Winter’s grim isn’t it? One good thing though? HOT CHOCOLATE. The cold weather is COLD but it means there’s a perfect excuse to put your paws on a good hot chocolate. And, in Leeds, you’re lucky that there’s a whole ton of coffee shops that also do a good cup of cocoa. Here are some of my faves I’ve tried out and I bet you’ll love them too.
If you want a true hot chocolate fix, Hotel Chocolat is the place to go. With special variations – like White Chocolate and Nutmeg, and White Chocolate and Raspberry – on the menu along with their standards, Hotel Chocolat provides plenty of choice and variety for hot chocolate addicts. I went for the Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate and it was so silky smooth, light, and deliciously sweet that I could’ve had one more. I did have one more, but I went for the Dark Mint option. This was good but very rich after about halfway through. Maybe that was to do with the fact I had two hot chocolates though… Either way, the drink, the chocolate intensity, and the atmosphere of this place won’t disappoint.
Visit: Hotel Chocolat, 55 Boar Lane, Leeds, LS15EL
North Star Coffee is one of my eternal faves. Down in Leeds Dock, it’s a fairly new addition to the Leeds Coffee shop scene. Although, they have been roasting and blending their own coffee for years. It’s their hot chocolates that have got me though. You can decide from a White Ivory Coast, 52% Venezuela Smooth, 70% Ecuador Classic, or a 82% Madagascar Dark. The milk and dark varieties are so delicious and if you get them with oat milk, my oh my are they creamy and delicious.
Visit: North Star Coffee Roasters, Unit 33, The Boulevard, Leeds Dock, Leeds, LS10 1PZ
This hot chocolate really should be called a deconstructed hot chocolate. You order the smooth sounding Belgian Hot Chocolate – with soy or almond mil at no extra cost – and what arrives at your table is not a hot chocolate. It’s a bowl of warm, frothy milk accompanied by a small jug of melted Belgian chocolate. Combine the two together and you’ve got a mug of silky hot chocolate that’s made even better by the novelty of having to combine the ingredients yourself.
Visit: Le Pain Quotidien, Leeds Victoria Gate Arcade, Harewood Street, Leeds, LS2 7AR
Mill Kitchen is a little way out of Leeds in a village called Farsley, but it’s well worth the trip. You can go for a walk along Rodley Canal and then head up into the village for one of the richest, most indulgent hot chocolates in Leeds. Mill Kitchen make their hot chocolate with dark chocolate ganache flakes and oh my goodness, you’ll think you’ll have died and gone to chocolate heaven. Just give it a good stir, unless you like a soup of chocolate at the bottom of your drink – I’m not complaining! I’ve just found out they also do a dairy free chocolate version and they can do your hot chocolate with almond milk too.
Visit: Mill Kitchen,1 The Old Combing, Sunnybank Mills, Paradise Street, Farsley, Leeds, LS28 5UJ
This is the perfect place to grab a hot chocolate to go, or even if you want a work-from-coffee-shop place. La Bottega is hidden around the corner of HSBC on Bond Court and if you haven’t been, you’re missing out. I can’t speak about their coffee but their hot chocolates are GOOD. I probably shouldn’t tell you guys but they do a super dark chocolate variety which isn’t on their menu as a lot of people couldn’t hack it. They might fix you up with one though if you really want to try. If you’re a dark chocolate fan, yes it’s rich but it’s so worth it. Just grab a water too to quench your thirst. The milk hot chocolates are just as good though. Pop in and grab one next time you’re in town, it’s worth it.
Visit: La Bottega Milanese, Bond Court, Leeds
Have you guys got any more recommendations for what hot chocolates in Leeds should be on this list? I’ll add more as I find them but I want to know of the hidden gems you’ve discovered too. Let me know in the comments below!