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Hot Chocolate Sparrow

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Bakery, Coffee Shop, Dessert, Sandwiches
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5 Old Colony Way, Orleans, MA 02653
508.240.2230
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6:30 am - 7:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 6:30 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Families with children
Doing business
Dining on a budget

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 144
    Excellent
  • 97
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Best espresso drinks in the area

Discovered this place on a rainy day, and have loved it ever since. The coffee is amazing and the baked goods are decadent. Have a hot chocolate sparrow. You won't regret it.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
Oceanlakelady
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Albany, New York
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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277 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Albany, New York
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Discovered this place on a rainy day, and have loved it ever since. The coffee is amazing and the baked goods are decadent. Have a hot chocolate sparrow. You won't regret it.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Affectionately known as "The Sparrow," this is my favorite place in Orleans to get coffee. They have at least eight self-serve canisters available at all times: from mild city roasts to dark and robust Vietnamese beans, the Sparrow family blows Dunkin's away. Hopping year-round, I've been to The Sparrow for sandwiches, ice cream, restaurant-quality desserts, and breakfast pastries. Of course,... More 

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Sandwich, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

For a place that is named after their specialty Hot Chocolate, you think they'd have a good hot chocolate. It's bitter, not creamy, and very tasteless. It takes like mud in some hot water. And their chocolate was stale. Don't waste your time, your money or your taste buds on this garbage.

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Orleans, Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Desserts to keep you up all night! Great coffee, cakes, pies and CHOCOLATE! Go in and enjoy free wifi, local news great coffee.

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Orleans, Massachusetts
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Quaint place to catch up with friends over a delicious coffee or one of their many other hot and cold offerings

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Brewster, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Hot Chocolate Sparrow has yummy pastries and hot chocolate to die for! I have to control myself and not go there too often or I would surely double in size.

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Orleans, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Chocolate Sparrow is a mid-Cape hangout for both locals and tourists and that's its main attribute. The coffee is good, pastries are okay and other food is only average. Staff can be pretty full of themselves, too. Here's a tip: go to the Hole in One for great donuts and muffins, but forget their coffee. Bring your reasonably priced... More 

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Orleans, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Like the coffee drinks, love the chocolate truffles, great breakfast pastries, scones, etc. Good WIFI and newspaper selections. Very popular and nearly always crowded. Can generally get a seat.

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Chatham, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Located right next to the bike path in Orleans, MA, this delightful bakery, chocolate, coffee shop is a popular place with the locals. Bring your appetite and your sweet tooth and you will not be disappointed. I personally like their coffee, muffins, cookies and cakes. So many things to try ....even for those of us who try to be careful... More 

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Dennis Port, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

This place is advertised as the best lunch and candy spot on the lower Cape. We recently visited and it was a huge disappointment. Our order was simple: A Hot Chocolate, which was horrible. I thought what better thing to order, but wrong!! One in the party ordered a mini sandwich which had sun dried tomatoes as one of the... 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: 508.240.2230

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 10
  • Cuisine: Bakery, Coffee Shop, Dessert, Sandwiches

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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 - 7:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?