The hottest hot chocolates right now

The colder the months, the hotter our drinks so get your hands on a steaming mug of chocolate goodness from these places

Hot chocolate at Scopa

141 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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So thick you can stand a spoon up in it, Scopa’s hot chocolate is part comfort, part dessert, and 100% delicious. It’s the perfect thing on a chilly afternoon or to round out an Italian feast at this favourite Wellington restaurant on Cuba Street.

Made with melted chocolate and cream, this hot chocolate is pure indulgence and will not disappoint sweet-toothed chocolate lovers.

La Belle Waffle

Shop 6, Dukes Arcade, Wellington, Wellington

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For the ultimate afternoon pick-me-up, La Belle Waffle is serving up a hot chocolate with a Belgian twist.

The secret is quite simple. They use a lot of Belgian chocolate in their hot chocolate which creates a smooth velvety drink full of flavour.

A good way to tick off two Belgian favourites is by also grabbing a Belgian waffle. Bite into their real Belgian waffles with a caramelised crunchy crust, shallower pockets, covered in your favourite toppings.


Left Bank, 116 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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Family-run gelateria and dessert café Zelati is getting a name for its hot chocolate. Owner Hillary Tuason and her family are originally from the Philippines and have taken their inspiration for their hot chocolate from the regional thick Spanish-style hot chocolate made in the Philippines called ‘Tsokolate-eh’.

Made with dark 72% chocolate, Zelati's version is 100% plant-based and dairy-free. If you can't decide between hot chocolate and gelato, opt for a Hot Chocolate Affogato with thick hot chocolate poured over a scoop of gelato - perfect for a wintery treat.

Qilin Tea House

8/64 Dixon Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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Create your own hot chocolate by ordering the reconstructed hot chocolate at Qilin Tea House. Add the hot milk into Whittaker's chocolate mix and make it as sweet or as milky as you like.

Qilin Tea House is Wellington’s very own specialty tea house with a wide range of house blends served, hot, iced or in latte form.

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