Favorite Boston Coffeeshops 2022

One of the benefits of going to grad school in Boston meant being extremely caffeinated in Boston. Over the years, I’ve spent many a days, nights, and tears in these coffee shops. Paying homage to a few favorites below.

  1. Sofra (Cambridge) – from the owners of Oleana and Sarma. Truly one of my favorite spots in the city. The most delightful. You’ve GOT to get the orange blossom cinnamon bun!
  2. La Saison (Cambridge) – a very small little coffee shop with outdoor seating when the weather is nice. Otherwise a grab and go spot! I love their coffee and pastries. The browned butter chocolate chip cookie is a must.
  3. Bloc / Forge (Somerville) – both from the same owner. Amazing sandwiches and coffee! The cinnamon bun is truly amazing. Between this one and Sofra, you’ve just gotta try it!
  4. Darwin’s (Cambridge) – amazing sandwiches, baked goods and coffee. Right near the Cambridge Public Library and used to go here all the time during PA school for study fuel.
  5. Jaho $$ (back bay and south end): Café and wine bar. Extensive cocktail and wine options, and spacious so you can usually grab a spot to study. Seriously one of my favorite matchas in the city. 
    • My order: iced oat milk matcha
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    • 116 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116
  6. Thinking Cup $$ (multiple locations): local to Boston and a few locations throughout town. Some have ample seating room if you need to work from home or study! 
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    • 165 Tremont St; 236 Hanover St.; 85 Newbury St
  7. Flour bakery $$ (multiple locations): great spot to grab a latte or sandwich! Especially because they sell Nectar and Green almond milk!!
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    • 190 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
  8.  Pavement $ (multiple locations) : sometimes crowded, but free wifi and relaxing music
    • My order: the awakening bagel (egg, feta, sun-dried tomato pesto, caramelized onion, arugula on sourdough) + oat milk latte 
    • Allergen friendly: vegan options and cream cheeses available
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    • 1334 Boylston St Boston
  9. Tatte $$ (multiple locations): (café / bakery / brunch): you’ll see this ALL over Boston. The subway tile walls, artfully tiled floors, pastries galore, and a line out the door. Definitely a “hot spot” Instagram-worthy café.
    • My order: oat milk latte, shakshuka, stone fruit galette, Jerusalem bagel and avocado tartine.
    • Allergen friendly: vegan, GF, DF 
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    • 70 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114
  10. Blue Bottle Coffee $$ (Cambridge – Kendall and Harvard square): a few different locations and my favorite coffee ever! their oat milk latte is a dream.
    • My order: iced oat milk latte
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    • 40 Bow St., Cambridge ; 88 Ames St., Cambridge
  11. 1369 Coffee House $$ (Cambridge): a few different locations and a great spot to study! Love their coffee and they have great pastry items too.
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    • 1369 Cambridge St, Cambridge MA
    • 757 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
  12. Lamplighter $$ (Cambridge) : great brewery that also has coffee! I love to come here as a study spot. They have tons of board games here too, which is really fun to do with friends!
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    • 284 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139
  13. Curio Coffee $$ (Cambridge): a coffee shop with amazing belgian waffles that also serves natural wine at night! Find the wine bar menu here, boasting a hot dog, grilled cheese served on local bread, and olive tapenade.
  14. Broadsheet Coffee Roasters$$ (Cambridge): Cambridge’s first (and only) specialty coffee roastery committed to conscientiously sourced coffee. They also have a small breakfast / lunch menu here.
  15. Vester $$ (Cambridge): Taglined a “contemporary all-day café. Internationally inspired, locally sourced.” And my favorite matcha in Cambridge! 
    •  My order: iced oat milk matcha. Avocado toast with shaved brussels sprouts.
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    • 73 ames st, Cambridge, ma, 02142
  16. Gracenote $$ (downtown crossing) – a super small but utterly delightful standing espresso bar from a local coffee roaster. Serving nitrogen cold brews & more.
  17. George Howell Coffee (downtown crossing) $$$: expensive but the coffee here is so good! A few different locations throughout the city, like in Boston Public Market. 


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