The Ultimate Guide to Finding the Best Coffee in Boston
Are you a coffee lover on the hunt for the best cup of joe in Boston? Look no further! In this article, we will take you on a tantalizing journey through the bustling streets of Boston, uncovering the city's hidden gems and beloved coffee hotspots. Whether you prefer a cozy café, a trendy roaster, or a charming bakery, we've got you covered. Join us as we explore the vibrant Boston coffee scene, sip by sip, and discover the city's best coffee.
Broadsheet Coffee Roasters
Visit Broadsheet Coffee if you're in search of single-origin brews and enjoy the aroma of coffee roasting. This specialty coffee roastery in Cambridge sources beans transparently from various regions across the world and ships them nationwide. Head over to their coffee house near Harvard Yard (currently only open for takeout) to inquire about the available roasts for that day, including drip coffee drinks, cold brew, and double-shot espresso drinks. Take a look at the map to find the location.
Curio Coffee and Wine
Curio Coffee is a small, new-wave coffee shop in Cambridge that currently operates for takeout only. This place is a gem in the neighborhood, serving expert shots of espresso, Taza hot chocolate, and their standout Liège-style Belgian waffles. They also offer seasonal streetside seating and serve smash burgers and natural wines on select evenings. Be sure to visit their chic little space with its white tiles, mounted faux-animal heads, and live plants. Here's the map to find the location.
Credit: George Howell Coffee
Curio Coffee, Cambridge
Instagram @curiocoffeeStop by Curio Coffee in Cambridge for their amazing coffee and waffles. They are known for serving some of the best waffles in Massachusetts, including their delicious seasonal flavors like apple cider waffles. You can find them at 441 Cambridge St, Cambridge.
Recreo Coffee & Roasterie
Recreo Coffee is a roasting company founded by Miriam and Hector Morales. They set up their shop in West Roxbury in 2015 to showcase coffees from Miriam's family farm in Nicaragua, which has been operating for over 40 years. They also have an outpost inside Boston City Hall. Both locations offer fresh and flavorful coffee that directly supports the farmers who harvested it.
1876 Centre St., West Roxbury, 617-553-2379; 1 City Hall Square, Third Floor Mezzanine, Boston, elrecreoestatecoffee.com.
Looking for a waffle and caffeine fix in the Lechmere area? Head to Curio's to satisfy your cravings. Don't miss out on their ever-changing waffle specials. To find their location, use Google Maps or check them out on Foursquare.
George Howell, Multiple locations
Instagram @ghowellcoffeeEnjoy a cup of freshly-roasted coffee at George Howell's European-inspired café in any of their three locations. They offer a wide selection of coffee, espresso beverages, coffee-tasting flights, and seasonal concoctions. Their current seasonal flavor is Pumpkin Chai Latte, perfect for Fall.
Find George Howell at 505 Washington Street, 100 Hanover Street at Haymarket Station, and 311 Walnut Street Newtonville, MA
Third Cliff Bakery & Cafe
This newly established café in Jamaica Plain is known for serving some of the best coffee in town. Their coconut cold brew is especially popular. But don't miss out on their delectable baked goods, including kimchi- and cheddar-filled croissants, savory focaccia strips, sweet brown butter Rice Krispie treats, grapefruit olive oil cake, and more. If you want to avoid long lines, it's best to place a pre-order.
3351 Washington St., Jamaica Plain, thirdcliffbakery.com.
KoHi Coffee Company
KoHi Coffee Company, originally from Provincetown, brings its airy vibes to two city locations: Boston Landing in Brighton and Revolution Hotel in the South End. Both spots feature white tiles with geometric, wrought-iron details. They serve a unique selection of organic and fair trade coffee and espresso drinks in partnership with Tandem Coffee Roasters. You can also enjoy Nola-style iced coffee with chicory root, baked goods, and a variety of breakfast options in their Brighton location. Use Google Maps to find them.
