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Best cafes in Boston

Ice Cream Shop
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“A Cambridge institution, this is the second location and the nearest to our house. Prices are a bit steep, but they do have some interesting options.”
79local recommendations
Ice Cream Shop
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“JP Centre: This is about a 15 minute walk from our place. Or you can take the 39 bus across the street (make sure to get a Charlie card at the kiosk in the station). This is one of Boston's homemade ice cream business. Started in Jamaica Plain (J.P.) it's been around since 1983. This is their home base where they make the ice cream and roast the coffee. Ice cream isn't cheap and they make their's kosher. Delicious and open until midnight most nights. ”
91local recommendations
Bakery
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“local pastry shop/cafe specializing in French treats like croissants & sticky buns, one of many branches in Boston. Divine sandwiches and desserts.”
70local recommendations
Breakfast Spot
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“American comfort food institution that's cafeteria-style for breakfast & lunch, full-serve at night. ”
54local recommendations
Coffee Shop
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“Brewery: Great hang out coffee/ sandwich shop. Right in the brewery. Delicious vegan options ”
61local recommendations
Donut Shop
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“Personally, I'm a sucker for their maple late. It's $5, but tastes like heaven.”
64local recommendations
Bakery
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“"Make life sweeter...eat dessert first!" One of the best bakeries in Boston, by Joanne Chang. She is a local celebrity chef and restauranteur that has written top selling cookbooks. No matter what you get you can't go wrong! Lunchtimes can be busy but you can use the website to order ahead and pick up food.”
65local recommendations
Café
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“Great stop for coffee or to spend some time and shoot pool. Free wifi and great specialty drinks with open-air seating in the warm months. Ashley's Favorite: Lime Rickey or Somerville Smog Brian's Favorite: Mocha and a Breakfast Sandwich ”
63local recommendations
Café
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“They are known for their great sandwiches and pastries. Make note that on the weekends there is usually a line, so try it on the weekdays!”
56local recommendations
Coffee Shop
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“Locally sourced light fare & coffee are served at this cafe in an old bank with a vault & patio.”
60local recommendations
Café
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“Amazing European style confections, chocolate-based and otherwise, amazing coffee. You feel like you are NOT in Harvard Square, but somewhere where time is not a commodity. It 's been here for a long time, relatively speaking, which speaks to its high standards. ”
39local recommendations
Café
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“This place has some amazing breakfast which means it's usually crowded so make a reservation before stopping by.”
43local recommendations
Bookstore
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“Indie bookstore that also sells fun toys and trinkets, small restaurant/cafe located inside.”
47local recommendations
Coffee Shop
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“While this shop is a little pricey, it's only half a block from our apartment and has some delicious breakfast/ lunch options. ”
43local recommendations
Coffee Shop
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“Nice locally owned and operated coffee shop with bagels, sandwiches, pastries, and all sorts of beverages. https://www.1369coffeehouse.com/”
50local recommendations
Café
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“Katie and Andy have a assembled a team of amazing staff to create one of my favorite cafes in Boston (and maybe anywhere). They are gluten-free and vegan-friendly - if that is a concern of yours... or you can shove your face into a gluten-filled non-vegan biscuit or cake! Their coffee... killer. Their sandwiches... awesome. Andy and the team... LOVE THEM. Their stuff is so good that I brought 6 pieces of their sweet potato cake with me to Europe when I left for a year-long trip. Tip... lines can be long, but they move along quickly. Seating can be a challenge. Late morning or super early on weekdays is best. Weekends are always busy. Well worth the visit!”
45local recommendations