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Get Cosy on Sparks: Hot Cocoa Crawl

Updated: Dec 15, 2020

'Tis the season for family, fresh air & twinkling lights on Sparks Street!

Follow along our Cocoa Crawl with thanks to Alyea's Jewellers. We’re giving you the best places to stop in, sip & warm up (take-out too) while enjoying your downtown holiday walk. BONUS, every Friday you’ll have the chance to win a Sparks Street Cosy Kit full of Instagram goodies from your friends on Sparks! Scroll down to find out what's included!

Sparks Street turns holiday wonderland. Trending in Ottawa are people ho-ho-home for the holidays, looking to experience glowing lights. As a partner of Christmas Lights Across Canada, Sparks Street has decked our blocks with twinkling lights and Christmas trees. We're a safe, pedestrian friendly, FREE destination for you to stroll and take in the holiday scenery with opportunity to pop in to all our great businesses to warm up and get your gift shopping started.

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Sparks Street Hot Cocoa Crawl

Moulin De Province KD

30 Metcalfe Street

Weekdays 7:00am-5:00pm / Weekends 9:00am-5:00pm

Simplicity and quality are key when it comes to a delicious hot cocoa. Le Moulin de Provence provides a private space to share a meal and enjoy company. Large, bright windows create an open distanced space. Savour your hot chocolate with lights aglow and a little chocolate on the side. Their signature, incredible hot cocoa offerings go beyond traditional! Try the Joyeux Noel promo: 20% off with the purchase of a hot chocolate (any flavour, regular size) and any bûche de noel pastry until December 31!


96 Sparks St

Daily 7:00am-6:00pm / Weekends: Closed

Bridgehead is your neighbourhood hub, your creativity incubator, your motivation to leave the warm comfort of your bed in the morning. They work with small-scale farmers to bring you exceptional beverages. This stunning hot cocoa (available in to go cup) has incredible chocolate from Olivia Chocolatiers in Gatineau. Fair trade, organic deliciousness with whipped cream on top. Try the Peppermint too!

Presse Café

181 Queen Street

Daily 6:00am-4:00pm / Weekends: Closed

The biggest flakes of chocolate in your whipped cream cup of cocoa. The Presse Café team adores what they do and look forward to having you and your family. Pop in for a visit in the gorgeous airy cafe, lots of distanced seating & relaxing tunes. Getting your cup to go would be their pleasure as well. Welcome winter, welcome warmth in your hand.


100 Kent St

Open 7:30am - 2:30pm / Daily

The holidays are here and festive coffees are back at Starbucks. Light whip or piled fluffy and sky high - extra cocoa on top. Whatever your mood, no doubt it's holly jolly with these festive cups in hand. Steamed milk and mocha sauce topped with sweetened whipped cream and a chocolate-flavored drizzle. A timeless classic made to sweeten your spirits as you stroll downtown.

Creperie Rim

89 Sparks St

Steamed, frothy, drizzled chocolatey goodness, freshly poured to order. Creperie Rim is the bright and funky home to a family run business. Stop in for a visit and enjoy a crepe, or two or three! A delicious way to warm up and stay merry in our downtown winter wonderland.


98 Sparks St

Daily 11:30am-7:00pm / Saturday 11:00am-4:00pm

A refreshingly smooth spin on the hot cocoa - try our take! The Mocha made with real banana, Coffee, Cocoa Powder, Honey, Coconut Milk, Almond Milk with extra coconut milk on top! Power through your holiday way with the energy and delightfully chocolatey chill sips to go. Perfect for your mitts.

Tim Hortons

200 Sparks St.

Open Daily 6am-6pm

'Tis the Peppermint season! The season for classic Tim Hortons hot chocolate rich and creamy or a candy cane shake up; with four options for you to sip and savor all season long, enjoy a Peppermint Mocha, Hot Chocolate, White Hot Chocolate. YES! It is the most wonderful time of the year.

Vie Bella Market & Deli

87 Sparks Street

Bottoms up (to go)! With your hot chocolate from Vie Bella's cosy cafe, grab a sandwich to make an afternoon of it. Take home their handmade take on the popular Hot Chocolate Bombs. Featured here are handmade chocolate confections, stir-able with your steamed milk or hot chocolate at home you can even add it on the go. A little bit of chocolate fun!

Ottawa Marriott

100 Kent Street

Lobby 3-5pm Daily

Ottawa Marriott Welcomes Guests to their toasty decked halls for a complimentary hot beverage on Friday and Saturday afternoons. Let the festive spirit surround you as you sip and enjoy the lobby's welcoming warmth. This holiday season, you can even Staycation at the Marriott and do the Cocoa Crawl all over again!


101 Queen Street


Our new neighbours, reResidences, will be holding a Christmas event, their Enchanting Evening Series, December 10th in their Courtyard from 5 to 7 p.m. featuring a projected vintage movie on the Heritage brick wall, a saxophonist with a classic musical set, and a free Hot Chocolate bar in partnership with Moulin de Provence KD. See below for the chocolatey surprise they have for our upcoming Cosy Kit Giveaways! It's the bomb ;)

Alyea Jewellers

50 Sparks Street

Daily 10am-5pm / Sunday - Monday: Closed

No Hot Chocolate is truly complete without a pearly white whipped topping and Alyea Jewellers has just the string of marshmallows to complete your delightful Cocoa Crawl! You'll find out more in our Cosy Kit Giveaway! Details further down!

Keep on Cocoa Crawling to these great spots:

Timothy's Cafe: 240 Sparks Street Open Daily 8am-1:00pm / Weekends: Closed

Palermo Express: 143 Sparks Street

Open Daily / Weekends: Closed

Deli Kat Cafe: 277 Sparks Street

Open Daily 6:00am-4:30pm / Weekends: Closed

Cosy Kit Giveaway

With the kick off of our Cocoa Crawl, we want to make sure we keep you warm while you explore all the hot chocolatey offerings on Sparks! Throughout the Fridays of December (4, 11, 18), we will be giving away a Cosy Kit filled with goodies from our local small businesses plus some #MySparksStreet swag! Here’s what’s included:

1 Sparks Street toque 1 Sparks Street tote 1 Sparks Street reusable travelling mug 1 Sparks Street lanyard 1 Sparks Street pen 1 Sparks Street notepad 1 $15 Gift Certificate to either Le Moulin de Provence KD or Presse Café 1 $25 Gift Certificate from Freshii Sparks 1 Hot Chocolate Bomb box from reResidences 2 Chocolate Spoon confectionary kits from Vie Bella Market & Deli 2 Freshwater Pearl Necklace from Alyea Jewellers !

Enter through our weekly Instagram Giveaway post! BIG Thank You to all our contributing members!! Be sure to show them some social media love - especially if you win!! Fingers crossed!!

We look forward to seeing what you've tried! Tag us on Social using #MySparksStreet. Contest Rules