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Where to Find a Good Hot Chocolate in Montreal: our suggestions

Last update on June 03, 2021

Where to Find a Good Hot Chocolate in Montreal: our suggestions

Image: you just had a crappy day at work, it’s negative 25 degrees outside, and you have to walk home because your car got stuck in the snow that morning. The best way to perk up your day? Finding yourself a delicious cup of steaming hot chocolate for the way home, of course!  

Once the days start to get shorter, cold and gloomy, we at Tastet know that hot chocolate season has arrived. Whether it’s to make a bad day feel good or a good day feel even better, hot chocolate is always the perfect pick-me-up.

The first iterations of this warm, chocolatey beverage are believed to have been consumed by the Mayan people during special rituals and ceremonies. Following its appearance in Mexico, hot chocolate then became popular in Europe. Ever since, the drink has taken shape in many different forms throughout cultures all over the world, such as the highly cocoa-potent cioccolata beverage from Italy, and more diluted mixes in the United States. 

We can’t forget to mention the health benefits of drinking hot chocolate… which can pretty much be chalked up to high levels of antioxidants in cocoa – but we’ll take it anyways. 

In collaboration with Cacao Barry, we have finally tackled the topic of where to find quality hot chocolate in Montreal. Cacao Barry is a French chocolate company who have been developing their expertise in the field of chocolate production for over 170 years. This company offers some of the most refined and high quality chocolate in the world. Thanks to their close work with both cocoa farmers and chefs around the globe, Cacao Barry offers a wide range of amazing cocoa products, baking chocolates, specialty dried fruit products and chocolate from exclusive small-scale plantations, as well as a whole host of delicious chocolate-based recipes. 

If you’re a chocolate lover to the bone (like us), we’re sure you’ll love our list of the best brownies in Montreal

Finally, here is our list of the best spots to grab a hot chocolate in Montreal: 

Hof Kelsten

Hof Kelsten is one of our favourite bakeries in Montreal, most known for making some of the best babka and Viennese pastries in town. Before settling down in Montreal, pastry chef Jeffrey Finkelstein has travelled through the some of the best kitchens in the world and learned techniques used by the greatest pastry masters. Unsurprisingly, even the hot chocolate at Hof Kelsten is amazing. Here, you can enjoy a tasty hot chocolate made using Cacao Barry cocoa powder and 53% whole bitter chocolate that has been gradually combined with 3.25% milk. This warm treat is all yours for $3.75, and you can enjoy it in the bright and comfortable Hof Kelsten café.
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Patrice Pâtissier

At Tastet, we love Patrice Pâtissier! Renowned pastry chef Patrice Demers has made an impressive career for himself, but we’re here to argue that the products he makes are even more impressive. You can expect to taste treats of all kinds at this address, including an exceptional hot chocolate. The hot chocolate here is made using high quality melted chocolate that results in a super smooth texture.  The beverage is infused with vanilla, sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, star anise and chilli through a process of emulsification. Patrice also gives the option of adding on a scoop of their famous caramel mousse – such decadence could be considered a cardinal sin.
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Maison Christian Faure

Maison Christian Faure is located in the heart of Old Montreal at Place Royale, and is the place to be if you’re on the hunt for some of Montreal’s finest French pastries. Of course, this is also home to one of the best hot chocolates in the city, thanks to Christian Faure and Jaques Delamare’s original recipe. Here, the drink is made with raw-ground Cacao Barry chocolate, two thirds of which is chocolate over 60%. The result is a smooth and delectable hot chocolate that could win over even the coldest of hearts. The chocolate is presented like a cappuccino, perfectly matching the elegant and refined locale.
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Marius et Fanny

Believe it or not, the Marius and Fanny pastry shop offers no less than a dozen different hot chocolate variations! Of course, you  will find the classics (dark, milk, white), but you will also encounter a range of unique floral and spicy flavours. The house specialties are the Ghana (40% cocoa with hazelnut and caramel flavours) and the Tanzania (75% cocoa, which is strong, fruity and spicy).  To make the drink, Marius and Fanny incorporate Cacao Barry chocolate pastilles into steamed milk and top it all off with a delicious homemade ganache. So good.
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Fous Desserts

Fous Dessert has been around since 1995, and it’s no wonder because this place is just so good. Located on Laurier East, this little bakery serves delicious Europeans pastries with a special Japanese flare. In addition to their large tea selection, this address makes several variations of a classic hot chocolate, each one switching up the cocoa percentages of the chocolate and the special spicy add-ins. All of the flavours are made using a combination of 2% milk and cream, so they’re extra rich and satisfying. There’s no better way to perk up your day than with a stop-in at Fous Dessert. 
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Arhoma