Gracenote Coffee, located in the Leather District, may be small, but it offers a warm and friendly atmosphere. Customers can always count on a great cup of coffee every morning. They also have a second location in downtown Boston food hall High Street Place. Use Google Maps or check them out on Foursquare to find their locations.
Barismo 364, a spacious café in Mid-Cambridge, showcases Barismo's Woburn-roasted coffees using meticulous brewing methods like syphon-brewing and draft cold brew. The café also has a full bakery on-site that supplies treats to Barismo's other location in East Arlington.
364 Broadway, Cambridge, 617-714-5536; 171 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, 339-368-7300, barismo.com.
Broadsheet Coffee Roasters photo provided
Monumental Market is our top pick as the Best of Boston winner. It's not just a place to find locally roasted beans from El Colombiano Coffee or delicious pastries like gourmet pop-tarts in various flavors. They also have a collection of vinyl records from Light of Day Records. This creates the perfect ambiance for enjoying a hot cup of coffee at home.
Photo courtesy of Night Shift Brewing
Sip of Joy Café & Bakery
Sip of Joy Café & Bakery in the South End is a new addition to the café scene. They offer smooth Turkish coffee and a range of pastries curated by owners Matt and Burju Sari. For those in a hurry, they also serve George Howell-roasted drip coffee, iced coffee, and espresso drinks.
Pepita Coffee Co.
Pepita Coffee is a sunny Cambridge coffee house that doubles as a workspace during work-from-home days. You can even order a beer if you feel like it. Pepita Coffee is the in-house café of Lamplighter Brewing Company, and they start pouring beer daily at 11 a.m. They offer a full espresso menu, bottomless cups of coffee, and seasonal cold brews and teas. Don't forget to try their breakfast sandwiches and house-made pastries. Use the map to find their location.
Nine Bar Espresso
Nine Bar Espresso is a sister café to Simon's Coffee Shop in Porter Square. It's conveniently located across from the Davis Square MBTA station. This grab-and-go shop offers a variety of roasts sourced from Gracenote Coffee Roasters, loose-leaf teas from Camellia Sinensis, and pastries from A&J King in Salem.
11 Holland St., Davis Square, Somerville, 617-764-1915, ninebarespresso.net.
Photo courtesy of Ogawa Coffee
Plenty of outlets and internet connection
Render Coffee, with multiple locations, is the perfect spot to get work done. They have outlets available and offer a variety of coffee options. Another great option is Tradesman Coffee Shop and Lounge, which also has multiple locations. They serve red velvet croissants and delicious lattes. Cafe Nation in Brighton provides natural light, strong coffee, and a dependable internet connection. Use Google Maps to find the locations of these cafes.
Try one of Tradesman's decadent croissants when you're in need of a sugar rush.
Ula Cafe in Jamaica Plain offers a convenient location off the MBTA Orange Line and is a great spot for remote workers looking for a change of scenery. Bloc Cafe in Somerville, just steps away from Bow Market, provides an extensive beverage and breakfast sandwich menu to fuel your work day.
Look, we know Dunkin' may not have the best coffee in the city, but it's an integral part of Boston's culture. One of the coolest Dunkin' locations is in Quincy. It was the first-ever Dunkin' and still retains its historical 1950s decor. It's definitely worth a visit.
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Winter Hill Brewing Company
Winter Hill Brewing Company is not just a brewery; it also has a café that serves coffee during the day. The founders originally planned for a beer business, but when their proposal was chosen over a Starbucks by the landlord, they decided to include a community-focused coffee house in their operation. They have a full espresso bar, ample seating and outlets, and offer a Counter Culture Coffee program that starts at 8 a.m. (9 a.m. on Sundays). Cheers!
