It’s not exactly hot chocolate, but it’s close enough. At the Nutella Bar inside Eataly, you can get a Latte de Nutella, a frothy latte topped with whipped cream and drizzled with Nutella. Admire it, then mix it together to enjoy the harmony of hazelnuts, chocolate and espresso.
Inside charming chocolate shop MarieBelle you’ll find a café serving a variety of hot chocolate drinks in china. Its famous Aztec is for only the most devoted cacao worshippers — it’s dark, intense, slightly spiced, with barely a hint of sweetness.
For something utterly different, try MarieBelle’s white hot chocolate with banana purée. It smells heavenly and tastes like a thick, warm banana milkshake. You wouldn’t think that would work, but oh does it ever.
Spanish tapas bar Boqueria serves its churros with a chocolate dipping sauce. But we dipped our Nutella-filled churros into its earthy, almost savory chocolate caliente. Ask, and they’ll spike it with brandy.
The City Bakery serves what is probably the city’s utmost favorite hot chocolate. It’s luxuriously thick, not too sweet, but not at all bitter either. The bakery’s homemade marshmallow is dense, more like an Italian nougat — the better to stand up to its formidible chocolate bath.