It’s the perfect time of year to mix outdoor adventure and hot chocolate! Wouldn’t you agree? Bundle up, take the kids on a colorful leafy walk, and make your way to a neighborhood café for delicious warm cacao. Whether you’re feeling excited, sad, tired, or all of the above chocolate is generally a good idea. When consumed in moderation chocolate has properties that have wonderfully positive impacts on your brain. Combine it with an outdoor experience and it’s a win-win for you and your child’s body, brain, and spirit. Read on to hear about 7 of our favorite Hot Chocolate Spots in Portland!

photo: Ben Grey via Flickr

Harlow
Harlow is here to offer your family a fresh conscious cuisine. This woman owned local restaurant serves food and beverages with heart. It’s a one stop Vegan & Vegetarian friendly spot for the whole family. Come early one morning for a Walnut Flapjack breakfast and super yummy hot chocolate made from steamed bittersweet chocolate, coconut or cashew-hazelnut mylk, and agave. Get your hot chocolate to go and meander over to the serene Laurelhurst Park for duck gazing or playground fun.

3632 SE Hawthorne St.
971-255-0138

Mon.–Sat. 8 a.m.–9 p.m.
Sun. 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
Online: harlowpdx.com/

Jim & Patty’s
At Jim & Patty’s you can expect friendly faces, delicious drinks, and scrumptious baked goods! Owned by Coffee People founders Jim and Patty Roberts they now have three locations in the PDX Metro area. Keep it real simple with an order of house hot chocolates and homemade granola or ask one of their experts for a recommendation. With a full menu of options there’s something for everyone at Jim & Patty’s. Kids are known to lick their plates clean here. Once your bellies are nourished go out and enjoy a kid friendly hike!

4951 NE Fremont St.
503-284-2121

2246 NW Lovejoy Ave.
503-477-8363

4130 SW 117th Ave.
503-530-8379

Mon.–Sat. 6 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sun. 7 a.m.–5 p.m.
Online: jimandpattys.com

photo: Ben Grey via Flickr

Cacao

The next time you take the family for a leisurely walk through the Portland Rose Gardens make sure to take a quick detour over to this downtown Chocolate café! You are guaranteed to find a delicious chocolatey drink for everyone at Cacao. If you are craving some variety then the select a 3 shot flight of Rivoli, Cinnamon, & Spicy Dark Hot Chocolate.  If your child has more of a traditional palate opting for a large cup of 100% dark hot chocolate will deliver the rich pure taste they are craving along with a healthy source of antioxidants. Don’t have time to stay and drink? Purchase a $25 bottle of pure dark hot chocolate that can be customized to suite your unique taste(s). It is made from solid chocolate and can easily be prepared at home with your choice of milk and sweeteners.

414 SW 13th Ave.
503-241-0656
Daily, 10 a.m.- 6.p.m

712 SW Salmon Street
503-274-9510
Mon- Sat 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Online: cacaodrinkchocolate.com

photo: Andrea Kennard via flickr

Pip’s Original Donuts
If you have been craving Nutella donuts and Hot Chocolate, say no more. Pick up the kids from school and head straight to Pip’s Original Donuts for a special family treat. You won’t be disappointed. The staff is adorable, the flowers are fresh, and the chalkboard handwritten. Pip’s donuts are kid sized ranging in flavors from raw honey & sea salt, cinnamon sugar, ginger peach, Nutella, the dirty wu, and maple bacon! The kid’s hot cocoa costs $1 and is steamed with your choice of hemp, cow, almond, or soy milk. If there’s time swing by Grant Park on your way home for a quick game of tag or some sliding board & swing fun!

4759 NE Fremont St.
503-206-8692
Daily, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Online: pipsmobile.com

Pix Patisserie
The next time you’re kicking a soccer ball around Buckman Field make sure you build in some time afterwards to swing by Pix Patisserie. Pix Patisserie is an absolute delight for your refined sweet tooth. Expect to find lots of elegant French desserts, an in-house Tapas bar, creamy rich chocolatey drinks, delicious custard based ice-cream flavors, and a mouthwatering assortment of chocolate truffles. If you’re stopping by for a quick sweet treat and hot chocolate find a tall table with high stools near the counter. If you want to stay longer go ahead and grab a full menu and wait to be seated inside the dining area. If you’re in need of a serious chocolate fix we recommend trying the Churros con Chocolate paired with a mug of delicious drinking chocolate! Too much? Then why not try the house made Tahitian vanilla bean ice-cream, sandwiched between classic soft cookies, and paired with a regular hot chocolate. Yum!

2225 E. Burnside St.
971-271-7166
Weekdays . 4 p.m.-midnight
Sat. & Sun. 2 p.m.-midnight
Online: pixpatisserie.com

photo: Alpha via Flickr

Cup & Bar
Located in the old Stark Vacuum building on MLK, this spacious and sun filled café serves pastries & drinks sourced from Ranger Chocolate Company’s small batch artisanal chocolate, light yet filling fresh food made in-house daily, and ethically sourced coffee from Trailhead Coffee Roasters. This lovely space is part roastery, part kitchen, and part chocolate factory.

If you and your family are looking for the perfect cup of hot chocolate around outdoorsey wooden tables Cup & Bar is your spot. Their silky warm chocolate is guaranteed to leave you satisfied! Add some avocado toast for a simple yet perfectly executed healthy treat.

118 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
503-388-7701
Daily,  7 a.m.–7 p.m.
Online: cupandbar.com

Alma
Alma’s Flagship store in the heart of Kerns neighborhood is where all the magic started 8 years ago. They have café seating with a full bon bon bar; a perfect spot to enjoy a chocolatey drink and people watch. If you are looking for more action then The Kitchen Café on SE 7th Ave offers a cozy salon that opens up to their commercial kitchen. Find a seat, sip on a pure liquid cacao elixir and watch the experts make their chocolates!

140 NE 28th Ave.
503-517-0262
Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Sun. noon- 5 p.m.

1323 SE 7th Ave.
971-279-4133
Mon. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun noon -5 p.m.
Online: almachocolate.com

Where do you find your favorite chocolatey drinks? Let us know in the comments!

—Elissa Cirignotta