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12 Decadent Hot Chocolates to Sip in Miami

For the unexpected Miami winter

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While Miami may not have a traditional winter, every now and then there’s a quick cold snap that sends everyone in a frenzy to seek out the nearest warm and comforting beverage. Hot chocolate is usually a pretty solid go-to on most people’s list. It can be creamy and covered in whipped cream and marshmallows, or occasionally the toppings are the star of the show. Sometimes it’s even paired with donuts, or in true Miami fashion, churros.

However it’s served, hot chocolate is the hug everyone is looking for when the winter weather finally appears. These are the top 12 spots to find hot chocolate in Miami listed from north to south.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Cream Parlor

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Cream Parlor may best be known for its unicorn “poop” and crazy ice cream creations, but this sweet spot is all about making customers’ wishes come true. If those wishes include hot chocolate, then be prepared to have them granted. Want a Nutella rim? Done. Want to top it with a chocolatey cereal? Cream Parlor can do it that too. If it can be dreamt up, it can be done at Cream Parlor.

Vice City Bean

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A trip to Vice City Bean typically means a great cup of coffee or tea, but have no fear there’s hot chocolate on the menu to warm hands during any Miami cold snap. The talented baristas will even do a little latte art making the chocolately delight almost to pretty to drink. Add a shot of espresso for an extra kick start to the day.

Aroma Espresso Bar

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It would be tough to talk about hot chocolate in Miami without including an iced hot chocolate, but it is Miami after all. In a city where it’s hard to rely on cold weather, there’s got to be at least one iced version of the comforting drink. Aroma Espresso Bar is known for its hot chocolate, and bonus iced hot chocolate. Add whipped cream or a shot of flavor for a little extra flair.

Loews Miami Beach Hotel

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Definitely not a traditional hot chocolate, but the Cafe con Cocoa at Bar Collins inside the Loews Miami Beach is one not to miss. It’s a frozen cocoa cocktail made with locally distilled Miami Club Rum, Miami Club Rum Cuban Coffee liquor, Godiva White Chocolate liquor, locally churned Azucar Ice Cream, and raspberry puree.

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Esme Miami Beach

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The newly opened hotel on Espanola Way, Esme Miami Beach, is home to its very own drinking den known as El Salon where the hot chocolate comes with a boozy topping. This warm wintery beverage is a classic hot chocolate with a minty twist and a vanilla green chartreuse whipped cream.

Exquisito Chocolates

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It should be no surprise that Little Havana’s chocolate factory would serve a variety of hot chocolates perfect for Miami winter. The hot chocolate at Exquisito Chocolates is made with single origin Ecuadorian chocolate that is shaped into hot chocolate spoons meant to be stirred into hot milk. It comes in cinnamon, marshmallow, or coffee made with Per’La Specialty Roasters.

Crema Gourmet Espresso Bar (Multiple locations)

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With locations all over town, this hot chocolate is never too far away. Topped with a generous portion of whipped cream and cinnamon it’s bound to warm imbibers right up.

Latin Cafe 2000 Brickell

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Latin Cafe 2000 in Brickell knows the importance of the churro con hot chocolate movement in Miami. Skip (or add to) the usual croquetas and cafecito and go for an order of churros served with dulce de leche and a piping warm hot chocolate on the side. This classic Miami combination is best enjoyed during an unexpected cold front.

La Palma

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Hot chocolate and churros are staples in Miami the moment it gets cold, and fans of this warm treat line up outside the West Miami establishment the moment the temperatures drop below 65 degrees. There’s something magical about the combination of churros and hot chocolate making this the locals’ go to spot for hot chocolate. The hot chocolate is thick and creamy, and when adding the crunch of the churros and it’s a basically a religious experience for any true Miamian.

Oh My Gosh! Brigadeiros

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Obsessed with Nutella? The hot chocolate at Oh My Gosh is almost more Nutella than it is actual hot chocolate, making it one of the thickest drinks on the list. The overflowing mug is covered in Nutella and chocolate candy that will make for a serious chocolate overload, but it’s well worth it.

Chocolate Fashion

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This Coral Gables staple may be known for its French pastries, but with the word chocolate in its name there’s bound to be a noteworthy hot chocolate on the menu. The hot chocolate is just the right amount of creamy and guests can expect it to be made with a rich chocolate that will keep them coming back for more.

