Maybe you’re curling up with a good read, sneaking in a few extra hours at the virtual office or just looking for a quiet place to recover from your last dives of Boston tour. Whatever the case, you don’t need a library card to sneak in some learning. As the home of many prestigious colleges and universities, Boston and the surrounding ‘hoods are chock full of study havens. All you have to do is cozy up and crack those spines.
This Harvard Square outpost plays fueling station to some of the nations brightest—and most exhausted—minds. Boasting two floors of seating, chances are you’ll find a place to park it on even the busiest afternoons. Don’t miss out on the winning eats, from the turkey and jicama slaw sammies to the decadent desserts, including French macaroons. Non-coffee-drinkers will love the creative alterna-beverages, such as almond Earl Grey tea and ginger lemonade.
A relative newbie, the Thinking Cup is a bright star in the sea of Starbucks that engulf the Boston Common. Wood floors and exposed brick establishes a modern aesthetic while the exclusively-poured Stumptown Coffee (named best in the world by the likes of NPR, Food & Wine Magazine, and more) shows they mean business when it comes to beans. Try your next brew with one of their mini cupcakes for a mid-study pick-me-up.
Steps from the Tufts University campus, this coffeeshop offers tables, outlets and limited free WiFi for the laptop bound and worn-in couches for the lay-abouts. Local art adorns the walls while chill music pipes in unobtrusively through the speakers. Plus, this outfit earns bonus points for its environmentally-friendly efforts.