Hot Chocolates around the world

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I am a world traveller and wherever I go I always test out the local hot chocolate. Even better if it has a sustainability focus to it. So here is a blog about travel, cafes, and of course the search for the ultimate hot chocolate. Click on the photos to read the reviews. Enjoy! www.ultimatehotchocolate.com

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The Smell of Bread and a Hot Chocolate at Maison Kayser, New York, USA

Hot Chocolate at Maison Kayser, New York, USA

I found myself sitting between a large basket filled with freshly baked baguettes with golden crusts and, on my other side, a series of trays covered in mini loaves of olive, multigrain and pain de campaign breads. I would reach for one (or all) of each if it wasn’t for the glass windows protecting them from me. Its 10am. I had breakfast hours ago but the tourists that have taken over the place were just getting started. The room was full, as was the terrace out front. Separating the two…

A food Tour of Chinatown and a Hot Chocolate at Tache, New York, USA

Hot Chocolate at Tache, New York, USA

Did you know that Dim Sum was invented by a doctor? He was treating typhoid epidemics around China. A believer in both scientific and herbal medicine, and weary that many of his patients were not getting enough nutrition on top of being sick, he created these little packages filled with different herbs, ginger, ground meat and encased them in a layer of thin dough to make them easy to eat. Years later, according to our guide Raheem, other cultures have borrowed this idea and made it their…

How to spend an afternoon at the top of Mount Floyen and a Hot Chocolate at Lille Kaffe Kompaniet, Bergen, Norway

Funicular and a Hot Chocolate at Lille Kaffe Kompaniet, Bergen

If you can see the top of Mount Floyen, then it is worth taking the funicular up to the top. An impressive train with glass windows and roof to be able to enjoy the view from all angles takes only 5 minutes to climb the steep mountain side. It has been taking tourists and locals alike up the hill since 1918. Once you reach the top you get the most stunning views of Bergen. Once you have finished taking in the view you have lots of options. Norwegians and especially Bergenites are very active…

Hot Chocolate at Patika, Austin, USA

Hot Chocolate at Patika, Austin, Texas, USA

We almost drove past Patika as it’s incredibly easy to miss. But others haven’t missed it, and today the parking lot and inside were both packed (they also have an outside terrace but its 40degrees Celsius outside…empty). The front part seems to be not just where the coffee is ordered and made, but where people who come with friends and family stay and chat. This is a pretty small space but it is gorgeous. Very minimalistic, clean lines, interesting accents and lots of fantastic light makes…

The Ultimate Food Truck Destinationation and a Hot Chocolate at Silver Streak Coffee, Copenhagen, Denmark

Food Truck Papiroen and a Hot Chocolate at Silver Streak Coffee, Copenhagen, Denmark

The words “street” and “food” used together always make us perk up. As travellers, or even as locals, these two works usually mean a place where you can go to get really good food, simply made, that is quick and inexpensive but still really interesting. Street food is often the best version of well known dishes or an innovative take on the classics. Papiroen or Paper Island is Copenhagen’s street food destination. Standing at the end of Nyggen at sunset looking across the waters you see the…

Danish Pastries and a Hot Chocolate at Lauras Bakery, Copenhagen, Denmark

Danish Pastries and a Hot Chocolate at Lauras Bakery, Copenhagen, Denmark - Ultimate Hot Chocolate

I never realized how obsessed the Danish are with their pastries and desserts until I came here to Copenhagen. They are, after all, referred to as Danish Pastries or danishes. Turns out that Danish pastries were actually first made in 1840 by Austrian chefs, and are based on a sweet pastry, a type of puff pastry. They also use a lot of marzipan which we, very quickly, grew to love. Most evenings we bought ourselves a pastry for dessert from Lauras, trying a different type each time. There…

A Walk Along the High Line and a Hot Chocolate at The Standard, New York, USA

A Walk Along the High Line and a Hot Chocolate at The Standard, New York, USA - Ultimate Hot Chocolate

A few years ago we walked along the High Line, north to south, on a beautiful Friday afternoon. The High Line is a 1.45 mile-long park built on an old elevated section of now disused railway line, that’s open from 7am to 11pm daily. It is covered in plants and trees, and has plenty of benches and chairs to sit and enjoy this unique space. I remember that walk clearly because during our walk, we encountered a large group of zombies, yes zombies. There must have been 50 of them, painfully…

West Village and a Walk on the Wet Side- Hot Chocolate at Café Gitane, New York, USA

West Village and a Walk on the Wet Side- Hot Chocolate at Café Gitane, New York, USA - Ultimate Hot Chocolate

New York City is such a fascinating place. You walk through and feel that every building, every corner has a story of some sort to tell. It may not look historic like Paris or Rome do, but there are stories, perhaps more stories. The Jane Hotel is one of those stories. It was originally built as a hotel for sailors with cabin-like rooms. The survivors of the Titanic even stayed in this hotel in 1912. I didn’t stay in the Jane but I did venture over that way for breakfast this morning, to the…

