No matter which Boston neighborhood you find yourself in, you won't have to look hard to find a coffee shop, whether it’s the newly popular and expanding Tatte Bakery & Café or one of the more specialty options like Gracenote Coffee. You may even prefer a simple coffee from New England staple Dunkin’—nothing wrong with that, they are all over the city! Read on for our top picks for Boston coffee shops.
Tatte Bakery & Café may seem like a chain given that it has nine locations across the city (plus five more in Cambridge and Brookline and another set to open soon in South Boston), but you wouldn’t know it if you stepped foot in one. Some locations (Beacon Hill, for one) offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner on weekdays and brunch Friday through Sunday, while others (like Tatte in the Seaport) mainly focus on coffee, pastries, and brunch.
Regardless of which spot you check out, we can guarantee you’ll be eating or drinking something delicious. Try the Avocado Tartine, an upscale avocado toast topped with a poached egg, or one of their many breakfast sandwiches. There is also plenty of coffee, tea, and espresso—along with fresh pastries and cakes—to choose from. And you won’t want to leave without grabbing some pistachio cookies to go.
Originally started in Provincetown, KoHi Coffee Company now has a location in downtown Boston. The team at KoHi pride themselves on offering a variety of organic, fair trade, and single origin coffee and espresso drinks that come from Tandem Coffee Roasters. Aside from their espresso offerings, it’s also worth trying out drinks like their cold brew Nola, which is made with chicory root and has a bit of sweetness.
With eight locations in Boston and Cambridge, independently-owned Pavement Coffeehouse has been bringing the community together over coffee, tea, and bagels since 2009.
Pavement doesn’t serve just any coffee: They source from specific farms and co-ops worldwide, while also roasting their own beans right outside the city in Brighton. They even have a delivery subscription service where you can get their premium coffees delivered throughout the country. And while coffee may be the star of the show here, don’t forget to order one of their homemade bagels, either with cream cheese or in the form of a sandwich.
If you’re visiting Boston for the first time, it’s likely you’ll walk right by the one on Newbury Street if you plan on doing any shopping. Stop on in!
Recreo Coffee brings something new to the Boston coffee scene, as their single origin coffee is grown right at their family farm in Nicaragua. With a focus on social and environmental stewardship, they produce every cup of coffee with extremely high standards. If you’re really into their coffee and brand, you can even go to Nicaragua yourself on one of their origin trips to learn everything there is to know. The original coffee shop can be found in West Roxbury, but there is another location in downtown Boston.
Fans of Night Shift beer and locally roasted coffee will love the Night Shift Brewing Coffee Bar in Lovejoy Wharf. Their coffees are roasted using fresh specialty beans from around the globe, and much like their beer selection, many of the varieties are seasonal. Recognizing that coffee can be complex, Night Shift aims to simplify the process of selecting which type best suits you with three categories: herbal, fruity, and cocoa. If you can't get enough of their coffees, you can have your favorites delivered to your door with their subscription service.
With locations in Boston’s South End and the Financial District, Render Coffee Bar offers up delicious premium coffee and a great atmosphere. Their roasts come from Gracenote and Tandem in Portland, Maine, with drink options ranging from double espressos to vanilla lattés and malted cold brew. They also have a selection of bagels and other breakfast and lunch items to choose from.
If you’re looking for an espresso bar, head to Gracenote Boston in the city’s Leather District on Lincoln Street. They offer two espressos: Alpha, a more classic espresso, and a daily single origin. There are different coffees on rotation, curated teas, and a pastry menu as well. Gracenote also offers monthly and bi-weekly coffee subscriptions if you want to continue enjoying your cup of joe after your visit.
South Boston may be known for P.S. Gourmet, but there’s another equally-as-good spot to check out if you find yourself in this part of the city: Sidewalk Café. They have coffee flavors ranging from snick-a-doodle and mocha mint to their own Sidewalk blend—and some even opt to mix flavors to create their own varieties.
If you're feeling hungry, Sidewalk Café has delicious, no-frills breakfast sandwiches, but be prepared if go over the weekend: locals will wait in line as long as it takes to get one of these. They also offer pizza, calzones, subs, and wraps during lunch and dinner hours, though they're best known for coffee and breakfast. Keep in mind this is a to-go café with limited space inside.
Dunkin’ may not be a gourmet coffeehouse, but it is a Boston staple. The first Dunkin’ (formerly Dunkin’ Donuts until very recently) opened in 1950 just south of Boston in Quincy. With over 11,000 locations worldwide, you’ll likely find yourself popping in for a quick coffee or donut at some point. Some swear by it, others prefer something stronger or more premium—but it’s synonymous with the area when it comes to coffee.