UPDATED: November 2015: We've highlighted some of the coziest cafes and sweets stops in Fairfield County, CT, where families can grab a steaming mug of cold-weather beverages like hot cocoa or tea. The next time you venture out in the sleet and snow to gather a few more gifts, or after a day of sledding, make it a point to take a break and treat yourself (and your little holiday helper, of course!). And check out the full guide if you're venturing into the city!
131 Post Road E., Westport
Offers more than a hundred pure and blended teas ranging from traditional, imported Chinese and Japanese selections, as well as medicinal, and seasonal signature blended concoctions.
12 S. Main St., Norwalk
Wednesday, 11am-9pm; Thursday, 11am-10pm; Friday and Saturday, 11am-12pm; Sunday, 10:30am-5pm.
The café and retail store, offering goodies from Knipschildt Chocolatier, provides a “behind the scenes peek” into old fashioned, handmade chocolate making. Specialties include Chocopologie, a half-espresso, half-dark chocolate drink, topped with lavender foam. Also serves Turkish coffee, spicy hot chocolate, frozen hot chocolate, and milk shakes. Soups, sandwiches, salads, and crepes also offered.
108 Main St., New Canaan
Monday-Saturday, 6am-5pm; Sunday, 6am-2pm
Hot chocolate made from steamed milk (regular or skim), and an assortment of syrups to flavor it to one’s liking. The café also offers more than 10 loose-leaf tea blends, an array of all-natural muffins and scones, and lunch specials, including panini.
The Drawing Room
220 E. Putnam Ave., Cos Cob
Serves breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea with fresh scones, butters and jams, and finger sandwiches. Offers an extensive menu of herbal, oolong, green, and black teas by the pot or as a tea latte; as well as hot coffee beverages and decadent desserts.
27 Elm St., New Canaan
Tuesday-Saturday, 8:30am-4pm; Sunday, 9am-3pm
Serves breakfast, lunch, and brunch, as well as espresso drinks, herbal and flavored teas, and hot chocolate with steamed milk and whipped cream.
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