Food & Drink

The 10 Best Hot Chocolates In Auckland, According To You

By Kathryn Steane
9th Jun 2022

Someone pours a hot chocolate onto candyfloss at Elisabeth's chef in Kingsland.

No cool day is complete without our buddy hot chocolate. A comforting cuppa will warm you from the inside out on the coldest of days—and leave you with a smile on your dial (and possibly a milk moustache). Whether it’s an indulgent thick Italian blend or a light silky smooth brew, sippin’ on a hot choccie is the perfect way to warm up the cold days.

So, in no particular order, here's where to indulge in the 10 best hot chocolates in Auckland, according to you.

Bohemein Fresh Chocolates

Auckland CBD

Things get next-level over at Bohemein, where you'll find a rather lengthy list of hot chocolates. Fancy something fruity? They've got orange and raspberry. Something nutty? They've got amaretto and hazelnut praline. Something spicy? They've got chilli, cardamom, ginger and cinnamon. However, the drink that gets us most excited is their brandy-spiked hot chocolate, which is wonderfully festive and the perfect tonic for a bitter winter's day, or any day come to think of it. Kat, on the other hand, is all about Bohemein's orange chocolate number, which she likens to drinking a Terry's Chocolate Orange Ball (oh helll yes).

The Volcano Hot Chocolate at Honest Chocolat in Commercial Bay, one of the best hot chocolates in Auckland.Honest Chocolat

Commercial Bay, Matakana

A boutique that specialises in handcrafted chocolates is surely a good place to pick up a hot choccy, right? Honest Chocolat, which began life in Matakana and now has a store in Commercial Bay, serves up a seriously good version of the treat made from your choice of plain or spicy chocolate and homemade marshmallows, which you can even sip from an edible biscuit cup. As an aside, you can also get your hands on some pretty epic choc-tails (that's a chocolate mocktail, to the uninitiated) exclusively at their Chocolate Bar in Commercial Bay. See their showstopping The Volcano (pictured above) and The Macaduka coming together right here. Honest Chocolat was the clear favourite when we asked you who makes Auckland's best hot chocolate, with Emily telling us that theirs are 'the best tasting by a mile.'

Amano

Britomart

When it comes to food, Amano knows no wrong and the same can be said of their drinks, in particular their hot choccy. This downtown spot is slinging an extremely moreish macadamia and Valrhona number that we're pretty sure is the cure for any and every winter ailment, especially when accompanied by one of their famous pastries. Jess is particularly fond of the hot chocolates at Amano, telling us that as far as she's concerned, they're 'pretty up there!'.

The legendary S'mores hot chocolate at Elisabeth's Chef, one of the best hot chocolates in Auckland.Elisabeth's Chef

Kingsland

Tucked away in the streets of Kingsland is a little gem called Elisabeth's Chef. This cosy dessert parlour may look small but don’t let that fool you as they serve a whole bunch of epic treats and their hot chocolates never fail to impress. They have an entire section of the menu dedicated to this glorious drink—choose from dark chocolate, milk chocolate, salted caramel, ginger, peppermint, fairy floss (above) or Aztec spice. Their speciality, however, is the s’mores hot chocolate, garnished with a generous pile of chocolate shavings and a roasted marshmallow to put the cherry on top. This is Laura's fave flavour, which she especially likes because of the 'giant charcoal marshmallow.'

Fabric

Hobsonville

If you like your hot choccy with a side of sea views, have we got the cup for you. It comes to us courtesy of Fabric, a café that, if it was any closer to the ocean, would be in it. Drink in those watery vistas with a cup of their delish housemade hot choccy in hand (made even more decadent by adding caramel, sea salt, or chai spice). Lauren is a big fan of Fabric's hot choccies, telling us that they're 'rich and creamy, without being too much.'

A smoked hot chocolate at Miann, one of the best places to get a mean hot chocolate in Auckland.Miann

Britomart, Fort Street, Morningside and Ponsonby

If you want to experience hot chocolate in an entirely new way, you need to visit Miann. These guys take the beloved bevvy to incredible new levels, whether it be with novelty flavours like their dulce de leche (basically Caramilk in a cup), or Wonka-esque experiences like their deconstructed smoked hot chocolate (a sort of edible science experiment)—all made from their very own choccy. Plus, if you visit their Morningside branch, you can enjoy your drink inside one of their beautiful Wintergarden Glass Houses. If there's such a thing as hot chocolate goals, this is it. Elaine reckons Miann deserves the title of Auckland's best hot chocolate because theirs are 'indulgent, chocolatey rich, and not too sweet'—and we couldn't agree more.

The Fed

Auckland CBD

Get fed on one of the city's best hot chocolates at The Fed. This darling of the Auckland dining scene is bringing us their own special take on the bevvy, which you'll find under the pseudonym 'Cup Of Stove-Top Cocoa' and yup, it's every bit as delicious as it sounds. Best enjoyed from the comfort of one of their cosy booths, it's a great way to warm your cockles (even the menu says so). Zoe can't quite put her love for The Fed's hot choccy into words, choosing instead to send us a bunch of super complimentary emojis.

