I have a real coffee problem and my poor heart does not thank me for it. But a girl needs artificial aid to keep up with this nonstop, fast-paced, capitalistic drain that is society—I also sometimes just need a change of scenery after hours of sitting in the same room.
Work vibes only
I wanted to give Boston a proper send-off, and compile the ultimate guide to Boston, but Boston is a small town with hospitals and schools, a downtown, some history, and not too much else to offer—no shade, just facts. Plus, most of my time in Boston was spent with my laptop and a coffee to my left, so why not a list of the one thing I’ve perfected while in Boston: a coffee guide of one of the biggest college towns in the world.
This list was created based on what I specifically look for when searching for a coffee shop to do work in. So there’s no room for Dunkin or Starbucks here.
1. Forge Baking Company ☕
This is one of the few places where I feel like the student population doesn’t overpower the entire shop. It’s a no frills, all business vibe with a splash of industrial decor. If you want cozy this might not be the place for you, but if you’re looking for a clean and minimalist environment to help you focus this is a great spot. It’s also 2 blocks from a park if you need a quick break.
Access: this is a little out of the way, accessible by bus or a short walk from Porter station
Outlets: few and far between
Wifi: sit closer to the entrance for faster internet
Food: never sampled their food, but they have a small selection of pastries
2. Tatte Bakery & Café ☕
Access: there are a few locations, but most are located within walking distance to a train station or somewhere where there is heavy foot traffic
Outlets: as long as you stick to corners you will find a few (if you make it to the Cambridge location go upstairs, they have more outlets by the bar)
Wifi: slow af since there are so many people trying to use it
Food: the closest thing you’ll find to a French bakery in Boston
3. Danish Pastry House ☕
Access: it’s a bit far from the closest station (Davis) but one 6-minute bus ride (or 20-minute walk) can drop you off in front of the shop
Outlets: exactly 2 outlets: one by the nook at the front door and the other in the far right corner
Wifi: fastest you’ll find on this list
Food: aside from the obligatory pastries you can get freshly made sandwiches and paninis
4. Bourbon Coffee ☕
Access: super accessible; a block from Porter station
Outlets: plenty of outlets throughout the cafe, some even have extension cords already plugged in
Wifi: pretty fast, but the system sometimes disconnects from some devices
Food: there’s a good variety from wraps and sandwiches to smoothies
5. Café Zing ☕
Access: across the street from porter station
Outlets: multiple across the window facing bar
Wifi: reasonably fast
Food: one of the smaller selections, there are a few sandwiches and pastry options
**All establishments listed are supporters of the oat milk movement.
Comment below your favorite local coffee spot.