Best hot chocolate spots
Your favourite childhood cold-weather drink has gotten a major makeover. The Dutch know a thing or two about decadent winter treats, so it is no surprise that the Amsterdam Area is home to some of the world’s best hot chocolatiers. Check out our top spots for hot cocoa and warm up with a steamy mug of chocolatey goodness. May your cup runneth over (with whipped cream).
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!
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.
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.
Situated on a busy corner in the heart of Amsterdam’s museum district, the Concertgebouw Café (Café Viotta) 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 customisable, scrumptious experience.
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.
The Amsterdamse Bos (Amsterdam Forest) has much to offer, not least of which being the Ridammerhoeve goat farm right in the centre of the woods. There’s a petting area where you can meet the goats, lambs, chickens, pigs, cows and horses before you head over to the farm shop for a delicious goat’s milk hot chocolate.
Corner Bakery serves up one of the most Instagram worthy hot chocolates in town. At all locations, expect a warming drink that’s a little bit different than usual. For example, pink chocolate milk, chocolate with pink whipped cream or a mug of chocolate milk topped with melted marshmallows.
Chocolate lovers, beeline to the Chocoa Festival at Amsterdam's Beurs van Berlage this 19 and 20 February 2022. This celebration of all things chocolate will include workshops, tastings and even a make-your-own-chocolate-bar class.