With the chill in the air, the winter season is well underway. But this shouldn’t mean shivering through the season or even staying toasty indoors under the covers (though we certainly recommend it on lazy weekend mornings). Instead, those chilly days are the perfect backdrop for indulging in a cup of hot chocolate from renowned spots in Pasadena, located close to Terraces at The Ambassador Gardens.

A first must-visit stop for hot chocolate lovers is Amara Cafe. Swing by for their award-winning traditional hot chocolates—from their famed Venezuelan hot cocoa to the Mexican, which mixes chile and cinnamon for a piquant twist. But be sure to pair a cup of the creamy liquid chocolate with a crisp and sweet churro dipped in Nutella, dulce de leche, or other sweet flavors—or a side of ice cream and seasonal fruits. If there’s still room for additional delectables, Amara also features a selection of arepas, sandwiches, plantains, and empanadas, among other savory treats.

For lovers of frozen chocolate, Lavender & Honey provides an extensive selection of flavors—from classic cocoa to peppermint, peanut butter cup, and white coconut—to complement the rich base of chocolate. Hot chocolates are on offer as well, along with tea and lemonade, coffee and espresso. Linger longer or pick up a to-go lunch from their selection of healthy and hearty salads, sandwiches, and specialty toast bars.

Though it’s built its reputation as a purveyor of high-end coffees for true connoisseurs, Intelligentsia Coffee also serves up a rich hot chocolate. Sourced from Davao, Philippines, this warm cup of pure bliss can satisfy even the most discerning hot chocolate lover. Or for those seeking a sweet flavoring with a hit of caffeine, the mocha is whipped up with the same sourced chocolate. Sip a steaming hot cup while enjoying the crisp winter air and pick up a bag of gourmet coffee beans to take back to the Terraces at The Ambassador Gardens to savor during the winter mornings (and evenings).

Contact us today to learn more, or to schedule a tour of your new home at the Terraces today!