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10 Hot Chocolates To Warm You Up On Cold, Rainy Nights in LA

Where to go for rich, creamy and steamy hot chocolate in LA? Check out this list for 10 decadent options.

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With the holiday season in full gear and the Pineapple Express storm hitting northern and central California, temperatures are feeling a little more like winter in Los Angeles.

One should take a break from shopping, bundle up and enjoy a creamy, delicious, rich and steaming cup of hot chocolate. With tons of chocolaty options in the city of angels, possibilities include Mexican hot chocolates, salted caramel hot chocolates, spicy hot cinnamon hot chocolates and more.

It may still be light coat weather, but why not get in the holiday spirit by ice-skating, followed by a hot cocoa to keep warm? Here's Eater LA's guide for decadent hot chocolate.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Demitasse

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1149 3rd St
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(213) 613-9300

The hot chocolate in both Little Tokyo and Santa Monica’s Demitasse oozes warmth and is so creamy that it’s a must for chocolate lovers. It’s actually a lavender hot chocolate but for skeptics, the floral finish doesn’t overpower the chocolaty taste. It is made with E. Guittard Cocoa Rouge cocoa powder mixed with Tahitian vanilla and a dash of lavender oil. Lastly, it’s topped with a large fluffy marshmallow that is blow-torched to order, completing the most decadent cup of hot chocolate.

2. Playa Provisions

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119 Culver Blvd
Playa del Rey, CA 90293
(310) 683-5019
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Check out Playa Provision’s Pastry Chef Kristin Feuer’s new Frozen Hot Chocolate with warm European drinking chocolate poured over peppermint stick ice cream, topped with a swirl of toasted marshmallow and served with Christmas cookies. This holiday overload will delight taste buds of all ages.

3. American Tea Room

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401 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 271-7922
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American Tea Room sources tea from all around the world and the results blend flavors and styles that reflect the American culinary and cultural fusion. Not only does American Tea room serve a variety of lovely teas, but this month it will serve CEO David Barenholtz’s Spicy Hot Cinnamon Hot Chocolate Tea latte for that extra spice and caffeine kick, as you shop in Beverly Hills this holiday season.

4. Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop

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110 W Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA
(626) 564-8818
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With multiple locations, Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop brings the kid out in all of us with their specialty ice cream sundaes. However, their chocolate drink menu makes it hard to pick just one. A couple of options include the Lombard Street Hot Cocoa, which incorporates a cup of hot steamed milk served with four delicious Milk Truffle Squares Chocolates, or the Sea Salt Caramel Hot Cocoa topped with whipped cream and served with Ghirardelli Squares Milk Chocolate.

5. Churros Calientes

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11521 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(424) 248-3890
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Churros Calientes on Sawtelle is the perfect spot for an afternoon snack or a late night sweet tooth craving. Think of being in a café in Spain, ordering golden brown churro with a cup of luscious hot chocolate. They use the best quality of organic cacao beans for their hot chocolate, making it an extra delicious dip for your made-to-order churro.

6. Lady Chocolatt

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12008 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 442-2245

Lady Chocolatt is a charming mom-and-pop chocolate shop and coffee bar in West LA where one can find a multitude of Belgium chocolates and rich hot chocolates among sandwiches, quiches and croissants. Some of their Belgian hot chocolates include classic dark, extra dark, and white chocolate. Also, they also have organic, soy and almond substitutions. For all you chocolate lovers, Lady Chocolatt will definitely deliver for all your cravings.

7. Cacao Mexicatessen

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1576 Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 478-2791
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Cacao Mexicatessen brings a modern version of a Mexican deli to Eagle Rock and pays homage to Mexico’s most significant contribution to the culinary world, chocolate. The hot chocolate there contains La Soledad chocolate from Oaxaca and incorporates cinnamon and sugar into a huge mug with milk and a nutty toasted almond garnish.

8. Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea

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3922 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 663-6173
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Intelligentsia Coffee epitomizes hipster coffee shops, but it’s no doubt that the final product is delicious. Besides the different approaches for preparing coffee and espresso, ask your barista to make you a hot chocolate. Think: ganache with 60% dark chocolate, heavy cream, and steamed milk with beautiful foam art. Can’t go wrong here.

9. Guelaguetza Restaurant

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3014 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 427-0608
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Besides it being fun to say, Guelaguetza is known for its moles but also creates one mean Oaxacan hot chocolate. Located around Koreatown, the hot chocolate is made with Oaxaca cocoa powder de primera calidad (finest quality) and blended with crushed almonds and cinnamon for a nutty and warm taste. Jonathan Gold deems this spot the best Oaxacan food in the country.

