Winter evokes many different images; snow glistening on rooftops, nights spent by the fire. Then there is ‘winter’ in Tel Aviv
. There is wind howling and tropical rain pelting down from the sky, and all you want to do is warm up with a mug of hot chocolate, a reminder of your childhood, be it topped with marshmallows or foam. Where in this city can this beloved drink be procured? The Culture Trip has listed 10 of the best places in Tel Aviv to get your hot chocolate fix.
Cafe, Israeli, $$$
On a little side street, you almost miss this gem, but the second you walk in the door at Babette you are filled with warmth. The bustling open kitchen staff are friendly and inviting, but the true test is their hot chocolate. At Babette, they prepare it from scratch and serve it to you with a generous helping of Kahlua, which cuts through the bitterness of the dark cocoa, creating a perfect blend of flavors. Don’t worry, for the underaged, they have regular hot chocolate as well, which is just as much of a delight. Of course, if you are already indulging in chocolate, it is recommended to get a waffle to accompany it.
Babette, Hafes Haim St. 8, Tel Aviv, Israel 03-691-5025
Breakfast Time © Java
Cafe, Coffee Shop, Israeli, $$$
Java is a friendly little neighborhood cafe on the corner of Jabotinsky and Ben Yehuda that has something for everyone, and hot chocolate lovers will not leave this place disappointed. Their hot chocolate has a rich cocoa flavor topped with a sweet milk foam. You could easily spend an entire rainy afternoon happily sitting there with one of these delicious hot chocolates and a good book. Java is a great place to meet up with friends for a drink and also for a laid-back Tel Aviv brunch.
Java, Ben Yehuda St. 196, Tel Aviv, Israel 03-744-0466
Happy Hot Chocolate | © Landwer Cafe
Cafe, Italian, Israeli, Vegetarian
Landwer Café can be your sweet escape on a rainy day. The hot chocolate arrives to the table with three different layers. At the bottom are the chocolate nibs, then hot milk poured over those chocolate nibs, blending with them and then to top it all off a beautiful layer of foam. Mix it all together and what have you got? A chocolatey beverage guaranteed to warm your soul. If you are already there, indulge in a sweet treat. Don’t miss out on their specialty, rozalach, baked dough swirls with Nutella melted through the layers.
Landwer Café, Ibn Gabirol St. 70, Tel Aviv, Israel 03-696-4924
Breakfast at Benedict’s | © Benedict
When that late-night hot chocolate craving will not be denied, there is only one place to go – Benedict! Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Benedict is always ready to help fulfill any hot chocolate cravings. Here, the hot chocolate aficionado can get Tel Aviv’s traditional hot chocolate topped with a sweet milk foam. Just the thing to chase away the rainy pseudo-winter chills. Enjoy your hot chocolate with all-day-breakfast, anything from their signature runny eggs Benedict to their famed blueberry pancake stacks.
Benedict, Various locations throughout Tel Aviv and Hertzliya, 03-686-8657
So what comes to mind when anyone mentions Max Brenner? The obvious answer is chocolate! A menagerie of chocolate can be found there, so it only stands to reason that Max Brenner would excel at brewing an amazing mug of hot chocolate. Of course, that’s not enough for this famous chocolatier; they go above and beyond for the hot chocolate lover, having designed the ‘hug mug’ so you can cradle your hot chocolate in both hands, accentuating the feeling of coziness. But it doesn’t end there; customers can choose between eight different types of hot chocolate, everything from classic chocolate to Mexican spicy hot chocolate.
Max Brenner, Various locations throughout Israel, 03-560-4570