328 Broadway, Somerville, 617-684-5451, winterhillbrewing.com.
Trident Booksellers & Café, Back Bay
Instagram @tridentbooksTrident Booksellers & Café is a beloved staple of the Back Bay brunch scene. This bookshop/café is the perfect spot to enjoy a nice cup of coffee or a Viennese Espresso with whipped cream while browsing through the wide selection of books. It's also a great place to meet up with friends for breakfast or brunch.
Find Trident Booksellers & Café at 338 Newbury St
Render Coffee, Multiple locations
Instagram @rendercoffeeRender Coffee has multiple locations, including one in the South End and one in Charlestown. Their beautiful atrium is a highlight of the South End location, making it the perfect place to enjoy an Americano, cold brew, or frothy latte made with local roasters.
Find them at 563 Columbus Ave. or 121 Devonshire St., Financial District
Reign Drink Lab
Reign Drink Lab is a forward-thinking coffee shop that was opened by the second generation of Pho Hoa in the Fields Corner neighborhood of Dorchester. They offer unique signature libations, including the Dark & Stormy, which combines nitro-poured cold brew, Vietnamese iced coffee, and sweetened sea salt cream. Don't miss out on their classic Vietnamese Coffee and creative blended beverages. Use the map to find their location.
Experience the unparalleled coolness of Madhouse Cafe, conveniently located next to a renowned motorcycle restoration shop. Step inside and indulge in a cup of their delicious coffee, which features Broadsheet coffee beans. Treat yourself to a delectable square of flaky, sweet baklava as you relax and enjoy the view of the experts at work through a large window overlooking the shop.
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Cicada Coffee Bar
Discover the vibrant Vietnamese coffee culture at Cicada Coffee Bar, a relatively new addition located just outside of Central Square in Cambridge. Savor a cup of robust coffee sourced from Vietnam, known for its toasted-nutty flavor. For a refreshing treat, try their sweetened iced coffee, like the popular frothy Sea Salt Shaker. The relaxed atmosphere of the espresso bar and its inviting garden patio perfectly complement the delightful drinks. Take your time and explore their menu, which features pescatarian noodle dishes and delectable pastries by Café Beatrice pastry chef Brian Mercury. If you're curious to visit, Find us here.
Experience the first-ever coffee roasting business of Israel, Café Landwer, which chose Boston as the location for its first American establishment in 2018. You can find their coffee haven in Audubon Circle, and they also have a site in Cleveland Circle. Indulge in their exceptional Java while also enjoying fresh-squeezed juices, smoothies, and a variety of Middle Eastern and Eastern Mediterranean-inspired dishes. Their newly introduced picnic packages are perfect for outdoor enjoyment during warm weather.
900 Beacon St., Boston, 857-753-4035; 383 Chestnut Hill Ave., Brighton, 617-383-5786, landwercafe.com.
For an impressive 22 years, Diesel Café has been a beloved establishment in Davis Square, fueling the local community with exceptional renditions of Black Cat espresso and other blends from Intelligentsia Coffee Roasters. Not only is it a great spot for people-watching, but it is also the first coffee shop in a group of locally grown cafés that includes Bloc in Union Square, Forge Baking Co., and its neighboring ice cream shop.
257 Elm St, Somerville, 617-629-8717, diesel-cafe.com.
Photo courtesy of George Howell Coffee at the Godfrey Hotel
Flour Bakery, Multiple locations
Instagram @annaegeigerFlour is a staple location for many local Bostonians. They serve Fazenda Roasters coffee hot or iced in a variety of creative combinations and reliable classics! And with Flour’s motto “eat dessert first,” you know you have to try one of their delicious homemade pastries or better yet, grab a full meal from their hearty all-day menu!
Find Flour at multiple locations throughout Boston and Cambridge
Tatte Bakery, Multiple locations
Instagram @tattebakeryIf you haven’t had Tatte, do you even live in Boston? But seriously, if you haven’t, you must try this reliably delicious destination. From their coffee to their all-day menu, Tatte never disappoints. With locations all across Boston, this popular Boston bakery is the perfect spot in which to cozy up while enjoying some incredible Israeli-inspired bites and beverages.
