LA’s Best Hot Chocolate Places: Kid-Friendly Cups & Off-Menu Secrets


It’s another warm and sunny winter in Los Angeles, but that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in the cold-weather treats that go with the season. Take hot chocolate, for example. It might taste best after shoveling six inches of snow from your driveway, but it’s still pretty delicious if you were up early catching some waves before working on your screenplay for a few hours. So bundle up (in a light jacket) and head to these three tasty spots for the best hot chocolate in LA, no blizzards necessary.

Cocoa with the Kids

Make a playdate at Swork, a hip Eagle Rock café that is the very definition of kid-friendly. With an entire kids’ play area – complete with train table, play kitchen, and tons of toys – you’ll want to order your hot chocolates and stay awhile. Order your little one the best hot chocolate for kids ever: It’s traditionally creamy and sweet, and topped with whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles. Kick things up a notch for yourself and try the Mayan mocha, which is a rich, spiced latte made with Mexican chocolate. Grab one of the tasty house-made muffins or croissants, kick back, and make a morning of playtime and delicious drinks.

Sweets for the Sweet

Hot chocolate can be very grown-up when it’s infused with rum and crème brulee. Dazzle your taste buds with a decadent treat at the Italian Spazio Caffe on trend-setting Montana Avenue in Santa Monica. The neat, warm interior and intoxicating aroma of espresso and paninis welcomes you and invites you to stay awhile. It’s a grown-up cafe, but the relaxed atmosphere means you won’t get any side-eye for bringing in the kids for a sit-down. The imported Italian chocolate is so rich it’s like drinking a melted chocolate bar. Try the whiskey hot chocolate. There’s actually no whiskey in it at all, but the smoky caramel infusion adds a more mature flavor profile to this youthful drink. Fortunately, it’s not too grown-up to be served with a cookie on top.

Show off Your Java Genius

The selection at Cognoscenti, featuring Bows & Arrows and Ritual Coffee, will impress even the most discerning of coffee snobs. However, the real treat at this sleek, minimalist cafe tucked into the Culver City Arts District is its hot chocolate. Show off your insider knowledge by ordering up the secret, off-menu item that’s made with bittersweet, fine-shaved Valrhona chocolate and steamed Straus milk. Each sip is a perfect balance of rich creaminess without being too sweet or heavy. The artistically designed foam on top will leave you with a frothy mustache after the first sip, but no worries. A drink this delicious is worth it.

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