22 Dec 2014


Hot Chocolate Season on the Hill


Photo by Kevin Marsh on Flickr

Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you there are few things I like about winter (is it summer yet?), but hot chocolate definitely makes the list. There’s no better way to warm up than with a steamy cup of liquid chocolate topped with gooey marshmallows, am I right?  There is no shortage of hot chocolate on the Hill, and I’m here to spread the cheer:

Eastern Market

Sweet Lobby (404 8th St SE) makes the best macaroons I’ve had since returning from studying abroad in Paris, so it’s no surprise they make some of the best hot chocolate in town. Stop in for thick European-style hot chocolate garnished with cardamom whipped cream and a house-made marshmallow.

Peregrine Espresso (660 Penn. Ave. SE) is the perfect place to stop while you’re finishing your Christmas shopping at Eastern Market this weekend. Peregrine uses fair trade chocolate for its decadent hot chocolate.

If you can get past the Nutella latte on Pound The Hill’s (621 Penn. Ave. SE) menu you should order their unique hot chocolate – they use two pumps of dark chocolate and one pump of white chocolate.

Hill East

I was surprised to learn that The Pretzel Bakery (340 15th St SE) is considered to have one of the best hot chocolate drinks in the city. They call it a “Hotella” – thick, rich hot chocolate made with whole milk and Nutella. Just dunk one of their pretzel bombs with Nutella in it and you’re probably set for life.

Union Station

Why not grab a hot chocolate from Ebenezers Coffeehouse (201 F St NE) on your way to Union Station to catch a train home for the holidays? According to the GW Hatchet, Ebenezers uses milk chocolate and tops it off with whipped cream and chocolate syrup.

And it would be an injustice for ice cream-loving me not to put in a plug for Ice Cream Jubilee’s (301 Water St SE) Mexican hot cocoa ice cream. Who could resist that?

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One response to “Hot Chocolate Season on the Hill”

  1. Stephen A. says:

    Pitango does incredible sipping chocolate (it’s super rich, so the small works). Le Pain Quotidian also does a nice hot chocolate. Great post!

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