There is very little quite as inviting as a hot chocolate on a cold day. While I rarely think twice about the drink during the summer months, as soon as the weather changes to fall, it becomes a nagging obsession.

Montreal has no shortages of chocolatiers and patisseries serving up the hot stuff, but I wanted to find the best of the best in our city. 

There is truly every type of hot cocoa being served up: classics, vegan, gluten-free, alcoholic, and flavoured with everything under the (winter) sun. They can range in prices from the cheap (though not on taste) $3, all the way up to $12 (if you get it spiked with alcohol). But, one thing doesn't change from all of the places listed, the attention to using only the highest products and ingredients. 

These are all restaurants that take their chocolate business seriously. There are the Montreal staples that I couldn't leave out, but also visited some of the lesser-known shops that were recommended by fellow chocoholics — and they did not disappoint. 

Sure, there's a lot to do in Montreal during the fall months, but persuing your love for hot chocolate is more than just an activity, it's a lifestyle.


C'ChocoLat

Where: 1255 Rue Bishop

Cost: From $7 (non-alcoholic) – $12 (with alcohol)

There are six hot chocolates on their menu including the classic, oreo, and vegan options. But they've also included alcoholic options to keep you extra warm on these cold nights. 

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Au Festin de Babette

Where: 4085 Rue Saint-Denis

Cost: $4.75 (cup) – $7.50 (bowl)

This Plateau Parisian style restaurant is known for its brunches, but it's the hot chocolate you have to try. This isn't your usual subpar packaged powder, it's the best quality chocolate you'll come by. Try the 55% chocolate Babette with ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom for a wintery feel. 

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Cacao 70

Where: Various locations around Montreal

Cost: From $4.25 - $5.95

The hot chocolate list isn't as expansive as some of the others, but it's also because they've fine-tuned what they have to absolute perfection. There is even a spicy hot chocolate, the Mexicocoa. 

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Juliette & Chocolat

Where: Various locations around Montreal

Cost: $4.95 - $12.75

As a Montreal staple, of course, they would have some of the best hot chocolate in the city. Their all gluten-free options are a velvety, luxurious dream. If you really want a sugar rush, try the smoked campfire hot chocolate that comes with a brownie and toasted marshmallow skewer.

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Sophie Sucrée

Where: 167 Ave des Pins E

Cost: See in-store for costs

All the hot chocolate is completely vegan-friendly, as is everything on the menu at this bakeshop. The hot chocolate is still made rich and creamy with coconut milk. 

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Noir Chocolat

Where: 4475 Rue Marquette

Cost: $3.25

This neighbourhood chocolate factory makes everything on site. It's a small shop, so you may have to take your hot chocolate to go. They are currently working on new hot chocolate features like a meringue topping that should be available in October. 

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Café La Distributrice

 
Where: 408 Ave. du Mont-Royal E.

Cost: $3

The Plateau seems to have cornered the market on hot chocolate. La Distributrice is a tiny little store where you order your drink at the sidewalk window. At $3 a cup, you're basically obligated to try it.  

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Pâtisserie Fous Desserts

Where: 809 Ave. Laurier E.

Cost: See in-store for costs

On a cold day, nothing beats the hot cocoa made with Valrhona chocolate chips. Warning, bring some extra money. Just the smell of this bakery will have you shelling out for their croissants too. 

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Marius et Fanny

Where: Various locations around Montreal

Cost: From $4.25

With over 11 choices of hot chocolate, this place has something that will please every palette. Choose from black, white, hazelnut, and caramel aromas, just to name a few!

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If you're a hot chocolate fan and think other spots should make it on the list, let us know. 

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