Pompadour’s ready-to-eat treats and cosy, old-world interior gives you the perfect place to kick back with a cuppa — hot chocolate, that is. Pair it with a tasty croissant, a mini-cake or, better yet, more chocolate and, as the Dutch say, “Geniet ervan,” — enjoy!
Pompadour, Huidenstraat 12
This chocolate shop located in the Jordaan focuses mainly on selling some of the world’s best chocolate bars, but for those of us who prefer our chocolate in liquid form, they also offer a divine speciality hot chocolate and a wide variety of confections to sate your sweet tooth.
Chocolátl, Hazenstraat 25-A
You can find Hotel Spaander on the banks of the IJssel Lake just outside of Amsterdam in the traditional fishing village of Volendam. The Spaander began in 1881 as a meeting point for artists, later becoming a kind of mini-museum to proudly display their works. The tradition is still going strong, so enjoy the view, the art, and, of course, a big mug of the chocolatey good stuff.
Hotel Spaander, Haven 15-19, Volendam
Situated on a busy corner in the heart of Amsterdam’s museum district, the Concertgebouw Café is the perfect place to take a break from a busy day of sightseeing and wind down with their delightfully rich version of hot chocolate. Catch a performance in the historical music hall for the full Concertgebouw experience.
Concertgebouw Café, Concertgebouwplein 10
Forget high tea — High Choc is where it’s at, and you, too, can attend at Chocolate Company in Haarlem. Don’t miss their huge selection of hot chocolate flavours, including cookie dough and brown rum, and fun, chocolate-themed atmosphere on your day trip to Haarlem.
Chocolate Company, Kruisstraat 14, Haarlem
Choose from a variety of guilty pleasures to complement your mug of hot cocoa. You can even sample their selection before you decide to help you make a perfect choice. Hot chocolate with a side of house-made chocolate? Don’t mind if we do!
Urban Cacao, Rozengracht 200
Moods Coffee Corner
With Belgian and Italian hot chocolate and an Amsterdam-roasted coffee selection, Moods Coffee Corner really is a jewel of the Jordaan. Be sure to check out their wide range of hot chocolate toppings, such as mini marshmallows and rainbow sprinkles, to fully satiate your sweet tooth.
Moods Coffee Corner, Lindengracht 249
Zaans Gedaan, CacaoLab
Make time to explore Zaandam’s lovely traditional scenery, and tour the windmills and shops in the Zaanse Schans. While you’re there, stop by CacaoLab to warm up with some expertly crafted hot chocolate in a location with 200 years of chocolate-milling history.
Zaans Gedaan CacaoLab, Kalverringdijk 25, Zaandam
De Pijp’s Scandinavian Embassy offers Nordic-roasted coffees, beautifully presented foods, and hot chocolate, to boot. You can even choose the amount of cacao you want in your drink, giving you a customizable, scrumptious experience.
Scandinavian Embassy, Sarphatipark 34
Nestled on a busy street in the Jordaan neighbourhood, Kessens pairs a gorgeous interior with expertly prepared food and baked goods to create a genuinely inviting feel. Enjoy a mouthwatering hot chocolate with your meal, or, better yet — give in to your sweet tooth and pair your decadent drink with a piece of cake.
Kessens, Rozengracht 24
Tip: Chocolate lovers, beeline to the Chocoa Festival at Amsterdam's Beurs van Berlage this 23 and 24 February 2019. This celebration of all things chocolate will include all kinds of workshops, tastings and even a make-your-own-chocolate-bar class.