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Staff Picks: Hot Cocoa in T-town

With a chill in the air, it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. So why shouldn’t it taste like Christmas too? There’s no better way to usher in the season than with a steaming cup of hot cocoa. We put together some of the best places to grab a mug, so whether you like your hot cocoa traditional, or dolloped with nutmeg, these places have you covered. 

Shades of Brown Coffee

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3302 S Peoria Ave., Tulsa, OK 74105

Shades of Brown is located on bustling Brookside. After a day of shopping, pop in to satisfy that hot cocoa craving. And if you didn’t find something for everyone, you can knock out your remaining shopping online while inside (their WI-FI is as good as their drinks). Be sure to take a close look at their menu. They offer some drink variations that will make your taste buds sing actual Christmas carols. 

Coffee House on Cherry Street

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1502 E 15th St., Tulsa, OK 74120

Coffee House on Cherry Street has been a staple since 2006. Once you walk in, you won’t want to leave. Sink into one of their chairs and the stress of the holidays are gone. If the weather isn’t too cold, we recommend sitting outside near the wood-burning fireplace to stay toasty. Make sure to check out the Grizzly Cub Hot Cocoa that has dark chocolate, vanilla and a sprinkle of cayenne, or the Baby Polar Bear that has white chocolate instead of dark. 

She Brews Coffee House

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1 N Lewis, Tulsa, OK 74110

She Brews started in 2012 in Claremore. Since then, they’ve expanded to three locations. Not only does She Brews offer great coffee and hot chocolate, but you can fill up with pastries or sandwiches too. Plus, some of the proceeds go to a housing and rehabilitation program for women and men coming out of incarceration, a worthy cause especially during the holiday season! 

Gypsy Coffee House

303 N MLK Jr. Blvd., Tulsa, OK 74103

Located in Tulsa’s Arts District, Gypsy is a three-story brick building you cannot miss. They have rich hot chocolate, 32 different syrups, five different add-ons and dairy alternatives. If you start craving a snack, but also really love animals, don’t worry. Gypsy has an array of vegan treats: pecan pie, pumpkin spice cupcake, oatmeal pies, strawberry angel food, and frosted animal cookies. They have been open and serving Tulsa for the past 20 years, so they must be doing something right!

DoubleShot Coffee Co.

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1633 S Boulder Ave., Tulsa, OK 74119

Pop into this 170-year old renovated barn to warm up after being out in the winter weather. And there is no need to worry about snagging a resting place; between the first and second floors, everyone can find a nice table or cozy chair. Getting back to the hot cocoa… drinkers can add oat milk, panela, and even more chocolate to your hot chocolate order here. Afternoon delight, check! 

Red Bud Café @ Gathering Place

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2650 S John Williams Way E, Tulsa, OK 74114

Located on the bottom floor of the Williams Lodge, Redbud Café is home to coffee, pastries, and of course, hot cocoa. After lapping around the park, stop in and enjoy a steaming cup. They have seven added flavor options and milk substitutions for your drink, all to be enjoyed in a wintry, lodgy ambiance. 

Topeca Coffee

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507 S Boston Ave., Tulsa, OK 74103

This family-owned business has two downtown locations in the new Vast building, as well as in the Hyatt.  Along with their seasonal drinks, they have, you guessed it: hot cocoa. You can choose from local whole milk, breve, almond milk, 2 percent, or oat milk to mix into your hot cocoa for a personalized version. 

Glacier Dessert Bar

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209 Archer, Tulsa, OK 74103

Glacier Dessert Bar is best known for their chocolate and desserts, but they have a hidden secret. Hot Cocoa. You might guess a store that specializes in chocolate has DELICIOUS hot chocolate. And you’d be right. Plus, Glacier serves it up in an old diner cup that is most deserving of a social media post. 

Lagom Coffee

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7890 E 106th Place S, Tulsa, OK 74133

If you find yourself out South, stop by one of Tulsa’s newest coffee shops: the charming Lagom. Not only are the drinks selfie worthy, but so is the décor. They have both traditional hot chocolate, as well as  s’mores and Irish cream flavors to choose from.   

918 Coffee

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2446 E 11th St., Tulsa, OK 74104

918 Coffee is situated along historic Route 66. When you need something to warm your insides, their hot chocolate will do just that! They have Mexican, peppermint, Reese’s, toasted marshmallow, and white chocolate hot chocolate to mull over when ordering. These five varieties come with a whopping 17 additional add-ins for you to customize your order. 

Drip Owasso

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201 S Main St., Ste. 150, Owasso, OK 74055

It’s always a good day to visit this local beverage lab in O-town! Take a load off and sip while soaking in this unique coffeehouse. Their hot chocolate can be made with breve, almond, soy, or coconut milk- a win for the milk-alternative fans. And if a hot cup of cocoa isn’t enough, we suggest their crepes and soups made from scratch.  

Gambill’s Coffee & Libations

1102 S Lewis Ave., Tulsa, OK 74104

This family-owned coffee and wine bar puts some Spanish flare into their drinks. Since they are a Spanish-inspired shop, they use Mexican chocolate (YUM!) in their hot cocoa. They have traditional hot chocolate too, but for those who like a unique flavor, the chili mocha hot cocoa should not be overlooked. Don’t miss a visit to this new shop on the Mother Road. 

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