If you know me, you know that I LOVE coffee. Not only do I have a pathetic addiction to it (If I go a day without coffee I get a headache), I love the way it tastes, the ways you can consume it, and mostly, I love how it brings people together. Whether its starting the day with a cup of coffee with my husband, or meeting a friend for coffee, I think there is a nice social aspect to it as well.
I’ve only been in Boston for just over a year but here’s a list of my favorite coffee shops so far! I typically get a cappuccino, latte, or espresso shot so my reviews are based off of those items as well as atmosphere. I’ll be adding to this list as I come across new places 🙂
Tatte (Multiple Locations)
Tatte is one of my favorite spots for coffee and breakfast. Not only are the lattes and cappuccinos smooth and delicious, they have incredible pastries, matcha tea, breakfast, and lunch items that make it a perfect spot for any time of the day. Each location is unique but they’re all light and bright, black and white, and kind of have a modern/industrial/farmhouse feel to them. Better get there early on the weekends and during nice weather because this is a popular brunch spot. I’ve never been disappointed with anything I’ve ordered so it’s easy to say I like Tatte a latte.
Thinking Cup (multiple locations)
With two locations in close proximity to the public garden and Boston Common, Thinking Cup is the perfect place to cozy up on a cold day or enjoy a coffee and a treat. The tables are covered with old newsprint and the decor still has a lot of the buildings’ authentic charm. Both locations are fairly small, and a bit dark inside, but they make for a very intimate and relaxing setting. I’m a little biased because I have fond memories of coffee dates at Thinking Cup with the hubs. He took me here for a latte before we went engagement ring shopping and on my last birthday, we enjoyed coffee, macrons, and a yummy gluten-free/vegan matcha dessert. Their macrons are delicious and they have a good assortment of flavors.
George Howell (Multiple Locations)
I’ve only been to the Downtown Crossing location but I loved escaping the hustle and bustle of this area by sneaking inside the beautiful, high end, contemporary space that is home to George Howell. This location is adjacent to a hotel and brings in a stylish and artsy crowd. Stop here for a latte before exploring the neighborhood or stay a while and read about the latest art and cultural happenings in Boston.
I just went here for the first time and I’m hooked! It’s part of Lamplighter Brewery and is the perfect place to do some work, meet a friend, or grab a pick-me-up in between beer tastings. The honey cinnamon latte was one of the best I’ve ever had in my life and I can’t wait to try their other homemade syrups which rotate seasonally and include mint and lavender. The avocado toast and breakfast sandwich are also noteworthy.
Ogawa Coffee (Multiple Locations)
This Japanese coffee spot not only has a mean latte, but they have a minimal, modern, and unique space as well. Grab a coffee then post up on the stadium seating where you’ll find people on their laptops or taking a mid workday break. They take coffee to a new level, offering deconstructed coffee beverages and a trio of shots so you can taste a variety of beans. Their matcha and smoothies are also great options.
Boston Brewin Organic Coffee-Downtown Crossing
This hole-in-the-wall coffee shop is standing room only and perfect for grab-and-go coffee. It’s tiny but mighty because the latte I had here was absolutely delicious and they do so much more than offer great coffee. They’re non-profit and in addition to support programs in Nicaragua, they also give back and truly care about the local community.