6 Places for Boston Families to Indulge in the Perfect Cup of Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate from Boston to the North Shore

Whether you're looking to warm up after swooshing down the local sledding hill or just hoping to satisfy your seasonal sweet tooth, nothing takes the chill off a winter afternoon like a really good cup of hot chocolate. 

A steaming cup of cocoa not only helps you face winter's frosty air, but wrapping your hands around a warm cup of melted chocolate, steam rising before your eyes, can also bring you back to you own childhood memories of snowmen, Santa and rosy cheeks. 

So, gather the family, pull off those mittens and sip on some sweetness at one of these places -- from Boston to the North Shore -- serving up the season's most delectable drink. 

Paris Creperie

We don't think there's an adult or kid around (with the exception of one of mine) who doesn't love Nutella, that obsession-worthy Italian chocolate/hazelnut spread. Well, Nutella enthusiasts: rejoice! Paris Creperie has found a way to take the beloved spread and turn it into a delicious warm winter drink. Try your basic Nutella Hot Chocolate, the shop's own blend of steamed milk and Nutella, or try it with mint or raspberry flavoring for a little something extra. 

  • Location: 278 Harvard St., Brookling, MA 02445
  • Contact: 617-232-1770
  • If You Go: Enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner -- or all three -- by choosing one of Paris Creperie's sweet or savory crepes. 

L.A. Burdick

L.A. Burdick is the place for serious chocolate lovers to get a cup of indulgent drinking chocolate. Choose a chocolate blend or one of a variety of single-source cups. Either way, the rich, dense chocolate flavor, made from real chocolate, will not disappoint. A word of caution: sip slowly or share your drinking chocolate with a friend; more than one customer has reported chocolate overload after drinking a full cup. 

  • Location: 52 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138
  • Contact: 617-491-4340
  • Additional locations in Boston and Walpole, NH
  • If You Go: Enjoy Burdick hot chocolate anytime day or night when you purchase a bag of drinking chocolate to take home. 

Paul

Paul started out as a small family bakery in Northern France in 1889. Today, with nine U.S. locations, Paul is still dedicated to the time-honored traditions passed down for five generations. Recently opened at Assembly Row, this authentic French boulangerie is the perfect place to treat your tots to a "fancy" treat and a rich and creamy hot chocolate after a morning of shopping or visiting the LEGOLAND Discovery Center

  • Location: 631 Assembly Row, #239, Somerville, MA 02145
  • Contact: 617-440-1049
  • What You Should Know: People who have visited Paul's European locations flock here to experience the fresh breads, pastries, sandwiches and salads. 

Coffee Time Bake Shop

The secret to Coffee Time Bake Shop's Hot Chocolate Milk -- a twist on the traditional hot chocolate -- is Dunajski Dairy, a century-old, family-run dairy farm in Peabody. Thick and creamy chocolate milk is warmed and mixed with cherry syrup for the Chocolate Covered Cherries drink. Or, try the Peppermint Patty: hot chocolate milk mixed with frosted mint syrup. Whipped cream is optional, but oh so necessary!

  • Location: 96 Bridge St., Salem, MA 01970
  • Contact: 978-744-0995
  • If You Go: Be sure to pick up one of Coffee Time's real cream Bismarks, a puffed pastry stuffed with a layer or thick, rich cream. 

Souffles

Part kitchen store, part coffee shop, Souffles, located across the street from the boardwalk in downtown Newburyport, boasts a big menu of warm, yummy drinks. Grab a cup of their famous Red Velvet Hot Chocolate and take a load off in a seat by the window to sip and watch the world go by. 

  • Location: 14 Market Square, Newburyport, MA 01950
  • Contact: 978-465-1523
  • If You Go: Pick up a bag of Souffles' granola, homemade by owner, Gina DiGiovanni, and check out the shop's array of essentials for the discerning cook. 

Ovedia Artisan Chocolates

Known locally as the place to go for a wide variety of decadent chocolates, Ovedia also features a super friendly staff, amazing coffee, baked goods and yes, warm, liquid chocolate. One recent show-stopper, the OMG Turtle Hot Chocolate, combines white hot chocolate, caramel and dark chocolate topped with whipped cream and chopped pecans. OMG is right. 

  • Location: 36 Main St., Amesbury, MA 01913
  • Contact: 978-388-7700
  • What People Say: Regulars rave about the iced coffee cubes, which Ovedia uses in place of regular old iced cubes so your coffee doesn't get too watery, 

 

location: 
Ovedia
36 Main St
01913 Amesbury , MA
Phone: 978-388-7700
42° 51' 26.208" N, 70° 55' 48.8028" W
Massachusetts
Souffles
14 Market Square
01950 Newburyport , MA
Phone: 978-465-1523
42° 48' 41.5692" N, 70° 52' 8.9292" W
Massachusetts
Coffee Time Bake Shop
96 Bridge St.
01970 Salem , MA
Phone: 978-744-0995
42° 31' 45.9084" N, 70° 53' 24.216" W
Massachusetts
Paris Creperie
278 Harvard St.
02445 Brookline , MA
Phone: 617-232-1770
42° 20' 32.802" N, 71° 7' 19.0848" W
Massachusetts
L.A. Burdick
52 Brattle St.
02138 Cambridge , MA
Phone: 617-491-4340
42° 22' 27.4728" N, 71° 7' 19.5528" W
Massachusetts
Paul
631 Assembly Row #230
02145 Somerville , MA
Phone: 617-440-1049
42° 23' 37.212" N, 71° 4' 44.49" W
Massachusetts