Hot chocolate doesn’t always come out sweet. Not when the person drinking it is brimming with bitterness.
Originating from San Francisco, Dandelion Chocolate is a bean-to-bar company. You can enjoy different sweets and pastries at the cafe as well as hot chocolate. If you sit by the counter, you can watch the staff prepare food and drinks.
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Queen’s Collection Chocolate Cafe
Offering quite a unique experience, Queen’s Collection allows you to make your own hot chocolate. You can choose the type of chocolate as well as the amount you want to use. You also get to choose which flavors to infuse your milk base with.
Featured in the video: Queen’s Hot Chocolate (starts at JPY 580)
THE CITY BAKERY
Both branches of THE CITY BAKERY that I’ve been to (Ginza and Shinagawa) are divided into two sections: a bakery/cafe and a restaurant. The cafe has a mouthwatering selection of bread and pastries in generous servings. As I mentioned in the video, their hot chocolate is heavenly, and they sometimes hold seasonal events where they add special flavors.
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Mr. Tonto specializes in hot cocoa. They have several flavors and some of them are from different parts of the world. They also make mean sandwiches and the vintage interior adds spice to one’s dining experience.
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A world-famous Belgian chocolatier, Pierre Marcolini has a total of 9 shops in Japan. He is known to be particularly meticulous in the handling of cacao beans, which he personally sees to from procurement to production. The cafe is more expensive than average, but the sweets are worth the price tag.
In the video: Hot chocolate (JPY 1,188)
There’s a difference between hot chocolate and hot cocoa, but for the (silly) purposes of this video, they have been lumped together.