For the “World’s Best Hot Chocolate”: MarieBelle Cacao Bar and Tea Salon, New York
Granted, no hot chocolate is pictured here. But I’ve had the hot chocolate, and I can tell you, it’s incredible.
Marie Belle sits on the fringe of Soho, and at first glance looks like a chocolate gift shop. However, if you walk in and through all the way to the back, there’s a tiny cafe hidden at the back of the shop, decorated with fairy lights and chocolate spice dispensers. I was brought there by a friend, a local who swears this is the best hot chocolate in the world. I don’t know about the international claim, but it’s some pretty damned good hot chocolate. You get to pick from a selection of cacao beans based on your tastes (do you like sweet chocolate? how about a cup of spicy aztec hot choc?), but even the iced (pictured above), is fantastic. Thick, rich, and decadent, these drinks are what dreams are made of.
MarieBelle Cacao Bar and Tea Salon
484 Broome St, New York, NY 10013, United States