Edinburgh’s 7 Best Hot Chocolates – Yum!
There’s something very indulgent about a luxurious mug of hot chocolate and there’s no better time to treat yourself to it than the chilliest time of the year. Therefore, we’ve dedicated this post to helping you navigate around a few of Edinburgh’s best independent cafes to enjoy a hot chocolate. From interesting flavours like cardamom & cinnamon to extravagant hot chocolate ice cream floats, there’s something for everyone!
1. Cafe Noir
- Where: 1 Palmerston Place (West End)
- Fancy staying in the West End, we have the perfect home away from home for you: 14/(1) Glencairn Crescent
Located near Edinburgh’s Haymarket station, Cafe Noir is the ideal location to pop into to warm up and enjoy a cuppa. The wonderful Edinburgh-based Coco Chocolatier supplies Cafe Noir and you’ll get the chance to choose from a variety of hot chocolate flavours, including, Cardamom & Cinnamon and Isle of Skye Sea Salted Caramel. An added bonus is, the baristas at Cafe Noir are great at creating beautiful latte art.
2. Wellington Coffee
- Where: 33A George Street (New Town)
- New Town is a wonderful and central location to stay in and we think you’ll like 44/(2) Frederick Street.
Tucked away under George Street, this tiny coffee shop is the definition of snug. It’s the perfect place to escape from icy winds and sip away on a hot chocolate. When we asked who supplies their hot chocolate, we were informed that they melt bars of Belgium chocolate in the shop to make it – doesn’t that sound wonderful? However, due to the size of the cafe and its popularity, there may be certain times of the day that it might be hard to get a seat.
3. Press Coffee
- Where: 30 Buccleuch Street (Old Town)
- Old Town is wonderfully charming and a great place to stay when visiting: 54/(8) St Mary’s Street
Located next to the University of Edinburgh, Press Coffee is sure to brighten up even the gloomiest of days. It’s cheery yellow walls and bright minimally decorated space is reminiscent of Scandinavian design. Their hot chocolate is rich and luxurious and even comes with a large marshmallow.
4. Mary’s Milk Bar
- Where: 19 Grassmarket (Old Town)
- Another lovely Old Town home is 6/(3) King’s Stables Road.
This is one for all of you out there with a massive sweet tooth! Mary’s Hot Chocolate Ice Cream Float is a sight to behold, let alone taste. We’re also sure you’ll love their adorable cafe as it is modelled on a traditional 1940s milk bar with vintage furniture!
5. Leo’s Beanery
- Where: 23A Howe Street (New Town)
- New Town is architecturally stunning and is full of wonderful cafes, we think you’ll love staying here: 88/(TFR) St Stephen Street
If you find yourself in New Town in need of refreshment, then we’d highly recommend popping into the cosy Leo’s Beanery. Their hot chocolate differs from the others on this list, as each cup of hot chocolate comes with a circular block of chocolate on a spoon, which melts when dipped into the hot foamed milk. The overall aesthetic of the cafe oozes warmth and comfort, making it the perfect place to relax with a hot cuppa.
6. The Chocolate Tree
- Where: 123 Bruntsfield Place (Bruntsfield)
- Bruntsfield has wonderful independent shops and eateries, and we have a fantastic home for you: 75/(4) Leamington Terrace
Located on Bruntsfield High Street, Edinburgh-based chocolatiers, The Chocolate Tree opened in 2009 and have been impressing customers with their luxurious chocolate ever since. Their hot chocolate is topped with cream, marshmallows, and cocoa powder.
7. Edward and Irwyn
- Where: 21 Morningside Drive (Morningside)
Lastly, if you would rather enjoy your cup of hot chocolate from the comforts of your own home, then we would recommend popping into Edinburgh-based chocolatiers Edward and Irwyn, who open their workshop on a Saturday to sell their amazing chocolates and hot chocolate.
Featured Home: 88/(TFR) St Stephen Street
Are you thinking of visiting Edinburgh? Well, we think there’s nowhere cosier to spend a winter’s evening than curled up by the fire with a mug of hot chocolate and a good book. That’s why we think you’ll love the charming apartment at 88/(TFR) St Stephen Street. This Stockbridge apartment feels homely, welcoming and houses a brilliant collection of books as well as two quiet bedrooms.