Best of Boston

BEST Coffee Shop

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»

1994 BEST Coffee Shop, Java Hangout

Caffe Vittoria


Terraced seating for people watching, great espresso, and a healthy dose of the old-country feel that makes the North End the North End. read more»

1983 BEST Coffee Shop

Café Paradiso


Where chic Waterfront dwellers mingle with North End old-timers. The best homemade spumoni in town. read more»