1716 N 45th St
Chocolati makes chocolates in all different shapes and sizes, including some adorable ones shaped like animals. It’s almost a shame to eat them. Also: really great hot chocolate.
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On what could have been quite possibly the worst day of my life, I was dragged to the Green Lake location by my mother and handed a mocha. This beverage came with ladles of real chocolate from vats in the back... like three different kinds of chocolate. It was the best mocha I have ever had, bar none. I tried to recreate the experience at the Wallingford one but they burned something, I don't know if it was the chocolate, the coffee, or the milk. Anyway I don't bother with Wallingford, just the Green Lake one on days when I feel like I might otherwise die.
Drink your hot chocolate, then scrape the extra chocolate out of the cup with a spoon (not a chocolate-covered spoon, although they do make them). You can ask for a ratio of milk to dark chocolate. You can stay up late (the Wallingford location is open until late) drinking pure chocolate only adulterated by a little milk. You can thank your lucky stars that you are in a time when, and place where, a chocolate bar seemed like a good idea to someone.
with all the coffee shops around I am always very pleased and excited when I find one that actually knows the art of coffee. Chocolati did me well, and has no beef with wifi loungers. its a little dark and incondusive to a social cafe experience, and the upstairs gets pretty warm however this can be seen as a cozy place to dwell in thought and sip a great cup of coffee.
There are 3 of these places! THREE! After eating Pho with a friend on Aurora Ave, I asked her about the Chocolati sign next door. "Oh, that's just their factory," she says and whisks me off to Greenwood Ave (& 82nd?) where I enjoy the best Cinnamon truffle with an 8 oz macchiato (which is correctly made with coffee and "stained" with a little milk (foamed or not hot or cold -whichever you like and ask for) no starbucks latte/caramel b.s. in this cafe! hooray!) My friend kept wickedly stirring and eating her chocolate mocha long after she was done drinking it, enjoying the melted chocolate at the bottom of the cup(she had asked for heavy on the chocolate and they weren't joking around.) We enjoyed the drinks and truffles (and a Neko Case CD playing in the background) and my friend informs me that there is a Greenlake Cafe and one just blocks from my house in Wallingford (open til midnight).
Not only are their chocolate truffles heavenly, but the prices are unbelievable! I'm spending my Valentine's money on their chocolates since they are made locally and I know they'll be fresh. Hopefully the box will make it to the 14th without being opened and eaten by me! If you get a chance, you have to try their truffles, I recommend the Cinnamon Aztec and the Cocoa Beware, I had those on the advice of the Barista and they couldn't have been more perfect!
Organic locally roasted espresso, fair trade chocolate, and a Monday through Friday morning happy hour? Oh hell yeah! Wallingford Chocolati is definately one of the most creatively layed out cafes in Seattle, and their prices for espresso and chocolate are great. They make their own chocolate here in Seattle and serve Lighthouse coffee and espresso, good stuff. They are also open late, (11pm), and have a great atmosphere. Oh and the music the baristas play kicks ass, good variety and stuff you would not usually hear played anywhere. Like Captain Beafheart. I highly recommend this local secret!
I've been buying hot chocolate from these guys since they opened. I've never had any better.