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JeetJet Dec 22, 2008 09:18 AM

Coming from L.A. to spend some time in DC. My date loves hot coco. I like a good cup of coffee or ....? We are staying at the Hyatt near the Mall / Union Station. Please help because these drinks may be how we begin and end every cold day of our trip..

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    Culocho Dec 22, 2008 10:23 AM

    Coco Sala on 9th and F. They have the yummiest Salted Caramel drink.

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      mmusiker Dec 22, 2008 10:41 AM

      Go to Coco Sala on F street between 9th and 10th in NW. Really cool place if you are coming from out of town. But there is also a Starbucks next door to your hotel.

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        Doh Dec 23, 2008 04:50 AM

        It's not all that convenient to you, but if your date really like hot cocoa, it might be worth checking out ACKC--15th st. a little north of P st. It's a chocolate store that offers maybe 10 different specialty hot cocoa drinks.

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        1. re: Doh
          Jacey Dec 23, 2008 09:07 AM

          It's actually on 14th north of P St.

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            Doh Dec 23, 2008 09:41 AM

            Sorry about that, thanks for the correction.

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              JeetJet Dec 23, 2008 10:45 AM

              This place looks really good. A dessert and a drink before anything else and you just might not need anything else. I did some research. My Thanks,

              ACKC (Hot chocolate w/ added flavors and named after stars such as Audrey (intense, French-style chocolate), Liz (infused with lavender), Marilyn (white chocolate with citrus), Lucy (chipotle topped with whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon) plus a dessert menu.
              1529-C 14th Street, NW
              Washington, DC 20005
              (202) 387-2626

              Nearby Metro Stops:
              U St./African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo
              Also near Dupont Circle

              1. re: JeetJet
                mselectra Dec 23, 2008 12:26 PM

                I think Locolat, at 18th and U, also has hot chocolate, but I'm not sure and haven't been there. At ACKC, I've had the Lucy and the Liz and both were great, but I especially like the Lucy. There are lots of good places to eat around there, too.

                CocoSala obviously, but I haven' t been.

                The chai at Teaism is really good, for another comforting hot drink and they probably open pretty early (no coffee there).

                For coffee, I think probably Peregrine near Eastern Market, that's on the Hill, like convenient if you're going to the Cap Visitors Center or Lib of Congress; and Tryst on 18th St in Adams Morgan or get Tryst's coffee at Open City in Woodley Park (near the zoo, if you're going there) right by the Metro.

                1. re: JeetJet
                  Jacey Dec 23, 2008 02:52 PM

                  Stick with the hot chocolate there and get dessert somewhere else (note: hot chocolate is quite small--not Starbuck's size). Their desserts/pastries are definitely a second thought there, and they don't have too many--if they don't run out. This is based on a while ago so they might have changed.

                  What you could do is get their hot chocolate and then walk over to Kramer's for some dessert and head to the bar/bookstore.

                  DC is definitely not a dessert town. LA (and many other cities) have that on us!

          2. discojing Dec 24, 2008 07:22 AM

            HANDS DOWN: ACKC.
            There are two: Alexandria (del Ray) and Logan Circle.
            The Logan Circle one has free wifi and is open late. The best hot cocoa I've ever had. EVER! (and I used to be a Choclatier). The logan circle location is walkable from Farragut West, U-Street, or Dupont Circle metros

            For great coffee and other drinks -- try Baked & Wired in Georgetown (Foggy Bottom metro). It's amazing!

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            1. re: discojing
              discojing Dec 24, 2008 07:24 AM

              Sorry, here's the links!

              Artfully Chocolate Kingsbury Confections
              1529 14th St NW, Washington, DC

              Baked & Wired
              1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington, DC

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              Jacey Dec 24, 2008 09:16 AM

              Red Velvet Cupcakery. According to the menu they have Valrhona hot cocoa, plus delicious sounding cupckaes. I think they'll also have a Tangysweet frozen yogury there (like Pinkberry's).

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              1. re: Jacey
                discojing Dec 24, 2008 09:36 AM

                as of saturday, not open yet

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                  hamster Jan 1, 2009 09:10 AM

                  Really? They were open when I dropped by last Tuesday, Dec. 23rd, around 6 pm. Didn't try it out though. The space is tiny!

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                    discojing Jan 2, 2009 05:34 AM

                    Yeah, but Saturday Dec 20th, they weren't open.
                    Maybe they're open now? Thats a pretty lame "Opening December 2008" if they're only open 7 days out of the month.

                    1. re: discojing
                      hamster Jan 2, 2009 11:26 AM

                      Yeah, must be. The space was oddly small, especially given how cavernous the tangysweet space was (which looked totally separate, but next door, although I didn't investigate thoroughly). Maybe you can buy a cupcake and then sit down in the tangysweet space to eat it? Set up seemed a bit awkward.

              2. orangemix Dec 25, 2008 02:10 PM

                For coffee, Ebenezer's isn't bad to start the day off with: http://ebenezerscoffeehouse.com/. It's at 2nd & F St. NE, on the other side of Union Station, behind the Thurgood Marshall building. They have decent pastries. I think this place is closer to you than some of the others listed.

                Ebenezers Coffeehouse
                Washington, DC, Washington, DC

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                1. re: orangemix
                  Manassas64 Jan 1, 2009 05:09 AM

                  Best hot chocolate on the planet is at Blue Duck Tavern. If you can just go there for coffee and dessert, you will not be disappointed.

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                  Mer_Made Jan 2, 2009 06:25 AM

                  Giffords on E St near Ford's has amazing hot cocoa, I think they use their hot fudge for the chocolate base. Sadly, on that side of town, I'm not sure where to get a decent cup of coffee.

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