Best of Boston

BEST Coffee Shop

2013 BEST Coffee Shop
1369 Coffee House

1369 Coffee House

Cambridge

For two decades, 1369 has embodied the Platonic ideal of a coffee house: marvelous brews, plentiful dessert and sandwich offerings, and ample seating for the cadre of boho Cantabrigians that seemingly come straight from central casting. Already addicted to the… read more»

2012 BEST Coffee Shop

Pavement Coffeehouse

Boston

One of the first places in Boston to offer pour-over and cold-brew coffees, Pavement goes well beyond crafting lattes and cappuccinos (although these are fantastic here, too). From the quality Counter Culture beans and complimentary soy milk at the bar… read more»

2011 BEST Coffee Shop

Thinking Cup

Boston

Amid the vibeless businesses catering to tourists around the Common, Thinking Cup reminds us of the downtown that Bostonians deserve: grownup, urbane, and a little sexy. Outfitted with a sweeping marble counter and leather banquettes, this newcomer channels an old-school… read more»

2010 BEST Coffee Shop
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Wired Puppy

Boston

Less than a year old, Wired Puppy’s Newbury Street café is smartly taking cues from its sister store in Provincetown. Each cup of tea or coffee is certified organic and fair-trade, and the skilled baristas are happy to discuss the… read more»

2008 BEST Coffee Shop, Neighborhood, Central Square

1369 Coffee House

Cambridge

The premium product at this funky storefront is poured by genuine bean-lovers, not fast-food automatons or Stepford baristas. read more»

2008 BEST Coffee Shop, Neighborhood, Davis Square
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Diesel Café

Somerville

Students, professionals, and assorted journal scribblers all hang at the Diesel, drawn by quality brews and a thoroughly unpretentious atmosphere. read more»

2008 BEST Coffee Shop, Neighborhood, Washington Square
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Athan’s

Brookline

Marble-topped tables and wrought-iron lighting give Athan’s a shot of European flavor. Try the Nescafé frappe, a Greek fave that shames plain iced coffee. read more»

2008 BEST Coffee Shop
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Diesel Café

Somerville

While the corporate megapercolators spend millions on ads that pit yuppies against average joes, the Diesel buzzes blissfully along, keeping the emphasis on the coffee. Tattered banquettes and walls covered with funky artwork provide a quirky welcome to Davis Square… read more»

2008 BEST Coffee Shop, Neighborhood, North End

Boston Common Coffee Co.

Boston

Rumor has it, the strong java at this American-style café has found fans even among the traditionalists at nearby coffee-roaster Polcari’s. read more»

2008 BEST Coffee Shop, Neighborhood, Fenway/Symphony
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Espresso Royale

Boston

Offering the consistency of a chain minus the deadening corporate feel, it strikes the right note with BSO crowds and local music students. read more»