Get intoxicated on liquid cocoa with this ultimate guide to the rich and creamy chocolate brews in town.
Instead of scooting off to a hipster cafe for a coffee fix, cut down on that dose of caffeine and discover the chocoholic in you. Enjoy unique concoctions of liquid cocoa — no matter your preference of dark, semi-sweet or sweet — as each velvety cup of chocolate will surely hit the spot.
Step into a whimsical reproduction of a French cafe and perch on an elegant armchair, immersing yourself in the romantic ambience armed with a rich cup of Viennese hot chocolate ($8.50) enriched by crÃ¨me Chantilly. Sometimes we all deserve to live the ’tai-tai’ life.
#02-33 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road. Tel: 6836 9527
Kudos to this home-grown brand that just turned two; we couldn’t be more addicted to affordable handcrafted drinks made by the in-house ’chocolaristas’. Available hot, iced or in a crush, the chocolate beverages ($9.90-$12.90) include premium picks like Saint Domingue (70% Cacao) with a unique wine taste, and Mexique (66% Cacao) with a hint of liquorice. Psst: You can even double the chocolate intensity for just $2 more! #01-11 Wilkie Edge, Wilkie Road. Tel: 9752 2910
Just launched in August, Cocoa Colony unveils a new range of Amazonian gold and single-origin chocolate beverages. Charmed by the Amazonian gold dark ($7.90) — a superlative blend of chocolates imported from all around the world — we were enticed to be back for their single origin chocolate drinks ($7.90) to taste the varying percentages of cocoa in 70% and 72%. #B1-37 313@Somerset, 313 Orchard Road. Tel: 6509 0356
Need we say more? Laurent Bernard has over 20 years of culinary experience in chocolates, and this long-running chocolate bar hits the spot. Concoct your preferred dose of fresh milk and hot chocolate ganache in the Chocolat a l’Ancienne ($9) — the ingredients are served separately. #01-11 Robertson Quay, 80 Mohammad Sultan Rd. Tel: 6235 9007
A thick, velvety brew of Italian hot chocolate is served in Aussie brand Max Brenner’s signature hug mug, keeping you warm and cosy with every sip. Available in dark, milk and white chocolate varieties, the Swiss whipped cream chocolat ($6.90) has an added dollop of fresh whipped cream for extra creaminess. #01-116 Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk. Tel: 6278 4218
Famed for handmade breads and pastry since 1889, Paul Bakery is also good for its authentic chocolat Viennois ($7.50). The rich, thick chocolate is best savoured with a generous dollop of whipped cream to cut through all that chocolate. #03-16 Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road. Tel: 6836 5932
Home-grown brand Chocolate Origin is spreading the love of cocoa, along with a few surprises. Its iced chocolate blend ($6.80) comes with adorable 3D foam art — be surprised by your new ’buddy’ in the form of a bear, cat or cartoon character while enjoying this well-balanced, not too sweet hot cocoa. #B1-01 Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria Street. Tel: 6337 1220
Nine Thirty now has an extensive menu of chocolate-flavoured drinks that includes cool concoctions such as the dark chocolate martini ($15). If you love a full-bodied chocolate drink and some good alcohol, you might quickly take to this ’choc-tail’. 131 East Coast Road. Tel: 6345 2190
Hankering for the original Ice Blended? Grab the decadent pure double chocolate ($7.30) made from skimmed milk and a special Dutch chocolate powder, together with coffee and a huge swirl of whipped cream. #B2-20 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue. Tel: 6688 7001