Best of Boston

BEST Coffee Shop

2006 BEST Coffee Shop, Neighborhood, Beacon Hill



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


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

2006 BEST Coffee Shop, Neighborhood, South End

Flour Bakery + Cafe


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

2006 BEST Coffee Shop, Neighborhood, Jamaica Plain

J.P. Licks

Jamaica Plain

No, people, you can’t eat ice cream every day. But thanks to five blends of java, you can get a daily J.P. Licks fix. read more»

2006 BEST Coffee Shop, Neighborhood, Harvard Square

Cafe Pamplona


Waiters in white shirts and black pants serve strong cafe con leche to an eclectic cast of regulars. read more»

2006 BEST Coffee Shop, Neighborhood, Brookline

Martin’s Coffee Shop


This cozy diner offers a hearty breakfast with your cup of joe. read more»

2002 BEST Coffee Shop

Someday Café


A Somerville fixture from the days when Davis was still square, this terminally bohemian café is beloved by an increasingly yuppified local populace that prefers pastries and strong java served by dreadlocked, patchouli-soaked hippies over caramel macchiatos from that Seattle… read more»

2001 BEST Coffee Shop



Warm sun streams into this Charles Street bakery-cum-café’s expansive windows, where the clientele kicks back (sometimes for hours) over high-octane lattes, crumbly slices of walnut bread, and the daily papers. And while you can clearly witness the hustle and bustle… read more»

2000 BEST Coffee Shop

Diesel Cafe


Diesel is just what a coffee shop should be: a balanced union of hip and cozy. Helping up the cool quotient in Davis Square, Diesel has walls full of original artwork, high ceilings with exposed beams, red-felt pool tables, and… read more»

1997 BEST Coffee Shop

Roasters Coffee & Tea Company


If you live in fear of the ubiquitous Starbucks turning up on every street corner, head to the recently opened, one-of-a-kind Roasters. It’s professional enough to be a chain (it’s not), but personal enough to be an original (it is)…. read more»