A cup of coffee combined with a sweet treat is a simple pleasure many of us know and love. Meeting up with a fellow girlfriend for coffee or tea is a fun way to relax and unwind, without spending a fortune on alcohol or a big meal.
Here are five coffee shops in the Boston area worth visiting the next time you’re in need of a caffeine boost and want to switch up your usual Dunkin’ or Starbucks routine:
- Thinking Cup (Locations on Tremont Street, Newbury Street and Hanover Street)I cannot write this list without including my favorite Boston coffee shop in the line-up. Thinking Cup has three locations in convenient areas of the city, and each offers the same incredible experience. The interior is very European and has a vibe which feels literary, as you’ll notice newspapers framed underneath the wood on their tables. The staff is very attentive, and their coffee is always fresh. I have had many lovely coffee dates with friends at Thinking Cup shops!
There are plenty of alternative milk options to choose from, and one of their most beloved items is their Honey Cinnamon Latte. In addition to your tea or coffee, you can choose a sweet or savory item to accompany your beverage, as they offer sandwiches and fresh baked goods which are often rotated based on what is fresh and available.
photo by @nomnom_boston
- 1369 Coffeehouse (1369 Cambridge Street and 757 Massachusetts Avenue, East Cambridge)
A core focus of the 1369 coffee shop is building community, specifically in Cambridge where both locations can be found. There is even a specific section of their website where regulars have shared their stories about how 1369 has influenced their work and relationships. Both locations offer a relaxing spot to study, connect with friends and enjoy delicious beverages and pastries.
I have visited both locations, but the original Inman Square location is a favorite of mine. Their espresso drinks are heavenly, they have high-quality matcha, and one of my favorite drinks here is their Cranberry Cooler, which is a super refreshing blend of cranberry juice and hibiscus tea. I recommend trying it with a lemon for an added touch of flavor. Their pastries are memorable as well, as I often find myself daydreaming about their delicious peanut butter cookies!
Photo by @coffeeisus
- Tatte Bakery & Cafe (14 Locations Across the City)
Tatte Bakery & Cafe is a female-founded bakery and cafe with multiple locations, which makes it an accessible choice for so many of us. The moment you step into a Tatte location, you will instantly feel glamorous and classy, as it evokes a European vibe worthy of all your Instagram photos. The menu is seasonally crafted to make sure everything you receive is fresh and exciting. I am a huge fan of their breakfast sandwiches and their oat milk option!
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- Flour Bakery + Cafe (Nine Locations Across the City)
Just like Tatte, Flour is a female-founded bakery and cafe with multiple locations. Their brand design and color scheme are easy to recognize no matter where you are, and their staff of pastry chefs and culinary professionals means every sweet treat has been crafted with thoughtful intent.
I have visited several Flour bakery locations and have enjoyed each espresso drink I’ve received here; the coffee tastes extremely fresh and well-balanced. I’ve also enjoyed their raspberry bars and chocolate muffins. Their menu is impressive and there will always be something here to surprise and delight you, no matter what you are craving!
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- Land of a Thousand Hills (61 Munroe Street, Lynn, MA)
For all of you Northshore based gals, do yourself a big favor and stop into Land of a Thousand Hills in Lynn during your next coffee shop visit. I discovered this shop in early 2017 while attending a book signing for a friend, and I regularly still think about my experience here three years later.
This shop has many notable features: ethical business practices, incredible coffee, a heart for Africa and rustic decor. The vibe is so relaxed, with paintings of the ocean on the wall, stunning woodwork and adorable tables. When you visit, read their brand story on the wall and be inspired; it’s a great place supporting a great cause.
When I first arrived, I got a Lavender Vanilla almond milk latte and a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich on a croissant. Both were so fresh, homemade and absolutely delicious. After spending a couple hours here, I ordered again (!) before I left, trying their Honey Vanilla latte and purchasing a mug.
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Keep these five options in mind the next time you’re looking for a memorable coffee shop experience, and you won’t be disappointed!