The best place to get hot chocolate, according to readers

Dark hot chocolate from L.A. Burdick. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

That bout of spring weather was nice while it lasted, but this weekend, it’s back to winter. And there’s not much better than a steaming cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter day.

We asked readers on Instagram (using the hashtag #hotchocbdc) and Facebook to share their favorite spots in the Boston area to get a cup of hot chocolate. While we got an assortment of answers, there was a very clear winner: L.A. Burdick Chocolate Shop & Cafe, which has locations in the Back Bay and Harvard Square.

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Seventeen readers named it, using terms like “heavenly” and “no brainer” when describing the hot chocolate at the gourmet chocolate store’s cafe.


The cafe serves dark, milk, and white hot chocolate ($4.75 small cup, $6 large), spicy dark chocolate ($5.50 small cup, $6.75 large), as well as a special hot chocolate each month using cocoa beans from a different cocoa-growing region around the world. For March, you can try Bolivia hot chocolate ($5.50 small cup, $6.75 large). Additionally, coffee lovers can order an espresso mixed with any of the cafe’s hot chocolates ($5.50 small cup, $6.75 large).

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Readers also gave shout-outs to Caffe Nero (various locations),  Dunkin’ Donuts (various locations), J.P. Licks (various locations), Max Brenner (Boston), Met Back Bay (various locations), Modern Pastry (North End, Medford), Panera Bread (various locations), Paris Creperie (Brookline), Shake Shack (various locations), Taza Chocolate (Somerville, Boston)The Thinking Cup (Boston Common, North End, Back Bay)The Well Coffee House (South Station), The Wired Puppy (Boston), and Trident Booksellers and Cafe (Boston).