If you want a refreshing beverage to start the day, an afternoon pick-me-up or a light snack during a walking tour of the Cradle of Liberty, check out Boston’s coffee shops. Along with several national and regional chains, the Hub hosts numerous homegrown shops where you can enjoy a light meal and leisurely conversation. These eateries are a pleasant spot to relax with friends, reflect on the day or plan the next stop of your excursion. These local favorites offer a delectable array of coffee, tea, sandwiches and pastries.
Barrington Coffee Roasting Company – 303 Newbury Street
Located in the picturesque Back Bay, Barrington Coffee Roasting Company is situated close to Newbury Street shopping, the Public Library and the Prudential Center Plaza. Sourcing beans from around the world, the proprietors offer hot and cold coffees as well as espressos and an assortment of scrumptious treats. A second shop is located in Fort Point.
Boston Common Coffee Company – 515 Washington Street
If your itinerary takes you to the first public park in the country, stop by the Boston Common Coffee Company for a cup of java. Along with single-origin brewed coffee and espresso blends, this local, award-winning shop offers a full café menu of sandwiches, wraps, pastries and other treats. Coffee beans are sourced from Colombia, Guatemala, Nicaragua and the Congo.
Flat Black Coffee – 260 Franklin Street
A Financial District favorite, Flat Black Coffee is an independently owned shop that roasts only the finest grade, single-source beans from around the world. The store also offers a variety of green, herbal and flavored teas. Committed to sustainability, the company also operates retail and wholesale businesses. There are six locations around the city.
George Howell Coffee – 505 Washington Street
Bringing a taste of the Old World to Downtown Crossing, George Howell Coffee craft-roasts small batches of beans throughout the day for optimal flavor. Situated in the Godfrey Hotel, the establishment features a European-style espresso bar. They offer quick-serve coffee and a variety of espressos as well as classes about coffee and tasting flights so that you can sample different flavors.
Gracenote Coffee – 108 Lincoln Street
Tucked between Chinatown and the Financial District, the Leather District’s Gracenote Coffee offers a wide range of beverages. These include hot chocolate, mocha lattes and tea as well as nitrogen-infused, cold-brewed coffees and espressos. The shop also features a rotating pastry menu provided by Forge Bakery and Townsman Boston.
Abigail’s Tea Room and Terrace – 306 Congress Street
Step back in time and enjoy coffee or tea in an atmosphere of Colonial America. Located at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, the setting offers the charm of a bygone era. Enjoy the hospitality of Colonial tea ladies as well as waterfront and skyline views. You can sample historic teas, refreshing lemonade and hot or cold apple cider while taking a break from your sightseeing trip around Boston. There is also an assortment of cookies, brownies, scones and other delicious refreshments.
Jaho Coffee and Tea – 665 Washington Street
For a change of pace from a classic coffee house, try Jaho Coffee and Tea near Franklin Square. Serving coffee, tea and a wide selection of food offerings, the establishment is also a hybrid café/wine bar. The shop serves a signature scarlet espresso martini along with a range of coffees sourced from around the globe. There are also baked goods, craft beers and wines. Jaho is a popular destination for residents, students and professionals throughout the day.
Pavement Coffeehouse – 286 Newbury Street
When you need a quick pick-me-up during a stroll among the Newbury Street boutiques, head to the Pavement Coffeehouse. The shop is renowned for its bagels and strong coffee. It also serves a menu of salads, sandwiches, pastries and more. There are five other locations around the city.
Render Coffee – 563 Columbus Avenue
Situated near the campus of Northeastern University, Render Coffee sources Counter Culture Coffee. Along with a cozy atmosphere and fresh food, it features cups of strong pour-over coffee and espresso drinks. The beverage menu also includes hot chocolate, chai lattes and iced tea.
Thinking Cup – 165 Tremont Street
Situated across the street from the Common, the award-winning Thinking Cup can get crowded. The eatery serves a light breakfast and lunch menu as well as iced Stumptown coffee and a wide selection of teas, espressos and lattes.