When the Christmas season rolls into town, we all get the sudden urge for a cup of hot chocolate. There is nothing comfier than curling up in bed with a warm cup of hot cocoa on a brisk Christmas morning.
Christmas and hot chocolate are as classic a pair as milk and cookies. The Philippines is well known for its love of chocolate. It’s common to find restaurants that serve champorado or tsokolate all over the country. But not all chocolate is made equal, and some places do it better than others.
In this article, we take a look at some of the best restaurants that serve some of the smoothest and best hot chocolate. If you’re looking for somewhere to go on a festive date night or to treat yourself, these restaurants and cafes are worth the visit.
#1 – Mary Grace Café
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Mary Grace knows its way around a hot chocolate. In fact, the restaurant has eight variations of hot chocolate on its menu. There’s the signature Mary Grace Hot Chocolate made of premium Belgium chocolate.
There’s also their spicy—literally—take on the drink that comes mixed with cinnamon and chili. And last, but certainly not least, Mary Grace took inspiration from a favorite Filipino treat by infusing Chocnut into a distinctive and exceptionally Filipino cup of hot chocolate.
Their pastries and other treats in Mary Grace also pair quite well with hot chocolate. You can’t go wrong with the Mary Grace trademark ensaymadas and cheese rolls. They also serve an all-day breakfast that includes french toast, Vigan longganisa, and beef tapa!
Dining at Mary Grace will give a hot chocolate lover a run for their money!
#2 – Wildflour Café + Bakery
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If you’re keen on popular bakeries, then Wildflour has exactly what you’re looking for. Wildflour is one of the most well-known and most visited bakeries among Filipinos. And there’s a good reason for that. The food they serve is excellent! From their desserts to main dishes, everything is delicious!
And their hot chocolate? Simply to die for.
Wildflour serves its unique blend of hot chocolate that uses hazelnut rather than traditional cacao tablets. They also offer a take-home hot cocoa blend, so that you can enjoy their hot chocolate at home as well. Wildflour is an excellent bakery to visit for Christmas drinks because of its unique hot chocolate and diverse, delectable menu.
#3 – Single Origin
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At Single Origin, they’ve got unique hot chocolate beverages you won’t find anywhere else. Single Origin is a restaurant that prides itself on its Italian cuisine that evokes the taste of Rome. You can expect many staples like Shrimp Pesto Pasta, Mac and Cheese, and a wide variety of rustic pizzas.
And of course, don’t forget about the hot chocolate. Single Origin creates their specialty hot chocolate using imported Peruvian chocolate. When you try Single Origin’s hot chocolate, you’ll experience a one-of-a-kind flavor that will leave you wishing for a second cup.
If you’re looking for a delicious Italian meal with the perfect hot chocolate for dessert, then you’ve got to check them out.
#4 – Xocolat
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For a restaurant named after chocolate, you’re sure to find an excellent interpretation of hot chocolate at Xocolat.
At Xocolat, they have a couple of different brews of hot chocolate on their menu. There’s the Old Fashioned hot chocolate which comes with s’mores and is made with cocoa. Then there is their Gianduja cup which is made with hazelnuts.
Make sure to try their signature dish: the Taza de Xocolat, a traditional cup of tsokolate, but crafted exquisitely. The drink is blended to have the perfect level of sweetness and has a thick and rich texture. It is also served with a side of graham crackers and skewered marshmallows.
Xocolat is a regular staple of Quezon City’s restaurant scene, and is sure to satisfy all your hot chocolate cravings.
#5 – Bizu Patisserie
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Bizu Patisserie is a restaurant that prides itself on knowing the sweeter things in life. You can expect Bizu to have an adept hand in crafting hot chocolate.
Bizu serves hot chocolate in two distinct styles. There’s the espresso-style, where the hot chocolate is thick, rich, and is served in a small espresso cup. The other blend is the latte, which is watered-down to appeal to those with more sensitive taste buds (or those who want a larger cup). Both mixes satisfy a chocolate lover’s cravings and are excellent in their own right.
While Bizu serves a great cup of hot chocolate, you can’t pass up on their food menu. They serve meals that make you feel like you’re on the coast of France. If you’re there, make sure to try their caviar, tartine, and eggs benedict. Not to mention their famous dessert menu that is highlighted by their Chocolate Souffle!
And if you’re looking for something to snack on, you can always buy a box of macarons to take home.
#6 – La Lola Churreria
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La Lola Churreria is the place to go if you love churros—and who doesn’t? But did you know that they also serve a killer cup of hot chocolate? Talk about a match made in heaven. The hot chocolate served by the restaurant is made from the dipping chocolate they use for their churros. This makes the drink extremely rich and sweet, perfect for people with a sweet tooth.
Besides the chocolate, you’d want to visit La Lola Churreria for their specialty churros of course. They come in a variety of flavors like chocolate, strawberry, and ube. The restaurant even serves ice cream sandwiches with churro buns!
For a restaurant that is famous for its chocolate-dipped churros, La Lola Churreria knows how to handle its hot chocolate.
#7 – Le Petit Souffle
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Le Petit Souffle takes inspiration from French dining, so you know they can craft an excellent cup of hot chocolate. The restaurant doesn’t cut corners with its blend of hot chocolate—they use Valrhona chocolate in every cup they serve. The drink also comes with whipped cream and cocoa powder to give it a deluxe feel. Every order also comes with a handful of Madeleine cookies.
While their hot chocolate is great, it’s not the only reason people visit Le Petit Souffle. The restaurant also has a unique fusion of Japanese and French cuisine that gives their dishes a one-of-a-kind flavor that you aren’t going to find anywhere else.
If you’re looking for a place that serves hot chocolate for Christmas, don’t overlook Le Petit Souffle’s artisanal drinks and perfectly-baked cookies.
Check out these Places this Christmas Season!
From traditional Filipino tsokolate to spicy takes on the classic drink, each of these restaurants has a unique take on hot chocolate. Now that we’ve given you an idea of the best hot chocolates available in the Philippines, it’s your turn to go out there and sample them.
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