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Hot Chocolate Sparrow

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5 Old Colony Way, Orleans, MA 02653
+1 508-240-2230
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6:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Dining on a budget
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
great place after a bike ride or on a cold winter's day

Great variety of coffee, wonderful hot chocolate and fresh bakery as well as ice cream served from an window in the summer. Alway today's newspapers on the shelf to read as you sip. Usually crowded and slightly noisy but warm and welcoming.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Kerry M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great variety of coffee, wonderful hot chocolate and fresh bakery as well as ice cream served from an window in the summer. Alway today's newspapers on the shelf to read as you sip. Usually crowded and slightly noisy but warm and welcoming.

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Thank Kerry M
Orleans, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Alex is the best fast and efficient very businesslike organized friendly extremely helpful asked 100.00 dollar gift card he knew exactly what to do the Gift card is for fellow co-worker at Staples for 15 years of service the coffee is top notch the absolute best on the cape.

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Thank Kathylee123
Orleans, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Coffee is good. Crowded and I have to take a shower and wash my clothes when I get home. The cooking smell clings to everything.

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Thank Judy G
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

Love the Sparrow! From the candy (sea salt caramels are to die for!!) to the coffee (always have great seasonal flavors in addition to hazelnut, FV, etc) to the indulgent frozen drinks (hello frozen hot chocolate made with real chocolate and topped with decadent whipped cream) to the yummy paninis (the eggplant w/ cheddar and balsamic is my all time... More 

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Thank beachm0m81
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

From ice cream drinks , cake slices ,coffee elixes to confectionary delights , the Sparrow has it all. It is a completely satisfying sweet experience. We make it our 'must stop' ritual when the vacation is over and the long drive home awaits us. It certainly makes our leaving the Cape less sad and much more of a sweet goodbye.... More 

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Thank sfw68
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This beautifully displayed, warm, sweet sensation of a cafe is a hidden secret. A great stop after a movie or windy walk on the beach. Great selection of beverages and sweets. Definitely worth a ride!

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Thank newfun
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Definitely Go The Sparrow, as locals call it, makes some of the best chocolates anywhere. And I'm not just talking about Cape Cod. I would put these confections up against the best. Seriously. They also serve coffee, espresso, lattes, etc. It's a nice place to hang out and find out what's happening in the area. Enjoy!

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Thank GoDontGo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

The only Starbucks in Orleans in inside stop n Shop grocery store. Not a real one. The real one is HCS. Get prepared drinks unless you can abide coffee in thermos carafes. One of my faves is an Earl Grey Latte with two tea bags. Awesome. Best value summer frozen drink is their regular size frozen cappuchino. Like 3.35 and... More 

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Thank capecuddy
Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

My husband and I went here two nights in a row during our stay on the cape. The coffee and hot chocolate were delicious! We split a piece of cheesecake the first night but overall we weren't so impressed with it. There is a large candy and fudge selection. Great place for kids and adults alike.

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Thank AmyR1981
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

More frequently than not, If I make a trip to Orleans chances are I am going to stop at the sparrow. Most of the things sold are made in house, drinks and coffee are amazing as well as the candy and chocolates sold! Staff is kind and efficient and take the time to conversate and make a note to remember... 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: Cafe, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, 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 - 8:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm

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