Best of Boston

2023 Best Coffee Shop


Snuggled in Central Square, this caffeinated community hub beckons with perfect pick-me-ups to savor in the chill back garden or the artsy, greenery-filled interior. Coffee specialties range from the simple, like double shots of espresso, to the decadent Saigon Latte (otherwise known as the much-beloved Vietnamese coffee) with sweetened condensed milk. Good thing the Brooklyn-roasted beans pack a kick; they’ll keep you awake to enjoy Cicada’s excellent Vietnamese-inspired lunch and dinner service (don’t miss the lemongrass oxtail stew, if it’s available).

106 Prospect St., Cambridge, 617-714-4766,