thick hot chocolate to enjoy with your menu item of choice at this family-owned French bakery.
235 South 400 West
Open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
[Source: The Rose Establishment Facebook]
The Rose Establishment is the hip drink and brunch spot in Salt Lake City. It’s many locals go-to cafe and bakery for avocado toast and any caffeinated beverage. And if yours is hot chocolate, then try a cup made with their house-made chocolate sauce and mallow, which makes it on the thicker side, making it even better in my opinion. The pastries here are also really good—but be warned, they go fast so come early.
Besides trying out these hot chocolate spots, check out our Salt Lake City Holiday Bucket List for other ways to celebrate the holidays this year.