We have a secret. We love this time of year. Crisp clear days, sweaters taken out of storage, crunching leaves underfoot, and warm drinks in our coffee cups. We’ve passed this love of cozy drinks on to our little ones who now seem to recognize that fall weather means it’s time for hot chocolate.

To honour our love for this delicious beverage, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite places to go for hot chocolate in Metro Vancouver that both you and your tiny tasters can warm up with.

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Mink Chocolates
863 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, Open weekdays, 7:30 am – 6 pm; weekends, 10 am – 6 pm
15775 Croydon Drive, #F-110, Surrey, Open Monday & Tuesday, 8 am – 7 pm; Wednesday – Friday, 8 am – 9 pm, Saturday, 9 am – 9 pm; Sunday & holidays, 9 am – 6 pm
Mink celebrates chocolate in all it’s delicious forms. Their hot chocolate is traditional drinking chocolate, so it is thicker and richer and very decedent. Your little ones will love the tiny square of chocolate that comes with every drink. We recommend the CinnaMink.

Thierry
1059 Alberni Street, Vancouver, Open weekdays, 7 am – midnight; weekends and holidays, 8 am – midnight
When we polled our hot chocolate loving friends for their favourite destinations, the one place on the top of everyone’s lists was Thierry. Theirry’s hot chocolate is less sweet but no less delicious. For the adults in the group, make sure you add Basque chilli for an extra kick, and perhaps caramel for the little ones. Pro-tip — the large serving is REALLY LARGE!

Thomas Haas
2539 West Broadway, Vancouver, Open Tuesday – Saturday, 8 am – 5:30 pm
998 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver, Open Tuesday – Saturday, 8 am – 5:30 pm
When we think Thomas Haas, we think amazing hand made chocolate masterpieces, so it’s no wonder that they make a mean hot chocolate. Beautiful, creamy and easy to drink. Both locations are very kid friendly. We suggest a pastry or two to go with your drink.

East Van Roasters
319 Carrall Street, Vancouver, Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm
East Van Roasters are a small batch coffee roaster and chocolatier. With single origin beans, their drinking chocolates can be a bit more complex than the other providers on this list, but that doesn’t mean a tiny palate won’t enjoy it. We appreciate the glasses of water that come with every cup.

Waves
Various locations, check out their website to find one near you
This Metro Vancouver franchise (their head office is in New Westminster) kept cropping up as the place to go for hot chocolate. They use Belgian chocolate in their dark, milk or white chocolate creations (fancy a combo? They’ll do that too). And now that Waves has added affogato to their menu, we’re thinking perhaps a scoop of ice cream in a Belgian dark hot chocolate would be perfect for a crisp but sunny fall day.

When the weather changes, don’t hide inside, grab you coat and your family and head out to grab a yummy cup of hot chocolate. It might just become your new cold weather ritual! Did we miss your favourite place to get hot chocolate? Let us know in the comments below!

Yo, mama! Looking for some more things to do this fall? We’ve got you covered:

By: Erin Jeffery

Featured Image photo by Lance Roggendorff / CC BY / composite by yoyomama,ca

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