Best of Boston

BEST Coffee Shop

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»

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»

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»

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»