It’s a cold and crisp December, and after spending time outside, enjoying the Dufferin Slide and Christmas Markets, it’s time to warm yourself up and indulge in one of our festive treats: chocolat chaud (hot chocolate).  Are you ready to enjoy the BEST chocolat chaud in Québec City?

In Québec City it is not difficult to find chocolat chaud. Almost every café and restaurant makes chocolat chaud, but that doesn’t mean that they all sell excellent chocolat chaud. On the contrary, there are only a handful that sell the rich, and delicious chocolat chaud that will have you begging for more.

Forget buying chocolat chaud at McDonald’s or Tim Hortons. Forget about hot chocolate powders and mixes; rich and delicious chocolat chaud is made with real chocolate and either whole milk or heavy cream.

Wait to have your Timmy Ho’s bastardized hot chocolate when you go home, indulge in the BEST chocolat chaud in Québec City while you can!

Érico’s Chocomusée

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Neighbourhood: Saint-Jean-Baptist
Address: 634, rue Saint-Jean

Erico’s has been in business for 25 years and is one of the best chocolatiers in Québec City. Erico serves 10 different chocolat chaud, however we recommend indulging in the ‘Decadent’ chocolat chaud, which is made from seven different chocolates! It is a chocolate orgasm like no other.

Café-Bar Artefact

Neighbourhood: Vieux Port
Address: 8, rue Saint-Antoine

Situated within the Auberge Saint-Antoine , Café-Bar Artefact is tied for first place (in our opinion) for chocolat chaud in Québec City. In fact, we call their chocolat chaud ‘Sex in a Cup’. Each year the café features a different chocolate mixture, it is always rich and delicious. A pot is enough for 2-3 people.

Saint-Henri micro-torrèfacteur

Neighbourhood: Saint-Roch
Address: 849, rue Saint-Joseph Est

A bright and spacious café in Saint-Roch, we love going to Saint-Henri micro-torrèfacteur for freshly baked artisanale donuts or twice-baked almond croissants and a cup of chocolat chaud. It is the best way to warm up on a cold afternoon, and sometimes we order another cup of chocolat chaud to go before heading back into the snowy streets of Québec City.

Mælstrøm Café

Neighbourhood: Saint-Roch
Address: 181, St-Vallier Est

Exposed brick walls and faded plank wood floors, worn square tables with mismatched country style chairs painted in either white, black, or grey; exposed pipes painted in a brushed gold to given them a more industrial-chic feel. By day Mæalstrøm Café sells deliciously rich chocolat chaud, cold brew and coffee; by night it’s a cocktail bar.

La Maison Smith

Neighbourhood: Place Royale & Vieux Québec
Address: 23, rue Notre-Dame & 9, rue des Jardins

La Maison Smith is a café selling local pastries, speciality food items, as well as delicious chocolat chaud. The café has wifi and patio seating in summer and fall. There are two locations in Québec City; one in Place Royale across from Notre-Dame-des-Victories church; the other in Vieux Québec across from Hôtel Clarendon. Enjoy a cup of chocolat chaud inside, or get one to go and continue exploring the city.

La Fudgerie

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Neighbourhood: Petit-Champlain
Address: 16, rue du Cul-de-Sac

A small fudge boutique in Petit-Champlain, the fudgerie is the home of some of the best fudge we have ever eaten; as well as delightful chocolates and gourmet chocolat chaud. This is one of the few places in the city where you can get spicy chocolat chaud that reminds us of travels in Oaxaca, Mexico. There regular chocolat chaud is very delicious as well!

Make Chocolat Chaud at Home!

Would you like to make chocolat chaud at home? Ditch the powdered mix and try this recipe by cookbook author, David Leovitz: Parisian Hot Chocolate Recipe. Be sure to buy your chocolate from Érico’s Chocomusée before heading home!

About The Author


Travel writer and photographer, Pamela has a deep love of all things Travel. She is an anglophone from Ontario who prefers living in Québec. An avid city explorer and chocolat chaud connoisseur, Pamela also writes for Québec Region blog, Savoir Faire Abroad and several other publications.

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