• Some of us like coffee, others prefer tea but if you’ve got a sweet tooth and you’re a hot chocolate lover in Cape Town, you’re in for a treat!

    The city is brimming with spots offering delicious and unique hot chocolate creations. Here are some of our top places to try:

    Places to get a decadent hot chocolate in Cape Town

    Coco Safar

    Coco Safar, a beloved spot in Sea Point, offers decadent hot chocolate crafted from a secret blend of dark, milk, and white Valrhona chocolate. Priced at R48, it’s served with a shot of sparkling water and a complimentary lemon-poppy seed madeleine. You can also try their Café Mocha, a delightful mix of hot chocolate and coffee, for R45. Both options are available year-round.


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    Address: Piazza St-John, 395 Main Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8001 | V&A Waterfront, Alfred Mall, Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001

    Hours: Monday – Sunday, 9:00 am – 10:00 pm

    Contact: 021 000 5408 | 021 433 1336

    BUTTER – All Day Breakfast & Bistro Bar

    At BUTTER, you can enjoy a dark and decadent hot chocolate made with locally sourced dark chocolate and hot milk, topped with milk froth. For R45, this year-round treat comes with a complimentary homemade butter cookie. Vegan versions with oat or almond milk are available for an additional R10 and R14 respectively.


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    Address: 70 Loop St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000

    Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm | Saturday – Sunday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

    Contact: 071 336 8270

    Honest Chocolate

    Honest Chocolate is famous for its rich, homemade hot chocolate. Made from their own vegan and gluten-free dark chocolate, mixed with milk, water, and cane sugar, this hot chocolate is pure indulgence! Available all year round for R55, you can choose from flavours like Biscoff, Mexican Spices, Christmas Orange, Peanut Butter Bomb, and Almond Chocolate Spread. For a vegan option, swap out the milk for oat milk for an additional R8.


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    Address:7 Barron Street, Woodstock, 7925

    Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm | Friday – Saturday, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm | Sunday, 09:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Contact:063 696 7813

    Bread, Milk and Honey

    Bread, Milk and Honey has perfected their hot chocolate recipe over the years. Using locally sourced white, dark, or milk chocolate discs combined with milk, they offer a balanced and delicious drink. Priced at R35 for a large serving and R38 for a jumbo size, you can also opt for oat or almond milk for an extra R6. This hot chocolate is available throughout the year.

    Address: Corner of Mostert and Corporation, 60 Corporation St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001

    Hours: Monday – Friday, 6:30 am – 4:30 pm | Saturday, 6:30 am – 1:30 pm

    Contact: 021 461 8425

    Bootlegger Coffee Company

    Bootlegger Coffee Company is a popular chain with several locations across Cape Town. Their hot chocolate is made from a blend of high-quality raw cocoa and coconut milk, resulting in a creamy and comforting drink, it’s also entirely vegan. Priced at R39 (White or dark hot chocolate), it’s available year-round and can be enjoyed with oat or almond milk for an additional R7. It’s also light so you can still get a coffee or pair it with a snack.

    Address: Multiple locations

    Hours: Monday – Sunday, 6:30 am – 6:00 pm

    Moro Gelato

    Moro Gelato, known for its Italian gelato, offers a thick Italian hot chocolate made with 70% Belgian chocolate, perfect for eating with a spoon. The classic version is priced at R37, while hot chocolate with homemade whipped cream and a dusting of cocoa or cinnamon costs R42. For R47, you can add a scoop of gelato or sorbetto. Their vegan hot chocolate, made with pure melted chocolate, is also a must-try. Note that all hot chocolate varieties are available only during winter.


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    Address: Green Point, Sea Point, Cape Town CBD, Stellenbosch Central

    Hours: Monday – Sunday, 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm

    El Burro

    For a unique twist, head to El Burro for their Mexican hot chocolate. This spicy, rich, and thick drink is made from 70% dark chocolate couverture, spices, nuts, sugar, and dairy-free cream. Priced at R35 and available all year, it’s perfect for warming up on a chilly day. A dairy-free oat milk version is also available at no extra cost.


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    Address: 79 Main Rd, Green Point, Cape Town, 8005

    Hours: Monday – Saturday, 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm

    Contact: 021 433 2364

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