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True Mexican Hot Chocolate at La Perlita
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Warm Up With Portland’s Go-To Hot Chocolates

When winter temperatures hit, cut through the cold with these next-level cocoas

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True Mexican Hot Chocolate at La Perlita
| Seiji Nanbu / EPDX

With nights closing in faster and days getting colder, nothing hits the spot better than a warm cup of hot cocoa. And while for some the definition of a good hot chocolate might be about whether it’s milk or dark chocolate base, here in Portland, the “bar” is much higher. Portland is home to an abundance of artisan chocolate makers, many of which have storefronts or provide chocolate to cafes throughout the city. With everything from single-origin cacao to handcrafted marshmallows, here’s where to find the most stunning, silky, soul-warming hot chocolates.

Note: A number of Portland restaurants have resumed outdoor dining. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Jinju Patisserie

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4063 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 828-7728
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Jinju’s hot chocolate skips the deeply rich, ultra dark style and instead offers a velvety, triple-chocolate version, using a blend of Valrhona white, milk, and dark chocolates with a rounder flavor and texture. Served in a jewelry box of a patisserie on North Williams, it’s best enjoyed with one of the cafe’s shattering croissants. Jinju is open for to-go orders Wednesday through Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

2. Prince Coffee

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4523 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97213

While Beaumont’s Prince may be known mostly for its stroopwafels, the hot chocolate here is an excellent companion for them. Chocolate drinks here use single-origin chocolate from local chocolatier Cloudforest, which used to have their own cafe in Southeast Portland (R.I.P.). The flavor, then, is rich and dark, with exceptional nuance that comes from meticulous sourcing. Cloudforest is famous for its colorful variety of square chocolate bars, which can be purchased at Prince as well. Prince is open for to-go orders every day from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

3. Creo chocolate

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122 NE Broadway St
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 477-8927
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This small batch bean-to-bar chocolate factory unsurprisingly makes a seriously intense hot chocolate. Using a ganache that’s made in-house from Ecuadorian cacao beans, its dark hot chocolate profile will be an eye-opener for those who typically trend toward sweeter options. The factory also normally offers tours of the facility, but is unable to do so during the pandemic. The shop is open for takeout.

4. La Perlita

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721 NW 9th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

Tucked away in a corner of the Ecotrust Building lobby, La Perlita makes its chocolate beverages using Australia’s Somage Kali premium drinking chocolate. The West African cocoa produces a well-balanced hot chocolate that’s not overly sweet. Patrons who are interested in non-traditional chocolate drinks can get the True Mexican hot chocolate, which also comes with cafe de olla syrup, cacao nibs, and freeze-dried raspberries. La Perlita is open for to-go orders from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day. 

5. Roste Chocolate House

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475 NW 14th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(971) 339-9014
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The Pearl District’s newly opened Roste Chocolate House is changing the Portland hot chocolate game. The shop processes its own chocolate right in the cafe, serving a variety of different drinking chocolates on the spot; the cafe’s chocolates often use beans from places like Vietnam, India, Tanzania or Ecuador. In other words, customers can try multiple single-origin chocolates side-by-side before choosing a base for hot chocolate. Plus, Roste also serves a selection of house-baked chocolate-based pastries that pair well with the hot chocolates. Roste is open for takeout.

6. Cup and Bar

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118 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 206-8924
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This industrial chocolate-coffee tasting room normally serves its drinking chocolate flight-style, but the shop is currently only doing serving hot chocolates and mochas. Still, the chocolate drinks are still exceptional, all made with a special chocolate syrup that’s made in-house using Ranger Chocolate. Cup and Bar also currently has a special vegan white chocolate that’s being used in the candy cane white chocolate mocha. Cup and Bar is open for takeout every day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

7. Soro Soro Coffee & Dessert

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2250 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 265-8236
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This Burnside cafe is known for its adorable pastries and pot de cremes topped with edible illustrations of kittens and sunflowers, but the cafe also offers a number of cheery hot chocolates. Cocoas blended with mint or banana syrups come with foam art of bears, sweet and silken on the palate. It’s worth a visit for the aesthetics alone. Soro Soro is open for takeout and delivery.

