Fluffy marshmallows? Check. Melted chocolate? Check? A drizzle of Baileys? Double check. As the crisp air sends a chill down our spine, we can't wait to wrap our hands around a steamin' cup of hot cocoa to warm the soul. Find our handpicked selection of the top five places for the best hot chocolate in Manchester. Chocoholics assemble.
The Bougie One: Knoops
Specialising in luxe hot (and cold) choco, Knoops offers 20 different cuppas ranging from milder 28% white to 100% extra dark, all available as hot chocolates (from £3.75). You'll also find the sweet treat blended into milkshake form or iced, whichever picks your fancy. Offering quirky flavours like sea salt, orange zest, rosemary or chilli, trust us when we say you'll have the creamiest, velvetiest, most drool-worthy experience in Manchester. The brand also has stores all over the UK in London, Oxford, Rye and more.
The Customisable One: Cocoa Cabana
Cult favourite, and for all the right reasons - with a whopping twenty flavours to choose from and only £4 a pop, Cocoa Cabana's hot chocolates are a Manchester must-have. From chocolate orange to peanut butter, their range of signature sweet drinks is a testament to their passion for all things cocoa. Step inside for the perfect chocolate infused daytime pick-me-up.
The Cosy One: Caramello of Didsbury
An independent artisan operation, not only do they churn out some of the best breakfast and brunch in the area, but Caramello Didsbury offers a range of mouthwatering hot chocolates (£5.50). On the menu, Nutella, Lotus, peanut butter AND pistachio hot chocolates. Need we say more? We’re smacking our lips already.
The Boozy One: Black Milk
Hot spot alert: If you're after a banging Baileys hot chocolate (from £5.45) complete with whipped cream, marshmallows, chocolate sauce and stacked with treats, look no further than cult-favourite dessert spot Black Milk. Their hot choc selection is as epic as their desserts and a must-have on your next stroll through the Northern Quarter.
The Classic One: Ezra & Gil
Artfully on-trend, puppy-friendly and a popular Northern Quarter haunt, Ezra & Gil is an ode to all things chocolatey. Their velvety creations (£3.30), crafted with a whole lotta love and expertise (and topped with a little bit of latte art), offer the perfect finale to our choco-tour of the city of literature. Bloomin' brilliant in every way.