1. Thinking Cup

prac_info 165 Tremont St

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A cozy place to socialize on Boston Common, Thinking Cup serves teas and Stumptown-roasted coffee. Knowledgeable baristas offer assistance with your choice of espresso drinks or pour-overs. The menu also includes tempting pastries and sandwiches.


Comfortable split-level interior of Thinking Cup

2. Wired Puppy

prac_info 250 Newbury St

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This coffee shop in the middle of Newbury Street is popular with the local office crowd. Try their artisan espresso, gourmet coffee drinks, and fresh pastries. There’s also free use of their computer and Wi-Fi.

3. Caffè Vittoria

prac_info 296 Hanover St

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The jukebox at the largest of North End’s Italian cafés is heavily loaded with songs recorded by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Al Martino. The menu is long on short coffees and short drinks, including at least seven varieties of grappa, as well as a fair selection of Italian ices.

4. Mike’s Pastry

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Mike’s is legendary for its 20 or so flavors of fresh cannolis. There is a café where all the baked goodies are available – cupcakes, biscotti, brownies, cakes, pies, cookies, and specialty items – along with gourmet brews. The lines can be long, especially on weekends, but they do tend to move quickly (see Mike’s Pastry).

5. Sonsie

prac_info 327 Newbury St

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Although continental breakfast is served, Sonsie doesn’t really get going until lunchtime. By dusk, it is full of folks who just stopped in for a post-work drink and ended up making an evening of it. The food – pizza, pasta, and fusion-tinged entrées – deserves more attention than most café-goers give it.

6. Barrington Coffee Roasting Company Café

prac_info 346 Congress St, Fort Point

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This western Massachusetts coffee roaster brought its acclaimed selection of single-origin coffees to this artistic neighborhood at Fort Point Channel. There is a second outlet now at Newbury Street. Espresso and drip coffee get equal billing, as many of the lighter roasts are best brewed one drip cup at a time. Regular tasting events are a popular feature.

7. 1369 Coffee House

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A community-based café, 1369 has a definite neighborly atmosphere. The original Inman Square branch (see 1369 Coffee House) has a more interesting cross section of ages and ethnicities but Central Square has sidewalk seating. Both branches serve mostly caffeine drinks and sweets – with sandwiches at lunch.

8. Dado Tea

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However you like your tea – white, black, or green – this eco-friendly shop serves a choice of blends, alongside organic wraps, sandwiches and salads. Dado offers a selection of gluten-free and vegan options too. Coffee-lovers are accommodated, but tea rules here (see Dado Tea).

9. Blue State Coffee

prac_info 155 Seaport Blvd

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This community-oriented coffee shop serves a variety of freshly roasted fair trade coffee. The menu features salads, sandwiches, and granola, all made with locally sourced produce. The café also sells savory and sweet scones, muffins and cakes, including vegan and gluten-free options. Blue State donates a percentage of their sales to local non-profit organizations.

10. Max Brenner

prac_info 745 Boylston St

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Chocoholics will demand a trip to this celebration of all things cocoa. Savor a chocolate martini, or try the Illegal Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Pancakes, made with 70 percent dark chocolate cream, milk chocolate shavings, spiced pecans and caramelized bananas. There are non-chocolate dishes too, such as smoked mozzarella and mushroom mac and cheese.


Max Brenner’s chocolate café


1. L. A. Burdick Chocolatiers

prac_info 52D Brattle St, Cambridge

Boston’s best hot chocolate accompanied by sinful bonbons.


L. A. Burdick Chocolatiers

2. Swissbäkers

prac_info 168 Western Ave, Allston

Family-run company producing delicious European pastries.

3. Union Square Donuts

prac_info 20 Bow St, Somerville

Small batches of donuts in sweet and savory flavors.

4. La Sultana Bakery

prac_info 240 Maverick Sq, East Boston

French and Columbian delicacies.

5. Flour Bakery & Café

prac_info 1595 Washington St • 12 Farnsworth St

Delicious cakes, cookies, and cups of excellent coffee.

6. Lulu’s Sweet Shoppe

prac_info 28 Parmenter St

Lulu’s specializes in gourmet cupcakes and retro candies.

7. Eldo Cake House

prac_info 36 Harrison Ave

Tucked away in Chinatown, Eldo has Western-style iced cakes and Chinese treats.

8. Lizzy’s Ice Cream

prac_info 29 Church St, Cambridge

Chopped candy bars and sundae toppings in super-rich ice cream.

9. Langham Boston Chocolate Bar

prac_info 250 Franklin St • Open Sep–Jun: Sat

A delicious range of French chocolate pastry and sweets.

10. Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream

prac_info 1255 Cambridge St, Cambridge

Exotic spices and flavors add punch.

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