10 Cafes In Boston, Massachusetts

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Boston is not only home to over 20 universities - inclusive of world-renowned institutes such as Harvard, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - but also a large number of coffeehouses and cafés. A perfect place for a mini-adventure: café-hopping! Whether you are going solo or with your friends, nothing beats a good cup of coffee (or maybe even three). Boasting a seemingly endless number of cafés, it may be daunting to find the best place for a quick caffeine fix or simply to enjoy a mean cup of joe in Boston. Therefore, just for you, whether you are a local or simply visiting the city, we have curated a list of the best cafés in Boston, to visit.

1. Gracenote Coffee

Minimalist-chic coffee bar at Gracenote, Boston, Masachusetts
Source: Photo by Flickr user Bex Walton used under CC BY 2.0

Gracenote Coffee understands the importance of an excellent cup of coffee to rev up your day or even just as a pick me up. As such, being both coffee enthusiasts and roasters, they approach coffee with great care, skill and most importantly, commitment. They ensure that they only serve the best and take great measures in doing so. They take painstaking means to find the best way to roast coffee (each unique to its own) that allows each type to express its full potential. Their dedication and genuine love for serving an amazing cup of coffee make them one of the best places to visit for a quick caffeine fix! Moreover, your fascination with coffee may even be piqued!

Gracenote Coffee

Address: 108 Lincoln St., Boston, Massachusetts 0211, USA

Website: Gracenote Coffee

Opening Hours: Mon - Fri: 7am - 4:30pm; Sat: 9am - 4pm; Sun: 9am - 3pm

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2. George Howell Coffee

George Howell Coffee, Boston Public Market
Source: Photo by user Bex Walton used under CC BY 2.0

George Howell Coffee has been around for nearly two decades. However, its primary focus to source and roast the highest quality coffee has not changed. George and his daughter Jenny make it a point to travel to farms annually to develop and maintain lasting relationships with others, with the same dedication for coffee. Not only are they passionate about their coffee but they also choose to be socially responsible with their craft. Apart from establishing strong connections with these farms, they work directly with them as well in order to ensure that the coffee they serve is environmentally sustainable. For all coffee enthusiasts out there, or for anyone who wants to boost their appreciation for coffee, well, you are in luck! George Howell Coffee hosts educational events about coffee. From tasting to palate training, there is a wide array of classes for coffee lovers to join - and the best part? It’s free!

George Howell Coffee

Address: 505 Washington St., Boston, Massachusetts 02111, United States

Website: George Howell Coffee

Opening Hours: 6:30am – 6:30pm (daily)

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3. Little Figs

Looking for a place to unwind and just relax? Here is a little but very cozy 18-seat café. Not only do they pride themselves for their coffee and espresso, but also their unique and rustic homemade pastries, all of which are made from scratch. You will most definitely find a perfect pairing for your cup of joe with the large variety of pastries that they offer! For those who are not too fond of pastries, not to worry, for they offer thoughtfully designed sandwiches, salads, grain bowls, and even greek yogurt to satisfy your hunger. This is a perfect place to catch up with your friends over a cup of coffee (and some pastries), or just to unwind after a long day at school or work.

3 Little Figs

Address: 278 Highland Ave. Somerville, Massachusetts 02143

Website: 3 Little Figs

Opening Hours: Mon - Fri: 7am - 4pm; Sat - Sun: 8am - 4pm

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4. Flat Black Coffee Company

Flat Black Coffee Company houses more than 20 exotic black coffees! Simplicity at its finest, as one may even say. Exquisitely roasted coffee from the rarest places on Earth is now within your reach, allowing you to immerse yourself in a whole new world of coffee. This is definitely a must for all coffee enthusiasts out there! Moreover, contrary to its name, it also offers a wide variety of teas, making it a one-stop café for all caffeine lovers looking for new adventures.

Flat Black Coffee Company

Address: 260 Franklin St. Boston, Massachusetts 02110

Website: Flat Black Coffee Company

Opening Hours: Mon - Fri: 7am - 5pm (closed on Sat & Sun)

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Boston Tour Guide

Naim Benmayor

Naim Benmayor

As a Boston tour guide, I have the added experience of being a world traveler. For many years, I frequently visited Europe, Asia, and Latin America on business. During this time, I also organized tours of the USA, Europe and Asia for my business clients. I now bring this passion, excitement and expertise to the Boston area.By exploring the globe, I was exposed to various cultures, and this unique perspective has taught me what appeals to people when visiting a new part of the country or a new part of the world. My fluency in English and Turkish, and my advanced skills in Spanish and intermediate skills in French, also help me to service a wider range of tourists and business people.I moved to Boston, Massachusetts several years ago, and I now reside in Brookline. I have three children, so I develop my tours to accommodate families with kids, couples, and individuals who want to visit and learn about the rich history and culture of Boston. As a parent, I know that Boston is a great place for higher education, and I have knowledge of the colleges and universities in the area.I customize tours to suit the needs and preferences of my customers. Whether you want a walking tour, a riding tour, or a little of both, I can create an itinerary that showcases the best of what Boston has to offer.My one day tours are educational and entertaining, and include the history, culture, personalities, architecture and, even the shopping areas of this renowned city. At the end of the tour you will be happy and satisfied when you realize you've seen so much in just a short time.I am here to share my knowledge of Boston, Cambridge and all of New England with you, and help you to enjoy your visit so you can explore the must-see parts of this great city. I look forward to meeting you and guiding you around the city, so please send me a message if you have any questions.Thank you for reading.

