7 Coffee Shops That Serve Vegan Hot Cocoa

7 Coffee Shops That Serve Vegan Hot Cocoa

It just doesn’t feel like winter unless you pop into a cafe to order a creamy, sweet cup of hot cocoa to chase away the cold.

While many places use a hot chocolate mix that contains dairy, there are a number of cafes where you can order a nice cup of vegan hot cocoa with soy, almond, coconut, or oat milk. One location even offers vegan whipped cream.

7 Places You Can Order Vegan Hot Cocoa

Ready to indulge? Here are our top picks for coffee shops that offer dairy-free hot chocolate.

7 Coffee Shops That Serve Vegan Hot Cocoa
Regular mocha sauce from Starbucks is vegan-friendly.

1. Starbucks

Starbucks hot chocolate can be made vegan! While the standard order comes with dairy milk and whipped cream, you can swap it for plant-based options like soy, coconut, and almond – and in Europe, you can even choose oat.

The coffee chain uses mocha sauce to make the drink, which unlike the white mocha sauce, is suitable for vegans. Ask your barista for a pump or two of peppermint syrup for a classic flavor combo.

7 Coffee Shops That Serve Vegan Hot Cocoa
Rice-coconut, oat, and soya milk are all available from certain Pret stores.

2. Pret a Manger

Pret a Manger knows a thing or two about catering to the demand for vegan food – and this year, the chain added a bevy of new beverages to the menu, including multiple dairy-free options. In the UK and Europe, Pret offers a rice-coconut milk option.

7 Coffee Shops That Serve Vegan Hot Cocoa
San Fransico-based Peets has been brewing coffee for over 50 years.

3. Peet’s Coffee

Peet’s Coffee is on top of its vegan options, including soy and almond milk. Plenty of its espresso and tea drinks are vegan-friendly vegan – including hot chocolate! It even offers vegan whipped cream as a topping – hello!

7 Coffee Shops That Serve Vegan Hot Cocoa
Leon’s hot chocolate is made with flakes of real chocolate.

4. Leon

Leon’s hot chocolate is made from Montezuma chocolate flakes and milk – so just ask for coconut or oat milk when you place your order! If you’re in the mood for something a little richer, order the Better Brownie Mocha with dairy-free oat milk. It combines Montezuma chocolate with orange and espresso.

7 Coffee Shops That Serve Vegan Hot Cocoa
Most of Costa’s flavored syrups are vegan-friendly.

5. Costa

You can get your vegan hot chocolate fix on at Costa. All you need to do is swap dairy milk for soy or almond. All of the chain’s syrups, except for marshmallow and caramel fudge, are vegan-friendly so enjoy getting creative with flavors. Don’t forget to get a vegan cookie.

7 Coffee Shops That Serve Vegan Hot Cocoa
There are plenty of vegan snack options at Caffè Nero.

6. Caffè Nero

Caffè Nero’s hot chocolate can be made deliciously dairy-free by asking your barista for soya, coconut, or almond milk and leaving off the whipped cream. The chain also has plenty of vegan options to munch on, like sandwiches and some sweet treats.

7 Coffee Shops That Serve Vegan Hot Cocoa
Whole Food’s Market’s Allegro espresso counter offers several vegan options.

7. Whole Foods Market/Allegro

You can order plenty of dairy-free beverages from Whole Foods Market’s Allegro espresso counter and hot chocolate is included. A Whole Foods representative confirmed with LIVEKINDLY that plant-based milk can be swapped for dairy. But, because locations may be using a different mix, it’s best to ask your barista about the ingredients before placing an order.