A snow white hot chocolate at The Shelf.The Shelf

High Street

Not only does The Shelf on High Street have adorable décor, but their hot chocolates also deserve special recognition. Make sure you order the Special Hot Chocolate, (emphasis on the 'special') as this beauty comes complete with frothy steamed milk, a shot of melted chocolate on the side, and a bar of Whittaker’s choccy that you use as a stirrer (pro tip: pair it with one of their treats from the cabinet for the ultimate sugar rush) or, dig into the stunning Snow White Hot Chocolate pictured above. Brandon especially loves how The Shelf's hot chocolates are heavy on the cream, which he says should be illegal for a beverage like this to go without.

Altura Café

Albany

Yes, we're talking about the same Altura that whips up (and roasts) award-winning coffee. But make no mistake, when it comes to hot drinks these guys are certainly no one-trick-pony, serving up a hot choccy that's as good as any of its caffeinated cousins. With a rich chocolate base drowned in silky smooth milk, this is a case of simple is best (and could be why Danielle puts it in first place).

Three hot chocs at the Chocolate boutique cafe.Chocolate Boutique

Parnell

If you like your hot chocolate thick, look no further than the Chocolate Boutique's Denso. ‘Denso’ means  ‘dense’ or ‘thick’ in Italian and there are no better words to describe this bad boy—it’s so thick, you can practically stand your spoon it in (that is, if you can get past the whipped cream and chocolate curls on top). For a spicy kick, why not order the Chilli Denso—it’s a legit flavour hit. Otherwise, browse their catalogue-thick selection of hot chocolates in every flavour combination imaginable, including Crème de Menthe, Chocolate Vienna Crème, and Death by Chocolate (pictured above). Again, Chocolate Boutique received a huge number of votes in our poll, with Nicola recommending their Milk Chocolate Submarino, which she says is outstanding.

We know we said 10, but we just couldn't leave these legends off the list...

A delicious s'mores hot chocolate at House of chocolate dessert cafe.House of Chocolate

Beach Haven, Takapuna

With a name like House of Chocolate, it’s only fitting that these guys do an awesome hot choc. Made from your choice of dark or white liquid chocolate, this is the real deal. To mix things up, add a shot of flavour (think vanilla, caramel, hazelnut, peppermint, and even chilli) or opt for their boujee s'mores hot chocolate with torched housemade marshmallow. Some items unavailable at House of Chocolate's Beach Haven store. 

The Cazador Delicatessen

Mt Eden

Cazador might not be the first place you'd think of to go for a hot chocolate, but truth be told, they do some of the best in Auckland. Stop by their delicatessen in Mt Eden for a rich, fruity brew made with real dark chocolate (not cocoa powder), sourced from Foundry Chocolate in Matakana. You can even buy a pack of the sweet stuff to make your very own Cazador-style drink at home.

CrunchTower Desserts & Drinks

Parnell

Previously known as Casa Del Gelato, CrunchTower’s name may have changed but their desserts and drinks remain lit, in fact, they’ve gotten even better. Served in a glass wrapped in cotton candy, not only do you get a 'gram-worthy beverage but a drink that takes sweetness to all new heights.

Little Bird Kitchen

Ponsonby  

Dairy-free peeps needn't miss out on the hot choccy fun, thanks to our friends at Little Bird. Their spicy hot chocolate stars organic spices, raw cacao and almond milk. It’s oh-so-spicy so, rest assured, it will warm you up on the coldest of days. They also have a raw cacao mug that features warmed almond milk and a stick of raw chocolate. Watch in delight as the chocolate melts into a chocolate wonderland. If you're after an out-of-body experience, their magic mushroom mug is not to be missed.

Rosie

Parnell

Constructed hot chocolates are good and all, but have you tried a deconstructed hot choccie? If the answer's no, you best get your booty over to Rosie, stat to try either their classic or salted caramel hot chocolate offerings. You’ll be served a glass of milk alongside a jug of thick hot chocolate to pour through your drink. It comes with brownie pieces that you can either munch on as is or add to your bevvy (we suggest doing the latter).

The one and only hot chocolate in a biscuit base at PieFee.PieFee

Karangahape Road

Wanna drink your hot chocolate out of an edible cookie cup about the size of a pie, covered in toffee and chocolate? Who are we kidding, of course, you do. Well now you can, thanks to the PieFee—a jaw-dropping creation available from the Karangahape Road bakery of the same name. Choose from a number of epic flavour options including Oreo, sprinkles, chocolate batons, gingerbread and coconut, then fill with your fave hot bevvy. We suggest working your way through the entire menu until you figure out which of these bad boys is best...

Winona Forever

Parnell

Winona Forever doesn’t offer just one hot chocolate on their menu, but four. Depending on what mood you’re in, our friends at Winona can hook you up. If you’re feeling like a rich hot choc that doesn’t fool around, the dark chocolate is the way to go. Feeling like something a little sweeter? Then the white chocolate coconut or dark chocolate orange is the one for you. But if you want the real deal at Winona, go for the peanut butter chocolate and challenge yourself to a new level of liquid indulgence.

Takapuna Beach Café

Takapuna

Deconstructed hot choccies are the name of the game at Takapuna Beach Café, with two options to choose from—chocolate, or salted caramel and chocolate. Expect to be served a cup of rich 60% chocolate ganache with a carafe of steamed milk and a side of chocolate pieces.

Looking for something a little more substantial? Check out Auckland's best late-night desserts.  

Image credit: Elisabeth, Honest Chocolat, Elisabeth, Miann, The Shelf, Chocolate Boutique by @nzfoodlover, House Of Chocolate, PieFee.

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