Hard-to-Resist Local Hot Chocolate Options

Warm up with these creative concoctions
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Photograph courtesy of Garrido’s Bistro

There are few things that satisfy a sweet tooth better than a warm hot chocolate. From decadent desserts to simple staples, these metro Detroit spots have got you covered for all your local hot chocolate cravings.

Drifter Coffee

Drifter Coffee recently unveiled a new holiday menu. For the next few months, along with seasonal latte and tea options, guests can enjoy the Twisted Bastard: a bold hot chocolate that combines classic winter-time flavors peppermint and mocha. Drifter has also added vegan cocoa to its menu. Drifter Coffee, 770 Woodward Heights Blvd., Ferndale; 248-629-4400; driftercoffee.com

Saffron De Twah

Saffron De Twah recently updated its hours, menu, and interior, but not to fret — the restaurant’s Moroccan Hot Chocolate is still available and exceptional. As the only genuine Moroccan fare available in metro Detroit, the Halal bistro already sets itself apart. But the Moroccan Hot Chocolate, which includes house made cardamom and torched orange blossom marshmallow, is one of a kind. Saffron De Twah, 7636 Gratiot Ave., Detroit; 586-359-6138; saffrondetwah.com

Rose’s Fine Food

Rose’s Fine Food is as close as you can get to a home-cooked meal while eating out, and the restaurant’s home-y hot chocolate just adds to this charm. Though the hot chocolate isn’t anything too over-the-top, it’s still perfectly sweet with house-made whipped cream, organic cocoa, and locally sourced milk. Rose’s Fine Food, 10551 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit; 313-822-2729; rosesfinefood.com

Garrido’s Bistro

If you’re looking for a more extreme hot chocolate to get you through a dark winter day then Garrido’s Bistro has you covered. Garrido’s already has an eclectic menu of Latin American cuisine, but the restaurant’s huge shakes and hot cocoa, the latter of which is only available in the winter, are also a draw. Because Garrido’s recently acquired a liquor license, BoozyCocoas are now available in Rum Chata hot chocolate, Bailey’s hot chocolate, and bourbon cream hot chocolate options. Each mug is topped with sweets like torched marshmallows, brownies, cake pops, and chocolate drizzle. Garrido’s Bistro, 19605 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods; 313-466-3042; garridosbistro.com


This is not your momma’s Swiss Miss. Five15 is unique staple of Royal Oak with a menu to match, especially the hot chocolate. Why order standard hot chocolate, when you can order one of Five15’s six flavors? Options include salted caramel, banana, raspberry, peanut butter, peppermint, and orange hot chocolate, which can be sipped on while enjoying drag queen bingo. Five15, 600 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak; 248-515-2551; five15.net