Xocoa and I have a very straightforward relationship. Though we love each other, we’re allowed to date others. In fact, I take my ‘others’ to Xocoa since it’s a perfect place to start a date.
It all started with the smell of hot chocolate. I was simply passing through and I was lured inside by the scent of warm chocolate on a grey winter day. Once inside, a large array of bonbons started smiling at me. In the end, the cookies with dark chocolate and hazelnuts got to go home with me.
I swore I’d return for the hot chocolate and on a cold and cloudy day I did. With the cup in my hand I happily wandered through the Baixa area until I reached Cais das Colunas, in Terreiro do Paço. By then, the night had fallen and I could still smell the fragrance of cocoa in my empty cup.
As the cold months don’t last long in Lisbon, the hot beverages quickly turn into ice cream. There are plenty of shops that sell high quality ice cream in Lisbon, but now you know about one that sells great chocolate ice cream (and other flavours) and doesn’t have a line that goes outside and around the block!