Best UK city for hot chocolate lovers named – but isn’t in England

Nothing beats a nice warm cup of hot chocolate topped with a healthy dollop of whipped cream and plenty of marshmallows on a cold winter’s night.

No matter how good a homemade cup of cocoa is, it is hard to replicate the magic of a store-bought festive hot chocolate.

With Christmas under two weeks away, Betway have compiled a list of the best places in the UK to indulge in a delicious winter warmer.

To determine the ranking, stores were measured using a unique index score generated by the number of hashtags each location has racked up on Instagram, as well as Google and Tripadvisor reviews.

The lower the overall index score, the higher the ranking – with hot chocolate spots across Cardiff, Manchester and Glasgow placing highly within the top eight.

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Best known for its coffee selection, Bigmoose Coffee Co in Cardiff came out on top as the best place to buy a cosy hot chocolate with an index score of six.

The inspiring establishment, which also works to help promote mental health awareness, as well as the prevention of suicide and homelessness, offers us a delicious cup of hot chocolate that will set you back just £3.20.

Manchester’s Northern Quarter is famous for its array of vibrant watering holes, and the Federal Cafe Bar has emerged as the second best place to buy a hot chocolate in the country.

The independently owned cafe serves a selection of hot drinks, including the tantalisingly festive Christmas hot chocolate special.

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Finishing in third place is Glasgow’s Ottoman Coffeehouse, where you can wrap your hands around a cup of delicious sipping chocolate.

Tied for fourth place is Edinburgh’s The Milkman and Manchester’s second entry in the top five, Fig + Sparrow.

Located in the heart of Liverpool city centre, the family run Lucy in The Sky Coffee Shop completed the top five.

Top eight hot chocolate spots in the UK:

  1. Bigmoose Coffee Co, Cardiff
  2. Federal Cafe Bar, Manchester
  3. Ottoman Coffeehouse, Glasgow
  4. The Milkman, Edinburgh / Fig + Sparrow, Manchester
  5. Lucy In The Sky Coffee Shop, Liverpool
  6. Takk, Manchester / Lovelocks Coffee Shop, Liverpool / Coffee & Fandisha, Liverpool
  7. Cherry Red’s Cafe Bar, Birmingham
  8. Rosslyn Coffee London Wall, London

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