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  • Fenway/Kenmore

Phinista Cafe

Olivia Vanni

Time Out says

Part Vietnamese cafe, part Parisian crêperie, Phinistia is a gift bestowed upon the Fenway. This place offers a number of authentic beverages to keep you highly caffeinated—most famously, its phin coffee brewed using a traditional Vietnamese metal filter for a strong but smooth result. Try the Phin Đen (it’s best served black) or the Phin Trứng (a customary combo of coffee, egg yolk and condensed milk) and if you’re not a coffee kind of person, grab one of its colorful, highly Instagrammable milk teas or lemonades. Crêpes are made atop a griddle for all to see, sending a sweet aroma throughout the delicately wallpapered cafe, and lunch-goers love the bánh mì and noodle bowls filled with fresh flavors of the Far East, like mint, lemongrass and pickled vegetables. If you’re looking to get your midday meal here, just be sure to show up on the earlier side, before the lunch rush leaves no noodle or baguette behind.


96 Peterborough St
Cross street:
Kilmarnock Street
Opening hours:
Mon—Sat 8am—6pm; Sun 9am—4pm
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