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Thinking Cup

165 Tremont Street, Boston, MA (Downtown)
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Ranked #39 of 2,815 restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $3 - $12
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Neighborhood: Downtown
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.
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Bethesda, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

I was in town for two days and my first trip was so good I had to go back for a second. Great coffee and baked goods. I had two scones and both were excellent - just sweet enough and not dense at all. I tasted their apple danish and blueberry muffin - both were good. I would give 5... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

In Boston for the week looking for something healthy, light and inexpensive within walking distance of my hotel for dinner. Thinking Cup delivered with a tasty 'Jimmy the Greek' sandwich and an iced decaf Cafe Americano. I'll be back...

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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

We were in from out of town and this place was recommended. Great place to sit and sip coffee and have a snack. Relaxing and in a convenient location for sight seeing.

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Glens Falls, New York
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86 reviews 86 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Just what we needed on our freedom trail journey, had a yummy quinoa salad and iced chai. Cute place with eclectic decor and healthy options.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Decent coffee and fantastic sandwich. I had the turkey club, my wife " the Italian" - both were delicious! Would have lunch here every day if I could!

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91 reviews 91 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
225 helpful votes 225 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Lacklustre latte, latte art gone, taste average; 15 minute wait just to get to the cashier and yet only 3 people ahead? No interest in service, no interest in making the coffee or discussing beans or grinds, and there is simply no excuse for no WIFI. They don't seem that interested in coffee or customers anymore.

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New Jersey
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

The Thinking Cup is becoming a staple for our trips to Boston. It's open early, the selection is excellent as is everything we ordered. Breakfasts and pastries are all well made and are large portions. Prices are good as well. Considering that mostly large chain restaurants are open before 9 on a Sunday in Boston I don't know why you... More

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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

It's not the best coffee in Boston but it does have the advantage of being open on a Sunday. Like a lot of places in Boston, you order at one counter and pick up from another so it can be tricky to communicate any particular desires to the barista. The average price is fairly reasonable. There's no wi-fi and it... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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51 reviews 51 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Great local coffee- really smooth and high quality. The macaroons are to die for- creamy and chewy! Nice patio and delicious looking pastries.

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new york
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62 reviews 62 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Whenever we're in Boston, we always love to go to the Thinking Cup for their sandwiches (especially the Chicken and Turkey ones). The drinks and deserts are also great. The place has a great vibe too.

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