An Unlikely Jewel – Hot Chocolate at Cocoa Bar, New York, USA

An Unlikely Jewel - Hot Chocolate at Cocoa Bar, New York, USA - Ultimate Hot Chocolate

New York is this fantastic mix of all sorts of things, things that are not usually seen together, all blended up together. A woman wearing designer clothes walking down a street covered in garbage and graffiti. A trendy new restaurant located right next to an old soup kitchen. Busy streets filled with angry taxis right next to surprisingly large and numerous park spaces filled with toddlers playing, young guys playing basket ball, and grandparents chatting on park benches. You quickly pass…

A Walk Around UNESCO World Heritage Bryggen and a Hot Chocolate at Bastant Bryggen, Bergen, Norway

A Walk Around Bryggen and a Hot Chocolate at Bastant Bryggen

When a place has UNESCO World Heritage status you know that it is going to be interesting and stunning, and Bryggen really is both of those things. Bryggen is the name of the old wharf of Bergen, one of the oldest port cities in North Europe. The port area was, and still is, filled with traditional wooden houses organized in long narrow rows and painted a multitude of bright colours; reds, oranges, green, etc. Over the years several fires, including the last one in 1955, ravaged the…

Hot Chocolate at Serendipity 3, New York, USA

Hot Chocolate at Serendipity 3, New York, USA - Ultimate Hot Chocolate

I’ve heard of Serendipity and its reputation. I’m not sure from where, I’m thinking it has been referenced in many an American romantic comedy. I imagine I’ve seen scenes where a couple had a first date there or two girlfriends met to discuss their boy troubles. As I walked up I was preparing myself for one thing; sweet. I expected everything about Serendipity 3, the smell, the atmosphere, the people and of course the hot chocolate, to be over the top, possibly unappetizingly sweet. At first…

Lunch in Austin – Hot Chocolate at Café Elizabeth, Austin, USA

Hot Chocolate at Cafe Elizabeth, Austin, Texas, USA

Our Saturday started like this. “What do you want to do today”? My answer “ go to Paris”. “I was thinking of something a bit closer”. “Mexico City?” “Closer?” “How about Austin?” “Hmmmm ….. ok.” And so we did. We drove 2.5h just to go to Austin for lunch. You may say, why would you choose to drive that long just to get to Austin for lunch? The reality is that we would have easily spent more time than that driving around Houston getting errands done (Houston is a 100% car based city), so this…

A Dream Come True, BBQ and Hot Chocolate at Tejas Chocolates, Tomball, USA

A Dream Come True, BBQ and Hot Chocolate at Tejas Chocolates, Tomball, USA - Ultimate Hot Chocolate

Texas is one strange place. I have lived in and travelled to many places around the world, and my first experience of living in the US is in Texas – trust me it has been a huge culture shock. It’s true that everything is bigger in Texas, but it goes beyond that. Many things are upside down, backwards, in fast forward or just plain wacky. But the one thing that Texas does better than anywhere else in the world, the thing going for Texas in my food lover eyes is BBQ. Oh not, this ain’t no put…

A Perfect Breakfast at Torvehallerne and a Hot Chocolate at Grod, Copenhagen, Denmark

A perfect breakfast and hot chocolate at Grod, Copenhagen, Denmark

For our first morning in Copenhagen I had already written out exactly what we were going to do. Grod. Grod is one of those places that should exist everywhere around the world. It is just such an obviously good idea that it amazes me that it isn’t. That’s one of the fascinating things about travelling. You discover these great little businesses, based on such a simple concept that do so well and wonder why they aren’t in your city. Grod serves oatmeal. Just oatmeal since 2011. Well that…

A Short Drive Around the Danish Riviera and a Hot Chocolate at Mosberg, Gilleleje, Denmark

Fishing Villages and a hot chocolate at mosberg Gilleleje

I’m starting to understand how Danish weather works and why the locals are constantly complaining about it. Today we had another day of, well, I’m not quite sure what. We had bits of sun, bits of rain, bits of rain while it was sunny, rain showers, clouds, moments where it felt like we were in the clouds. Most of the time it was spitting but not enough that you felt you needed to take out your umbrella, but enough that you did start to get uncomfortably wet. This went on all day long ….and…

Beautiful Copenhagen and a Hot Chocolate at Royal Smushi Café, Copenhagen, Denmark

Beautiful Copenhagen and a Hot Chocolate at Royal Smushi Café, Copenhagen, Denmark - Ultimate Hot Chocolate

There is a small door just off Amagertorv road, sandwiched between two Danish superstars, the Georg Jensen jewelry store and the Royal Porcelain Shop. Venture through the door and you will find yourself in a small courtyard filled with dainty white tables covered by bright green umbrellas. Pass all of this and you will find the entrance to Royal Smushi Café. Royal Smushi Café takes its name from its food. Their specialty is the traditional Danish open faced sandwiches but served in miniature…