Whether you want to grab a to-go cup of joe or sit and savor breakfast or lunch and baked goods, with gourmet coffee drinks to sip alongside, Boston is filled with cozy coffee shops. A perfect place to get work or reading done, catch up with friends or just load up on caffeine, food and sugary treats, the coffee shops in town kick all chain restaurants to the curb. Featuring a wide range of hot and cold beverages with relaxed and laid-back settings, you’ll find a coffee shop right for you on the following list.

Thinking Cup
165 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 482-5555

Neighborhood: Downtown

Right across the street from Boston Common, Thinking Cup has caught on in the area as one of the best coffee shops in town. With its leather benches, exposed brick walls and newspaper-covered tables, it has a lively and sophisticated environment. From the minute you walk in, you’ll see the glass cases full of sandwiches, cakes, cupcakes, croissants and endless foods to nosh on. Don’t forget a drink to accompany your snack, whether a French hot chocolate topped with a leaf design, a chai latte or one of the many Stumptown Coffee drinks, a popular award-winning coffee from Portland, Oregon.

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Caffe Paradiso
255 Hanover St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 742-1768

Neighborhood: North End

Set in the Italian section of Boston, Caffe Paradiso was established in 1962. Head to this North End spot to sip espresso and watch European soccer on one of its many flat-screen TVs. The shop has plenty of tables and bar seating to relax and stay awhile. The menu is full of Italian and American coffee drinks (that you can add liqueur to), teas, hot chocolate, wine, prosecco and cocktails. There is even a case of desserts filled with gelato, cannoli and cheesecake to satisfy every sweet tooth.

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Café L’Aroma
85 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 412-4001

Neighborhood: Back Bay

Take a break from shopping in the Back Bay to catch up with friends at Café L’Aroma. A perfect retreat for a latte and a baked good, this café offers indoor or outdoor seating for prime people watching. The menu is packed with sandwiches and salads for a perfect lunch outing. Or, come in early for warming caffeinated options like coffee, black, green and herbal teas and snacks like banana bread or cookies.

Sip Café
Zero Post Office Square
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 338-3080

Neighborhood: Financial District

Sip’s Post Office Square location is a perfect place to wind down, whether you are sitting inside the all-glass café or outside getting fresh air. It is a hot spot for drinks on weekdays and ideal for taking a break from the office for gourmet sandwiches, salads and soups. It is also, of course, loved for its unique lattes made from coffee beans grown from Argentina and South Africa. Designs artistically form in the frothy surface of the liquid-filled mugs.

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Boston Common Coffee Co.
97 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 725-0040

Neighborhood: North End

Featuring a few locations in Boston, including one in the North End, Boston Common Coffee Co. offers coffees and teas from across the globe. This café has WiFi to set up shop with your laptop and work or play, with an iced coffee and a bagel sandwich or grilled panini. Dip one of these grains in a hearty soup for a full meal. With couches and even a fireplace, plus music playing to keep the surroundings upbeat and positive, why lounge at home when you can eat and drink in an atmosphere that’s even better here?

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