In many ways, 1369 Coffee House is the grand dame of Cambridge’s many coffeehouses. The venue simultaneously introduced Cantabrigians to great coffee and a fantastic coffeehouse scene; suddenly it was okay to savor a latte over a chapter book, or to sip your third cup while toiling over an early-era MacBook. Now as popular with creatives and young professionals as it initially was with students, the cozy, narrow, neighborly Inman Square institution continues to thrive, even in the Starbucks era. If you can’t manage to snag a seat, its Central Square branch is just cozy, but also just as popular.
In Boston, nothing warms you up faster than a strong cuppa joe in the winter, or cools you down faster in the summer than a classic, iced coffee (and the true New Englander may argue that the latter is a year-round way of life). Though prolific coffee chains (we’re looking at you, Dunks) ensure that you’re never too far from satiating your caffeine craving, there are a number of cafes and coffee houses worth seeking out for a change of scenery. Here are some of our favorite places to grab the best coffee in Boston. And if you take your java with food, be sure to check out the best donut shops, best breakfast spots or brunch spots in Boston.
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