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Thinking Cup

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165 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111-1152
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
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Canberra, Australia
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great coffee darker roast than most American and good scones and pastries. Recommended if you want a European style coffee.

Thank Steve S
London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you want a GOOD cup of coffee in a country that drinks dish water and calls it coffee then go to The thinking cup! Proper coffee at last!

Thank Victoria C
Encinitas, California
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love this place! Warm, cozy little coffee house, with friendly staff. Stayed up on Beacon Hill and went here every morning for just the best coffee! Start your day right here, or stop for a pick me up later.

Thank Randy H
Sligo, Ireland
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hotel recommended this coffee shop / snack bar. Really good food, full of locals. Right on the Common. Not expensive but quality.

Thank ARG191
Everleigh, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Small establishment on Newbury Street with some outside seating for summer days. Unusually they do not have table service, just pop inside and make your choice from the counter and order your tea, coffee etc. Good cake selection.

Thank Peter E
Canberra, Australia
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253 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Thinking Cup really does have the best coffee, and it seems to be consistent across outlets too, as they have three in Boston. I had a small double shot latte, which is the closest you can get to an Australian Flat White, and it was perfect. Strong, flavoursome and no bitterness at all. I was surprised at the range... More 

Thank Les_Landau
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Newbury Street. Spectacular spot if you are meandering or shopping. Lots of pastry and custom coffee drinks. Outdoor seating, weather permitting. Coffee is better than average.

Thank aggada
Geneva, Switzerland
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This small cafe has a big heart and what must be the best hazelnut latte in the US! In addition, they have lactose free milk and gluten free bread. Most whims are catered for by very friendly staff. I really look forward to having another breakfast there very soon!

Thank S9599RDmike
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016 via mobile

Actually I have been searching for a good place to spend my morning with my friends, but I couldn't find any until I found thinking cup. It's simply the best place to have a perfect cup of coffee and great breakfast, and also great bagels and other things. I highly recommend this place. 😍 love it and I will go... More 

Thank luba m
Lisbon, Portugal
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

Excellent breakfast and very good bagels and also coffee. I would recommend if you pass near by, specially with cream cheese.

Thank Marco P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$3 - $12
American, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Kids, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 165 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111-1152
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 617-482-5555
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Downtown

Neighborhood Profile
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.
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