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Thinking Cup

#37 of 2,873 Restaurants in Boston
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165 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
617-482-5555
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7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sun 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Description: Thinking Cup is pleased to be the first coffee shop in Downtown Boston to...
Thinking Cup is pleased to be the first coffee shop in Downtown Boston to serve "Stumptown Coffee" exclusively. Stumptown, originating in Portland Oregon had been named “Best Coffee in the World” by NPR, The New York Times, Food & Wine Magazine, and USA Today. To ensure exceptional quality and freshness we obtain our beans directly from Stumptown’s roasting facility in Brooklyn, New York.Opening its doors in December 2010, Thinking Cup is ideally located just steps from the Boston Common. We are committed to providing the premier coffee experience in Boston by serving only the finest coffees, teas, and freshly baked pastries. Was awarded Best Coffee Shop in Boston by Boston Magazine for 2011.
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  • 23
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  • 3
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great place for coffee overlooking the Common

Really great selection of drinks and food in this trendy coffee house - spend your money here instead of giving it to Starbucks !

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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Madeley, United Kingdom
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Madeley, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Really great selection of drinks and food in this trendy coffee house - spend your money here instead of giving it to Starbucks !

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I have heard (but did not verify) that the coffee at Thinking Cup was rated the best in New England. Regardless of whether that is true or not, I can say with some confidence that it is some of the best coffee I've ever had. Strong, flavorful, and very smooth. And the cafe itself is excellently appointed, with old newspapers... More 

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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Great and unique atmosphere. Great bagel. Recommend. Reasonable prices. Did not try the coffee, but had a great experience. Great service.

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Los Angeles, California
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136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Stopped by twice for breakfast coffee and pastries. It is one of a few games in the area and right across from Boston Commons. The decor is charming and the staff lovely. The place was buzzing with people. The drip coffee was adequate but not great. The coffee cake muffin and the chocolate brioche were both dry and disappointing.

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St. Louis, MO
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Found this little place on trip advisor and stopped in. Lunchtime but the breakfast burrito still available. Black bean, spicy salsa, egg and cheese on whole grain wrap. Delish! And the best coffee I have had in awhile. Shocked to find the coffee refill 55 cents. Nice vibe. Cases packed with lovely pastries. Check it out.

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Youghal, Ireland
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4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

My lord, how amazing was this place. The food was so fresh & tasty. My hazelnut late was out of this world as I watched them grind the hazelnuts. From there fresh breakfast sandwiches to there beautiful freshly baked cakes & cookies. A very very must do if your in Boston

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We spent a weekend in Boston and ate here every day! Perfect place where you can find healthy and tasty food. Their sandwiches, salads, desserts and coffee are perfect! I also love the atmosphere and style of this cafe. There are always many people there in day time, but this place is more quiet in evening.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We ordered the vanilla ginger latte (which I thought would be an interesting mix), that turned out to be delicious. The chocolate Nutella croissant was warm and fresh. The ambiance is really cool, but very crowded (even for a Sunday at 4pm). The only reason I'm not giving 5 stars here is because the staff was very cold and robotic... More 

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Harwich, Massachusetts
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015 via mobile

First of our coffee an food were great but the service and environment were not enjoyable. There were so many people in there it was uncomfortable. When placing are order it was like talking to a machine rather than a human. Not very guest friendly. After ordering your forced to stand in a little corner. Felt like we were packed... More 

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Cary, North Carolina, United States
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Needed a place to hang out and waste time during the blizzard. Perfect place! Sat by the window and watched the snow. Not a coffee drinker so ordered the chai tea latte. Delicous! Wanted to let our coats dry more so ordered some hot chocolate latte with a blueberry muffin. Loved it! Best hot chocolate we've had. Friendly staff. Loved... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 165 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston
  • Phone Number: 617-482-5555

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 3 - 12
  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop

Description

Thinking Cup is pleased to be the first coffee shop in Downtown Boston to serve "Stumptown Coffee" exclusively. Stumptown, originating in Portland Oregon had been named “Best Coffee in the World” by NPR, The New York Times, Food & Wine Magazine, and USA Today. To ensure exceptional quality and freshness we obtain our beans directly from Stumptown’s roasting facility in Brooklyn, New York.Opening its doors in December 2010, Thinking Cup is ideally located just steps from the Boston Common. We are committed to providing the premier coffee experience in Boston by serving only the finest coffees, teas, and freshly baked pastries. Was awarded Best Coffee Shop in Boston by Boston Magazine for 2011.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?