When the weather is cold, you need something to warm your body as well as your soul. When it comes to hot drinks, don’t settle for a crowded stool at a cookie-cutter coffee shop or a green-and-white cup of the same old bland thing you drink on your way to work every day. In Las Vegas, there are plenty of places that offer a unique experience as well as something hot to drink. Choose one of these spots for a cup of something that will melt away even the chilliest of chills.
Hot Chocolate at Jean Philippe Patisserie
3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Jean-Phillipe Maury has been called a “modern-day Willy Wonka,” so it stands to reason that the famed chocolatier makes a darn good cup of hot chocolate. It’s the real stuff–pure chocolate that makes those powdered mixes seem like kid’s stuff. While you’re there, get a look at the world’s largest chocolate fountain, with cascading streams of white, milk, and dark chocolate.
Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate at Max Brenner
3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Max Brenner’s hot chocolate is made from single-origin cocoa beans, so even the simple version is excellent, but you’ll definitely want to try one of the more exotic concoctions. The Salted Caramel is a standout, as is the spicy Mexican Hot Chocolate for those with fiery tastes. Best of all: each of the hot drinks are served in a “hug mug,” shaped to the contours of your fingers so you can hold it with both hands as it warms you.
Café au Lait at Café Belle Madeleine
3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Where better to enjoy French coffee than in a cafe setting at Paris, Las Vegas? Café Belle Madeleine brews up excellent coffee, but they’re also a patisserie, so it’s the perfect place to pair a pastry with your hot drink. Keep it French with a raspberry beignet or one of the decadent cream puffs or éclairs. If you’re more in a savory mood, munch on a cheese plate or a slice of quiche.
Espresso at Espressamente Illy
3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Your favorite coffee brand has a shop in Vegas, and it couldn’t possibly be more Italian. Designed by architect Lucca Trazzi and located at the Palazzo, the café is the perfect spot for sipping the perfect cup of espresso. Come back when it’s warmer weather and try one of the dozens of flavors of artisan gelato, or try some now, and warm up with sips of your hot espresso.
Toddy 46 at La Cave
3121 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
La Cave at The Wynn may have invented the best winter hot drink concoction in history, and it’s made all the better with a kick from top-shelf bourbon. The Toddy 46 is a twist on the classic Hot Toddy, infused with spiced apple butter and real maple syrup. Served piping hot, the aroma alone is a real soul-warmer. Enjoy one slowly in one of La Cave’s cozy nooks, or have it as an after-dinner drink instead of a coffee.
Coffee at Mon Ami Gabi
3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
With all the creative drink concoctions around the city, why would you choose regular coffee? Because the java at Mon Ami Gabi is often cited as the best in town, and face it: sometimes you just need a hot, black cup of coffee (especially in Las Vegas). The coffee is the restaurant’s own house blend, and it’s a great lead-in to a little something from their extensive breakfast menu.
Hot Apple Cider at Gilcrease Orchard
7800 N. Tenaya Way
It’s worth going off The Strip for apple cider, especially when you have the chance to taste it in the actual orchard where the apples were grown. The folks at Gilcrease Orchard open up the grounds every winter for tours and carriage rides, followed by hot donuts and apple cider. You can also take some home (it’s available for purchase) and enjoy it on your own. Gilcrease Orchard sometimes has cups of hot cider at special events, so keep your eyes peeled for a booth.
High Tea at English’s Quintessentially British
6599 Las Vegas Blvd. Ste. 210
You can find high tea served in the afternoon at lots of the swankier hotels, but if you really want an English experience, have your tea at a restaurant that focuses on English cuisine. One price gets you a pot of piping hot tea, plus three tiers of sweet and savory delights, such as smoked salmon finger sandwiches, petits-fours, macarons, and scones with jam and cream.
Brendon has been in the Las Vegas travel industry for the past 15 years. As a frequent traveler to sin city he maintains a respect for Americas playground.
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