Hot chocolate your idea of liquid gold? You’ll wanna sip these heavenly concoctions for an instant pick-me-up.
We love ourselves a strong cup of coffee or an aromatic tea brew any day (boba doesn’t count!), but hot chocolate is an indulgent treat. When made to perfection, the decadent drink is a luscious combination of rich cocoa and creamy milk. We may not get to enjoy each piping hot swig while bundled up in the cold, but hey, that hasn’t stopped us from getting our fix. Whether it’s served with marshmallows, peppermint or the classic way, hot chocolate never fails to comfort.
1. The Dark Gallery
Obsessed with chocolate? You’ve clearly come to the right place. The Dark Gallery takes its cocoa confections seriously, bringing in top-notch single-origin chocolate from the likes of Ecuador, Tanzania, Cuba and Venezuela to create its signature chocolate ice cream tasting platters and desserts. For a taste, try the single origin dark hot chocolate and adjust the bittersweet factor to your liking.
The Dark Gallery, multiple locations including #B2-29, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road, Singapore 238873
2. Ninethirty by Awfully Chocolate
The flagship resto of local cocoa brand, Awfully Chocolate, this East Coast joint is beloved for its remarkable range of desserts, bakes and savories. Need a mug of the smooth stuff to go with your chocolate banana cake or Nutella tart? Choose from a scrumptious selection of dark or white chocolate, chocolate cappuccino with cinnamon, hot choc with roasted marshmallow foam, or even a skinny version. If the scorching sunny rays are getting to you, make your chocolate order a frosty one with flavours like dark rum and cherry or salted butterscotch.
Ninethirty by Awfully Chocolate, 131 East Coast Road, Singapore 428816
3. Lemuel Chocolate
Originating from a small-batch workshop in 2017, this bean-to-bar chocolate maker sources its cacao beans from farmers across the globe before painstakingly transforming them into artisanal, handmade goodness. Because it’s born out of a desire to boost craft chocolate appreciation in the city, you know its creations will be nothing short of stellar. Expect to see hot chocolate variations made with an Ecuadorian blend, as well as single-origin beans from Indonesia or Mexico.
Lemuel Chocolate, #B1-31, The Star Vista, 1 Vista Exchange Green, Singapore 138617
4. Patisserie G
So you like it thicc? Swing by this minimalist space for delicate cakes and an impeccable serving of molten chocolate that’s as creamy as they come. Let’s just say, the French hot chocolate at Patisserie G doesn’t play around when it comes to the sweet stuff.
Patisserie G, multiple locations including #01-40, Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039596
For a fancy French experience, head to Angelina to try its L’Africain hot chocolate, a luxe blend made of cocoa from Niger, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. The tearoom may be known for its classic Mont-Blanc chestnut dessert, but its indulgent drink is what we’re really here for.
Angelina, B2-89/89A, Canal Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
An pretty Parisian-style patisserie with equally elegant pastries that get a facelift from time to time, Antoinette serves its hot chocolate two ways: With vanilla perfume or Viennese style, plus a side of crème chantilly. Our tip? Order a couple of brunch dishes or soufflé pancakes to go with your cuppa.
Antoinette, multiple locations including 30 Penhas Road, Singapore 208188
7. Forty Hands
We all know and love this mainstay in the Tiong Bahru cafe scene, adored for its coffee, Aussie-style brunch (eggs benny! toasties!) and cosy vibes. Now that it’s got another outlet in East Coast, you get twice the love with a chocoholic-approved beverage chock full of milk, double cream and all the luscious cocoa goodness you could dream of.
Forty Hands, multiple locations, including 78 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 163078
8. Chye Seng Huat Hardware
An industrial chic space in Jalan Besar, Chye Seng Huat is a cafe fave among the brunch bunch and caffeine heads. Its dreamy hot chocolate is made with single-origin beans and best enjoyed with a hearty breakfast or warm cinnamon buns. Yum.
Chye Seng Huat Hardware, 150 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207563
9. Foreword Coffee
This one’s a meaningful treat, as the social enterprise makes it its mission to empower individuals with disabilities and special needs by employing and training them. Coffee is also ethically sourced from around the region — if java’s your thing — and the store encourages conscious living by encouraging consumers to bring their own mugs. Plus, sipping on its single-origin 70% dark hot chocolate is like getting a toasty, warm hug from the inside out.
Foreword Coffee, Temasek Shophouse, 28 Orchard Road, Singapore 238832