North End Specialty
Boston Common Coffee Company
97 Salem St., North End
As its name suggests, this place feels like classic Boston. You won't find any fancy décor, but the coffee is really solid and the baked goods are famous in the neighborhood. Stop by on Thursdays, when they introduce new donut flavors (although if Boston Crème is an option, your decision's already made for you). It's really meant to be a place where people can meet and get work done, so you'll be grateful for the abundant seating options and reliable WiFi. P.S. How could you not love the coffee shop that made cookies shaped like deflated footballs after deflate-gate last year? There are two locations downtown: Canal Street and Washington Street.
226 Causeway St., North End
This coffee shop is actually part of a larger co-op dedicated to selling fair trade goods like coffee, chocolate, tea, and more—it even has a sister restaurant in Seattle and a full-fledged fair trade business behind it. That humanitarian spirit is embedded in everything they do: They’re completely worker-owned, and offer presentations from their farmers and baristas about the coffee. Niceties aside, the coffee is seriously good and there are usually open tables—it’s an ideal space to cram in a few hours of work before a meeting downtown.
236 Hanover St., North End
Thinking Cup's cozy interior is the ideal place to hide out during a freezing nor’easter. The exposed brick walls and low ceilings create an intimate vibe, and the Stumptown coffee is brewed to perfection. The menu is just the right length (a nice array of pastries and breakfast options, and four to five choices for a sandwich if you're around at lunch), but you really don't need much more than a coffee and a corner table to make yourself at home in here. There are also outposts on Tremont Street and Newbury Street.
92 State St., South End
This Greek spot has a pretty short menu—they stick to gyros and an excellent Mediterranean salad. The pork loin for the traditional gyro is marinated and stacked on a rotisserie (no horrifying cone in sight), and then sliced on to fresh pita to-order. It’s the kind of place you’ll want to black-book for your next craving. There's a second location Downtown.
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