Best of Boston

BEST Coffee Shop

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 »

2008 BEST Coffee Shop, Neighborhood, South Boston

Mul’s Diner

Boston

A cup at Mul’s is always bracing, and made even better by the presence of myriad cops, reporters, and pols hanging out at the legendary greasy spoon. read more »

2008 BEST Coffee Shop, Neighborhood, Charlestown

Zumes Coffee House

Charlestown

Opened last year, locally owned Zumes has won over Townies with its upscale tea and coffee drinks and do-lounge-around décor. read more »

2008 BEST Coffee Shop, Neighborhood, Roslindale

Emack & Bolio’s

Roslindale

The local ice cream chain’s flagship serves up plain old joe, plus the requisite mocha-half-caf-foamed-and-dusted folderol we love. 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, 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 »

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
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Cafe Pamplona

Cambridge

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