Melt Chocolaterie is a family-owned chocolate business that blends up some of the very best chocolatey drinks you’ll ever sip on. Their hot chocolate made with Belgian couverture chocolate, topped with marshmallows, for example, is one of the dreamiest things that will ever touch your lips. What’s more, is you can choose from an original, cinnamon, chilli and sugar-free option when you order up this heavenly beverage. Pair it with a side of their luxurious truffles and it’s safe to say you’re well on your way to chocolate heaven.
Naked Coffee, located in both Sandton City as well as Morningside Shopping Centre, is best-known for their world-class brews and tasty paninis, which can make it pretty easy to miss their steaming hot chocolate on the menu - but make sure you don’t! It’s simply a cup of goodness, made with the finest quality chocolate and full-cream milk. If you’re vegan or lactose intolerant, you’ll be delighted to know that you can swap out the cow’s milk for almond milk for just R5 extra... you’re welcome.
Croft & Co
Croft & Co is a charming little sidewalk café come restaurant that offers visitors a simple yet somewhat scrumptious menu. Their classic hot chocolate, which is topped with loads of fresh whipped cream, is a treat in its own - but in my opinion, it’s best enjoyed with one of their yummy breakfast dishes. It’s the perfect place to visit on a cold winter’s morning for a delicious breakfast or brunch, and is a spot that the whole family is sure to enjoy thanks to its comfortable ambience.
Walnut Grove may be best-known for their drool-worthy cakes and delicious pastries, but I can assure you that their gourmet hot chocolate brushed with chocolate praline spread is just as much of a treat. In fact, it’s best enjoyed with a fresh slice of cake on the side (just saying!). Don’t let its shopping centre location put you off - I can assure you that once you arrive at Walnut Grove, you’ll only be glad that you have. Trust me when I say that it’s well worth braving the Sandton City crowds to get to this little hot chocolate haven.
This one is a given! Stop by Starbucks and grab one of their indulgent chocolaty delights that'll certainly satisfy your sweet tooth! Take your pick from either their Classic Hot Chocolate or the Starbucks® Signature Hot Chocolate which will definitely hit the spot!And if you'd love to sip on a rich an decadent combination of chocolate and coffee, why not get your own Starbucks At Home Caffè Mocha Premium Instant Coffee to craft and enjoy in the comfort of your own home? In case you missed it, Starbucks has recently launched the Premium Instant Coffee range. Click here to find out more.
Other than their moreish doughnuts with all the toppings and trimmings, Krispy Kreme also offers decadent hot chocolates that are sure to compliment your choice of doughy delights perfectly. You can either order the Cafè Mocha with a shot of espresso if you're looking to spice it up a little bit, or you can take a pick from their variations of hot chocolates ranging from white chocolate, classic chocolate, Milo or salted caramel fudge. And if you're looking for something cold but chocolaty, also take a look at their Kremey Chillers!
The Whippet Coffee
The Whippet is a wonderfully charming spot that’s in actual fact one of my Saturday morning go-tos. Their tantalising breakfasts simply never disappointment. However, after trying them out for myself, I’m now happy to report that their dreamy milk and white hot chocolates are just as impressive as anything else on the menu. With their super-sweet, buttery taste, they make the perfect accompaniment to a plate of perfectly-cooked eggs or a fresh, flaky chocolate croissant.
PAUL at Melrose Arch
If you're visiting Melrose Arch, be sure to indulge a little at PAUL. Not only is there a wide selection of baked delights, pastries and cakes and amazing deli meals, they also have amazing hot chocolate that you need to try for yourself. There's a hazelnut and a salted caramel variation if you're looking to make it extra indulgent.