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Nine places to get a 'hug in a mug' hot chocolate in Galway

By Sarah Finnan

January 4, 2020 at 5:19pm


Hot chocolate in Galway? Count me in.

I really believe that wrapping your hands around a cup of something hot has healing properties.

Tea, coffee, soup. It’s comforting and warming all at once. Not to mention delicious.

Each of the above has its own niche; tea to accompany some biccies, coffee to wake you up, soup for a spot of lunch.

There is one that trumps all though.

Adaptable to any meal and time of day, a ‘hug in a mug’ if you will - there’s nothing quite like a steaming cup of cocoa (as the yanks put it) to cheer you up on a miserable January day.

Galway has some very fine food and drink establishments, many of which serve up decadent, chocolatey beverages to rival the best of them.

If you’re in the market for a cup of something hot, then look no further because below you'll find nine of the best out west.

Espresso 44

My absolute favourite hot chocolate in all of Galway can be found within the hallowed walls of Espresso 44.

A friend of mine introduced me to coconut milk hot chocolate and it is REVOLUTIONARY. Honestly, don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. I wouldn’t consider myself to be the biggest coconut fan but one cup of this and I’ve been converted. Make it a mocha for the added caffeine buzz.

Cupán Tae

Without doubt one of the most adorable cafes in Galway, I go here when I feel like I need the full hot-chocolate drinking experience and not just a quick takeaway.

Forget the fact that this image is years old, it was taken by Retro Flame which just cements the fact that the hot chocolate at Cupán Tae is pretty damn good.

The patterned crockery helps.

Urban Grind

Down in Galway’s West End, what I love most about Urban Grind is the vast array of treats that greet you upon entering.

Name a better duo than a hot chocolate and an almond croissant. Bet you can’t.

Closed for renovations, they'll reopen on January 11th.

Hazel Mountain Chocolate

Bean to bar chocolate makers, Ireland’s first and only factory, their hot chocolate is heavenly.

They also have an onsite chocolatier who makes truffles daily. I mean if they went to all that hassle, it would be rude not to try one…


Not my first time to rave about Java’s. A hot chocolate and a crepe is the answer to all of life’s ails.

Good days, bad days, I’ve spent them all at Java’s - celebrating the end of exams, pre-Christmas pick-me-up, housemate dessert night: it’s a one treat fits all kinda place.

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Everyone and their mother know that McCambridge’s is the ultimate people-watching spot in Galway.

There’s something lovely about sitting outside, all wrapped up with the cold still biting at your nose but feeling perfectly content nonetheless because you’ve got a cup of something chocolatey perched in front of you.

The Jungle Café

I only really discovered the Jungle Café when I was in final year of college, which is a crying shame I know.

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Masters of atmosphere, the decor really makes you feel like you’re in the rainforest…the Irish weather certainly does not, but hey you can’t win them all.

Mr Waffle

Mr Waffle is too close to the NUIG campus. WAY too close.

I say this because it was far too easy to convince me to tip over for a hot chocolate and a waffle in between classes (*read: blow off lectures to go for a catch up).

But that being said these guys know chocolate (in all its fine forms) and it’s well worth the visit.

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Dark chocolate mocha ☕

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Butlers and chocolate go hand in hand really. It’s a chocoholic’s dream.

So many options too-white, milk, dark chocolate, chilli, peppermint, almond, praline…even cookie hot chocolate. Their extensive menu warrants multiple visits and that’s all there is to it.

There's also a vegan version.


Hot chocolate made from real Belgian chocolate buttons is the key.

Pure indulgence but sometimes that’s absolutely necessary. Self-described “expert in all things sweet and savoury”, I’d recommend a slice of something freshly baked too.


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