Hot chocolates are incredibly underrated and what’s better than enjoying a cup full of chocolatey goodness on a cold winter’s day in Liverpool? Despite our little heatwave this February…you can still enjoy a nice hot drink whatever the weather. Fear not vegans, you can also indulge in hot chocolates by substituting the milk with soya or almond milk in most cafes. So, The Sphinx has rounded up some of the best places to go, to enjoy this winter warmer delight.

Rococo Coffee House

Rococo Coffee House is idyllic for a quick hot drink when shopping in the city centre. Based at 61 Lord Street, this independent coffee house is adjacent to Liverpool ONE and other shopping areas.

“Being a fully independent Coffee House, there is only 1, so we strive to do our best in everything we do from our coffee and food to our ethics and interior design, and offer you what the coffee chains can’t. We’re saving Liverpool from corporate coffee!”

I ordered a medium hot chocolate (£2.80) with cream and marshmallows with a millionaires shortbread (£2.30). My friend ordered a medium mocha (£3.10) with a slice of chocolate and peanut butter cake (£2.95). Both the drinks were full of flavour and were at the perfect drinking temperature. We both really enjoyed our visit to Rococo and will definitely return again soon.

For a present that helps to support local businesses, why not get a gift card for a family member or friend for a birthday or special occasions instead of at Starbucks or Costa? Check out Rococo’s website for more details.


Annie’s Tea Rooms

Based in Crosby, Annie’s Tea Rooms is the cutest afternoon tea spot, especially after a nice walk on the beach which is only a 5-minute drive or a half an hour walk away. Placed amongst other shops on 12 Endbutt Ln, there are spaces for parking outside.

It is open from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday to Saturday and 9 am – 3 pm on Sunday’s. It is recommended to book in advance for large parties or afternoon tea. To book, call 0151 924 9730.

When my auntie and I visited last week, we ordered a slice of rainbow cake, freshly baked scone with clotted cream and jam, with tea for one and the indulgent hot chocolate which came with cream, marshmallows and a flake. The total price came to just under £11 which is incredibly well priced for the quality, especially as the tea is sourced from LEAF tea on Bold Street.

My hot chocolate was the perfect drinking temperature and the flake was a nice touch. It came in a baby blue mug which resembled an ice cream sundae glass.

The whole aesthetic of the place was just what you would expect from a tea room. Wooden chairs with comfy cushions, flower patterns on the table, china plates and pastel colours. I will 100% return to Annie’s, but next time, I will try the full afternoon tea experience! For their Instagram, follow @annies_tearooms

Moose Coffee

“Moose Coffee was founded in 2006. The concept grew from a love for the great American breakfast culture and nowhere does it better than the diners & delis of New York City.” Located in Liverpool (Hope Street, Dale Street and Crosby) and Manchester (York Street) and soon to open up in Piccadilly.

I recently visited the Moose on Hope Street and in Crosby for brunch on two separate occasions. I ordered New York Eggs Benedict with Serrano Ham (£7.60) and I will go as far as to say, it was the best I have ever had! I took my cousins and they both ordered the ‘Mini Pancakes with Maple Syrup and Butter’ and the portion size was incredible for the small price of £3.

Yet, the highlight of both my visits to Moose has been their ‘Mallow Moose Hot Chocolate’. (£3.70) It was my very own D.I.Y  hot choc as I melted Moose’s luxury chocolate stick into a mug of steaming hot milk, after eating all the whipped cream and mallows. It was a bit of a messy job, but it was so worth it for the pure chocolate taste rather than a powdered down version.

You can purchase the chocolate sticks from Moose, follow the link to get yours online today!


The Cosy Club

The Cosy Club is one of my favourite places to go for food, but it also is a fab spot for a lovely hot chocolate. “Cosy Clubs celebrate the joys of relaxed dining, drinking and lounging in a fabulous, welcoming setting.” Located in Liverpool ONE, this restaurant is easily accessible, with a relaxed atmosphere and fairly priced.

I ordered the hot chocolate with marshmallows (£2.80, £2.50 without) and I was incredibly impressed with my choice. Hot chocolates can sometimes be served at a drinkable temperature but this one was a little hotter which is perfect for me as no ones likes receiving hot drinks lukewarm. A rich taste with a creamy texture, it was the perfect little treat after a busy day shopping in Liverpool.

As it is part of a chain, you can find a Cosy Club in many parts of the UK, including Exeter, Guildford, Manchester, Cardiff, Bristol etc. Follow the link to find your nearest location to get your hot chocolate fix for when you’re not studying in Liverpool.