10. Chocolatier Blue

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1522 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90291

Chocolatier Blue debuted this year on Abbot Kinney from the Bay area and uses quality ingredients to produce mouthwatering chocolates. Not only does this location sell chocolates, they also sell gelato, sorbet, cookies and other treats as well as hot chocolate. Here, they use 70% chocolate, and cocoa powder. If they are out of the 70% cacao, an option like white chocolate hot chocolate exists.

1. Demitasse

1149 3rd St, Santa Monica, CA 90403

The hot chocolate in both Little Tokyo and Santa Monica’s Demitasse oozes warmth and is so creamy that it’s a must for chocolate lovers. It’s actually a lavender hot chocolate but for skeptics, the floral finish doesn’t overpower the chocolaty taste. It is made with E. Guittard Cocoa Rouge cocoa powder mixed with Tahitian vanilla and a dash of lavender oil. Lastly, it’s topped with a large fluffy marshmallow that is blow-torched to order, completing the most decadent cup of hot chocolate.

1149 3rd St
Santa Monica, CA 90403

2. Playa Provisions

119 Culver Blvd, Playa del Rey, CA 90293

Check out Playa Provision’s Pastry Chef Kristin Feuer’s new Frozen Hot Chocolate with warm European drinking chocolate poured over peppermint stick ice cream, topped with a swirl of toasted marshmallow and served with Christmas cookies. This holiday overload will delight taste buds of all ages.

119 Culver Blvd
Playa del Rey, CA 90293

3. American Tea Room

401 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

American Tea Room sources tea from all around the world and the results blend flavors and styles that reflect the American culinary and cultural fusion. Not only does American Tea room serve a variety of lovely teas, but this month it will serve CEO David Barenholtz’s Spicy Hot Cinnamon Hot Chocolate Tea latte for that extra spice and caffeine kick, as you shop in Beverly Hills this holiday season.

401 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

4. Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop

110 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA

With multiple locations, Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop brings the kid out in all of us with their specialty ice cream sundaes. However, their chocolate drink menu makes it hard to pick just one. A couple of options include the Lombard Street Hot Cocoa, which incorporates a cup of hot steamed milk served with four delicious Milk Truffle Squares Chocolates, or the Sea Salt Caramel Hot Cocoa topped with whipped cream and served with Ghirardelli Squares Milk Chocolate.

110 W Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA

5. Churros Calientes

11521 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Churros Calientes on Sawtelle is the perfect spot for an afternoon snack or a late night sweet tooth craving. Think of being in a café in Spain, ordering golden brown churro with a cup of luscious hot chocolate. They use the best quality of organic cacao beans for their hot chocolate, making it an extra delicious dip for your made-to-order churro.

11521 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

6. Lady Chocolatt

12008 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Lady Chocolatt is a charming mom-and-pop chocolate shop and coffee bar in West LA where one can find a multitude of Belgium chocolates and rich hot chocolates among sandwiches, quiches and croissants. Some of their Belgian hot chocolates include classic dark, extra dark, and white chocolate. Also, they also have organic, soy and almond substitutions. For all you chocolate lovers, Lady Chocolatt will definitely deliver for all your cravings.

12008 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

7. Cacao Mexicatessen

1576 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

Cacao Mexicatessen brings a modern version of a Mexican deli to Eagle Rock and pays homage to Mexico’s most significant contribution to the culinary world, chocolate. The hot chocolate there contains La Soledad chocolate from Oaxaca and incorporates cinnamon and sugar into a huge mug with milk and a nutty toasted almond garnish.

1576 Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041

8. Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea

3922 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

Intelligentsia Coffee epitomizes hipster coffee shops, but it’s no doubt that the final product is delicious. Besides the different approaches for preparing coffee and espresso, ask your barista to make you a hot chocolate. Think: ganache with 60% dark chocolate, heavy cream, and steamed milk with beautiful foam art. Can’t go wrong here.

3922 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029

9. Guelaguetza Restaurant

3014 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

Besides it being fun to say, Guelaguetza is known for its moles but also creates one mean Oaxacan hot chocolate. Located around Koreatown, the hot chocolate is made with Oaxaca cocoa powder de primera calidad (finest quality) and blended with crushed almonds and cinnamon for a nutty and warm taste. Jonathan Gold deems this spot the best Oaxacan food in the country.

3014 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006

10. Chocolatier Blue

1522 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291

Chocolatier Blue debuted this year on Abbot Kinney from the Bay area and uses quality ingredients to produce mouthwatering chocolates. Not only does this location sell chocolates, they also sell gelato, sorbet, cookies and other treats as well as hot chocolate. Here, they use 70% chocolate, and cocoa powder. If they are out of the 70% cacao, an option like white chocolate hot chocolate exists.

1522 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90291

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