Having that a perfect cup of coffee on your vacation is a game-changer. Whether you’re looking for a quick morning fix or you’re on a specialty coffee adventure, the spots below have you covered for all styles, moods and budgets. The cities most experienced barista’s expertly prepare exotic roasts & beans from around the world in a variety of styles for all explorers & caffeine seekers in all corners of the city. Whether you’re in Downtown Boston or Cambridge, these café’s are blazing the trail for Boston’s coffee culture.
1369 Coffee House
Address: 1369 Cambridge St. Cambridge, Ma 02139
1369 is the soul of coffee in Boston with two convenient locations in Cambridge. Their flagship location in Inman Square Cambridge holds the same charm as when this location first opened in January of 1993. The next year their central square location opened right next to Cambridge City Hall and the Central Square MBTA stop off the Red Line in Cambridge. Typically bustling with commuters in a computer and family friendly environment, from the art to the delicious coffee roasted by Square One, there is much to take in from this homey coffee haven.
Address: 660 Cambridge St. Cambridge, Ma 02141
Loyal Nine, also doubling as a fine, rustic farm-to-table restaurant, carries the same passion they have for food to their café experience. With homemade pastries from a pastry chef, a separate café with an outdoor patio Loyal Nine, is a delight for any coffee connoisseur. With Camber Coffee, a roaster unique to Boston, enjoy a full spread with their full breakfast & lunch menu, cozy for families, coffee dates and anywhere in between.
Nine Bar Espresso
Address: 11 Holland St. Somerville, Ma 02144
Nine Bar Espresso is the destination for the finest coffee outside of downtown Boston. Owned by Simon Yu, also noted for opening Simon’s coffee in Porter Square Cambridge, Nine Bar Espresso proudly brews Gracenote coffee in a hot spot in the up and coming Davis Square neighborhood in Somerville. With the Davis Square MBTA stop on the Red Line across the street as well as Somerville Theater & too many restaurants & shops to count, Nine Bar is worth the trip, if only for the perfectly prepared espresso & coffee drinks.
Address: 121 Devonshire St. Boston, Ma 02109
Locally owned & operated in Boston’s Financial District & South End, Render is a delicious cup of coffee every time. A computer friendly café’, Render proudly serves the business crowd of Boston in a sleek, upscale environment complete with a 3D printer, free WIFI & coffee from Tandem & Gracenote. The Financial District location is located close to the State St. & Downtown Crossing MBTA stops is a go-to for some of Boston’s best coffee for a mid day pick me up while walking the freedom trail or to prepare for a night out with friends.
George Howell Coffee
Address: 505 Washington St. Boston, Ma 02111
The undoubted leader of Boston’s coffee surge into the 21st century, George Howell Coffee still leads the way in décor, roasting & café’ experience in its spacious and charming theater district location. This Washington St. location is minutes away from the Downtown Crossing MBTA stop on the red or orange lines and is in walking distance to the Boston Common & the Theater District, making George Howell coffee an accessible destination for a quick cup of coffee or the first stop on your Boston coffee itinerary.
Address: 364 Broadway Cambridge, Ma 02139
Barismo café’s & roasters are becoming a mainstay of the Boston coffee circuit with their industry leading roasting, preparation & sourcing techniques. Barismo 364 is their original Flagship location, & since opening in 2008 have expanded to Kendall Square in MIT as well as a boutique shop out of their Arlington, Ma roastery. Barismo is a coffee lovers dream where every pour-over & espresso shot is brewed with precision.
Address: 11 Bow St. Somerville, Ma 02143
Somerville’s go-to café for residents, families and visitors, come to Bloc in Union Square Somerville for an urban vibe perfect for the family or getting together with friends, enjoy Bloc’s full food & beverage while taking in this beautiful city-suburb of Boston on Bloc’s outdoor patio. Affiliated with two other café’s in Somerville, Forge & Diesel Café, the owners of these café’s converge on a café style that makes a new urban contemporary experience feel just like home.
Barrington Coffee Roasters
Address: 303 Newbury St. Boston, Ma 02115
Barrington Coffee Roasters has two convenient locations in Boston serving ethically sourced fine coffee to residents and tourists alike craving a fresh caffeine buzz. Clean, modern but not intimidating, Barrington’s barista’s are friendly, professional & carefully brew some of the best coffee in Boston. With a unique coffee program recognized by the world’s coffee magazines, Barrington looks to continue the coffee tradition they help jumpstart in the Boston for years to come.
Address: 286 Newbury St. Boston, Ma 02115
Boston’s premier coffeehouse, Pavement is a hip & cool café’ chain in the city that serves coffee & tea as well as fresh baked bagels & treats & a delicious food menu. With Locations on Newbury St., in Allston, Brighton, near Berklee College of Music, Boston University & Symphony Hall, whether you’re a student looking at schools or taking in a night at one of America’s finest symphony halls, Pavement’s staff crafts unique coffee with a smile.
Gracenote Coffee Boston
Address: 108 Lincoln St. Boston, Ma 02111
Gracenote Coffee is a specialty roaster & café in Boston’s leather district, close to the Chinatown Gate. Operating out of a small boutique Gracenote is in the top tier of fine coffee in Boston. Prepared by highly skilled & knowledgeable baristas in an upscale minimal environment, this shop is unique, friendly & offers a stripped-down coffee menu, perfect for a quick business meeting or a caffeine boost for taking in all of Boston has to offer.