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Great hot chocolate in Seattle?

A search here didn't turn up a whole lot. I've been craving hot chocolate in a major way - any suggestions for a truly good cup? Bonus points if it's downtown/Belltown...

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  1. I'm not a big fan of chocolate, however I live with a chocoholic who swears by the hot chocolate at the Confectional in the market. I think it is more of a drinking chocolate, so may not be in your craving for a true hot chocolate, but I thought I would put the suggestion out there.

    1. I agree about the confectional. The Chocolate Box (on 1st and Pine) not only has great drinking chocolate as well, but also has intriguing flavors like mint or peanut butter chocolate.

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      1. re: bergeo

        Chocolopolis on Upper Queen Anne is supposed to get to the point where you can pick the chocolate used to make the hot chocolates... It's the same type of store as the chocolate box, but it feels a little more human and a lot less corporate.

      2. I had excellent hot chocolate at the Fran's Chocolate Store at Uvillage. A little out of your way, but I think there may be a Fran's downtown?

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        1. re: blue2000

          There is a Fran's downtown at 1st & Union. It just opened.

          1. re: terrier

            I've now been to the downtown Fran's a couple of times and it's very good - and dangerously close to my office. I also heard Caffe Umbria brought back their Italian hot chocolate. Has anyone tried it?

        2. Both Le Pichet and Brasa serve delightfully decadent hot chocolate.

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          1. re: Luwak

            When you want the ultimate hot chocolate experience, try the chocolat chaud at Le Pichet. It is made with chocolate and hot water (amazingly), thick, and rich. Comes with beautiful orbs of whipped cream on the side. It is more dessert than hot chocolate and fantastic if you're in the mood for that. We had it once again on New Year's Eve and it was a wonderful at ever.

            1. re: zoogrrrl

              They have the same one at Cafe Presse (same owners). It's pretty amazing.

              Debs
              www.seattlelocalfood.com

              1. re: seattledebs

                Also a good one in that style at Sweet and Savory in Mt Baker.

          2. I have a soft spot for the Nutella-laced hot chocolate at Tutte Bella