In honour of National Chocolate Week (9-15 October), treat yourself to something sweet.
From indulgent hot chocolates to creative cocktails, these Leeds cafes and bars are serving up innovative chocolate-based drinks that will keep every chocoholic happy.
Offering a special menu of 12 decadent hot chocolates, you can fend off those cold weather blues and cosy up with a mug of heaven at the upmarket Dakota Deluxe Hotel.
The unique selection - which includes salted caramel and bourbon, fiery chocolate and mulled wine, and white chocolate and mint - launched in time for National Chocolate Week, but will remain on offer throughout the winter.
Visit: 8 Russell Street, LS1 5RN – leeds.dakotahotels.co.uk
Treat yourself to a chocolate-infused alcoholic tipple at this glamourous rooftop bar and restaurant, where three specially crafted cocktails have been launched to celebrate Chocolate Week.
Choose between a Chocolate Orange Old Fashioned, a Dark Chocolate Martini, or the Cool Chocolate.
Alternatively, go for one of their classic chocolate shakes, and spike it with a splash of bourbon or vodka for an extra £3.
Visit: Trinity Leeds, 70 Boar Lane, LS1 6HW – angelica-restaurant.com
Oakwood Café Deli
This cosy café and deli on the outskirts of Leeds not only boasts a superb breakfast and lunch menu, but it also serves a great selection of tasty sweet nibbles and drinks.
There are a variety of luxurious hot chocolates to choose from, including white and mint, each made with rich Belgian chocolate drops melted into foamed milk.
Visit: 117 New Road Side, Horsforth, LS18 4QD – oakwoodcafedeli.co.uk
As well as their deliciously indulgent freakshakes, this New York-inspired rooftop bar and grill is marking Chocolate Week by introducing a brand new chocolate-infused cocktail.
The Forêt Noire tastes just like black forest gateau, and is made using chocolate cherry juice, vanilla vodka, blackberry liqueur, chocolate syrup and double cream.
Visit: Victoria Gate, Rooftop, Eastgate, LS2 7AU – east59th.co.uk
Hotel Chocolat Roast + Conch
Hotel Chocolat are the masters of cocoa, and you’ll find more than enough to curb your cravings at this chocolate-dedicated café and shop.
Their velvety smooth hot chocolates come in an array of flavours, including hazelnut or chilli.
If you fancy something colder, make it a tasty iced frappes.
Visit: 55 Boar Lane, LS1 5EL – hotelchocolat.com
Incorporate chocolate into your next night out, and try one of The Alchemist’s deliciously tempting chocolate-infused cocktails.
The Chocolate Orange Sazerac, Bounty, Mint Aero and the Flavour Changing One were all made with chocolate lovers in mind.
Visit: Yorkshire House, Greek Street, LS1 5SH – thealchemist.uk.com
This quirky little café in the heart of Headingly has a great selection of hot drinks and indulgent shakes for chocoholics.
From smooth salted caramel hot chocolates, to their irresistible Nutella and Oreo flavoured milkshakes, these drinks will definitely hit the spot.
Visit: 51 Otley Road, Headingley, LS6 3AB – hattiesheadingley.com
At this dessert emporium, chocolate can be found in almost everything on the menu, and the extravagant shakes are the star of the show.
Ferrero Rocher, Nutella, Hershey Cookies and Cream, Maltesers, Aero Mint and Milky Bar are just a few of the chocolatey flavours you can enjoy in the form of an indulgent milkshake.
Visit: The Core Shopping Centre, The Headrow, LS1 6JB – kaspas.co.uk
Head to Truly Scrummy for what might be the richest hot chocolate in the city, topped with whipped cream and marshmallows
To make the treat even more luxurious, try the Truly Scrummy signature, made with Belgian chocolate drops.
Visit: 90a Town Street, Horsforth, LS18 4AP – trulyscrummy.com
Be At One
On your next trip to Be At One, treat yourself to something a little more special than your usual G&T.
The Irish Disco Biscuit (made with Baileys, green crème de menthe, Oreo cookies and vanilla ice cream), and the Buenot, (consisting of Mozart white chocolate liqueur, salted caramel Kahlua, white Kinder Bueno and ice cream), will satisfy your sweet tooth.
Visit: 19 Boar Lane, LS1 6EA / Millennium Square, Great George Street, LS2 3AD – beatone.co.uk