Best of Boston

Best Coffee Shop

2018 Best Coffee Shop


We’ve been juggling hot, steamy (occasionally cold-brewed) flings with a veritable bevy of eligible coffee small-batch-elors, each with its own heart-palpitating charms. There’s George (Howell) [...] read more»
2017 Best Coffee Shop


The most discerning coffee enthusiasts frequent this 240-square-foot caffeine den, where espressos and cortados are pumped from a Modbar espresso machine by co-owner San Bellino [...] read more»
2016 Best Coffee Shop


Warning: This is not the type of corner café you can turn into a makeshift office. Instead, the dual-use space, shared with Downtown Crossing’s Graffito [...] read more»
2015 Best Coffee Shop


What's one way to maintain control over your coffee and espresso? Own a supply chain—which is how this Cambridge shop, from local roaster Barismo, became [...] read more»
2014 Best Coffee Shop


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 [...] read more»
1369 Coffee House
2013 Best Coffee Shop

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 [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] read more»
2008 Best Coffee Shop, Neighborhood, Roslindale

Emack & Bolio’s

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»
2008 Best Coffee Shop, Neighborhood, Allston

2nd Cup Café

Pedigreed beans (George Howell) ground and brewed in small batches make for the freshest refueling stop on the block. read more»
2008 Best Coffee Shop, Neighborhood, Central Square

1369 Coffee House

The premium product at this funky storefront is poured by genuine bean-lovers, not fast-food automatons or Stepford baristas. 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»