Fall is slowly creeping up on us, (some) students have returned to the city, the air is changing and the leaves will soon start changing. What better way to welcome back the season with open arms, than by grabbing a steaming cup of freshly-brewed coffee from one of the best coffee shops in Boston? Plus, if you’re a student, coffee shops always make for a great study spot–and endless source of caffeine!
These 10 awesome spots are all currently open with new safety guidelines in place. Scroll down to check out our coffee shop map. You can even save it for your next caffeine emergency. Enjoy!
1. Thinking Cup, Downtown Crossing
At Thinking Cup, you’ll be able to cozy up while cradling a cup of the ‘Best Coffee in the World.’ This Downton Crossing shop serves Stumptown Coffee, also known as the best in the world according to NPR. The café offers a wide variety of caffeinated beverages including frothy cappuccinos and yummy honey cinnamon lattes made with their original homemade syrup. Thinking Cup also offers some scrumptious baked goods to pair with your cup o’ coffee, including gluten-free chocolate chip cookies and tiramisu. Yum!
Note: All Thinking Cup locations are currently closed for dine-in but you can still get your coffee to go by placing an order with them online.
Find Thinking Cup at 165 Tremont St, 236 Hanover St and 85 Newbury St.
2. Pavement Coffeehouse, Allston
Could we even have a list of the best coffee shops in Boston without Pavement? Most likely not. With eight locations spread across town, Pavement Coffeehouse is a total staple of the Boston coffee scene. The popular coffee shop sells more than 10 different varieties of coffee all crafted at their Brighton location. Pavement’s shops are also a great place for settling in and doing some work for a couple of hours, while enjoying a cup of coffee and one of their excellent bagels, which are a total Pavement must. Oh, and if you’re more of a tea drinker, Pavement also has plenty to offer.
Find Pavement Coffeehouse at 1243 Commonwealth Ave, 1096 Boylston Street, 736 Commonwealth Avenue, 1334 Boylston Street, 44 Gainsborough Street, 286 Newbury Street, 415 Western Ave, 1350 Massachusetts Ave (temporarily closed).
3. Curio Coffee, Cambridge
Come for the coffee, stay for the waffles–Seriously, you should try them. This tiny coffee shop sells some of the best waffles in the whole of Mass and has some pretty amazing seasonal flavors like apple cider waffle (currently in season). Plus, if you feel like dropping by after dark, Curio turns into a neat little Wine Bar perfect for unwinding after a long day.
Note: Curio Coffee and Wine is currently open only for takeaway. Preorders can be made online.
Find Curio at 441 Cambridge St, Cambridge.
4. George Howell, Downtown Crossing
Enjoy a cup of freshly-roasted coffee at George Howell’s European-inspired café in Downtown Crossing. The beautiful coffee shop is currently open and welcoming anyone who wishes to stay for a while and work. The shop’s espresso bar has plenty on offer with quick-serve coffee, espresso beverages, coffee tasting flights, classes, and some excellent seasonal concoctions. Their current season flavor is Pumpkin Chai Latte–totally Fall appropriate! George Howell has a few other locations spread across Boston including one at the Boston Public Market and one in Newtonville.
Find George Howell at 505 Washington Street, 100 Hanover Street at Haymarket Station and 311 Walnut Street Newtonville, MA.
5. Ogawa Coffee, Downtown Crossing
First established in Kyoto, Japan back in 1952, this Japanese coffee shop in Downtown Crossing serves some unique java flights and incredible-looking Asian bites. Among Ogawa’s menu options, you’ll find a nitrogen-infused cold brew, Vietnamese iced coffee, a Houjicha latte made with houjicha powder–created with roasted green tea leaves–and more than ten tea kinds.
Note: Ogawa is currently open only for take out and orders can be placed online.
Find Ogawa at 10 Milk St.
6. Tatte Bakery, Beacon Hill
With locations all across Boston, this popular Boston bakery is the perfect spot in which to cozy up while enjoying some incredible Israeli-inspired bites and beverages. At Tatte, you’ll find a wide range of caffeinated beverages including some with a Mediterranean twist like its honey halva latte. Pair your cup of coffee with a fluffy croissant or one of their many fruit tarts for a totally sweet afternoon. While you’re at it, make sure to capture the moments with some awesome shots of their incredibly photogenic cafés!
Find Tatte Bakery at 70 Charles Street, 1003 Beacon St and 1288 Massachusetts Ave, among other locations.
7. Loyal Nine, Cambridge
Loyal Nine in Cambridge serves some Excellent New England fare, yes, but it also serves pretty darn good coffee. Whether you choose to have it with breakfast at the restaurant or take it to go, this café has plenty of incredible options (both hot and cold) including Vietnamese iced coffee, drip coffee and even espresso-tonic concoction!
Find Loyal Nine at 660 Cambridge St, Cambridge.
8. Trident Booksellers & Café, Back Bay
Fancy a book with your coffee? Trident Booksellers & Café is a total staple of the Back Bay brunch scene. This bookshop/café is the perfect spot for cozying up with a nice cup of coffee (or a towering Viennese Espresso with whipped cream) while enjoying one of the many books Trident has in offer. It’s also an excellent spot for grabbing breakfast or brunch with friends!
Find Trident Booksellers & Café at 338 Newbury St.
9. Render Coffee, South End
The beautiful atrium steals the show at this lovely South End coffee shop. Grab an Americano, cold brew or frothy latte made using nothing but the best of local roasters and cozy up beneath its back-room cupola for a totally relaxing afternoon.
Find it at 563 Columbus Ave. or 121 Devonshire St., Financial District.
10. 1369 Coffee House, Cambridge
This classic coffee shop has been supplying Cambridge residents with their daily dose of caffeine for over 30 years now, so you know you 1369 won’t disappoint when it comes to getting your caffeine kick. 1369 Coffee House also offers incredible specialty drinks like a frozen Mocha slide, freshly-brewed chai and decadent hot chocolates!
Find it at 757 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge.
*Some coffee shops have multiple locations, not all of them are displayed on the map.
[Featured image: @tattebakery, Instagram]