It’s Wintertime in Bellevue, if you choose to enjoy your time in our milder snow-free climate paddling in Lake Washington, hiking, exploring our waterfalls and islands, or taking the quick trip to higher elevations to take in our exhilarating winter skiing, snowshoeing, or snowboarding in our nearby mountains. Everyone will agree it’s the best time of year to treat yourself to some chocolaty goodness.
Chocolate beverages have been a “thing” for over 2,000 years-thank you to the Aztec and Mayan cultures. Through European influence, drinking chocolate hot became a more popular practice, with the bitter taste being sweetened by sugar, vanilla, or other flavorings. Today many Bellevue locales have elevated our sacred hot chocolate to the next level for your enjoyment. We have gathered some of our top suggestions for you to explore and enjoy the beverage that fuels our winter state of mind.
Dilettante Mocha Café
Dilettante Mocha Cafe Website
Address: Conifer Building, Bellefield Office Park, 1450 114th Ave SE #120, Bellevue, WA 98004
Nestled beside the relaxing waterscape of Mercer Slough, this Mocha Café is located within the Bellefield neighborhood. Their extensive hot chocolate menu will have options for everyone in your group including white, dark, milk, Mexicano, Viennese, ephemera and extra dark. Don’t forget to add one of their in-house sauces, toppings, or espresso shots.
Sugar Factory Bellevue
Sugar Factory Website
Address: 11111 NE 8th St #120, Bellevue, WA 98004
Join what celebrities and influencers call the most insane, extravagant, and outlandish versions of hot chocolate available anywhere that will not only satisfy your sweet tooth but are also sure to light up your social media feed. Sugar Factory will kick up the classic with smores, coconut, banana, and even red velvet. Put your chocolate on ice with the famous sugar factory frozen hot chocolate available in several over the top varieties.
Bellden Cafe Website
Address: 10527 Main St, Bellevue, WA 98004
Visit the nicest place in Washington State proclaimed by readers digest. We suggest Bellden’s white mocha or ask for the ‘home for the holidays’ which features cocoa together with cinnamon, clove, and condensed milk. No trip here is complete without their incredible avocado toast or their PNC toast with local salmon.
Cafe Cesura Website
Address: 1015 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
If you are looking to take in some awesome local art with your hot chocolate a visit to Café Cesura will delight you. To start your day, we highly recommend their toasty breakfast sandwich featuring sweet apple-smoked bacon, local cheddar with an egg on a Macrina potato roll.
Dote Coffee Bar
Dote Coffee Bar Website
Address: 500 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
For a hat trick of chocolate treasure visit Dote in Bellevue’s Lincoln Square. Enjoy the extra silky drinking ganache chocolate paired together with a signature truffle or a house-made macaron (filled with Ganache). If you are visiting later in the day, get ready to enjoy your chocolate as a creative boozy creation. Chocolate features with whiskey, rum, or tequila paired perfectly with the richness of chocolate taste amazing. Our boozy suggestions include the spiked Mexican, white coconut rum, and whisky double chocolate.
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Fran's Chocolates Bellevue
Fran's Chocolate Website
Address: 10036 Main St, Bellevue, WA 98004
Visit one of Bellevue’s most celebrated and famous confectioners. Frans located in Old Bellevue has been credited for sparking the artisan chocolate renaissance in the PNW and United States and consistently ranks as one of the best chocolatiers in the nation. From the tantalizing light ganache found in their truffles to the bold and slightly addictive gray and smoked salt caramels, take home their specialty crafted artisan hot chocolate sauce.
Godiva Chocolatier Website
Address: 147 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, WA 98004
Since 1926, GODIVA Chocolatier has been the premier maker of fine Belgian chocolate. Godiva Chocolatier in the Bellevue Collection offers a selection of freshly dipped treats in addition to the luxury chocolate gift boxes, irresistible chocolate truffle, and famous butter shortbread biscuit cookies. Indulge and take home the cozy warmth of GODIVA hot chocolate.