Best of Boston

Best Coffee Shop

2008 Best Coffee Shop, Neighborhood, Fenway/Symphony

Espresso Royale

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

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 […] read more»
2008 Best Coffee Shop, Neighborhood, Charlestown

Zumes Coffee House

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

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 […] read more»
2006 Best Coffee Shop, Neighborhood, Beacon Hill


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

The upbeat staffers at this antichain know regulars’ daily orders and deliver them with aplomb. read more»
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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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»