Best of Boston

BEST Coffee Shop

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»

2007 BEST Coffee Shop

Uptown Espresso

Boston

It’s not hard to miss Uptown Espresso, tucked into the first floor of a townhouse in the South End—although once you know it’s there, it’s virtually impossible to walk past. The coffee, a dark roast from upstate New York, is… read more»

2006 BEST Coffee Shop, Neighborhood, Beacon Hill

Panificio

Boston

It now serves both lunch and dinner, but the bakery-café is still the spot for a midmorning espresso. read more»

2006 BEST Coffee Shop, Neighborhood, Back Bay

L’Aroma Cafe

Boston

The upbeat staffers at this antichain know regulars’ daily orders and deliver them with aplomb. read more»

2006 BEST Coffee Shop, Neighborhood, South End
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Flour Bakery + Cafe

Boston

The buttery sugared brioche and pain aux raisins pair perfectly with cappuccino. read more»