The holidays may be past, but hot chocolate season is still in full-swing! A perfect grownup-kid date is in your future with a cup of warm and sweet cocoa to warm you through this frigid weather! Check out our favorite spots for the perfect cup!
Hot Chocolate-tastic Around Town
Alma Chocolate: “Kiddie cocoa” is made with milk chocolate for younger tastes, and for you? A sophisticated 68 percent melted chocolate with warm milk poured over the top. (Or, get milk chocolate. We won’t judge!) Try one of their cups of drinking chocolate for a more intense sip.
Cacao: Whether you’re looking for a small “everyday hot chocolate” (65% dark chocolate and a little bit of cocoa powder) or something that will knock your socks off (a flight of drinking chocolates with spicy, dark, and cinnamon), Cacao is the spot in Portland for a fancy chocolate-drinking experience. There’s a reason why the drinking chocolates are separate from hot chocolates on the menu — the former is more like a melted bar of the best chocolate you’ve ever had.
Cup & Bar: It’s a coffee shop. It’s a chocolate factory. You know that when these two get together, there must be some fantastic hot chocolate. There’s also a DIY drinking chocolate setup, with a demitasse of drinking chocolate with small pieces of chocolate served on the side, so you can stir more in to your exact taste. That’s luxury, and a unique Portland experience for any visitors. Make it an excursion by signing up for a tour of the onsite chocolate factory (ages 8 & up). For $10, you’ll get an hourlong tour and a cup of drinking chocolate at the end.
Pip’s Original: Everyone loves Pip’s for the piping-hot bite-sized doughnuts made to order, and the house-made chais with inventive flavors. But while you’re in there getting your Nutella and sea salt doughnuts, grab a hot chocolate. Kids’ hot chocolate was just $1.25 last we checked, with mini marshmallows to boot.
Jam on Hawthorne: Headed out for breakfast? Jam uses local milk with their hot chocolate, and it comes with a hearty serving of whipped cream. Be ready for a wait for a table, especially on weekends.
Maple Parlor: Dairy-free is no problem here. Try a steamy hot chocolate made with luxurious coconut milk. You might not be able to leave without sampling some of the cold and creamy frozen soft serve treats.
Oui Presse: A sweet and friendly coffee shop/bakery/magazine store has plenty of reading material for sale for curious grownups. Grab a piece of fresh-baked coffee cake to share. Or, for a Continental breakfast that’ll please the whole family, order a baguette with butter and jam. There’s also Wi-Fi just in case you need to get a few emails answered.
Tabor Bread: Tabor Bread takes pride in their baking craft, and that pride extends to the drink menu — they make their own chocolate ganache base for delicious hot chocolates. Plus, you can feel good about ordering a pastry, because they use lots of tasty and nutritious whole grains. The open wood-fired bread oven gives the shop an extra cozy factor.
When you’re out and about treating your little ones, don’t forget about the toys and books! Kids at Heart loves being the destination for special shopping trips. You can also just browse, getting gift ideas for later. How will you treat your kids today?