Winter in Galway is just around the corner. That means it's the perfect time to indulge in a delicious and warming cup of hot chocolate! Here at This is Galway, we want to be your guides to the best cup of hot chocolate around the city. So here are the very best places in Galway to get a soothing cup of hot cocoa.
Over The Moon
When it comes to chocolate, sugar and all things nice, Over The Moon is an emporium of sweet dreams! Well known for their crepes, waffles, ice cream and gelato, you may not even realise that they also do some incredible hot chocolates. Their classic Belgian Hot Chocolate is so indulgent and decadent that it's almost too good to be true, but you can make it even more delicious by going for the Biscoff Hot Chocolate or Kinder Bueno Hot Chocolate! Packed with moreish flavours and sauces like velvet, these really are special...
Eyre Square Shopping Centre // more here
Coffeewerk + Press
The team at Coffeewerk + Press know how to do a great, and unique drink! Speciality is the name of the game for their Winter Hot Chocolate. In collaboration with Blendsmiths Drinkmakers, this drink is filled with all of the delicious details that make hot cocoa so good! Described as 'densely chocolatey with a chili kick' this is a must try for this holiday season in Galway.
4 Quay St // more here
Head towards Galway’s Westend for a rich, creamy and sweet cup of goodness found through the brightly coloured half door on Dominick St. Their delicious hot chocolate is made using 100% Belgian dark chocolate which is ground down and melted expertly with steaming milk. It can be made vegan with a milk substitute and, if you’re feeling extra indulgent, top it all off with some marshmallows - absolutely A1!
6 Dominick St Upper // more here
For all chocolate lovers of Galway, we have the perfect place for you. Truffle is a beautiful little chocolatier in the heart of Galway. It's no surprise that Truffle does a decadent and delicious hot chocolate. Made from single origin chocolate, Truffle guarantees a top notch cup with a signature flavour profile. With non-dairy options as well, Truffle truly tailors their drinks to everyone coming through their door.
15 Abbeygate St Upper // more here
One of the most popular spots in the city for a quick pit stop, Espresso 44 don't just do amazing coffee! Their variety of flavoured hot chocolate is a pure joy and is made using real chocolate chips - no powder here! Slightly bitter tones from the darkness of the chocolate offset the sweetness nicely. Enjoy the nutty aromas from the hot milk as well as smoothness from the whipped cream and melty marshmallows. This is the perfect spot to grab a warming cup for takeaway. Also be sure to check out their location in Galway's Westend!
44 William St // more here
The Lighthouse Cafe
Drop in and try the hot chocolate from The Lighthouse Cafe this winter to warm right up. They have a homemade Mexican hot chocolate with black cardamom, cinnamon, chilli and cayenne to really give your drink a heated kick. You can switch out your milk preferences for an extra .30c to personalise the spicy drink to your tastes.
8 Abbeygate Street Upper // more here
Greens & Co.
Greens & Co. have a unique selection of hot chocolates as part of their winter specials drink list. If you’re looking to move away from the traditional chocolate and milk then a delicious cup of hot chocolate from Greens & Co. will be right up your street. They have created a salted caramel hot chocolate, a peanut butter hot chocolate, and a mint hot chocolate, and the best part is they are all vegan! Save the environment one sip of hot chocolate at a time with Greens & Co.
4 Henry Street // more here
above: photo courtesy of Greens & Co.
Gourmet Tart Co.
Marshmallow galore at Gourmet Tart Co. with their hot chocolate selections. Order a mince pie, a pastry or a cake to go with your chocolaty drink as you escape the winter weather. With six bakeries, delicatessens and cafes in Galway you’ll be able to pop into any of The Gourmet Tart’s and be treated to high quality artisan food and drink.
7 Abbeygate Street Lower & Raven's Terrace // more here
The Lane Cafe
If you’re in the mood for a traditional hot chocolate, with syrup, marshmallows and cream, then The Lane Cafe is the place for you. Take away or sit in with a hot chocolate to put you into a chocolaty trance. With caring staff and a wide selection of sweet treats to pair with your hot chocolate, The Lane Cafe is the perfect hideaway from the winter days to indulge in a hot chocolate.
Druid Lane // more here
Hazel Mountain Chocolate
When you consider a fine cup of hot chocolate, the quality of the chocolate itself is paramount. That's why it makes sense to go to an actual bean-to-bar chocolate factory based right here in Galway, for the freshest hot choc around. With beans imported from Latin American, Hazel Mountain Chocolate whip up a serious tasting drink, with actual squares of chocolate you can sample beforehand and blow-torched marshmallows to round out a perfect treat.
Middle St // more here
Butlers Chocolate Cafe
Spreading festive cheer since the opening of Butlers Chocolate Cafe in 1998, they have truly mastered the art of hot chocolate making. Trust the specialists when looking for a hot chocolate in Galway and try one from their winter 2023 menu. Black forest hot chocolate, candy cane hot chocolate, and caramel hot chocolates, as well as the regular drinks, have been designed for the purpose of helping you through the winter season. Take the time to treat yourself with a Butlers hot chocolate.
40 Williams Street, Galway // more here
Food 4 Thought
Food 4 Thought is a little gem in Galway city that has vegetarian and whole food choices on their menu. If a traditional hot chocolate in a cosy, welcoming environment is what you’re looking for then make sure you make a trip this winter to Food 4 Thought. Sip your hot chocolate while you browse the local artwork on the walls, read the free books, or flip through the local paper that’s always available by the door.
Unit 4, Abbeygate Street Lower, Galway // more here