At Tatte, you’ll find a wide range of caffeinated beverages, including some with a Mediterranean twist like their house honey halva latte. Pair your cup of coffee with a fluffy croissant or one of their many fruit tarts for a totally sweet afternoon. And don't forget to capture some amazing shots of their incredibly photogenic cafés!
Find Tatte Bakery all across the city and in Newton at 1241 Centre Street
1369 Coffee House
Considered a vital part of the Cambridge community, 1369 Coffee House has been serving outstanding French roast, cold brew, and more at two art-filled locations for nearly three decades. Alongside their fresh roasts, 1369 is renowned for its efficient service and specialty drinks such as the frozen mocha slide, house-made chai, and their famous destination hot chocolate.
1369 Cambridge St., Inman Square, 617-576-1369; 757 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge, 617-576-4600, 1369coffeehouse.com.
3 Little Figs lattes and a mini bundt cake photo by HN C. via Yelp
Visit Vinal Bakery in Somerville for an unmatched English muffin experience and indulge in their tempting selection of scones and hearty slices of Banana Bread. But don't overlook their exceptional coffee program featuring roasts from Tandem Coffee Roasters. Enjoy a perfectly brewed cup of coffee or opt for their cold brew, available by the quart. For a unique New England touch, try their Maple Latte or Coffee Milk, which is infused with their house-made Tandem Coffee Syrup. If you're curious to visit, Find us here.
Ogawa Coffee, Downtown Crossing
Instagram @ogawacoffeeusaEstablished in Kyoto, Japan in 1952, Ogawa Coffee offers a unique coffee experience in Downtown Crossing. Indulge in their excellent coffee and matcha selections inside their stylish and welcoming space. Don't miss out on their nitrogen-infused cold brew, Vietnamese iced coffee, and their delightful Hojicha latte made with roasted green tea leaves. They also offer more than ten varieties of tea.
Find Ogawa Coffee at 10 Milk St
Pavement Coffeehouse, one of the pioneering cafés in the Boston area to introduce pour-over and cold-brew coffee, has taken their passion for beans to the next level by starting their own coffee roasting operation in 2018. Try their single-origin pour-over options at their Brighton headquarters or enjoy their house Rathskeller Espresso blend and seasonal roasts at any of their eight locations throughout the city. Alongside their exceptional coffee, each Pavement Coffeehouse offers homemade bagels and a variety of food options. Many of their locations are also great places to work or study.
415 Western Ave., Brighton; 286 Newbury St., Boston, 617-859-9515; 736 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-766-6048; and other locations, pavementcoffeehouse.com.
Photo courtesy of Recreo Coffee
Located in Jamaica Plain, Tokava is a charming and cozy coffee shop that shouldn't be missed. It's a perfect spot to visit before a housewarming or a birthday lunch. Delight in their seasonal coffee creations, such as the butternut squash or rosemary maple lattes. Additionally, you can browse through their shelves filled with adorable gifts, including scented candles, ceramic bowls, hand-carved kitchen cutting boards, and more.
7 Pond St., Jamaica Plain, 617-524-7663.
Winter Hill Brewing café manager Annie Trendler Silva makes a Counter Culture pour-over in front of the brewhouse. / Photo by Nick Murphy
Jaho Coffee Roaster and Wine Bar
Whether you're craving an espresso or an espresso martini, Jaho Coffee Roaster and Wine Bar has you covered. Located in a spacious and slightly steampunk-inspired setting near Chinatown, this coffee haven offers a wide selection of drinks. The large bar, equipped with free Wifi, stands as the flagship branch of this Salem-based roasting company. They also have other branches on the North Shore, in the Back Bay, in the South End, and even in Tokyo!
