As college students, we rely on caffeine probably beyond a healthy amount. However, it does come in so many delicious varieties these days, but the most popular amongst the student body is coffee. Coffee is what draws us out of bed sometimes and propels us through our late night Tisch Library sessions. Coffee can also be a delicacy and not a punishment for lack of sleep. In fact, coffee shops can be great places for productivity and to get off campus for a bit. Below is a list of great coffee shops in the Boston area to cure your caffeine fix and find a new hang out place.
1. Tamper, Boston Avenue
340 Boston Ave, Medford
Tamper is on Boston Ave; right across the street from Helen’s and a short stroll from any uphill building. Tamper has a minimal feel to it, with white counters and tables with steel and wood stools. Though the setting may be sparse, it’s a quiet coffee shop generally and a great place to study. Not to mention the coffee is excellent and they boast your typical coffee fare: cappuccinos, Americanos, straight black coffee, and iced varieties. They also have a select menu of breakfast foods to go along with you cup a strong coffee. So get settled into the sunny and clean coffee shop, connect to the free Wi-Fi, and sip on your strong cup of Joe.
Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 3:00pm
Saturday – Sunday: 8:30am – 2:00pm
2. Diesel Cafe, Davis Square
257 Elm Street, Somerville
This is a Somerville favorite, located right in the heart of Davis Square. Diesel prides itself on an esoteric atmosphere, complete with old style 1950s booths right alongside large community wooden tables, plus a picture booth and pool tables for added measure. The pastries are the first things you see as you walk in, of course including some vegan (albeit trendy) goodies. The main menu is displayed proudly on a massive chalkboard; including many actual food options in addition to their specialty coffee brews, including a Salted Caramel Latte and the Accelerator (16 oz almond and vanilla latte). The also have Vietnamese style coffee (dark roast coffee with sweetened condensed milk) as well as your usual coffee archetypes.Diesel is a popular place, usually with a line for a table accumulating right past the register. The major downside, the wifi isn’t free after the first hour (bummer). Therefore, it makes it a wonderful place for a hot drink and a maybe a good book or homework that deters away from the Internet. Next time you’re in Davis Square, head on over to Diesel for a bite and cup of coffee with a few friends. It’s a nice place to sit and enjoy an afternoon with good company and maybe even play a game of pool.
Monday-Friday: 6am – 11pm
Saturday-Sunday: 7am – 11pm
3. iYo Cafe, Davis Square
234 Elm Street, Somerville
iYo Cafe is a great option if you don’t want to venture too far from campus, but you want a nice, soothing atmosphere and good food and drink. In addition to coffee and regular cafe fare (i.e. sandwiches, soups, and pastries), iYo has the added bonus of self-serve frozen yogurt. Fun Fact: For each degree below zero the weather is outside, iYo will give you a discount on your fro-yo.
Monday-Friday: 8:00am – 11:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 11:30pm
Sunday: 8:00am – 10:00pm
4. Wired Puppy, Newbury Street
250 Newbury Street, Boston
In addition to having a great name, Wired Puppy has excellent coffee and a great atmosphere. They have an endless selection of different beans, and they’re the winner of Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston Award for Best Coffee Shop (2010), so you know it’s real. Wired Puppy a great stopping point for a day in Boston or to meet up with a visiting friend or family member, and they have great outdoor seating. Recommendation: I will always have a soft spot for their Nutella Lattes.
All days: 6:30am – 7:30pm
Now go forth and caffeinate!
By Blair Nodelman and Rachel Sheldon