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The Best spots in and around Boston to grab a cup of coffee or tea!

By Hollie Shuler

Being a college student in Boston comes with many perks, one of them being the abundance of coffee shops all over the city that are perfect for studying, meeting with friends, and getting that very necessary jolt of caffeine. Although we all know and (somewhat) love the classic Dunkin’ and Starbucks, it’s important to support some of Boston’s local cafes as well.

We have rounded up some of our favorite coffee spots throughout the city so you can explore off campus while enjoying a nice cup of coffee or tea!


Phinista Cafe is a French Vietnamese cafe, located on Peterborough Street. It’s bright interior and lively employees make it the perfect place to gather for a quick coffee or tea with friends after exploring the Fenway area.

This cafe offers a large assortment of drinks that are hard to come by elsewhere. They offer gorgeous purple Ube drinks, and many other tea and coffee combinations that are delicious. The beverages perfectly walk the line of having a fun drink while not being too sweet.

North End

Caffe Vittoria is a must-stop location for many in the North End. It boasts being Boston’s first Italian cafe, which makes sense when stepping inside, making you feel like you’ve been transported back in time.

Caffe Vittoria’s cappuccino is topped with a hefty sprinkling of cocoa that makes the drink not only gorgeous but perfectly sweetened. The café has a delicious selection of traditional Italian treats that are perfect for pairing with your coffee of choice, such as cannolis, gelato, tiramisu, and biscotti.

This café is cash only, so be prepared when you go!


Located about fifteen minutes from West campus and nestled in a gorgeous renovated alleyway in Coolidge Corner is The Paris Creperie. It’s easy to spot because of the great smell wafting from the building, and the hanging french flags located near its outdoor dining area. While the main focus of this cafe is its wide assortment of Crepes,the drinks cannot be overlooked.

This is a great place to grab brunch and unwind with your friends, or just to pick up a caffeinated treat and meal on your way through Brookline — maybe before you go on a book shopping spree at Brookline Booksmith.

If you are a fan of drinks on the sweeter side, we recommend Paris Creperie’s nutella latte!

Various Locations

Beloved by many Boston University students, these three cafes are sure to provide you with an amazing cup of coffee in any of their Boston locations.

Tatte has locations in Brookline, Cambridge, and many of Boston’s neighborhoods. It’s a great place to grab a coffee to-go while exploring the city.

Similar to Tatte, Caffé Nero has locations close to campus, as well as a bit farther away. This is a great spot to study if you like a little bit of background noise while you work.

A third place with various locations is Cafe Landwer. This Israeli inspired café has great food, and also offers free coffee to students when they come in to study.

These three locations in Boston are all fairly close to campus, and the one located at 900 Beacon Street is a quick walk from the College of Arts and Sciences, so it’s a great spot to go in between classes.

Overall, all of these coffee shops bring something unique to the table, and we definitely recommend checking them out!


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