665 Washington St., Boston (Downtown), 857-233-4094; 1651 Washington St., Boston (South End), 617-236-1680; 116 Huntington Ave., Boston (Back Bay), 857-233-2704; 197 Derby St., Salem, 978-744-4300; jaho.com.
Kōhi Coffee Co. in Brighton. / Photo by Tyler Machado
Glasser Coffee Co.
Glasser Coffee Co. is an enchanting newcomer located in Brighton's Oak Square. As you venture inside, you'll be greeted by the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and the sight of real flower petals adorning their rose matcha latte. Their menu is filled with enticing drinks, including the London Haze, a blend of bergamot green tea, roasted rice, and vanilla syrup, as well as Vietnamese cold brew with condensed milk. Don't miss their sumptuous breakfast tacos, made with eggs, potato, black bean and corn salsa, and spicy mayo, among other delicious fillings. The café's charming interior features leafy hanging plants, patterned tiles, and tasteful bric-a-brac reminiscent of a 1970s greenhouse.
589 Washington St., Brighton, 617-987-8877, glassercoffee.co.
Photo courtesy of Gracenote Coffee
3 Little Figs
Situated in a peaceful corner of Somerville, 3 Little Figs is a specialty coffee shop and neighborhood bakery rolled into one cozy setting. They offer Fazenda Roasters coffee, served hot or iced, in a variety of creative combinations and timeless classics. Following their motto of "eat dessert first," you'll find yourself tempted by their mouthwatering homemade pastries. Additionally, you can enjoy a hearty meal from their all-day menu!
Find 3 Little Figs at various locations in Boston and Cambridge.
Brothers & Sisters Co.
Nestled away from the bustling Washington Street in Brookline Village, Brothers & Sisters Co. is not only a delightful coffee shop but also home to Jamie's Ice Cream Co., the latest addition to owner Jamie Siracusa's business ventures. The space exudes a cozy and inviting atmosphere, with exposed brick walls, comfortable seating, and wooden tables and chairs. Treat yourself to their exceptional coffee drinks, tasty sandwiches, and, of course, indulge in some delectable ice cream from Jamie's Ice Cream Co.
The only international location of this beloved Japanese roasting company, Ogawa Coffee, resides in downtown Boston. It is a haven for excellent coffee, matcha, and more, all served in a stylish and cool environment. The seating overlooking the espresso bar provides the perfect vantage point to marvel at the baristas' foam artistry. Don't hesitate to request a custom latte art design with your order for an extra special touch!
10 Milk St., Downtown Crossing, Boston, 617-780-7139, ogawacoffeeusa.com.
Pavement Coffeehouse’s roasting facility and cafe in Brighton. / Photo by Gregory Waldo
Pavement Coffeehouse, Multiple locations
Instagram @pavementcoffeeHow can we talk about the best coffee shops in Boston without mentioning Pavement? With eight locations spread throughout the city, Pavement Coffeehouse has become an integral part of the Boston coffee scene. They offer a wide range of coffee varieties, with over 10 different options crafted at their Brighton location. Pavement's cafés are also ideal places to immerse yourself in work while enjoying a cup of coffee and their exceptional bagels, which are a must-try. If you prefer tea, Pavement has plenty of options to satisfy your palate as well.
You can find Pavement Coffeehouse at multiple locations throughout Boston and Cambridge.
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In a city brimming with coffee roasteries and cafes, Boston offers a plethora of options to satisfy any java lover's cravings. From the exquisite pour-over brews at Broadsheet Coffee Roasters to the cozy atmosphere and tantalizing aroma of Curio Coffee and Wine, the local coffee scene is nothing short of extraordinary. Whether you prefer the bustling ambiance of Render Coffee or the charming tranquility of Jaho Coffee Roaster and Wine Bar, there is a place in Boston waiting to provide you with the perfect cup of joe. So, grab your laptop, find a seat with plenty of outlets, and indulge in the city's finest coffee offerings. Cheers to the vibrant and diverse coffee culture of Boston!
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