It’s that time of year when the first autumn chill arrives, hinting at the cold winter to come. When the temperatures drop, nothing beats a warm drink to hold and sip while you enjoy the smells and colors of fall leaves. Slip out into the city for the best hot drinks in Baltimore to truly enjoy everything this season has to offer.

Miss Shirley’s 
513 W. Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, Md. 21210
(410) 889-5272

It’s easy to understand why people wait outside in the cold for a seat at Miss Shirley’s. In memory of Shirley McDowell, an educator in the food industry, the restaurant uses fresh ingredients in creative breakfasts and appetizing lunches, easily gaining the favor of any palate. Much of the menu may be enjoyed with a large mug of simple hot chocolate, topped with decadent whipped cream, which will certainly warm you from head to toe. To spread the warmth to the masses, Miss Shirley’s has expanded to Inner Harbor and Annapolis locations, not to mention its popular food truck.

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Woodberry Kitchen
2010 Clipper Park Road #126
Baltimore, Md. 21211
(410) 464-8000

There’s something charming about hidden gems in quiet, quaint locations. A rustic atmosphere will greet guests a short walk away from the light rail’s Woodberry stop. Whether having brunch, dinner or dessert, feel free to order an espresso, macchiato, cappuccino, french press coffee or tea. However, it is best to take advantage of this time of year by indulging your senses with a choice of mocha, maple or honey latte. The Woodberry Kitchen supports the community by offering farm-fresh ingredients from local growers, and holds yearly special event dinners and festivals.

289 W. Main St.
Westminster, Md. 21158
(410) 848-7413

Autumn would not be the same without that familiar cup of cider. Visit Baugher’s diner-style restaurant to enjoy its seasonal hot spiced cider along with a hearty country meal. A cool, sweet apple cider is also available. While you are already out of the city, venture out a little further by taking a 10-minute drive to the Westminster countryside to pick your own fruits at Baugher’s orchards and farm market through Christmas Eve.

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Chocolatea Cafe
3811 Canterbury Road
Baltimore, Md. 21218
(410) 366-0095

While nearby Johns Hopkins students buckle down throughout the fall semester with long hours of studying, this small cafe with a relaxing atmosphere is the perfect place to take a break with a hot drink in hand. Enjoy a variety of green, white, black, oolong and chai teas, but it is the coco-latte flavors that are most intriguing here. Have caramel, hazelnut or peppermint added to your hot chocolate drink for a little more of the comforts of home. For the extra enthusiastic, go for the peanut butter and marshmallow, chipotle pepper and cinnamon, or banana puree choices. Also on the menu are hearty bowls of soup, sandwiches and filling breakfasts with prices that are easy on the wallet.

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4607 Harford Road
Baltimore, Md. 21214
(410) 254-0122

Coffee enthusiasts unite, Zeke’s simple retail space provides locally roasted coffee selections, including conventional as well as signature blends. Better yet, it is backed by a nearby roastery to guarantee fresh coffee daily. This coffee is available at many Baltimore restaurants and stores, and often makes an appearance at local farmers’ markets. Don’t let the season fly by without tasting a cup of Zeke’s coffee.

Bertha’s Mussels
734 S. Broadway St.
Baltimore, Md. 21231
(410) 327-5795

Everyone loves Bertha’s mussels, but it is her hot-buttered rum that is the favorite in cooler weather. For adults 21 and older, this rich, sweet drink served in a glass mug may be paired with seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes. Enjoy it while listening to live music from the bar. You’re always guaranteed a fun time in Fells Point, so start the night off right with this amazing rum drink.

Pam Smith graduated from Penn State with a B.A. in English and a passion for writing. Her adaptive nature led her to work in the scientific, energy supply, and business industries while writing on a multitude of topics for various online media. Pam currently resides in Baltimore County. Her work can be found at