8 Rhode Island Cafes Pouring Elevated Hot Chocolate by the Mug-full

From spicy cups of cocoa to sumptuous salted caramel, these spots have it all


The calendar may say spring this month, but it’s still very much hot chocolate season around the Ocean State! Embark on a sweet little Rhode trip by visiting one (or more) of these mug-nificent cafes pouring all kinds of cocoa.

Apothica Cafe

Throw on your coat and visit this cute, apothecary-inspired cafe in northern Rhode Island. Along with vegan breakfast snacks, I recently discovered they have four different luscious hot chocolate flavors: salted caramel, lavender, mint, and Almond Joy. Why not add a shot of CBD or healthy herbal mix-in? Cumberland, ApothicaHerbs.com

The Chanler

If you’ve never been or you’re looking for an excuse to get back to this historic manse turned hotel overlooking the world famous Cliff Walk, their annual hot chocolate pop-up that runs through April 2 would be the time. Pick from milk or dark chocolate, and spiked creations, with non-dairy milk options, too. Newport, TheChanler.com/m/hot-chocolate

Crepe Corner 

This French-style cafe in Pawtuxet Village offers more than crepes. If you’re looking for somewhere cozy and stylish to treat yourself, they have three delectable cocoas. Of course there’s a classic made with housemade chocolate sauce, or try the vegan version with oat milk, and a salted caramel variety is the ultimate indulgence. Cranston, CrepeCornerRI.com


At their Portsmouth location, you can top off your hot chocolate with a bunch of yummy toppings like peppermint sticks, marshmallows, and cookies. Newport customers get to indulge in their “crazy” hot chocolate offerings, such as salted caramel or white chocolate gingerbread. Decisions, decisions! Portsmouth & Newport, KaffeologyCafe.com

The Nook Coffee House

This beloved Main Street coffeehouse is serving up a variety of sweet sips this winter, all made with premium Ecuadorian cocoa (sourced from an importer who partners with small farmers and co-ops). There’s a Mexican hot chocolate if you’re feeling spicy, a classic peppermint one, and last month they rolled out raspberry. East Greenwich,

North Koffee

Your friends at the new-ish North Koffee are coming in hot this winter with many tempting options. Grab a traditional NoKo Cocoa, either heated or on ice. They also have their signature Krazy Milks, which you can get flavored with chocolate, and a Mayday, with two shots of espresso, or bring home their super fun Hot Chocolate Bombs.
North Kingstown, NorthKoffee.com

Notes Coffee Co.

Inspired by the owners’ love of music, Notes offers a hot chocolate menu that will have you singing their praises. They have no less than three tantalizing options, including a traditional cuppa, a dark chocolate version, and their spiced Mexican cocoa with cinnamon and chili powder. Pawtucket, NotesCoffeeCo.com

Pastiche Fine Desserts

You may mistake this Federal Hill spot for a cafe on a side street somewhere in Paris. This darling space is the premier destination for all things sweet and decadent in Providence, including hot chocolate. They craft theirs with cocoa from the City of Light and house-made whipped cream. Change it up with any of their flavored syrups. Providence, PasticheFineDesserts.com


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