When it comes to coffee, I don’t mess around. Caffeine is crucial to get through the day. And it’s also the perfect occasion to catch up with friends! So I’ve put together for you a list of my favorite cafes around Boston. It’s not exhaustive, but you can be certain that you’ll find great coffee, yummy pastries, and a warm atmosphere at all of these!
1. Thinking Cup [ 85 Newbury Street ] From the high quality coffee, to the extensive selection of decadent desserts, to the unique tables decorated with antique newspapers, this little café has it all. I love stopping in to Thinking Cup for a quick caffeination pitstop, or to spend a few hours reading, relaxing, and musing over the historic news of decades and centuries past on the table tops.
2. Café Algiers [ 40 Brattle Street, Harvard Square ] This quirky little locale fits perfectly into the Harvard Square vibe. The interior is eclectically decorated and tightly packed, so you’re likely to learn a thing or two overhearing the conversation between Harvard students at the table nearby.
3. Caffé Nero [ 560 Washington Street ] While this is technically a chain café, it has all the charm and quality of a local spot. The decor and seating layout are cozy and make you feel you’re at home with family and friends! As a European-based café, they know how to please the palate with coffee and snacks as well.
4. Caffé Dello Sport [ 308 Hanover Street ] In the heart of the North End, this little cafe feels like it’s in Rome! It’s cash-only, there’s always a soccer match on tv with enthusiastic Italians yelling at the screen, and the espresso shots are good and strong.
5. Panificio Bistro & Bakery [ 144 Charles Street ] You’ll think you’ve stepped foot into a café in the heart of Rome as you walk through the doorway of Panificio. Whether for a coffee and time spent reading, full brunch to catch up with friends, or a quick sip to power you through shopping on Charles Street, this café will surely please. I recommend the apple cinnamon raisin french toast, and a bakery treat for later!
6. Sonsie Restaurant [ 327 Newbury Street ] And for a dose of Parisian charm, stop by Sonsie. A gathering spot for sipping lattes and chatting with friends, this café has no shortage of character. And in the summer, the whole front of the restaurant is opened, making the café and the bustling city feel as one.
7. Render Coffee [ 563 Columbus Avenue ] About as hipster as they come, this café boasts some of the fanciest coffee I have seen brewed. Grab a coffee and goat cheese quiche, and settle in for some quality café time with prime people-watching!
8. Paris Creperie [ 278 Harvard Street ] Out in Coolidge Corner, this cafe has all the charm of a Parisian cafe. And with your latte, you can enjoy a crepe that is so delicious you’ll swear you’ve been transported to France!
9. LA Burdick Handmade Chocolates [ 220 Clarendon Street ] If it’s your sweet tooth driving the decision, look no further than LA Burdick. The enrapturing charm of this chocolate shoppe café begins the moment your eye spots its Bavarian cottage exterior. The chocolatiers are perfectly charming, the chocolate like gold, and the handcrafted coffee beverages delectable!
10. CuppaCoffee [ 1 Merrimac Street ] This may just be the tiniest coffee shop in the city. Perfect for a coffee on the go, this cute little shop serves up a mean cup of joe!
11. Wired Puppy [ 250 Newbury Street ] The focus is on the coffee here, so don’t come by if you’re in a rush. The baristas expertly craft each cup, and you can really taste the difference. Even though it’s located on the busy and noisy Newbury Street, this cafe maintains a quiet appeal for those looking to do some work or reading over their cup of joe.
12. Caffé Vittoria [ 290 Hanover Street ] Unapologetically old-school Italian, this cafe practically begs you to try a slice of the tiramisu with your coffee. And yes, it’s most definitely worth the calories. Nobody makes a tiramisu and espresso like the Italians.
13. Café Bella Vita [ 30 Charles Street ] In an odd twist of events, this café delivers on the Italian charm it advertises, though it is run entirely by a middle eastern family. They manage to impress with every dish and drink though, and you’d be wise to grab some gelato before you leave!
14. Flour Bakery [ 131 Clarendon Street ] There’s no secret that Flour Bakery has some of the best pastries in town to go alongside your morning coffee. Try to avoid the pre-work rush hour, but even if you can’t, this place is worth the wait! I highly recommend the breakfast sandwich.
15. Trident Booksellers & Cafe [ 338 Newbury Street ] The last independently owned book shop, it’s the perfect spot to show up early to a coffee date. There are tons of books to peruse, and the breakfast menu doesn’t disappoint either. The must-try coffee here is the Vermont maple syrup latte!
16. Tatte Bakery & Cafe [ 70 Charles Street ] New to the Beacon Hill scene, Tatte has taken the neighborhood by storm. The coffee is fantastic and strong, the pastries are sweet and flakey, and the cafe is so adorable that I’m sure I’ll see a fashion shoot when I line up for my coffee one day!
17. Boston Common Coffee Co. [ 515 Washington Street ] A Boston classic, this is a great spot to grab a cup of coffee before heading to a show, as it sits in the middle of the theatre district.
18. Russell House Tavern [ 14 John F Kennedy Street, Harvard Square ] Known for its dinner and drinks excellence, the Russell House Tavern has a brunch menu that is to die for! Come for a quick coffee, a brunch with friends, or a leisurely latte and newspaper, but don’t miss out on the morning buzz here.
19. Pavement Coffeehouse [ 286 Newbury Street ] The seating is impossible in the winter, but the coffee here is worth the wait. In the summer, the outdoor seating area is perfectly positioned for some people-watching on Newbury Street!
20. Green T Coffee Shop [ 754 Huntington Avenue ] Located just off Longwood Ave, this cafe offers a great selection of coffee and open store front to allow for maximum fresh air. And just like the name suggests, it’s right on the Green E line.
I think this list should keep you caffeinated for awhile! You may also like to read my recommendations for restaurants around Boston, which you can find right here!
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