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Finding the best hot chocolate in Quebec City is a constant goal. Let’s face it, hot chocolate (chocolat chaud) is LIFE, especially the really good stuff. And no, we are not talking about the stuff you buy from Tim Horton’s, Mc Donalds (gasp!) or Starbucks.
The best hot chocolate in Quebec City is made from real chocolate and steamed milk or cream. It’s rich and delicious, belly-warming and tastebud pleasing. It’s lovely on its own, and superb when paired with a cheese platter filled with a variety of Quebec cheese.
Here are our picks for the BEST hot chocolate in Quebec City!
Bar Artefact at Auberge Saint-Antoine
Each year, Bar Artefact at Auberge Saint-Antoine tops the list for the best hot chocolate in Quebec City. Generally served mid-November to mid-March, the hot chocolate recipe changes from year to year – which may be why we rush to sample each year’s recipe as soon as it is available.
Served in a white porcelain pitcher, the hot chocolate at Bar Artefact is said to serve four people, but honestly, we can drink an entire pitcher ourselves. Served with cookies or other sweet treats, the cheese platter is even better.
$18 CAD / pitcher
8, rue Saint-Antoine
Tied for the top spot on our best hot chocolate in Quebec City each year is Érico, a chocolatier in the neighbourhood of Saint-Jean-Baptiste. Creating fine chocolate using high-quality cacao beans, as well as local ingredients, Érico is one of our favourite stops whenever we are smacked with a chocolate craving.
The hot chocolate menu at Érico’s feature 10 different options. Each one is sex in a cup, but our absolute fav is the Décadent which has three different chocolates and two different high-quality cocoa powders.
Under $10 CAD
634, rue Saint-Jean
Mon–Wed 10:30am–6pm, Thu–Fri 10:30am–9pm, Sun 11am–6pm
Chocolaterie Christophe Morel An exciting new addition to Old Quebec City, Chocolaterie Christophe Morel (CM) is located just inside the doors for Maison Kent, close to Château Frontenac. Bright and airy with large windows, exposed stone, and white walls CM has shelves filled with chocolate-covered treats and biscuits. Coolers keep artfully designed chocolate cool and ready to be enjoyed. The highlight, in our opinion, is their thick rich hot chocolate. Choose to enjoy inside, or take it to go. Honestly, it is DAMN GOOD! PRICE: $5.75 CAD ADDRESS: 25, rue Saint-Louis
OPEN: Mon–Wed 8:30am–8pm, Thu–Sun 8:30am–9pm
La Maison Smith
La Maison Smith has been one of our favourite cafes in Quebec City for several years. Starting off in Place-Royale, there are now locations in Old Quebec City (Upper Town), Limoilou, Saint-Sacrement and Île d’Orléans. Each cafe has a similar style, rustic chic and serves up a variety of pastries, sandwiches and wraps.
But we go for the hot chocolate, which has definitely improved over the last couple of years. It is not as thick as the hot chocolate found at Bar Artefact, Érico or CM, but it is just as rich and tasty!
$4–$8 CAD, depending on size
23, rue Notre-Dame
Mon–Wed & Sun 7am–8pm, Thu–Sat 7am–9pm
A busy cafe with floor to ceiling windows, communal tables, and third-wave coffee, Cafe Saint-Henri is a go-to for students, freelancers, and anyone craving delicious artisanal donuts. The wifi is free and the vibe is cozy. An ideal spot to relax or work remotely.
While the donuts are divine, the hot chocolate is pretty damn good too. It’s not too rich, and not thick. A lovely choice if you’re looking for a satisfying cup of hot chocolate that won’t leave you wanting to book a dentist appointment afterwards.
Under $6 CAD
849, rue Saint-Joseph Est
Mon–Fri 7am–9pm, Sat–Sun 8am–7pm
This Quebec-only chocolate heaven is quickly spreading through Quebec City. While many will likely visit the Chocolato in Old Quebec City, the one in Saint-Roch (380, rue de la Couronne) is also worth a visit. On the menu you’ll find everything from sundaes and fondues to chocolate-dipped cones, sweet pizzas (basically beavertails), and hot chocolate (chocolat chaud). In fact, there are 20 different chocolat chauds to choose from!!
In our opinion, the best is their chocolat noir 70%. It is decadent, deep, and just rich enough. While cups come in small, medium and large, the most you’ll probably want is a medium. Honestly, this is real chocolate mixed with milk, it’s rich and quite filling!
$4.50 – $6.99 CAD
1015, rue Saint-Jean (Vieux-Quebec)
Located in a quiet section of the neighbourhood of Saint-Roch, Maelstrom is known for serving coffee and energizing eats during the day and turning into a cocktail bar at night. The decor is comfy, worn wooden floors and mismatched tables and chairs, free wifi, and cold brew coffee are just some of the things we adore about Maelstrom.
The hot chocolate is just rich enough to be completely satisfying. Yum!
Under $6 CAD
181, Saint-Vallier Est
Mon–Wed & Sun 7am–11pm, Thu–Fri 7am–1am, Sat 9am–1am
Le Chic Shack
Located in Old Quebec City’s Upper Town, Le Chic Shack often has line-ups outside during the busy season. They do, after all, serve up some savoury burgers and gourmet poutines (which should not be missed!).
Let’s face it, we go for the burgers and poutine too. But, we also go for their hot chocolate! Rich and decadent, the hot chocolate at Le Chic Shack can also be turned into a boozy hot chocolate. Honestly, one a really cold winter day, those boozy hot chocolates are #lifegoals!
Under $6 CAD
15, rue du Fort