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Thinking Cup

165 Tremont Street, Boston, MA (Downtown)
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Ranked #39 of 2,779 restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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89% Recommend
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English first
Brookfield, Massachusetts
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73 reviews 73 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

I stopped in for a cup of coffee here and was blown away by the selection of sandwiches and pastries. Unfortunately I had just eaten so I'm going to have to trust that they tasted as good as they looked; certainly the coffee was excellent. Even though I was ordered my cappuccino to-go, it was made with care and perfectly... More

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53 reviews 53 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

If I would've known they didn't have wifi I wouldn't have come. What coffee shop doesn't have it? Especially on Hanover St in Boston? Cute cafe otherwise.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

A great little cafe with excellent options for breakfast and lunch. Their coffee and bagel sandwiches are delicious, but my personal favorite snack is the ham, gruyere, and scallion rolls. The only downside is that this place can get busy, so it can be difficult to find a table and navigate around the crowds of people waiting to place their... More

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Spearfish, South Dakota
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Thinking Cup was delicious. I had pour over coffee AND the most wonderful mocha ever. The staff was very friendly - Katie talked to me the entire time she made my pour over coffee and then went out of her way to bring a mocha to our table. The atmosphere is fun and it's a great spot around a lot... More

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Thinkingcup, Owner at Thinking Cup, responded to this review

We passed on your compliments to Katie. We are truly lucky to have her on our team. Thanks for stopping in and we hope to see you soon. More

Canandaigua, New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

I was really hungry for breakfast and decided to pass up on a dunkin donuts and mcdonalds to check out the thinking cup. I ordered a coffee and a bagel and it happened to be cheaper than fast food chains, plus I got to sit in the little cafe. They also made various breakfast sandwiches and had pastries!

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Thinkingcup, Owner at Thinking Cup, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping in. Hope to see you again soon. More

Boston, Massachusetts
16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

The coffee at the Thinking Cup is great. I usually stop here when I have time to kill before my hair appointments since my salon is around the corner. The Thinking Cup is always crowded, but if you are alone or with only one other person it usually does not take long to get a seat. Usually I order a... More

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Montreal, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Visiting from out of town on a cold and windy morning in January, I brought a friend to my favorite morning place in Boston, The Thinking Cup! With a view facing the Park, it is the best and tastiest wake up call in Boston! The usual blend of students and working folks , no generation or gender gap here, a... More

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Northern NJ
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137 reviews 137 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

On the high side price-wise but very enjoyable. Expect to have a difficult time finding a seat on busy evenings. However, once you do, you'll enjoy all of their offerings.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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104 reviews 104 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

This is the spot to be...very trendy and busy. Out of this world lattes, try the hazelnut latte, you will love it. Pastries are great too. Both the coffee and the ambiance steal the scene. Best coffee house I've been to.

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Beverly Hills, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Amazing coffee shop with a great atmosphere! The staff was great and very friendly even though they were very busy. The pastries / treats choices were to die for !!! This will definitely be on my list of must do next time I am back in Boston.

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