No Boston holiday tradition is more timeless than the Nutcracker Ballet. This December see a wide variety of performances in Boston. From November 28 until December 31 enjoy this time honored tradition of Mikko Nissinen’s Nutcracker. As The Boston Globe states “the dancing, even more than the gemstones, shines” and we couldn’t agree more.
But the Boston Ballet’s rendition of the Nutcracker isn’t the only Nutcracker performance in Boston. For another artistic perspective, see Jose Mateo’s Nutcracker, which opens November 28 (tickets start at $38 per person.) The Jose Mateo company is a 20-member company that is known for their original work and unique interpretations of classical ballets. We also are fans of the Tony Williams’ Urban Nutcracker, a modern spin on the Nutcracker set to Duke Ellington’s jazz.
After you see the Nutcracker Ballet grab some hot cocoa. Trust us there is no shortage of options in Beantown. Here are our Top Five Places to Grab a Cup of Hot Chocolate in Boston so you can beat that New England chill (and satisfy your sweet tooth).
L.A. Burdick Chocolate Shop and Café (220 Clarendon St. & 52 Brattle St.,Cambridge) is a boutique chocolatier with two Boston locations. After you finish salivating over the wide variety of chocolates on display, pop into their café for a cup of their decadent hot chocolate. Their drinking chocolates are made with Burdick Blend Dark Chocolate and are also available in both milk and white chocolate. Pair that with their variety of European pastries and you couldn’t ask for a better afternoon treat. Our top picks include Zuger Kirsch and scrumptious Hazelnut Orange Cakes.
The Thinking Cup (165 Tremont St.) serves acclaimed Stumptown Coffee (currently the “Number 1 coffee in the world” according to NPR, The New York Times, Food & Wine Magazine, and USA Today) and has internationally recognized baristas — it really takes the coffee shop to the next level. Their hot chocolate and their mocha coffee drinks are outstanding. Their French hot chocolate is made up of 64% Tainori Valhorna Drinking Chocolate
Another of our top five places to grab a cup of hot chocolate in Boston is Flour Bakery and Café (12 Farnsworth St.) With over 5 different Boston locations, there are ample opportunities to experience the baked goodness that goes with any treat from Flour Bakery. Flour serves up a delicious spiced hot cocoa, which puts a fun and unique twist on a classic favorite.
The Met Back Bay (279 Dartmouth Street) serves up modern American fare and we were blown away by the “Boston.Hot Chocolate Experience” which is a flight of 4 hot chocolates which include a classic hot chocolate, Mexican, salted almond and peppermint. Sip to your heart’s content!