Best of Boston

BEST Coffee Shop

2014 BEST Coffee Shop
Photograph by Jesse Burke



For many, “grabbing a cup of coffee” means getting your buzz on fast. Render will encourage you to slow down and enjoy the process: All hot coffees are meticulously prepared using the pour-over method, which takes a few minutes per… read more»

2013 BEST Coffee Shop
1369 Coffee House

1369 Coffee House


For two decades, 1369 has embodied the Platonic ideal of a coffee house: marvelous brews, plentiful dessert and sandwich offerings, and ample seating for the cadre of boho Cantabrigians that seemingly come straight from central casting. Already addicted to the… read more»

2012 BEST Coffee Shop

Pavement Coffeehouse


One of the first places in Boston to offer pour-over and cold-brew coffees, Pavement goes well beyond crafting lattes and cappuccinos (although these are fantastic here, too). From the quality Counter Culture beans and complimentary soy milk at the bar… read more»

2011 BEST Coffee Shop

Thinking Cup


Amid the vibeless businesses catering to tourists around the Common, Thinking Cup reminds us of the downtown that Bostonians deserve: grownup, urbane, and a little sexy. Outfitted with a sweeping marble counter and leather banquettes, this newcomer channels an old-school… read more»

2010 BEST Coffee Shop

Wired Puppy


Less than a year old, Wired Puppy’s Newbury Street café is smartly taking cues from its sister store in Provincetown. Each cup of tea or coffee is certified organic and fair-trade, and the skilled baristas are happy to discuss the… read more»

2009 BEST Coffee Shop

Crema Cafe


By virtue of its excellence-obsessed baristas and premium roasters (Terroir, Barismo), our city is pouring itself a righteous coffee reputation that gives new meaning to the nickname ‘Beantown.’ Coffee nerds adore the top-quality espresso drinks pulled at the tiny Taste… read more»

2008 BEST Coffee Shop, Neighborhood, Davis Square

Diesel Café


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



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

Diesel Café


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.


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»