Now that I’ve sufficiently lectured you on the importance of shopping locally, I will provide you with some of Future Boston’s favorite locally-owned businesses. I thought I would begin this series similarly to how I begin my day: with coffee. It’s energizing, hot and too often purchased from large corporations, rather than locally owned shops. Here is a list of some of the best local coffee shops in Boston. Do not be offended if your favorite local coffee shop is not on the list. These are just some of Future Boston’s favorites.

Boston Common Coffee Co. I struggled for a while to find a good local coffee shop near Emerson College, where I go to school. However, when I visited Boston Common Coffee Co. on Washington St., my search was over. Their coffee is strong and delicious. Also, their lunch food is very tasty and tends to be on the healthier side. Despite my preference for plain coffee, I would also suggest to try their salted caramel mocha latte, as half the proceeds from this drink purchase support Boston Medical Center’s Grow Clinic for Children. Boston Common Coffee Co. has locations at 515 Washington St., 10 High St., and 97 Salem St.

Butterfly Coffee Conveniently located in the Roxbury Crossing T station (orange line), Butterfly is probably the coziest coffee shop I’ve come across in Boston. Not only is the coffee affordable and mostly organic, but the environment is very casual and comfortable, unlike the overwhelmingly trendy and crowded coffee shops downtown. Butterfly attracts a diverse group of customers, making it great for people watching. Also, Butterfly sells bags of day-old bagels for just two dollars! Pick some up with a coffee at 1420 Tremont St.

Pavement Coffeehouse Upon stepping into Pavement, one can immediately tell it is on the trendier side of our local coffee shops. Hipster baristas fill orders in front of an exposed brick wall, as students from Berklee College of Music congregate in and outside the coffeehouse. However, Pavement does not only rely on its cool atmosphere to attract customers. Their coffee is strong and they offer a myriad of affordable bagel sandwiches that often draw quite a crowd at lunch. Also, Pavement is very conveniently located near Hynes Convention Center and Newbury St at 1096 Boylston St. Their other location is at 44 Gainsborough St.

Thinking Cup Opened in December 2010, Thinking Cup has already established itself as one of the best coffee shops downtown. Thinking Cup is an ideal spot to grab a cup of coffee and a delicious pastry, or spend the afternoon reading or people watching. The Thinking Cup has likely been so successful because of its location right across the street from Boston Common. It has also attracted customers with its comfortable, calm atmosphere and friendly, helpful staff. Unfortunately Thinking Cup’s lunch sandwiches are on the pricier side, but don’t let that keep you from stopping by 165 Tremont St.

Bagel Rising If you’re looking for an affordable, exceptional breakfast sandwich to accompany your morning coffee, look no further than Bagel Rising in Allston. They offer every kind of bagel imaginable, all made in-house everyday. Also, their variety of bagel spreads and sandwiches offered are equally enticing. Clearly, the coffee is not the star of the show at this cafe, but Bagel Rising does serve a good cup of coffee to accompany your bagel or breakfast sandwich. Stop by at 1243 Commonwealth Avenue right by the Harvard Avenue T stop.

I hope you check out these locally-owned coffee shops, enjoy their delicious coffee and breakfast foods, and continue your effort to support locally-owned businesses. You’ll get your morning boost and boost your local economy, too!

-Marilyn Willmoth, Future Boston Intern


About Future Boston Alliance

Future Boston Alliance is a non-profit organization seeking to revolutionize our city's creative economy. By advocating for new talent and businesses and holding educational events, we aim to make Boston a hub for collaboration, innovation, and culture.

3 responses »

  1. davem says:

    Right around the corner from bagel rising is In-House for a good cup o joe. In addition bagel rising’s bagels are served at the two Espresso Royals located on Newbury Street and on Comm Ave down at BU

  2. Brittany says:

    In the Longwood Medical Area? Stop by Green T Cafe. They have great iced coffee! The staff is also great- giving out samples and day-old goods to connect with their customers. Great vibe! On Huntington.

  3. moeatkinson says:

    There is also a Pavement Coffeehouse on Boston Universities campus at 736 Commonwealth Ave. if you’re looking for a Pavement that’s a little less busy it’s the perfect place!

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