Nothing beats the winter blues better than a steaming cup of hot chocolate on a dreary day in the Pacific Northwest. Grab your coziest sweater and savor some rich chocolaty delights before winter’s end. Adults and kids alike will delight in these unique cafés offering hot chocolate in Snohomish County.
Mel & Mia’s
7530 Olympic View Drive
Wednesday-Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Locally owned, Mel & Mia’s in Lynnwood will spark joy in kids of all ages with its whimsical décor and delightful concoctions. The must-try is the unicorn hot chocolate. This cocoa will put a smile on the face of the youngest of customers. After sipping through mounds of whipped cream, rainbow marshmallows, and pink sprinkles, kids will happily discover that their hot chocolate is surprisingly pink. To make a visit even more special, customers can enjoy a unicorn tea party featuring an assortment of kid-sized sandwiches and treats in a fun environment full of whimsy.
Red Cup Café
619 4th Street
Open daily 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
If you are looking for hot cocoa with a view of Puget Sound and snowy mountain ranges, Red Cup Café is the perfect spot for you. With charming indoor and outdoor dining options available, customers can enjoy various menu options, including wraps, sandwiches and warming soups. Hot chocolate with a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkles will delight the kids, but adults looking for their morning pick-me-up can also enjoy a full espresso menu. Locals or those passing through on a ferry for bigger adventures are sure to recharge at this cozy and eclectic corner of Mukilteo.
2927 Wetmore Avenue
Open daily 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Large sunny windows and an exposed brick wall welcome customers at Narrative Coffee. Housed in a historic 1920s building in downtown Everett, Narrative Coffee has a classy yet warm and welcoming vibe. Known for its selection of high-end coffee beans, Narrative also features a “bean to bar” hot chocolate from Ritual Chocolate in Park City, Utah. Combine it with a shot or two of rich espresso and make it into a mocha. A full menu of breakfast and lunch items is available, but the perfect pairing for your craft hot cocoa is the sea salt dark chocolate chip cookie, ideal for dunking in chocolaty goodness.
Looking Glass Coffee
801 1st Street
Sunday-Thursday: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Located in historic downtown, Looking Glass Coffee is known by the locals as “the living room of Snohomish.” Both eclectic and cozy, this well-loved coffee place has the feel of a Victorian living room complete with soft couches, beautiful chandeliers, and quirky pieces of art adorning the walls. Kids will love enjoying their rainbow-sprinkled hot cocoas in the kids’ area stocked with toys, games, and puzzles. This local gem is also an entertainment venue featuring a full line-up of local artists and musicians. Couples can make their hot cocoa outing into a fun date night or family night out. Designed to be the “reflection or looking glass into the surrounding community of Snohomish,” Looking Glass Coffee proves to be the perfect place to get cozy with cocoa this season.
Other Unique Cups of Cocoa in Snohomish County
Around the holidays, SharinaBean’s On Main in Monroe offers customers a unique hot chocolate experience with hot chocolate boards. Customers can purchase two hot chocolate drinks and enjoy customizing them with a variety of delicious toppings such as shaved chocolate, marshmallows, coconut, and candy canes. Many customers enjoy coupling their creations with cookies dipped in homemade Grinch dip or candy cane dip.
If you are craving a refreshing, icy drink, but love the taste of hot chocolate, try a frozen hot chocolate at Paesano’s Coffee & Café in Monroe. Rich and delicious this blended treat can be enjoyed year-round.
Winter in the Pacific Northwest is dreary and chilly. Those who venture out through the raindrops can find warmth with a delicious cup of cocoa in one of Snohomish County’s coziest venues this winter. Stay warm with a mug of rich, chocolatey goodness today.