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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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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went there twice for breakfast and enjoyed coffee, latte and various sweets. The atmosphere was welcoming, we got our stuff fast and the personell was friendly. Therefore we decided it was the best location in Boston to have a quick breakfast.

Thank ma f
Boston, MA
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37 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Linger - but not TOO LONG! A very STRONG CUP OF COFFEE (or tea) for a modest price. But the long waiting line can be discouraging. IMO, it's worth the wait! It's WELL worth the wait for the coffee or tea AND the seat(s).

Thank Maynard C
Silver Spring, Maryland
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198 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I absolutely love coffee shops and was attracted to this place because it sold Stumptown Coffee. We went inside and it was much more than a coffee shop. Their cases were full of parfaits, desserts (Boston Cream Pie tart), sandwiches and beverages. There was also an extensive and comprehensive coffee bar with different types of creamers and milks. As for... More 

Thank ElleTraveler21
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited the location off Newbury almost every day I was in Boston for a work trip. Stumptown Roasters supply the beans. For those of us who are really into coffee - this matters. Started off with coffee and a breakfast sandwich. Wow. Then added a snack to go the next day... A muffin with lemon and raspberries. Wow. Dense... More 

Thank Mary B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped into the Thinking Cup one afternoon and could not believe how amazing my Americano tasted! Sat down at a table with the hubby and we each had a tasty bite to eat while I thoroughly enjoyed my coffee. I went back for a second cup because it was so good!

Thank Linda D
St. John's, Canada
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43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thinking Cup is my favorite breakfast place in Boston!! Lovely baked goods and sandwiches and salads and the yogurt cups are heavenly! Great staff and clean washrooms! I also enjoyed the fresh lemonade. Don't hesitate! Ditch those hotel 25 dollar breakfasts and save yourself some time and money and pop into a Thinking Cup :)

Thank Susan K
Miami, Florida
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Best little place to fulfill your taste buds and get some work done. Staff is already friendly and great location

Thank jmilagre
The Villages, Florida
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is hard to fine a good breakfast in downtown Boston. A lot of fast-food places. Thinking Cup is a gold mine. The coffee (all types) was excellent and the breakfast burrito was great. Will come back.

Thank Gerald T
Reading, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A relaxed venue, which offers gluten-free bread for sandwiches, and gluten-free macaroons - and is next door to a cupcake shop which also offers a gluten-free option.

Thank Glutenfreeglutton
Saint Charles, Missouri
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are looking for a fab cup of coffee then this is the place to go. Loved my mocha. My breakfast burrito was a tad bland, but all the pastries looked delish.

Thank jennastl

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$3 - $12
American, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
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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  • 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.