Salted or spicy, spiked or sober, with or without nutmeg and cinnamon, there’s a good chance a good cuppa hot chocolate will always hit the spot. LBB went on a hot chocolate trail, drank some, asked for some, and now presents some, to you.


feature3 Cinnamon, Salted & Dark Cocoa: On a Hot Chocolate TrailThe crew behind Elma’s makes their own marshmallows, and you know a hot chocolate is extra special when you get delicious marshmallows on top of it.

Where: 31, 2nd Floor Hauz Khas Village; 73 Meherchand Market

Nearest Metro Station: Hauz Khas; JLN Stadium

Contact: 011 26521020, 011 49050881

Price: INR 323 {+taxes}

Coffee Home

For when you want to go back to basics sans the nutmeg, cinnamon and spice, head to Coffee Home. They use Nescoffee powder and just add milk, and something else they’re not telling us that makes it so damn good. 

Where: Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place

Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk

Contact: 011 23363813

Price: INR 25


The Theo’s Signature Hot Chocolate is made from chocolate and truffles, with the added option of adding coffee. But that’s up to you. We say, skip the coffee.

Where: Aggahpur, Main Dadri Road, Near HP Petrol Pump, Sector 41, Noida

Nearest Metro Station: Noida Golf Course

Contact: +91 8750252225

Price: INR 98 {+taxes}

Choko La

chokola Cinnamon, Salted & Dark Cocoa: On a Hot Chocolate TrailYou cannot go wrong in their hands, and cups. They have a variety, with everything from dark chocolate to milk chocolate, with the added option of cinnamon and spicy flavouring. If you’re a dark chocolate bordering on bitter fan, we recommend their 70% cocoa hot chocolate. Why not try it at their new cafe?

Where: For a complete list of outlets, click here.

Price: INR 200 {+taxes}


As Indians, we might miss the pumpkin spiced latte addition, but we do get a mean traditional hot chocolate, the Starbucks Signature Hot Chocolate, topped with frothy whipped cream. Added bonus: Their festive green and red cups.

Where: For a complete list of outlets, click here.

Price: Starting at INR 150 {depends on size}

Cafe Turtle

They keep it traditional with chocolate syrup, chocolate powder and milk. Nothing like going back to the basics if you ask us, especially if a book from their sister, Full Circle, is joining you.

Where: For a complete list of outlets, click here. 

Price: INR 155 {+taxes}

Chill and Chai

The perfect amount of sweet and chocolate, the hot chocolate at Chill and Chai makes for the ideal cup of comfort on a wintery day. We’re also loving the giant cup they serve it in.

Where: S-17, Khirki Extension {opposite Select CITYWALK}

Nearest Metro Station: Malviya Nagar

Contact: +91 8587883948

Price: INR 100 {+taxes}

The Mad Teapot/Wishing Chair

madteapot Cinnamon, Salted & Dark Cocoa: On a Hot Chocolate TrailThink choco chips, milk, cinnamon powder and nutmeg, and you got yourself easily one of the best hot chocolates we’ve had in the city.

Where: 86 A, Shahpur Jat

Nearest Metro Station: Hauz Khas

Contact: 011 46572121

Price: INR 150

Coast Cafe

Coast does a mean hot chocolate, but if cinnamon is not a flavour you enjoy, avoid this one, since it’s heavy on it. Added with it, is sea salt and some Belgian chocolate.

Where: H2 Hauz Khas Village

Nearest Metro Station: Hauz Khas/Green Park

Contact: 011 41601717

Price: INR 150 {+taxes}

Madison & Pike

This delightful American-style bake shop makes us warm and fuzzy without even trying; the hot chocolate makes us fall even more in love.

Where: Nirvana Country Market, Gurgaon

Nearest Metro Station: Huda City Centre

Contact: +91 9971741763

Price: INR 105 {+taxes}

Di Ghent Cafe

dighent Cinnamon, Salted & Dark Cocoa: On a Hot Chocolate TrailImage courtesy: Bikram Bindra

The words ‘Belgian’ and ‘chocolate’ are used together so often that one could almost forget what a powerful force they are when combined. This European-style Gurgaon café does all things chocolate really well, not in the least of which is the hot chocolate.

Where: First Floor, Cross Point Mall, Phase IV, Gurgaon

Nearest Metro Station: Guru Dronacharya

Contact: 0124 4227444, +91 9899732087

Price: INR 130

Dunkin Donuts

We know you’ve been seeing the Dunkin Donuts and more sign, and their Dunkin’ Hot Chocolate is what ‘more’ is made of.

Where: For a complete list of outlets, click here.

Price: Starts at INR 105 {depends on size}

The Joint Café

We trust these chaps to know what will quell the munchies, or if it’s hot chocolate you’re craving, maybe it’s called the drinkies? The slurpies? While you mull over it, get over there and get a cup.

Where: First Floor Galleria, Phase IV, Gurgaon

Nearest Metro Station: Guru Dronacharya

Contact: +91 9599992444

Price: INR 160

Roots Café in the Park

roots Cinnamon, Salted & Dark Cocoa: On a Hot Chocolate TrailThe chocolate may not be high-brow, and maybe the hot chocolate does taste like a home production from a time when we didn’t know better, but hey, we were never ones to forget our roots.

Where: Leisure Valley, Sector 29 Gurgaon

Nearest Metro Station: IFFCO Chowk

Contact: 0124 2574616, +91 8800772611

Price: INR 70


If they like dough so much, cocoa surely won’t be too far behind. Duh! As they like to say, get it while it’s hot. Doughlicious also whips up a stellar range of breads and cakes, so pick some up for home.

Where: Vatika Business Park, Sector 49, Sohna Road, Gurgaon {with four more Gurgaon locations at Global Business Park, Good Earth City Centre, Sector 21 and Sector 33}

Nearest Metro Station: HUDA City Centre {about 8km away}

Contact: 0124 4245502, +91 8010119900, or order online here.

Price: INR 75 {+taxes}

Monkey Bar

Say goodbye to dull grey days and boring winters. Monkey Bar presents Santa Singh, the perfect hot chocolate cocktail to get you into the Christmas spirit! They’ve turned the traditional hot chocolate into a decadent mix of melted dark chocolate, cinnamon dust, and Absolut Vanilla. So head over to Monkey Bar and snuggle up with Santa Singh.

Where: Plot 11, Upper Ground Floor, LSC, Pocket C-6 & 7, Vasant Kunjt Circus

Nearest Metro Station: Chattarpur

Contact: 011 41095155

Price: INR 450 {+taxes}

Chocolateria San Churro

sanchurro Cinnamon, Salted & Dark Cocoa: On a Hot Chocolate TrailImage courtesy: The Food Pornographer

You may have to go back again and again, since they have over five different types. Our vote goes to the Classic Spanish recipe, the Classic Spanish with hot chilli and cinnamon, the mint version, and milk chocolate more traditional recipe. Okay, we liked them all. PS: The spice and cinnamon is an acquired taste.

Where: M Block Market, Greater Kailash 2

Nearest Metro Station: Nehru Place

Price: Between INR 150-170

Contact: 011 46597619


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