The Buzz on Boston's 6 Coziest Coffee Shops

Well. That took awhile. Now that the cold weather has finally arrived, we’ve got hot beverages on the brain. There’s nothing better on a cold day than warming up with a comforting cup of coffee. Or tea. And espresso. Let’s not forget the hot chocolate, either! And while there are lots of places to buy these beverages, we’re focusing on a few where you can really sit and enjoy them. The full coffee shop experience. Places with a great vibe where you can settle in and cozy up with a book for awhile. No matter which neighborhood you find yourself in, there’s a coffee shop waiting for you. After all, this is Beantown. 

The Fenway: Pavement Coffeehouse

From the moment you walk in the door, you’ll be welcomed by Pavement’s artsy, hipster vibe. Grab a seat at the counter, a table, or nestle in at a booth. It probably goes without saying that you’ll be served some amazing coffee. In the mood for a side of carbs? You’re also in luck. Pavement’s known for delicious, hand-made, kettle boiled bagels that are baked every morning and great sandwiches as well. 

South End: Render Coffee Bar

Render Coffee may focus on “above all else—coffee” but their atmosphere is a close second, making this your go-to in the South End. Here, you’ll only be treated to hand-poured coffee, which may take a few minutes but is well worth the wait. In these colder months when we’re a little light on light, Render will lift your spirits —from the fun and friendly staff to the natural light pouring in from the sunroom. 

Jamaica Plain: 7 Pond Coffee Bar

If you’re looking for a cozy spot in JP, head straight to 7 Pond. Their modern, minimalist vibe keeps the focus on what they do best: crafting great drinks. Speaking of which—you also won’t get distracted with a crazy menu. 7 Pond sticks to the basics, and they make them well. All you need to worry about is bringing some good reading material. How’s that for relaxing?

Seaport: Barrington Coffee Roasting Company

When that cold waterfront breeze starts a’blowing, you’ll be thrilled to seek sanctuary in this Fort Point coffee haven. The sleek, modern setting is spacious with lots of seating, and their coffee is a crowd-pleaser across the boards.  

Downtown & North End: Thinking Cup

After a brisk walk through Boston Common or the streets of the North End, when you’re ready to thaw out for a bit, think: Thinking Cup. Grab a seat, settle in with a good book or magazine, and prepare to enjoy a cup of something delicious. They serve Stumptown Coffee and Third Wave Coffee products exclusively, making it a thoughtful addition to the city’s coffee scene. 

Back Bay: Wired Puppy

Whether you’re shopping on Newbury Street or just out for a stroll, when you’re dog tired and ready for a break, head to Wired Puppy. Warm up with an artisan espresso bev (take a minute to check out the Barista’s latte art), or a certified organic direct trade tea or coffee. Interested in trying the “Single Cup Brew Bar?” They’ve got that too. Pair that with a yummy treat baked on site and you’ll be good to go.  Talk about man’s best friend. 

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