We’ve all been there: it’s the first morning of your trip, you’re in a new city, and your greatest fear is whether or not you’re going to find a semi-decent place to satiate your caffeine addiction.
If this sounds like you, then you’re just the person we made this Boston Coffee Crawl for. If you can manage to get yourself to Boston’s North End before your fix, you won’t be disappointed by the coffee that awaits you.
The full crawl’s loop starts at 3 little figs, a clean, minimalist cafe with a bright and lively mood. Not only will you find a great cup of coffee awaiting you here, but also a hearty menu of great breakfast options that may just convince you to stay and skip the rest of the crawl, but don’t get too comfy, as the next crawl spot features some of the best coffee beans Boston has to offer.
3 little figs; 278 Highland Ave, Somerville; open M-F 7am-4pm and Sa-Su 8am-4pm
barismo features in-house beans that they roast fresh every morning. Modeled after a train station, barismo has brightly painted walls with rustic decor undertones. We recommend their clockwork blend as a go-to espresso for the perfect lift to any morning. But, avoid the double shot, or else you’ll definitely be too caffeinated to fully enjoy our next stop!
barismo; 295 Third St, Cambridge; open M-F 8am-4pm
Don’t be fooled by its name, Hi-Rise Bread Company is also known for serving up a mean cup of coffee. This cafe truly has earthy vibes, and their breakfast sandwiches are to die for. If you can’t make it to Hi-Rise during this full crawl, definitely try to go sometime during your trip, as it’d be a shame to miss out on a delicious morning under its roof.
Hi-Rise Bread Company; 1663 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge; open M-F 8am-7pm and Su-Sa 8am-5pm
If you’ve made it this far, you’re probably wired up on some of the best coffee Boston has to offer, but trust us, there’s one last stop-and espresso shot-you won’t regret indulging in. Simon’s Coffee Shop is a narrow space, but we promise its lack of scenery is made up for through incredible latte art. They also feature breakfast items if you’ve been putting off grabbing a meal so far, and its location near the historic city of Cambridge and Harvard University Campus make it a great stop to begin a day of sightseeing from.
Simon’s Coffee Shop; 1736 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge; open M-F 7am-6pm and Sa-Su 8am-6pm
If you make it through the entirety of this caffeine crawl, we’re sure you’re about to have the most productive travel day of your life. In reality, though, we just hope that one of these incredible coffee shops has what you need to get your coffee fix and start the day off right!
This summer, Jessica roamed through many winding French streets in search of three things: white wine, red wine, and rose. With just a single phone power bank and absolutely no understanding of the French language, she found just what she was looking for along with many, many croissants. Her adventures ranged from trying to get a French SIM card from a man who spoke no English, to air drying in a towel-less hostel, to even lugging her 40L Osprey pack up a 3 mile mountain hike to get to her AirBnB in a French vineyard. After her trip, she’s found a profound new love of lavender, macaroons, and waking up before noon. The only thing France was truly missing this summer was Jessica’s cat, Gerty, who she missed very dearly throughout her journeys. She saw The Great Sphinx of Tanis at the Louvre, but it just wasn’t the same. Jessica is currently planning her next backpacking adventure to Greenland and Ireland, where she hopes to find out just how many ways you can cook a potato.