Food & Drink

Where To Sip On The Best Hot Chocolates In Auckland This Winter

By Kathryn Steane

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

Nothing cheers us up more on a cold Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland day (any day, to be fair) than wrapping our mitts around a mug of hot chocolate. Whether it’s a classic number done right, or a more adventurous drop laced with peanut butter or peppermint, served in an edible cup or even topped with bright pink fairy floss, sippin’ on a hot choccy is always a good time.

So, in no particular order, here are Urban List's picks for the best hot chocolates in Auckland.

Cocoa Wilds

12 O'Connell Street, Auckland CBD

The marshmallow-rimmed hot chocolate from Cocoa Wilds, one of the best hot chocolates in Auckland. Image credit: Cocoa Wilds | Kathryn Steane

If you've been anywhere near TikTok (or Instagram, or Facebook!) in the past six months, you'll know all about the deliciousness that is marshmallow-rimmed hot chocolate. That's because this drink has been blowing up in New York and London, and has now made its way to Auckland courtesy of Cocoa Wilds.

This rebrand of the former Bohemein Chocolate spot (which, btw, has consistently featured on our best hot chocolates list in the past) is pouring cups of the viral treat from its cosy spot on O'Connell Street, made with your choice of melted milk, dark (53% or 70%) or white chocolate.

Served with housemade toasted marshmallow piped generously around the edge—and a handy spoon for bringing it all together—this decadent drink is definitely worth braving the inevitable queue for.

The Cazador Delicatessen

854 Dominion Road, Mount Eden, Auckland

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 Mount 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.

Honest Chocolat

Shop 21 Commercial Bay, 7 Queen Street, Auckland CBD

The Volcano Hot Chocolate at Honest Chocolat in Commercial Bay, one of the best hot chocolates in Auckland.Image credit: Honest Chocolat | Facebook

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 top-notch 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.

Amano

66-68 Tyler Street, Britomart Place, Britomart, Auckland

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 Valrhona and macadamia number that we're pretty sure is the cure for any and every winter ailment, especially when accompanied by one of their famous pastries.

Elisabeth's Chef

467 New North Road, Kingsland, Auckland

The legendary Hot Choc Mess hot chocolate at Elisabeth's Chef, one of the best hot chocolates in Auckland.Image credit: Elisabeth's Chef | Facebook

Tucked away along the main strip in Kingsland is Elisabeth's Chef. This cosy dessert parlour may look small but don’t let that fool you as they serve a whole bunch of banging treats and their hot chocolates are no exception.

They have an entire section of the menu dedicated to this glorious drink—choose from dark chocolate, milk chocolate, salted caramel, ginger, peppermint, Aztec spice or s'mores (pictured above). However, their most famous offering has to be the fairy floss hot chocolate (see main image)—a deconstructed number featuring clouds of pretty pink Pashmak.

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Fabric

8 Boundary Road, Hobsonville, Auckland

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 cafe that, if it was any closer to the ocean, would quite literally 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 or chai spice), or grab your bevvy to-go and wander the adjoining boardwalk.

Miann

36-38 Galway Street, Britomart, 136 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby & 518 Sandringham Road, Sandringham, Auckland

A smoked hot chocolate at Miann, one of the best places to get a mean hot chocolate in Auckland.Image credit: Miann | Instagram

If you want to experience hot chocolate in an entirely new way, make a date with 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. You can even grab one of their best-selling hot chocolate mixes to take home.

The Fed

86 Federal Street, 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 its 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).

The Shelf

50 High Street, Auckland CBD

A snow white hot chocolate at The Shelf.Image credit: The Shelf | Facebook

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.

Altura Cafe

23 Douglas Alexander Parade, Albany, Auckland

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.

Chocolate Boutique

Shop 1/323 Parnell Road, Parnell, Auckland

Three hot chocs at the Chocolate boutique cafe.Image credit: Chocolate Boutique | Instagram @nzfoodlover

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. Alternatively, browse their catalogue-thick selection of hot chocolates in every flavour under the sun including Hot Jaffa, Spiced Maple, and our personal fave, Black Forest.

Rosie

82 Gladstone Road, Parnell, Auckland

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).

PieFee

349 Karangahape Road, Auckland

The one and only hot chocolate in a biscuit base at PieFee.Image credit: PieFee | Instagram

Wanna drink your hot choccy out of a pie-sized edible cookie cup, coated in chocolate and toffee? Who are we kidding, of course, you do. Enter PieFee—a jaw-dropping treat available exclusively from the popular Karangahape Road bakery of the same name. Choose from a range of incredible flavours including Oreo, sprinkles, chocolate batons, gingerbread and coconut, then fill with your fave hot bevvy. Don't forget to snap a pre-sip 'gram.

Little Bird Kitchen

1 Summer Street, Ponsonby, Auckland

Dairy-free peeps needn't miss out on the hot choccy fun, thanks to our friends at Little Bird. Keep it classic with their raw cacao mug featuring warmed housemade nut milk and a stick of raw chocolate, or kick things up a notch with their organic spice-infused Spicy Hot Chocolate. If you're after an out-of-body experience, their magic mushroom mug is not to be missed.

Winona Forever

100 Parnell Road, Parnell, Auckland

Winona Forever doesn’t offer just one hot chocolate on their menu, but three. If you’re feeling like a rich hot choc that doesn’t fool around, dark chocolate is the way to go. Feeling like something a little sweeter? Then the white chocolate coconut 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.

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Main image credit: Elisabeth's Chef | Facebook

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