Arhoma is most known for their great breads and pastries. We also love coming here for the sandwiches, specialty treats and  hot chocolate! Arhoma offers a bittersweet hot chocolate made with 3.25% milk, so it’s extra creamy. The drink is presented as a cappuccino with extra foam on top. Upon request, you can also add a drizzle of maple syrup or homemade salted caramel.
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Le Paltoquet

A friendly little bistro is Outremont, Le Paltoquet serves one of the best croissants in Montreal, as well as one of the best hot chocolates! The hot chocolate here is made with delicious bittersweet Cocoa Barry chocolate pastilles and 3.25% milk. The end result is a smooth and rich chocolate beverage which is then topped off with a dusting of cocoa powder. If you’re drinking it on site, you can choose between two sizes. If you take it to go, you get a pick of three (small, medium, large)!
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Les Chocolats de Chloé

Over the years, Les Chocolats de Chloé chocolate factory has made quite a name for itself in the industry. This quaint little chocolate shop is home to some of the most beautiful truffles in the city, and one of the most delicious hot chocolates. Throughout the winter, this address serves a hot chocolate made with a whole lot of love, as well as a whole lot of high quality chocolate. If you’re looking to step out of the norm, you can add a shot of vanilla or chai into your drink!
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Café Névé

Cafe Névé is an excellent third wave café in the Plateau, and a great place to enjoy a snack and a coffee, get some studying done, or indulge in a hot chocolate. This spot is especially popular with students, partly thanks to their amazing chocolate chip cookie that has become renowned in the city. Their hot chocolate lives up to the reputation as well, and you can find it any of their three locations.
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Pikolo Espresso Bar

We love Pikolo Espresso Bar. This is the type of place that if you come to once, it will quickly end up as your new go-to coffee shop. The quaintness of the space is what inspired the name – piccolo meaning ‘small’ in Italian-, but don’t let the size fool you because this address is bursting with charm, friendly staff and delicious and high quality products. Pikolo is one of the most beautiful cafes in Montreal, and a great option if you’re on the hunt for a  good hot chocolate.
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Helico café-pâtisserie

Helico is a charming little café that opened its doors on May 7, 2018 in the Hochelaga district. The address is absolutely worth the detour, especially if you’re in the mood for some fine pastries and warm beverages. Everything here is homemade, and our favourites have to be the croissants, chocolate chip cookies, brownies, kouign-amann, brioches and hot chocolate!
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Janine Café

Janine Café is the second project of the Régine Café team. As the sister restaurant of a true must-see on the Montreal brunch scene, Janine Café offers delicious gourmet dishes in a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. In addition to the dishes on the menu, you will also find a few great homemade hot chocolates, one of which is made with 70% chocolate and a whole host of warm winter spices. They also offer a deconstructed hot chocolate, which is served with a small teapot of melted chocolate, a jug of milk of your choice (dairy or non-dairy) and homemade marshmallows.
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Le Butterblume

With a tranquil atmosphere, friendly staff and absolutely delicious dishes, this charming café-restaurant and boutique brings a breath of fresh air into the neighbourhood. This address truly tackles it all : it’s a café because you can stop in for a coffee on the go, a restaurant because they offer a full menu of delicious dishes, and a boutique because they sell all sorts of tote bags, magazines, pottery and other trinkets related to food, wine and design.  The hot chocolate at Butterblume  is prepared with Weiss chocolate (a French bean-to-bar manufacturer), pure cocoa and a whole lot of love. And milk, of course, dairy or non-dairy upon request.
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Automne Boulangerie

Automne Boulangerie is a small bakery that opened its doors in October 2016 in the Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie district. This address is well worth a visit, especially for their impressive display of French bread on the counter, which also features a few Californian and Scandanaviian influences. As for the hot chocolate, Automne prepares theirs with 58% dark chocolate, cocoa, chai spices and a hint of salt. You can take your pick of dairy or non-dairy milks, but either way, it’s delicious!
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Café Bazin

Café Bazin offers all the French classics, both sweet and savoury, in an absolutely charming atmosphere. Everything from the smiling service to the inviting decor makes this address stand out from the rest. Of course, what we love the most is their amazing execution of all of the French classics we know and love. The hot chocolate here is no exception, and is made with a blend of 64% chocolate, sugar and milk before being topped off with a marshmallow.
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