Austin is widely considered a foodie paradise, but the city’s coffee houses are also worthy of praise. Serving up much more than coffee, Austin’s beverage shops whip up indulgence in every mug of hot chocolate. Sip on your favorite hot drink at the best places in Austin for hot chocolate, or order it to go as you explore the Live Music Capital of the World.
221 W. Loop Blvd.
2700 West Anderson Lane
Boasting two locations for your convenience, Epoch Coffee stays open 24/7, so you can get your drink on any time of the day or night. Their hot chocolate blend has a hint of cinnamon and spice to warm you up on even the coldest days.
1101 W. Lynn Street
Café Medici is touted as a place where you can truly feel an “Austin vibe,” meaning that the coffee house attracts a diverse clientele with one thing in common: they all love well-made, delicious drinks. Medici is a great place to stop if you’re headed to the hiking trails at Lady Bird Lake.
The café serves up drinks in oversized mugs, and the talented baristas can even top off your drink with a fancy design by request. Relax on the Medici patio and do some people-watching as you indulge in one of the best cups of hot chocolate in Austin.
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters
3825 Lake Austin Blvd.
Equally renowned for its holiday light show during the months of December and January as it is for its creative drink menu, Mozart’s is a local treasure. A live music hotspot to boot, the legendary coffee house uses premium dark chocolate sauce in every cup of hot cocoa.
You can customize your drink with a number of exciting flavor options, including peppermint, pumpkin spice and Mexican chocolate. Don’t forget to top your hot chocolate with fresh whipped cream or marshmallows.
The Holy Cacao
1311 S. 1st Street
In your quest to find the best hot cocoa in Austin, don’t overlook the city’s famous food trucks. The Holy Cacao declares that its hot chocolate is “world famous,” and you’ll taste why after the first sip of the divine drink. Available hot or iced, the cart’s hot chocolate is smooth and creamy, with just a hint of spice. You can elect to go even spicier by adding a shot of Mexican or peppermint syrup. Pair your hot cocoa with a cake ball to fully satisfy your sweet tooth.