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Hot Chocolate Sparrow

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Coffee Shop, Sandwiches, Dessert, Bakeries
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5 Old Colony Way, Orleans, MA 02653
+1 508-240-2230
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6:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Drinks, Coffee & Tea, Dessert, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: With the love of chocolate and a loan, we started The Chocolate Sparrow, a...
With the love of chocolate and a loan, we started The Chocolate Sparrow, a simple candy shop, in 1989 in North Eastham. Gradually we learned the art of making fine chocolate and the business of selling it. In 1991 we opened a summer shop in Wellfleet. Two years later in Orleans, we opened The Hot Chocolate Sparrow, a cafe complete with coffee from around the world, desserts of every indulgence, and our own hand-dipped chocolates. Here we could offer specialty coffee drinks in a sophisticated but welcoming atmosphere. We have grown into a local institution, open early morning to late night, every day of the year except Christmas. We created a place where people can connect. Our cafe is recognized Cape-wide, our chocolate is sent all over the country, and our coffee, desserts, and fudge have been voted #1 numerous times in various local surveys. No wonder we are recognized as "The Best on the Lower Cape."
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  • 25
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  • 9
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Yummy ice cream and baked goods! Great roadside stop on the Cape Cod Rail Trail

During a roundtrip 26 mile ride on the Cape Cod Rail Trail, my family stopped for ice cream and bakery items. Everything was REALLY delicious. Unfortunately since we were on bikes - we couldn't take away anything more. The shop / restaurant is filled with goodies - including specialty candies... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
CindyInHopkinton
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Hopkinton, Massachusetts
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  • Dining on a budget
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
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Hopkinton, Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

During a roundtrip 26 mile ride on the Cape Cod Rail Trail, my family stopped for ice cream and bakery items. Everything was REALLY delicious. Unfortunately since we were on bikes - we couldn't take away anything more. The shop / restaurant is filled with goodies - including specialty candies, large selection of baked goods, sandwiches and salads, and of... More 

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Peekskill, New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Very disappointed by a recent visit. Normally, one of my favorite places but I was disappointed this time. I had an iced White Chocolate Hot Chocolate, while my 2 other friends had frozen cappuccino. Their cappuccino were done in less than 5 minutes. I waited 10 minutes & was told that it was because they were busy. This was not... More 

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John L, Owner at Hot Chocolate Sparrow, responded to this review

I am very sorry to hear about your negative experience during your last visit. Long wait times are frustrating for me to hear as well, especially when it isn't busy. The next time you drop by ask for an owner and I will make sure we make up for this! More 

ORLEANS
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

CS does a great job on chocolate and Coffe but expect to pay tourist prices. For all the show, the tea never tastes like it's tea but rather a very weak version. I've tried a few bakery goods and they have never tasted fresh. The egg sandwiches are microwaved so they don't have much flavor. My family really likes the... More 

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Rochester, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We always make a point to stop here for coffee and pastry or ice cream when we visit Orleans every summer. We always take home a box of their delicious chocolates. It doesn't matter what time of day you go, it is always very busy.

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Hopkinton, NH
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59 reviews 59 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Great stop for coffee and hot chocolate. We went on a Friday afternoon and the place was packed. A local C&W style band was strumming along. Terrific place to chill out for a bit. Prices were reasonable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 via mobile

Just stopped for coffee when we were on our bikes. So many goodies to choose. Had to go back later for ice cream! So much for burning calories on our bikes......

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We stopped at the hot chocolate sparrow on a Sunday afternoon and the place was packed. Despite this the wait for our drinks and sandwich wasn't tremendously long. I got a raspberry lime smoothie like drink which was very refreshing a good and a sandwich that need a little more flavor. The chocolate and candy is very good . Costumer... More 

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10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

As a full time resident this place is always crowded but is worth coming in. Staff service is excellent, check out chocolates being made, also make sure to try some. They have coffee,hot chocolate, teas, sandwiches, soups, ice cream. They are located across the street form the bike trail. You do want to stop here but expect it to be... More 

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Harwich, Massachusetts, USA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Great spot for goodies with a huge selection.Homemade candies are outstanding as well as the pastries,with a huge coffee selection. Prices are fair with a friendly helpful staff. They do get packed with the tourist crowd,but things move right along.

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Portage, Wisconsin
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13 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We stopped in this local hangout on a whim. Not only were the chocolates delicious but the iced hot chocolate was out of this world. I don't know if it's always that busy on a weekday or if that was out of the ordinary but I highly recommend the place.They serve sandwiches, coffee, coffee drinks and have a counter stuffed... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5 Old Colony Way, Orleans, MA 02653
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Cod  >  Orleans
  • Phone Number: +1 508-240-2230

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5
  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop, Sandwiches, Dessert, Bakeries

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Doing business, Families with children

Description

With the love of chocolate and a loan, we started The Chocolate Sparrow, a simple candy shop, in 1989 in North Eastham. Gradually we learned the art of making fine chocolate and the business of selling it. In 1991 we opened a summer shop in Wellfleet. Two years later in Orleans, we opened The Hot Chocolate Sparrow, a cafe complete with coffee from around the world, desserts of every indulgence, and our own hand-dipped chocolates. Here we could offer specialty coffee drinks in a sophisticated but welcoming atmosphere. We have grown into a local institution, open early morning to late night, every day of the year except Christmas. We created a place where people can connect. Our cafe is recognized Cape-wide, our chocolate is sent all over the country, and our coffee, desserts, and fudge have been voted #1 numerous times in various local surveys. No wonder we are recognized as "The Best on the Lower Cape."
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 11:00 pm

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