Restaurants, Coffee shops North End
Photograph: Michael Ascanio Peguero Polcari's

This tiny Italian-owned coffee-seller doesn’t actually serve java to go, but you can’t beat its charm, friendliness and amazing variety of high-quality roasts. Original owner Mr. Polcari and his son Bobby consider themselves museum owners more than baristas, dedicated to preserving the mantle of the neighborhood corner store. Also for purchase are fresh spices, quinoa, bulk Nutella and, in the summer months, tasty lemon slush that puts store-bought Luigi’s to shame. Be aware that with its quaintness come some limitations, like being cash-only and closed on Sundays.

By: Adam Conner-Simons


Venue name: Polcari’s
Address: 105 Salem Street
North End

Opening hours: Mon–Fri 9.30am–6pm, Sat 9am–6pm
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