Our Favorite Boston Cafes

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On this raw and rainy December day, we’re thinking about the coffee shops that we love in Boston, Somerville, and Cambridge. Where do you go when you want to crawl up with a good book, spend hours of uninterrupted time working, or perhaps simply daydream with a warm latte?

Tatte Bakery and Cafe
For obvious reasons, Tatte gets a nod in our roundup of favorite cafes. Aside from delicious, frothy lattes, Tatte does food right. My personal favorites include their breakfast sandwich (big enough to satisfy you until late afternoon), shakshuka, and muesli with yogurt. Tatte has several locations, but Kendall Square’s Third Street location is my favorite – tons of indoor and outdoor seating!

Voltage Coffee and Art
Just across the street from Tatte on Third Street is Voltage. Known for their unique drinks, like the sea salt and caramel latte, as well as rotating art exhibits. They have a relatively large seating area, where you can caffeinate and cross items off your to-do list.

Render Coffee
The hazelnut latte at Render is like nothing else – freshly chopped hazelnuts provide just the perfect touch of sweetness. Render has a large patio and back room – popular with students and those who are looking for a quiet escape.

I always find myself at Dwelltime in the middle of winter, looking to hibernate from the snow. Dwelltime is large and bright. Their coffee and snacks are a great companion to getting work done.

Appleton Bakery and Cafe
Tucked away in the South End, Appleton is small and adorable. Stay cozy at one of their smaller tables or share the large communal table. If you find yourself there at lunchtime, order a salad or sandwich. We love the arugula salad with caramelized walnuts – yum!

Thinking Cup
The Thinking Cup is one of my all-time favorite cafes in Boston, with several locations around the city. It is a great place to meet up with friends to chat over tea and a coconut macaroon.

Flour Bakery and Cafe
Although Flour can get very crowded, especially during the lunch rush, it will always be one of our favorites. Their cookies, scones, and sandwiches can’t be beat!

Image credit: Natalie Chassaigne Kurtzman

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