Boston has a truly wonderful coffee scene, full of no-nonsense spots with good, strong coffee as well as impeccably designed Insta-worthy cafes with delicious brunch spreads. The best ones, however, have all of the above. Every neighborhood in Boston boasts its own renowned coffee shop, so much so that you could potentially get to know Boston just by bouncing from coffee shop to coffee shop. Here are my five favorite coffee shops, with good coffee, cozy atmospheres, and amazing interiors.
1. South End Buttery (Boston's South End)
If you follow me on Instagram, you're likely familiar with the charming corner façade in one of my favorite neighborhoods, the South End. It's one of my go-to cafes for meetings, solo work sessions, and catch-ups with friends. It's also become a weekend ritual for my husband and me. We love to take our dog for a walk around the neighborhood (to people-watch and admire the brownstones), and always stop by South End Buttery for coffee.
2. Tatte (Multiple Locations)
Bright and airy interiors, marble tables, and decadent pastries make Tatte (every location) one of the most Instagrammed cafes in Boston. Plus the coffee is really good. I often come here on my own, with my computer, notebook, and earphones ready.
3. Forge Bakery (Somerville)
Coffee, comfort food, million-layer chocolate croissants, and ice cream — need I say more? When I'm meeting folks in Somerville, I often suggest Forge. Not only is there amazing coffee and treats, but there's also ample parking and seating options (a rare commodity for Boston-area cafes).
4. Gracenote (Boston's Leather District)
This tiny coffee shop is tucked in between Chinatown, South Station, and the Financial District. The space is tight, but thanks to the high ceilings and the white exposed brick, it feels light and airy inside. Grab a seat at the window and enjoy your single-origin espresso with a pastry from a local bakery.
5. Loyal Nine Café (Cambridge)
Decked out in soft hues, with food and coffee served on homemade ceramics by the owner, Loyal Nine Café is a truly wonderful place to be. There are long tables to promote a sense of community, and in good weather the garage doors are flung open to the patio, which also leads to a vibrant community garden.
Bonus: Juliet (Somerville)
This is really more of a full-service restaurant than purely a cafe, but I'm including it because I recently came here with a few friends and was instantly charmed. White walls, sunlight beaming through, and a constantly changing menu, Juliet will instantly brighten up your day.
Did we miss a spot? What's your go-to cafe in the Boston area?