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Thinking Cup

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165 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
617-482-5555
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7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sun 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Seating, Takeout
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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent place

Great coffee - they serve the best cortado, efficient service and good foods and yum - that lemon poppy seed scone was so delicious ;-)

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great coffee - they serve the best cortado, efficient service and good foods and yum - that lemon poppy seed scone was so delicious ;-)

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had a hazelnut latte, and was pleasantly surprised to find my latte actually had ground up hazelnuts; I used to visit Thinking Cup during my days studying in Boston, and now make it stop every time I visit

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Elwood, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

found this place by accident walking back to my hotel, and what a find, the coffee is fantastic and its real coffee properly done just like i get at home. they also server a few sweet treats as well. if you are a coffee lover, then would recommend this place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

I stumbled upon this coffee shop during my first Boston visit and I've kept coming back. I love the coffee and the atmosphere here. The sandwiches are good too!

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Hoboken, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

This shop became our go-to place while on vacation. We tried two other coffee places besides this one that were walking distance from our hotel but this is the place that just shined above the others. Very friendly and helpful staff. Prices were on par with the quality of the things they served but still cheaper than starbucks. My husband... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

I go to Thinking Cup for their consistently good coffee and tasty pastries/treats - they just get it right. They had a bowl of candy & chocolate for Halloween this year which I thought was a nice touch. My favourite branch is the one opposite Boston Common as it's cosy and full of character. The one on Newbury Street has... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015 via mobile

Coming to Boston, I set out to find the highest rated coffee shop. Thinking Cup seemed the place, and, upon setting foot in the cafe, I could see why. The place had vast selection, decadent options, and prices that reflected the obvious quality. I ordered a latte: the benchmark espresso drink. It was extraordinary. One of the best I have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015 via mobile

A little pricey but a nice independent, hipster-type bar. Good coffee with lots of specialty options and a delicious sea salt chocolate chip cookie!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Quick stop by 'Thinking Cup' as I heard their espresso is excellent. There was no line, so I was helped immediately. Cashier was friendly, good eye contact, and was efficient. Ordered a double espresso, which was delivered in a small paper cup (4 star rating) - surprised they used a paper cup, this was the only tacky part of the... More 

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Miami, Florida, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015 via mobile

My boyfriend and I stopped by on Sunday morning for breakfast because the night before we had seen this cute coffee shop and vowed to come back whenever we found ourselves on the market for some coffee. I ordered a cappuccino, Boston creme pie, orange juice and a Nutella brioche. Everything was delicious. The girl at the register though left... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 3 - 12
  • Cuisine: Cafe, Delicatessen

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Downtown

Neighborhood Profile
Downtown
The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.