Hot Chocolate Fest is back for its 14th season at cafes throughout Vancouver from Jan 14 – Feb 14, 2024.

The Festival is a city-wide initiative to support small businesses in Vancouver – while bringing some of the sweetest flavours out there. As cafes continue to outdo themselves from the previous year, you can only expect what this year is going to bring.

Here are the can’t-miss hot chocolates of Gastown. You will not want to miss them.

East Van Roasters

Drink #1: “Pinachocolada”

Caramelized pineapple coconut milk chocolate ganache topped with coconut whip and a pineapple caramel drizzle. Served with a tropical good cookie. gluten-free, dairy free and vegan.

Drink # 2: “Italian Kiss!”

Sweet mascarpone ganache drinking chocolate spiked with coffee and topped with whipped cream. Served with house made lady fingers for dipping.

Location: 319 Carrall St.

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm

Nelson the Seagull

Drink #1: “The Funfetti”

Vanilla Bean infused White Hot Chocolate topped with whipping cream and colourful party sprinkles. Served with a slice of classic vanilla birthday cake! (Contains Dairy)

Drink #2: “Cherry-ish You”

Cherry infused hot chocolate made with 70% Tanzania chocolate. Served with a Cherry & Nut Nougat treat! Topped with a cocoa cherry stencil or add whip! (Contains Dairy & Nuts)

Location: 315 Carrall St.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 3pm; Saturday, Sunday and Holidays, 9am to 4pm

Cadeaux Bakery

Drink #1: “Fall Reminiscence”

Sweet and savoury comforting flavours.
Roasted butternut squash and brown butter blended with caramelized white chocolate, topped with chantilly and drizzled with cardamom caramel and candied pumpkin seeds.
Served with our Pumpkin Cake Petit Four.

Drink #2: “Ode to Winter”

To warm the soul in the cold of winter.
Dark hot chocolate blended with a house made mulled wine reduction, topped with an aniseed marshmallow and drizzled with black currant caramel.
Served with our Mini Panforte.

Both available until January 27th when the seasons of hot chocolate turn to ROAD TO SPRING & SUMMER LOVE* for the remainder of @hotchocolatefest.

Location: 172 Powell St.

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm 

Boba Run (neighbour)

Drink # 1: “Violet’s Berry Delight”

⁠A blueberries and cream hot chocolate made with sweet blueberries, white couverture chocolate, oat milk, and finished off with a fresh blueberry whip. This drink is inspired by Violet, a chewing gum-obsessed girl from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory who turns into a giant blueberry. It is served with a mini-sized 54.5% dark chocolate bar made in-house that may contain a winning golden ticket. There will be 5 golden tickets hidden in these bars for a chance to win prizes and coupons! BONUS: For a chance to win one of 5 larger prizes, purchase a bigger full-sized chocolate bar! Limited quantities of the larger bars each day.⁠

Location: 102 W Hastings St

Opening Hours: Monday and Wednesday to Friday, 10am to 6pm; Saturday, 10am to 7pm; Sunday, 11am to 5pm