The rainy weather in Chennai puts you in the perfect mood for sipping hot chocolate while gazing soulfully out the window. The following guide tells you exactly where you can find delectable cups of heaven-in-a-cup.
1. The Chocolate Heaven
With one of the most extensive showcase of hot chocolates, The Chocolate Heaven located at Alwarpet just spoils you with the choices available. The Nutella Hot Chocolate is the absolute best (because who doesn’t want to taste Nutella with every sip?) followed closely by the Caramel Hot Chocolate. The other variants are Classic Hot Chocolate, Dark Hot Chocolate, Strawberry Hot Chocolate and Brownie Hot Chocolate. All of these are priced at about ?150-160. You can also choose to add floating marshmallows or whipped cream for an extra charge.
Located at: 96A, TTK Road, Alwarpet
2. Chamier’s Café
Nestled in a quiet road in RA Puram, Chamier’s Café starts impressing you right from the moment you walk into its gates. It’s a quaint little place which has the perfect ambience to enjoy a hot cuppa. They serve two kinds of hot chocolate- normal hot chocolate and a spiced hot chocolate. Both are amazing drinks that put you right on the brink of ecstasy. They are also nominally priced around ?200-250.
Located at: 106, Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar Road, RA Puram
3. Double Roti
With 3 branches in Chennai, Double Roti is one of the places that serves food of consistent quality across all outlets. Their Smores Hot Chocolate is the beverage to die for- it has rich chocolate with floating little torched marshmallows. The dim lighting and yellow coloured theme is perfect for wallowing in a mug of rich decadence. And all this is available for just ?160.
Located at: 4/27, Cenotaph, 1st Street, Teynampet, AH 177, 4th Avenue, Anna Nagar East, 2/546, LHC, ECR Illam, Neelangarai
4. Café Coffee Day
You would probably be surprised to see the famous CCD on this list, but it is true, they do make really good hot chocolate. CCD has brought out Season’s Treatings, the perfect menu for enjoying the rainy season here. They have a creamy hot chocolate and a Hot Gourmet Belgian Chocolate. Both of them are rich and creamy and leave a soothing after taste. They are priced around ?160-180.
Located at: 66 outlets in Chennai including Besant Nagar, Nungambakkam, KK Nagar, Adyar and Royapettah
5. Crisp Café
One of the most favourite hangouts for hot chocolate lovers, Crisp Café is one of the few places in town that offer a hot chocolate and a chocolate dip. You can have your choice of the dip- choose from super rich dark chocolate and creamy white chocolate. You can stir in the dip into your drink to make an amazing molten chocolate drink. This café will also impress you with its quirky quotes on food. A personal favourite is “Chocolate is the answer. Who cares what the question is?” For the absolute marvel of a drink, it is priced at just ?150.
Located at: 1, Kothari Road, Sterling Road, Opposite Sterling Club, Nungambakkam
By Mathuram Murugaiyan