My kids are just getting to the age where we can enjoy a nice cup of hot chocolate. Of course, the kids usually want to wait until the hot chocolate is more lukewarm, rather than hot. At least that gives us some time to enjoy the coffee shop and bakery atmosphere!
There are many reasons to seek out the best hot chocolate in Indianapolis. Maybe you’ve just finished riding the best sledding hills or maybe you’re all done ice skating. During the holidays, we love to grab a steaming cup of cocoa before driving around to see the city’s best Christmas lights. No matter why you’re ready to warm up, here is our family’s list of favorite hot chocolate places in Indianapolis and beyond.
If you’re looking, here’s where to buy hot cocoa bombs in Indy.
Where to Find the Best Hot Chocolate in Indianapolis
1111 W Main Street, Carmel
10 S Main Street, Zionsville
68 N 9th Street, Noblesville
Rosie’s Place is a wonderful stop for breakfast and baked goods. Their hot cocoa is some of the best hot chocolate in Indianapolis and pairs beautifully with Rosie’s Gooey Butter Cookies. Try the Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies if you really need a cocoa fix.
The Cake Bake Shop
6515 Carrollton Ave, Indianapolis
799 Hanover Place, Carmel
The Cake Bake Shop may be best known for the fancy, HUGE slices of cake that adorn the bakery case, but don’t miss the Unicorn Hot Chocolate or the S’mores Hot Chocolate. Try any one of these perfect hot chocolate treats and you’ll never drink a powdered hot chocolate mix again. Not to mention, you’ll feel like royalty during your visit. It’s no wonder this local gem is opening a location in Disney World!
Schakolad Chocolate Factory
351 Marketplace Mile, Unit 160, Plainfield
53 Boone Village, Zionsville
Schakolad hot cocoa is made from the melted chocolate used to make their remarkable chocolate confections. Choose from dark chocolate cocoa and milk chocolate cocoa.
DeBrand Fine Chocolates
8685 River Crossing Blvd, Indianapolis
This chocolate shop is full of confections that will make your heart race with happiness. Specialty chocolate drinks are among the famed menu items that you must try. During a warmer day, cool off with a delicious, chocolatey ice cream treat!
LuLu’s Coffee and Bakehouse
2292 W 86th St, Indianapolis
Located on the northwest side of Indianapolis, this cute coffee shop offers rich and delicious hot chocolate and some lovely pastries.
Strange Brew Coffee Shop
4800 West Smith Valley Road, Greenwood
Known as the “oldest coffee shop in Greenwood,” this funky coffee shop has a pretty delicious hot chocolate too. Come for the hot chocolate, stay for the atmosphere!
901 E 64th St, Indianapolis
Also located in Broad Ripple, Brics is technically an ice cream shop, but it also has a pretty delicious hot chocolate! Open year-round, it is also a perfect stop after a brisk walk on the Monon!
South Bend Chocolate Company
30 Monument Circle, Indianapolis
This is our favorite place to go when we’re downtown in the evening. Try the Mexican Hot Chocolate or the Dark Hot Chocolate — they won’t disappoint! This location also makes for a perfect setting during the holidays: a cup of hot chocolate with the kids, surrounded by the twinkling lights on the Monument!
Monon Coffee Company
920 E Westfield Boulevard, Indianapolis
At the heart of Broad Ripple is this inviting and cozy coffee shop. After a walk on the Monon, it is a great place to pop in for a warm hot chocolate.
Hubbard and Cravens
6229 Carrollton Avenue, Indianapolis
4930 N. Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis
With two stand-alone locations in Indianapolis, the local coffee roaster also offers some of the best hot chocolate in Indianapolis for those non-coffee drinkers.
14390 Clay Terrace Boulevard, Carmel
4901 N. Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis
8697 River Crossing Boulevard, Indianapolis
5790 E. Main Street, Carmel
225 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis
95 E Pine Street, Zionsville
1060 N Capital Avenue, Indianapolis
With several locations throughout Indy and the north suburbs, coming in for the French Hot Chocolate is certainly worth a visit alone! But if you’re looking for something to eat as well, the food is pretty fantastic (and Café Patachou has a great kid’s menu).
Christkindlmarkt in Carmel (Seasonal)
10 Carter Green, Carmel
This seasonal Christkindlmarkt has a plethora of hot beverage options, including Glühwein served up in a boot, but the hot chocolate is among the best we’ve ever had. Paired with a Walking Waffle, your afternoon or evening will be complete.
What are your family’s favorite places to go for a hot chocolate around town?
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