8. 1927 S'mores Company

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1126 SW Alder St
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 334-8080
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Located near the heart of downtown, 1927’s cafe is only open on weekends and certain holidays. Many will recognize 1927 for its s’mores and marshmallows, which are also served alongside a highly customizable hot chocolate. Customers can choose either the classic or the peanut butter cocoa for the base, then upgrade the drink with your choice of artisan marshmallow. Those who want to customize even further can add sauces and toppings from the s’mores, which include things like salted caramel, heath bar toffee, or even rainbow sprinkles. 1927 is open for to-go orders every weekend.

9. 180 Xurros

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601 SW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 595-6820
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Located inside the Hyatt Centric downtown, 180 serves up thick Spanish-style drinking chocolate and xurros to pair with them. The chocolate here is a house recipe with a nice touch of saltiness compared to other chocolates. While the hot chocolate is still quite delicious on its own here, the thickness would suggest getting an order of the crispy xurros for dipping. 180 is open for takeout and delivery. 

10. Azar Indulgences

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712 SW Salmon St
Portland, OR 97205
(971) 570-8011
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Nestled in the corner of the Heathman Hotel, Azar is a local chocolate shop selling handcrafted chocolate and chocolate beverages. The hot chocolate here utilizes an ethically sourced chocolate from the Ivory Coast, and is kept in a chocolate dispenser for vegan drinking chocolate. This drinking chocolate can be ordered as is, or be turned into a hot chocolate with the patron’s choice of milk. The shop is open for to-go drinks or retail chocolate every day of the week.

11. Nossa Familia Coffee

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2007 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
(971) 337-8259
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This ethically-minded Portland cafe chain is known for its coffee, but the hot chocolate is similarly sustainable and truly tasty. Nossa Familia works with Sacred Summit, a local chocolate maker that sources organic beans from fair-trade growers, to make a chocolate sauce for its base. As an added bonus, the hot chocolate comes with house-made chocolate-espresso whipped cream. Nossa Familia is open for to-go orders. [Disclosure: Seiji Nanbu is currently employed by Nossa Familia; this map point was written by editor Brooke Jackson-Glidden.]

12. Fairlane Coffee Roasters

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6647 SE Milwaukie Ave
Portland, OR 97202
(971) 229-1635
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A coffee staple in Westmoreland, Fairlane offers an array of brunch toasts and craft beverages. Chocolate drinks here are made with chocolate syrup from local chocolate maker Portland Chocolate Laboratory. The syrup is on the non-traditional side and consists of bean-to-bar cacao, vanilla bean, water, Himalayan salt, and coconut sugar. Those looking for a more flavored hot chocolate may also find seasonal chocolate syrups like the current Fall special, Persian Rose. Fairlane is open for to-go orders from morning till 4:30pm every day. 

1. Jinju Patisserie

4063 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227

Jinju’s hot chocolate skips the deeply rich, ultra dark style and instead offers a velvety, triple-chocolate version, using a blend of Valrhona white, milk, and dark chocolates with a rounder flavor and texture. Served in a jewelry box of a patisserie on North Williams, it’s best enjoyed with one of the cafe’s shattering croissants. Jinju is open for to-go orders Wednesday through Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

4063 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227

2. Prince Coffee

4523 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97213

While Beaumont’s Prince may be known mostly for its stroopwafels, the hot chocolate here is an excellent companion for them. Chocolate drinks here use single-origin chocolate from local chocolatier Cloudforest, which used to have their own cafe in Southeast Portland (R.I.P.). The flavor, then, is rich and dark, with exceptional nuance that comes from meticulous sourcing. Cloudforest is famous for its colorful variety of square chocolate bars, which can be purchased at Prince as well. Prince is open for to-go orders every day from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

4523 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97213

3. Creo chocolate

122 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR 97232

This small batch bean-to-bar chocolate factory unsurprisingly makes a seriously intense hot chocolate. Using a ganache that’s made in-house from Ecuadorian cacao beans, its dark hot chocolate profile will be an eye-opener for those who typically trend toward sweeter options. The factory also normally offers tours of the facility, but is unable to do so during the pandemic. The shop is open for takeout.

122 NE Broadway St
Portland, OR 97232

4. La Perlita

721 NW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Tucked away in a corner of the Ecotrust Building lobby, La Perlita makes its chocolate beverages using Australia’s Somage Kali premium drinking chocolate. The West African cocoa produces a well-balanced hot chocolate that’s not overly sweet. Patrons who are interested in non-traditional chocolate drinks can get the True Mexican hot chocolate, which also comes with cafe de olla syrup, cacao nibs, and freeze-dried raspberries. La Perlita is open for to-go orders from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day. 