Mojo Donuts & Fried Chicken

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Mojo Donuts isn’t just serving up mountains of doughnuts, there’s hot chocolate on the menu too. Order it to drink on-site and enjoy the warm beverage in one of the many clever mugs covered in novelty sayings that are part of its collection. Add marshmallows, sprinkles, a chocolate drizzle (or all three) and make it the perfect drink for the ‘gram.

Cream Parlor

Cream Parlor may best be known for its unicorn “poop” and crazy ice cream creations, but this sweet spot is all about making customers’ wishes come true. If those wishes include hot chocolate, then be prepared to have them granted. Want a Nutella rim? Done. Want to top it with a chocolatey cereal? Cream Parlor can do it that too. If it can be dreamt up, it can be done at Cream Parlor.

Vice City Bean

A trip to Vice City Bean typically means a great cup of coffee or tea, but have no fear there’s hot chocolate on the menu to warm hands during any Miami cold snap. The talented baristas will even do a little latte art making the chocolately delight almost to pretty to drink. Add a shot of espresso for an extra kick start to the day.

Aroma Espresso Bar

It would be tough to talk about hot chocolate in Miami without including an iced hot chocolate, but it is Miami after all. In a city where it’s hard to rely on cold weather, there’s got to be at least one iced version of the comforting drink. Aroma Espresso Bar is known for its hot chocolate, and bonus iced hot chocolate. Add whipped cream or a shot of flavor for a little extra flair.

Loews Miami Beach Hotel

Loews Miami Beach Hotel

Definitely not a traditional hot chocolate, but the Cafe con Cocoa at Bar Collins inside the Loews Miami Beach is one not to miss. It’s a frozen cocoa cocktail made with locally distilled Miami Club Rum, Miami Club Rum Cuban Coffee liquor, Godiva White Chocolate liquor, locally churned Azucar Ice Cream, and raspberry puree.

Loews Miami Beach Hotel

Esme Miami Beach

The newly opened hotel on Espanola Way, Esme Miami Beach, is home to its very own drinking den known as El Salon where the hot chocolate comes with a boozy topping. This warm wintery beverage is a classic hot chocolate with a minty twist and a vanilla green chartreuse whipped cream.

Exquisito Chocolates

It should be no surprise that Little Havana’s chocolate factory would serve a variety of hot chocolates perfect for Miami winter. The hot chocolate at Exquisito Chocolates is made with single origin Ecuadorian chocolate that is shaped into hot chocolate spoons meant to be stirred into hot milk. It comes in cinnamon, marshmallow, or coffee made with Per’La Specialty Roasters.

Crema Gourmet Espresso Bar (Multiple locations)

With locations all over town, this hot chocolate is never too far away. Topped with a generous portion of whipped cream and cinnamon it’s bound to warm imbibers right up.

Latin Cafe 2000 Brickell

Latin Cafe 2000 in Brickell knows the importance of the churro con hot chocolate movement in Miami. Skip (or add to) the usual croquetas and cafecito and go for an order of churros served with dulce de leche and a piping warm hot chocolate on the side. This classic Miami combination is best enjoyed during an unexpected cold front.

La Palma

Hot chocolate and churros are staples in Miami the moment it gets cold, and fans of this warm treat line up outside the West Miami establishment the moment the temperatures drop below 65 degrees. There’s something magical about the combination of churros and hot chocolate making this the locals’ go to spot for hot chocolate. The hot chocolate is thick and creamy, and when adding the crunch of the churros and it’s a basically a religious experience for any true Miamian.

Oh My Gosh! Brigadeiros

Obsessed with Nutella? The hot chocolate at Oh My Gosh is almost more Nutella than it is actual hot chocolate, making it one of the thickest drinks on the list. The overflowing mug is covered in Nutella and chocolate candy that will make for a serious chocolate overload, but it’s well worth it.

Chocolate Fashion

This Coral Gables staple may be known for its French pastries, but with the word chocolate in its name there’s bound to be a noteworthy hot chocolate on the menu. The hot chocolate is just the right amount of creamy and guests can expect it to be made with a rich chocolate that will keep them coming back for more.

Mojo Donuts & Fried Chicken

Mojo Donuts isn’t just serving up mountains of doughnuts, there’s hot chocolate on the menu too. Order it to drink on-site and enjoy the warm beverage in one of the many clever mugs covered in novelty sayings that are part of its collection. Add marshmallows, sprinkles, a chocolate drizzle (or all three) and make it the perfect drink for the ‘gram.

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