When it comes Christmassy treats, hot chocolate has to be close to the top. We’ve trawled the streets for the best hot chocolate in Dublin.
If you haven’t yet noticed, they’ve turned the Christmas lights on, shops have been decorated, and snow is falling…sort of. The evenings are getting darker and the festive season is well and truly upon us. There is no time of year I’d rather be sipping on some warm chocolatey goodness than right about now. So with a little prodding from members in GirlCrew Dublin, We’ve pulled together a list of our favourite hot chocolate spots, and we’ve made the somewhat controversial decision to exclude the big chains. We all know Starbucks, Insomnia, Butlers and Costa will make us a decent hot chocolate but we’re going for more of the hidden gems around the city and cosy spots to sit and watch the Christmas shoppers rush by.
The Sweetest Thing
Situated in the heart of Dublin on Bachelors Walk The Sweetest Thing is the perfect location for a pit stop between Grafton Street and Henry Street. They offer coffee and fresh pastries, muffins, cupcakes, lunch specials and of course, hot chocolate. Their Instagram is a must follow for any chocoholic. I mean it just looks so good. Their claim “A chocolate cafe that provides the most mouth-watering desserts that mankind has ever seen” is not easily dismissed.
Accents Coffee is conveniently located on Stephen Street Lower and is a bit of a mecca for people who like to work from a coffee shop. This means there are lots of comfy couches and the essential power outlets. They’re open until 11pm so you could even pop in for a late night hot chocolate after work to get those festive vibes flowing.
Having never been here myself, I was a little shocked by how much love GirlCrew Dublin has for Dolce Sicily. It’s new(ish) to an already great line up of Bars and Restaurants on Dawson street and is clearly standing out, as Dolce Sicily seemed to be the most popular spot with our members and looking at their mouthwatering Instagram. We can see why.
With two locations north and south of the Liffey, Brother Hubbard has been a long time leader in the very competitive Dublin brunch scene. Their hot chocolate is an experience. If you haven’t ordered it yet… go now! They’ve also recently expanded the northside location so it’s the perfect spot to meet with friends.
Murphy’s Ice cream
You might not think ice cream shop when you think cold winter nights and warm drinks, but we can assure you Murphy’s know their milk and know their chocolate. This hot chocolate is sure to be a crowd-pleaser and you can always get it with an ice-cream chaser if you’re feeling brave.
This one is so obvious when you stop and think about it. Where better to get your hot chocolate than from one of Dublin’s leading chocolatiers? Located on Drury Street in Dublin’s “creative quarter” which is a grand spot for a bit of Christmas shopping.
The Bernard Shaw
While Eatyard is probably the first spot in the Bernard Shaw that jumps to mind for a yummy hot chocolate. We’re feeling a bit controversial and while you’ll 100% be looked after in Eatyard. One of Dublin’s better-kept secrets is that you can grab breakfast and coffee in the Bernard Shaw itself. Their Italian hot chocolate is possibly the best we’ve ever had.