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14 Heartwarming Hot Chocolates to Sip On in Montreal

Cooler weather is no match for these fall-friendly treats.

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The leaves have turned, temperatures are falling, and as fall moves on, most Montrealers are understandably reticent to sip on cold brew, smoothies, and other chilled beverages. Instead, consider a warming hot chocolate.

The coffee shops and chocolatiers mapped here do some of the best in town — some do it with melted chocolate, some spice things up with added extras, all are a fantastic sweet treat.

Looking for some more solid forms of chocolate? Check out our guide to Montreal’s best chocolatiers.

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Chocolats Genevieve Grandbois (multiple locations)

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The founder and namesake of this chocolaterie developed her passion for chocolate at a young age, and pursued it, creating this successful chocolate shop and recently releasing a book. At 70 percent cocoa, this place serves up one of the darkest hot chocolates around. As with many places on this list, it’s not just a cold-weather treat — the store sells ice cream in summer. 

Le Dépanneur Café

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This Mile End den is so cozy, it’s akin to a living room for the neighbourhood. With live music nearly every day, and a kid-friendly space that’s great for families, the vibe is laid-back and cozy. They offer a particularly satisfying hot chocolate, and it’s served with minimal sugar, meaning that the sweetness can be adjusted according to taste. 

Café La Distributrice

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As the tiniest café in Montreal, it could merit a mention for novelty’s sake alone — but its place on this map is due to a genuinely delectable hot chocolate. Made by melting raw chocolate into steamed milk, it’s a dark, dreamy flavour that matches La Distributrice’s coffee for quality. 

Les Chocolats de Chloé

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This charming chocolate shop is committed to ethically-sourced chocolate (Valhrona, its producer, aims to be carbon-neutral by 2025), and fun ways to bring it to the table. Their material is top-quality as are their products, which include a delicious chai hot chocolate, among others. Take note — the hot chocolate only appears in the colder months.

Au Festin de Babette

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True decadence is an entire menu devoted to hot chocolate. Varying from the rich and creamy L’Ecuador (55% cocoa, striking a balance between milk and dark chocolate) to the extravagant La Babette (with cinnamon and ginger), there’s something for all manner of sweet tooths here. Plus, an excellent array of pastries makes it a great cozy nook on a fall day. 

Marius et Fanny

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A café that makes both coffee and pastries? Yes please. This “pâtisserie provençale” serves up amazing pastries at the counter or in their cozy café, which are best enjoyed with a delicious hot chocolate. There’s chocolate here for every season — holiday specialties include a festive sapin de macarons, devilish Halloween confections, and chocolate poissons d’avril.

Sophie Sucrée

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Stop by this Plateau spot for vegan-friendly hot chocolate — although everything this café and patisserie has to offer is actually vegan (and sumptuously delicious). Variations on the classic include a seasonal five spice hot chocolate, alongside favourites like pumpkin spice lattes and London fog. 

Juliette & Chocolat (multiple locations)

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Montreal’s most ubiquitous chocolate shop has several locations around town, serving a full range of luxurious hot chocolates, with toppings such as high-piled whipped cream and melting marshmallows. Options go well beyond your regular hot cocoa, with founder Juliette Brun is constantly devising new ways to thrill the chocolate-lovers of the city. 

Café Humble Lion (multiple locations)

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Beyond some solid coffee options, ideal for the mainly student crowd around McGill, this intimate café offers a luscious and creamy hot chocolate. Mast Brothers, the producers who provide the chocolate, source their materials sustainably and with a minimum of packaging. The café is a small place but well-loved, and has a vibrant, engaging atmosphere. There’s another location around the corner on McGill College, too.

C'ChôColat

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The hot chocolate at this downtown dessert establishment is served with flair: whether it’s the standard creamy chocolate, the gooey salted caramel version, or other elaborate varieties. It’s a good spot for brunch, or a late-night crêpe. There’s also a vegan hot chocolate on the menu.

Café Myriade (multiple locations)

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A slightly unexpected hot chocolate choice, as it’s best known for serving a seriously good cup of coffee. One of Montreal’s first third wave cafés, it’s a cozy spot to recharge near Concordia, with a small outdoor terrace in summer, and a snug interior for those snowy winter days. If you like your chocolate caffeinated, Myriade also does an unbeatable mocha.

Cacao 70 (multiple locations)

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Now with branches in several different cities, Cacao 70 a reliable bet for high-quality chocolate. The hot chocolate menu includes a thick drinking chocolate, and unusual flavours such as sesame; mixes are also available in case you’re looking to bring the flavours home with you. There’s multiple locations around town, but the factory (right here) offers up a more unique experience.

Patrice Pâtissier

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A vanilla-infused hot chocolate with a profiterole on the side makes for a stellar treat. Decked out with a sleek and chic interior, the pâtisserie-café owned by award-winning baker Patrice Demers also occasionally offers courses in making various desserts.

