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 in temperature, rather than hot. At least that gives us some time to enjoy the coffee shop and bakery atmosphere! Here is our family’s list of favorite hot chocolate places in Indianapolis and beyond.
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Rosie’s Place is a wonderful stop for breakfast and baked goods. Their hot cocoa pairs beautifully with Rosie’s Gooey Butter Cookies, try the Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies if you really need a cocoa fix.
1111 W Main St, Carmel, IN
10 S Main St, Zionsville, IN
68 N 9th St, Noblesville, IN
Cake Bake Shop
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 Lait Au Chocolat, the Chocolate Chaud 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.
6515 Carrollton Ave, Indianapolis, IN
799 Hanover Place, Carmel, IN
During COVID, Kona Ice has been taking appointments to visit neighborhoods with their trucks. In general you need to make a reservation and order and pay for your items ahead of time. No walk ups.
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Bites: Dessert, Coffee, Bar
This popular spot not only serves up the best hot cocoa in Zionsville with homemade marshmallows, but Bites has gluten free bakery items, designer macrons and dessert shooters.
640 S Main St., Zionsville, IN
Schakolad Chocolate Factory
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.
6010 West 86th St., Indianapolis
DeBrand Fine Chocolates
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!
8685 River Crossing Blvd, Indianapolis, IN
LuLu’s Coffee and Bakehouse
Located on the northwest side of Indianapolis, this cute coffee shop offers a rich and delicious hot chocolate and some lovely pastries.
2292 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260
Strange Brew Coffee Shop
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!
4800 West Smith Valley Road, Greenwood, IN
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!
901 E 64th St, Indianapolis, IN
South Bend Chocolate Company
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 are sure not to disappoint! The location also makes for a perfect setting; a cup of hot chocolate with the kids, surrounded by the nighttime holiday lights on the Monument!
30 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN
Monon Coffee Company
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.
920 E Westfield Blvd, Indianapolis, IN
Hubbard and Cravens
With three stand-alone locations in Indianapolis (and one in Carmel), the local coffee roaster also offers a lovely hot chocolate for those non-coffee drinkers.
With several locations in Indy, 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).
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?