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Thinking Cup

165 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
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Ranked #40 of 2,831 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $3 - $12
Mon - Thu 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sun 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

TC is almost always pleasantly crowded, and the coffee is great! Also, if you want a bite, I find the food very good - it's simple, but tasty. TC is simply the place I always return to while in Boston :-)

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Boston, Massachusetts
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Great coffee and quick service for a busy coffee house. Great view of the Commons as well. Had a normal coffee and banana bread, but my friend said that her latte was delicious and it was nicely crafted.

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014 via mobile

I'm on a constant quest for flavorful coffee. This is as good as it gets anywhere. The espresso is sublime. I haven't ordered from the food menu, but it looks good as well.

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122 reviews 122 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

My word it was cold.... We abandoned sight seeing plans and sought to warm up with a cup of delicious hot chocolate. Almost like a chocolate, milky sauce - a life saver. We didn't try anything else but our fellow diners were tucking into cakes and hot sandwiches. Seemed to attract a mix of clientele. Plus a great location opposite... More 

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Ebensburg, Pennsylvania
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166 reviews 166 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This place was really packed for a Friday morning. We actually lucked out and got four window/bar seats together. Three sandwiches, a rice bowl, four drinks and 50 bucks later, we had a tasty brunch in a coffee bar environment. Nothing special. I was surprised that the coffee didn't warrant a refill, especially at the price it cost. Good food,... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Stopped for lunch with my hubby after walking around Boston Commons. Very crowded at lunch. Tables are tiny and right on top of each other. It was hard for my 6'2" hubby to even move around comfortably. His turkey sandwich was ok. I had the Jittery Hen, which was delicious, with an unexpected spicy kick. Coffee was great. Got a... More 

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Elyria, Ohio
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109 reviews 109 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We were looking for a decent coffee place...not a Starbucks and came upon this Thinking Cup on a walk in the Boston Common. Just across Tremont Street is this little shop, with great service, good coffee and some nice bakery and lunch items. We liked it so much the first time we dropped in, that we returned another 3 times... More 

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Albany, New York
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19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Stopped in after the movies. Cookies -peanut butter and chocolate chip were some of the best we have ever had. Soft but not raw. Great flavor. Also had a small chocolate pastry/cake. That was great also. Didn't try coffee but will next time!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 via mobile

As an Australian & a self-confessed coffee snob, I was struggling in America...but this was the first recognisable coffee I found. Certainly the best I've encountered in the US thus far! BALT sandwich also very highly recommended. Another site in the North End too on the Freedom Trail.

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Clinton, Utah
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5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

It wasn't all that far to walk, but we had been travelling all day and were beat! The chocolate was thick and rich, nice flavor; but small portion for the money.

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Additional Information about Thinking Cup

Address: 165 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
Phone Number: 617-482-5555
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston
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
Average Prices: USD 3 - 12
Cuisine: Coffee Shop

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