5. The Kitchen Cafe

They offer a full-service coffee and espresso bar alongside an amazing menu for both breakfast and lunch! Moreover, they work closely with local roasters to ensure that they use the finest Colombian beans for their espresso drinks, which are specially crafted by professional baristas. Moreover, they have amazing latte art for you and your friends to admire and perhaps even post on your Instagram! On top of their normal breakfast and lunch menu, they also have daily specials that will keep you on your toes and will have you coming back for more.

The Kitchen Cafe

Address: 104 South St, Boston, Massachusetts 02111

Website: The Kitchen Cafe

Opening Hours: 7am - 3pm (daily)

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6. Cafe Madeleine

If you are not much of a coffee person and you still wish to visit a cafe in Massachusetts, this is definitely the cafe for you. Their wide selection of hand-made baked goods is simply spectacular. Ranging from cookies to French pastries. Cafe Madeleine is a minimalist French cafe and true to its branding, they are well-known for their amazing croissants. Many claim that it’s a slice of France, especially due to its French pastries. If you are craving for baked goods or want a taste of what France offers, this is the place to go.

Cafe Madeleine

Address: 517 Columbus Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02118

Website: Cafe Madeleine

Opening hours: 6:30am - 6:30pm (daily)

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7. Ogawa Coffee

Ogawa Coffee’s latte art is one of a kind. With every occasion, they have new latte art to fit the theme alongside their normal latte art like in the photo! Additionally, their latte art is not just your typical one tone, they make use of colors too, for an added pop, making the coffee all the more amazing. If you are intrigued by their wonderful latte art and wish to learn the craft, they offer open classes. Definitely another Instagram worthy place to go. If you’re a matcha lover, this is a must-try as they offer a wide variety of matcha-flavored goods such as matcha latte, matcha cake roll and even matcha sundae!

Ogawa Coffee

Address: 10 Milk St, Boston, Massachusetts 02108

Website: Ogawa Coffee

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 6:30am - 6:30pm; Sat - Sun: 9am - 6pm

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8. Cafe Susu

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This is a one-of-a-kind cafe because of its unique location - it’s inside a suit shop where you can have your tailor-made suit! It has a lovely interior, especially since they place great value on aesthetics. Despite being in such a unique location, it has a very homely atmosphere thanks to its friendly staff. So you will surely have an amazing experience due to the amazing service they offer. It may be slightly more difficult to find but it is definitely worth a visit! Perhaps you can even get your very own custom suit, a perfect outfit for grand occasions.

Cafe Susu

Address: 240A Newbury St, Boston, Massachusetts 02116

Website: Cafe Susu

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 8:30am - 8:30pm; Sun: 10:30am - 6pm

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9. Sweet Waffles + Boba

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Although this cafe is slightly more on the pricier side, the presentation and aesthetic designs definitely make up for it. Not only are their waffles delicious and colorful, but also extremely pretty! They have a large variety of adorable designs and flavors for you to choose from. They are made to look like popsicles on a stick, making them even more enticing, or maybe even too pretty to be eaten. They also offer Boba to pair their waffles with, which is definitely a plus point given how Boba is such a favorite these days. But, of course, their Boba is special too!

Sweet Waffles + Boba

Address: 18 Hudson St, Boston, Massachusetts 02111

Website: Sweet Waffles + Boba

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 12pm - 10pm; Sat: 11am - 11pm; Sun: 11am - 10pm

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10. Trident Booksellers and Cafe

cafes in boston | trident booksellers and cafe
Source: instagram

This is the cafe for all the book lovers out there! If you just want to snuggle up with your book while munching on some goodies, this is the perfect place for you. Trident Booksellers and Cafe is an indie cafe with a homely atmosphere and it offers all-day breakfast! The staff members are also extremely friendly and make the cafe even cozier. It could possibly even be your next home away from home.

Trident Booksellers and Cafe

Address: 338 Newbury St, Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Website: Trident Booksellers and Cafe

Opening hours: 8am - 12am (daily)

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Amazing coffee and pastries

These cafes are certainly each unique to their own. From coffee connoisseurs to those who just wish to go cafe hopping in Boston, there’s definitely something for you. Or perhaps just to find amazing art lattes and baked goods to post on the gram, and hang out with your friends. So, give it a shot and drop by these cafes if you happen to be within the area!

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