721 NW 9th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

5. Roste Chocolate House

475 NW 14th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

The Pearl District’s newly opened Roste Chocolate House is changing the Portland hot chocolate game. The shop processes its own chocolate right in the cafe, serving a variety of different drinking chocolates on the spot; the cafe’s chocolates often use beans from places like Vietnam, India, Tanzania or Ecuador. In other words, customers can try multiple single-origin chocolates side-by-side before choosing a base for hot chocolate. Plus, Roste also serves a selection of house-baked chocolate-based pastries that pair well with the hot chocolates. Roste is open for takeout.

475 NW 14th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

6. Cup and Bar

118 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232

This industrial chocolate-coffee tasting room normally serves its drinking chocolate flight-style, but the shop is currently only doing serving hot chocolates and mochas. Still, the chocolate drinks are still exceptional, all made with a special chocolate syrup that’s made in-house using Ranger Chocolate. Cup and Bar also currently has a special vegan white chocolate that’s being used in the candy cane white chocolate mocha. Cup and Bar is open for takeout every day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

118 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97232

7. Soro Soro Coffee & Dessert

2250 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

This Burnside cafe is known for its adorable pastries and pot de cremes topped with edible illustrations of kittens and sunflowers, but the cafe also offers a number of cheery hot chocolates. Cocoas blended with mint or banana syrups come with foam art of bears, sweet and silken on the palate. It’s worth a visit for the aesthetics alone. Soro Soro is open for takeout and delivery.

2250 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

8. 1927 S'mores Company

1126 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97205

Located near the heart of downtown, 1927’s cafe is only open on weekends and certain holidays. Many will recognize 1927 for its s’mores and marshmallows, which are also served alongside a highly customizable hot chocolate. Customers can choose either the classic or the peanut butter cocoa for the base, then upgrade the drink with your choice of artisan marshmallow. Those who want to customize even further can add sauces and toppings from the s’mores, which include things like salted caramel, heath bar toffee, or even rainbow sprinkles. 1927 is open for to-go orders every weekend.

1126 SW Alder St
Portland, OR 97205

9. 180 Xurros

601 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

Located inside the Hyatt Centric downtown, 180 serves up thick Spanish-style drinking chocolate and xurros to pair with them. The chocolate here is a house recipe with a nice touch of saltiness compared to other chocolates. While the hot chocolate is still quite delicious on its own here, the thickness would suggest getting an order of the crispy xurros for dipping. 180 is open for takeout and delivery. 

601 SW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

10. Azar Indulgences

712 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205

Nestled in the corner of the Heathman Hotel, Azar is a local chocolate shop selling handcrafted chocolate and chocolate beverages. The hot chocolate here utilizes an ethically sourced chocolate from the Ivory Coast, and is kept in a chocolate dispenser for vegan drinking chocolate. This drinking chocolate can be ordered as is, or be turned into a hot chocolate with the patron’s choice of milk. The shop is open for to-go drinks or retail chocolate every day of the week.

712 SW Salmon St
Portland, OR 97205

11. Nossa Familia Coffee

2007 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202

This ethically-minded Portland cafe chain is known for its coffee, but the hot chocolate is similarly sustainable and truly tasty. Nossa Familia works with Sacred Summit, a local chocolate maker that sources organic beans from fair-trade growers, to make a chocolate sauce for its base. As an added bonus, the hot chocolate comes with house-made chocolate-espresso whipped cream. Nossa Familia is open for to-go orders. [Disclosure: Seiji Nanbu is currently employed by Nossa Familia; this map point was written by editor Brooke Jackson-Glidden.]

2007 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

12. Fairlane Coffee Roasters

6647 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202

A coffee staple in Westmoreland, Fairlane offers an array of brunch toasts and craft beverages. Chocolate drinks here are made with chocolate syrup from local chocolate maker Portland Chocolate Laboratory. The syrup is on the non-traditional side and consists of bean-to-bar cacao, vanilla bean, water, Himalayan salt, and coconut sugar. Those looking for a more flavored hot chocolate may also find seasonal chocolate syrups like the current Fall special, Persian Rose. Fairlane is open for to-go orders from morning till 4:30pm every day. 

6647 SE Milwaukie Ave
Portland, OR 97202

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