Ultimate Guide to Cider & Hot Chocolate in WNY

City Guide, Drink, Food & Drink


Written by Nora Hassan

Published on September 9, 2020

Photo Courtesy of Overwinter Coffee

‘Tis the season, that is, the fall season. Among our pumpkin and apple adventures, we always love to stop for a seasonal sip. Although these drinks are not caffeinated or part of your daily rituals, they are still worthy of a stop. We often overlook our local shops for convenience and ease, but luckily you can have a little more fun with these specialty drinks. Plan a fall activity, take a relaxing day off, and make a stop at one of these places to complete your fall adventure.
Whether you’re maxed out on your pumpkin spice latte’s or just looking for a “you earned it” treat, you can’t go wrong with a good fall drink. These places are serving up the best hot chocolate and cider that we could find in Western New York.
Did we miss one? Did we miss yours? Email us at!


Hot Apple Cider / Photo Courtesy of Mayer Bros

1. Mayer Bros’ Cider Mill

1540 Seneca Creek Rd, West Seneca, NY / Website
Oh, a classic. We all know about this one, but you can never appreciate it enough. Mayer Bros. serves up apple cider iced, hot, and in slushie form to accompany their apple cider flavored donuts. It’s a full must and also an apple-filled experience.

Hot Chocolate / Photo Courtesy of Grindhaus Cafe

2. Grindhaus (soy and dairy-free)

160 Allen St, Buffalo, NY 14201 / Facebook
One of the best vegan options out there, Grindhaus takes pride in their rich dairy-free hot chocolate, and the cozy mug and background are a plus.
*Grindhaus is temporarily closed but set to open September 15

3. Em Tea Coffee Cup Cafe

80 Oakgrove Ave, Buffalo, NY 14208 / Website
This on-the-corner favorite in Hamlin Park has amazing homemade meals and drinks. Check out their White Hot Chocolate AND Apple Cider offerings for a cozy neighborhood sip this fall.

Photo Courtesy of Overwinter Coffee

4. Overwinter Coffee

9 Genesee St, Buffalo, NY 14203 / Website
A go-to for your latte, americano, and even apple cider. Overwinter has great options for both beautiful hot chocolate and hot apple cider creations. (*Keep an eye out for when they bring the cider back for the season!)


Smith's Orchard Cider Mill

Photo courtesy of Smith’s Orchard

5. Smith’s Orchard Cider Mill

4960 Mapleton Rd, Lockport, NY / Website
There’s another cider mill in town (quite a few actually), and this one in Lockport is another great option for fresh cider, cider slushies and some apple picking fun.

6. Daily Planet Coffee

1862 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216 / Website
Among their many offerings, this community favorite also serves up rich and delicious hot chocolate. A great Hertel stop with insta-worthy seating and decor.

Photo Courtesy of SPoT Delaware

7. SPoT Coffee

Multiple locations / Website
Not only is their hot chocolate slightly legendary, but this season they already have a ton of seasonal drinks to choose from. The pumpkin hot chocolate is calling your name.


8. Betty’s Buffalo

 370 Virginia St, Buffalo, NY 14201 / Website
This is such a hidden gem! They have your classic and simple hot chocolate and apple cider options to add to your brunch. This option gives you a classic diner experience with incredible dishes and amazing gluten-free and vegan options!

S’Mores Hot Chocolate // Photo Courtesy of Purrfect Cafe and Gallery

9. Purrfect Cat Cafe Buffalo

1507 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216 / Website
Okay, so yes this is a cat cafe and while that is reason enough to plan a visit, they also have great hot chocolate, including a s’mores variety. That and drinks in cat terms, we’re talking Cat-ppuccion’s and a Black Cat Latte. You don’t need any other reason to stop by (Keep an eye on their seasonal menu, they typically have an amazing hot apple cider too!).

Photo Courtesy of Remedy House

10. Remedy House

429 Rhode Island St, Buffalo, NY 14213 / Website
Hot chocolate and milk choices galore. This spot also has a gorgeous interior and a perfect Allen St. fall setting for you to sip and enjoy.

11. Cherry Bank Cider Mill

5140 Townline Rd, Sanborn, NY 14132 / Facebook
Cherry Bank Cider Mill has been making fresh, sweet cider since 1944 so they know a thing or two about creating a perfect cider for a fall day.


12. Becker Farms

3724 Quaker Rd, Gasport, NY 14067 / Website
If you find yourself out apple picking at Becker Farms, add a hot or cold apple cider to the mix for that extra fall touch.

Hot Chocolate / Photo courtesy of Platter’s Chocolate

13. Platter’s Chocolate

908 Niagara Falls Blvd, North Tonawanda, NY 14120 / Website
At Platter’s Chocolate, you’ll find various types of hot chocolate offered from milk and dark chocolate to orange and white chocolate. Top it off with whipped cream and chocolate shavings for the full package. Currently for the fall, they also offer their chaider which is an apple cider and chai concoction served hot or cold for that fall feeling.

14. Red Barrel Cider Mill

8978 Boston State Rd, Boston, NY 14025
For the Southtowners, this is for you. Red Barrel Cider Mill is known to have fresh, sweet cider as well as other fall-like items in their shop.

15. Goodrich Coffee & Tea

9450 Main St, Clarence, NY 14031 / Website
Yes, it’s a coffee & tea shop but that doesn’t mean hot chocolate is not on the menu! Grab a hot chocolate this fall and stay tuned on their facebook for other fall specials.
Did we miss one? Did we miss yours? Email us at!

Written by <a href="" target="_self">Nora Hassan</a>

Written by Nora Hassan

Nora is studying Marketing and Fashion Business at Canisius College and FIT. She's really into local art and murals and always love to try new things!
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