6 Cafés to Enjoy in Boston

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One of my favorite ways to kick off a weekday morning is to enjoy a quiet cup of coffee and pastry at a local café. There’s something incredibly peaceful about sitting back and watching the neighborhood wake up around you, and I love taking in all the sights and sounds. When things are especially hectic at work, it’s nice to have a few moments of uninterrupted “me” time to start the day!

Whether you’re always on-the-go and looking for new cafés to host a coffee meeting, or are like me, and just want to find a place to enjoy a cup of ‘jo and croissant before a busy day, I’ve rounded up my top six favorite cafés in Boston.

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the wholy grain, boston cafés, the-alyst.com
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the wholy grain, boston cafés, the-alyst.com
the wholy grain, boston cafés, the-alyst.com
the wholy grain, boston cafés, the-alyst.com
the wholy grain, boston cafés, the-alyst.com
the wholy grain, boston cafés, the-alyst.com
the wholy grain, boston cafés, the-alyst.com

The A-Lyst for Best Cafes in Boston

The Wholy Grain

Not only does the Wholy Grain offer delicious coffee, pastries, breakfast sandwiches and the like, it also boasts one of the best garden patios in Boston! When I first started frequenting this South End café, I had no idea that their back patio even existed, and now, it’s one of my favorite places! As you step out of the café’s back door, you’ll feel as if you’ve uncovered a secret garden in the midst of the city. The Wholy Grain’s bi-level patio features lush greenery, plenty of tables and chairs, and frequent visits from the cutest little birds (just watch your food; they move fast!). With a friendly staff who greets you with a smile and remembers your order, the Wholy Grain is truly the definition of a neighborhood café! 275 Shawmut Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

Crema Cafe

If you find yourself in the heart of Harvard Square, there’s no better place to enjoy a cup of coffee than at Crema Cafe! Featuring two levels of seating and a large menu of coffee and espresso offerings as well as delicious iced teas, Crema has been a Cambridge staple since 2008. When I’m on the other side of the river exploring the gorgeous Harvard campus or walking along Memorial Drive, this café offers the perfect pit stop for a quick snack and drink. Don’t miss their Red Crema, which is a rooibos latte with honey and cinnamon! 27 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Tatte Bakery & Cafe

All of Tatte’s six locations are quite possibly the most Instagrammed cafés in Boston. I mean have you seen their ultra bright and crisp meets farmhouse chic decor?! It’s swoon-worthy! While the Beacon Hill location is the most convenient for me, it’s always very crowded with tourists spilling over from the Boston Public Garden, so if I want to enjoy all that Tatte has to over, I typically head to their Kendall Square location. Considerably quieter, yet equally as charming and delicious, I would recommend this spot for anyone heading over to Cambridge. I love any of Tatte’s breakfast tartines paired with a chai latte. This is a great café to come to with friends for an easy breakfast date or afternoon catch up session over a warm cup of coffee. 205 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

Caffè Nero

Caffè Nero, a coffee chain that hails from London, has several locations across Boston, but my favorite is in Fort Point. Unassumingly located in the bottom of the Residence Inn Hotel, this café features a rustic, homey feel that’s accentuated by walls of leather-bound books, exposed beams, and a cozy fireplace. I enjoy Caffè Nero’s smoothies, teas (you can have any of their teas iced; I especially love the peppermint tea!), and pistachio muffins. My favorite part of this industrial chic café is being able to enjoy a latte by the fireplace. On a blustery winter day, there’s no better place to warm up and spend a few hours! 368 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210

Render Coffee

Render Coffee on Columbus Avenue in the South End is home to the most delicious Lox Bagel (get it with jalapeño cream cheese to kick it up a notch!) and perfect solarium in which to enjoy it. I love Render’s back café area, especially during the cooler months, as it’s always drenched with sunlight due to the abundance of windows that surround you. During the summer, there’s additional seating on a quiet back patio, which is the perfect place to enjoy a few moments of morning bliss before a busy day. This café is one of my favorites because of its fantastic seating; no matter the season, you can enjoy a yummy treat and coffee in a great setting! 563 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118

Thinking Cup

If you enjoy people watching while sitting al fresco on a beautiful tree-lined street, the Thinking Cup on Newbury Street should be your café of choice. While the Thinking Cup has several locations in Boston (I also love the one in the North End on Hanover Street), its Newbury Street café is one of my favorites to visit after a busy day of shopping. Located on the block between Berkeley and Clarendon, the Thinking Cup features a fantastic outdoor patio on which you can enjoy your coffee and pastries. On a beautiful summer day, it’s fun to sit back and watch the hustle and bustle of Newbury Street shoppers pass by. Be forewarned, seats on the patio are often hard to come by, but if you can be patient, it’s worth the wait! 85 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116

Outfit Details:

Dress: ChicWish Dashing Darling Cami Dress in White (under $75!)

Hat: Straw Hat from Galvinized Hats/Marie Galvin Fine Millinery

Handbag: Cult Gaia’s Gaias Ark Bag

Sunglasses: Chloé Boxwood Retro 55M Inlayed Sunglasses in Black

Lipstick: Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip in Pink Punch

Bracelets: April Soderstrom Burly Wood Small Bracelet, Hermes Enamel “H” Bracelet, and J.Crew gold bangles (old)

Photos by Leah Venti

The A-Lyst is a Boston-based lifestyle blog curating the very best of style, beauty, food, and travel.

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  • Kelly
    August 24, 2017

    I love the Thinking Cup!!! Wired Puppy was my little tuck away when shopping on Newbury so thanks for all of these tips also! Coffee and Frose all day! :) (Love the bag!!)

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    • Alyssa Stevens
      August 24, 2017 Kelly

      Oh yes, that’s a great spot, too! :)

      Reply
  • AnaMarisa Rendon
    August 24, 2017

    I can’t wait to go back to Boston! Love the article!

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    • Alyssa Stevens
      August 24, 2017 AnaMarisa Rendon

      There are so many quaint and delicious cafe in Boston! I hope you get to visit soon!

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  • Jen Cocco
    August 27, 2017

    Great post! Looking tres chic in that sundress and hat. I want to visit all of these cafes next time I’m in town- which we know will be precisely the second to last week of August. 😉

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    • Alyssa Stevens
      August 28, 2017 Jen Cocco

      Haha! Thank you! You would love the cafe that this was shot at- it’s so quaint. I can’t wait to take you!!

      Reply
  • Emelia Lawrence
    August 28, 2017

    I’ve heard Biana talk about Tatte– one thing I want to do more in my own city is enjoy small town places more…like cafe’s. Love this round up!

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    • Alyssa Stevens
      August 28, 2017 Emelia Lawrence

      It’s so picture perfect – you’d love it! Yes, you totally should explore more – anytime I have a different routine or place for a morning meeting, I try to go to a new spot. Kind of fun!

      Reply