Café de' Mercanti (multiple locations)

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This Italian-style staple café for NDG has somewhat of a laid-back southern European vibe, and while it offers a long list of espresso-based drinks, there’s also a top-notch hot chocolate for dunking your favourite biscotti. There’s another location in Old Montreal, perfectly located for a warm-up after a ramble around the city’s oldest district. 

Chocolats Genevieve Grandbois (multiple locations)

The founder and namesake of this chocolaterie developed her passion for chocolate at a young age, and pursued it, creating this successful chocolate shop and recently releasing a book. At 70 percent cocoa, this place serves up one of the darkest hot chocolates around. As with many places on this list, it’s not just a cold-weather treat — the store sells ice cream in summer. 

Le Dépanneur Café

This Mile End den is so cozy, it’s akin to a living room for the neighbourhood. With live music nearly every day, and a kid-friendly space that’s great for families, the vibe is laid-back and cozy. They offer a particularly satisfying hot chocolate, and it’s served with minimal sugar, meaning that the sweetness can be adjusted according to taste. 

Café La Distributrice

As the tiniest café in Montreal, it could merit a mention for novelty’s sake alone — but its place on this map is due to a genuinely delectable hot chocolate. Made by melting raw chocolate into steamed milk, it’s a dark, dreamy flavour that matches La Distributrice’s coffee for quality. 

Les Chocolats de Chloé

This charming chocolate shop is committed to ethically-sourced chocolate (Valhrona, its producer, aims to be carbon-neutral by 2025), and fun ways to bring it to the table. Their material is top-quality as are their products, which include a delicious chai hot chocolate, among others. Take note — the hot chocolate only appears in the colder months.

Au Festin de Babette

True decadence is an entire menu devoted to hot chocolate. Varying from the rich and creamy L’Ecuador (55% cocoa, striking a balance between milk and dark chocolate) to the extravagant La Babette (with cinnamon and ginger), there’s something for all manner of sweet tooths here. Plus, an excellent array of pastries makes it a great cozy nook on a fall day. 

Marius et Fanny

A café that makes both coffee and pastries? Yes please. This “pâtisserie provençale” serves up amazing pastries at the counter or in their cozy café, which are best enjoyed with a delicious hot chocolate. There’s chocolate here for every season — holiday specialties include a festive sapin de macarons, devilish Halloween confections, and chocolate poissons d’avril.

Sophie Sucrée

Stop by this Plateau spot for vegan-friendly hot chocolate — although everything this café and patisserie has to offer is actually vegan (and sumptuously delicious). Variations on the classic include a seasonal five spice hot chocolate, alongside favourites like pumpkin spice lattes and London fog. 

Juliette & Chocolat (multiple locations)

Montreal’s most ubiquitous chocolate shop has several locations around town, serving a full range of luxurious hot chocolates, with toppings such as high-piled whipped cream and melting marshmallows. Options go well beyond your regular hot cocoa, with founder Juliette Brun is constantly devising new ways to thrill the chocolate-lovers of the city. 

Café Humble Lion (multiple locations)

Beyond some solid coffee options, ideal for the mainly student crowd around McGill, this intimate café offers a luscious and creamy hot chocolate. Mast Brothers, the producers who provide the chocolate, source their materials sustainably and with a minimum of packaging. The café is a small place but well-loved, and has a vibrant, engaging atmosphere. There’s another location around the corner on McGill College, too.

C'ChôColat

The hot chocolate at this downtown dessert establishment is served with flair: whether it’s the standard creamy chocolate, the gooey salted caramel version, or other elaborate varieties. It’s a good spot for brunch, or a late-night crêpe. There’s also a vegan hot chocolate on the menu.

Café Myriade (multiple locations)

A slightly unexpected hot chocolate choice, as it’s best known for serving a seriously good cup of coffee. One of Montreal’s first third wave cafés, it’s a cozy spot to recharge near Concordia, with a small outdoor terrace in summer, and a snug interior for those snowy winter days. If you like your chocolate caffeinated, Myriade also does an unbeatable mocha.

Cacao 70 (multiple locations)

Now with branches in several different cities, Cacao 70 a reliable bet for high-quality chocolate. The hot chocolate menu includes a thick drinking chocolate, and unusual flavours such as sesame; mixes are also available in case you’re looking to bring the flavours home with you. There’s multiple locations around town, but the factory (right here) offers up a more unique experience.

Patrice Pâtissier

A vanilla-infused hot chocolate with a profiterole on the side makes for a stellar treat. Decked out with a sleek and chic interior, the pâtisserie-café owned by award-winning baker Patrice Demers also occasionally offers courses in making various desserts.

Café de' Mercanti (multiple locations)

This Italian-style staple café for NDG has somewhat of a laid-back southern European vibe, and while it offers a long list of espresso-based drinks, there’s also a top-notch hot chocolate for dunking your favourite biscotti. There’s another location in Old Montreal, perfectly located for a warm-up after a ramble around the city’s oldest district. 

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