During the summer I have a slightly awkward work schedule involving a 12-8pm shift on Tuesdays, which means figuring out how to make the best use of a weekday morning between 8am (when I drop Hanna at work) and 12 noon (when I report to the library for the start of my shift).
This summer, my goal is to spend it writing, most likely in the various independent coffeehouses around Boston which Hanna and I like to haunt on our days off. Which made me realize what a plethora of indie coffee shops we actually have within walking distance of where we live and work.
Below the fold are my top six, in no particular order. Share your own favorite local coffee establishments in comments!
Pavement Coffeehouse. Just down the street from where I work, this place is usually overflowing with students from Berkelee School of Music and Boston Conservatory, both in the neighborhood. Favorite Drink: Spanish Latte (a latte with sweetened, condensed milk). Favorite Food: The Awakening sandwich (egg, caramelized onions, feta, tomato pesto, arugula, on artisan roll).
Crema Cafe. Located in Harvard Square, you have to get to Crema early if you want to eat in — usually it’s full of Harvard students settled in to study and gossip for hours at a time. Favorite Drink: Golden Crema (latte with honey and cinnamon). Favorite Food: Toasted home-made English muffin with butter and apricot jam.
Berkeley Perk Cafe. Just around the corner from Back Bay station, this place is a cozy, quiet locale to hang out and read. They’re cash-only and don’t have WiFi, so be prepared to pay with greenbacks and bring a book or a good friend to hang with. Favorite Drink: Vanilla Chai Latte Favorite Food: Avocado and egg breakfast sandwich on whole grain bread.
Boston Coffee Company (aka Beanstock). Located in Boston’s North End, this establishment is actually the place Hanna took me for coffee on our very first “date.” Favorite Drink: Nor’easter (whipped, iced mocha). Favorite Food: Quiche and side salad, served with a vinaigrette to die for.
Tatte. In Audubon Circle, Tatte is one of our favorite breakfast destinations winter or summer (though sitting outside means you’ll be feeding crumbs to the local sparrow population!). Favorite Drink: Latte (hot or iced), it’s best to keep things simple. Favorite Food: Brioche breakfast for two (four fresh-baked brioche rolls, butter, and two kinds of jam).
Athan’s. Our most recent find, this bakery is located in Washington Square, Brookline, and offers the best people watching from their huge front windows, as well as the best taste in Jazz standards and folk music piped through the sound system. We love hanging out here on Sunday mornings (see photo above). Favorite Drink: Greek coffee (sweet). Favorite Food: Apricot-almond strudel OR the savory cheese and spinach pies.
What’s your Local Latte of Choice, Harpies? Share away in comments!