Cups of Denver Hot Chocolate

Our staff's favorite hot chocolate spots around Denver.

City, O’ City

The lovely, rustic coffee bar at this Cap Hill favorite offers a vegan hot chocolate topped with creamy coconut-milk foam and a swirl of dark chocolate.—Martha Brinkman

Zeal

For lactose-intolerant or vegan chocolate lovers, try a cup of Sipping Chocolate at this Greenwood Village spot (a Boulder location is opening soon), made with dark chocolate, coconut whip, and cane sugar. —Ginny Tory

Chocolate Lab

Everything from the pasta to the brussels sprouts at this restaurant is made with chocolate, so it’s fitting that their hot cocoa, the Chocolate Elixir, is something special. The beverage comes in dark, milk, or white. For $3.50 more, you can mix in a spirit.—Erin Malcolm

The Invention Room Dessert Shop

This Willy Wonka-inspired dessert shop brings an innovative flair to an age-old drink with a spicy Mexican hot chocolate topped with “exploding” whipped cream that’s been frozen in nitrogen.—Sydney Feldhaus

Dietrich’s Chocolate and Espresso

This café, founded by a master German chocolatier, serves breakfast and lunch with its chocolates, sweet spreads, and cordial cherries. The house hot chocolate is rich, decadent, and simple.—Sydney Feldhaus