On the Rail Trail in Orleans (with a convenient window for ice cream), Hot Chocolate Sparrow is on my short list of never-miss-driving-by-without-stopping-in-for-something-anything!
Proprietor Marje Sparrow sends her staff to “espresso lab” to make sure they know the hows and whys of making a consistent cup. Without a doubt, they make the best cappuccino, lattes, and hot chocolate between Beantown and Provincetown . . . not to mention frozen espresso drinks like “affogato” (with soft-serve ice cream), “the bash” (with fresh raspberries), and old-fashioned freshly squeezed lemonade.
Come at 7 AM when the scones and croissants pour out of the ovens. Or come whenever, since all cookies are made on the premises. In addition to an overflowing blackboard menu, they also make luscious hand-dipped chocolates and sweet treats. The candy counter is filled with treats like “bark” chock-full of pecans and cranberries or peppermint and myriad other temptations. Marje’s big space is a terrific place to hang out (and boasts free WiFi).
Behind the CVS off Route 6A.