Massachusetts Coffee Shop Guide: Top 10 Best Cafés To Try

Alright folks, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite coffee spots and including pros, cons and recommendations. However, I challenged myself to NOT include all the amazing coffee shops in the Boston/Cambridge/Somerville area and instead wanted to highlight cafés slightly off the beaten path. I expanded my reach to all of Massachusetts. That said, the coffee shops I am talking about are pretty much all confined to the greater Boston area. Without further ado, here are ten great Massachusetts coffee shops and cafés I can’t wait to talk about.

Haute Coffee– Concord, MA

Pros

  • super charming location
  • great latte art
  • high quality coffee– Counter Culture 
  • Homemade baked goods
  • Easy and free parking

Cons

  • Pricey (but no upcharge for non dairy milk)
  • Limited seating

Best for: coffee date, brunch
Liv’s Picks: Maple spice latte, avocado toast

Acton Coffee House– Acton, MA

Acton Coffee is in a relatively new building in a very cute little section of West Acton– conveniently located right next to an ice cream shop! 

Pros:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Fun specialty lattes
  • Free lot parking

Cons:

  • Limited seating
  • No food, some baked goods available though

Best for: getting work done

Liv’s Picks: Hazelnut latte

Karma Coffee Roasters– Sudbury, MA

Because Karma roasts their own beans, the cafe smells absolutely amazing. Relax for a while on their red couches or try to snag one of their limited seats. 

Pros:

  • Coffee roasted in-house 
  • Warm ambiance
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons:

  • Limited hours
  • Limited seating
  • Difficult to find– tucked in a back parking lot

Best for: coffee date, getting work done, to-go

Liv’s Pick: Oat milk latte

Union Coffee Roasters– Ayer, MA

One of my absolute favorite spots even though it’s a bit of a drive for me. A micro-roaster and cafe with friendly staff and a spacious seating area. 

Pros:

  • Welcoming staff 
  • Cute seating area
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Delicious baked goods

Cons: 

  • No meal menu, just baked goods

Best for: coffee date, getting work done

Liv’s picks: lavender latte, chai latte, scone of the day

The Coffee Loft– Marlborough, MA

The Coffee Loft is the definition of a hidden gem.

Pros:

  • Great prices
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Super cute mugs!


Cons:

  • Limited parking

Best for: coffee date, getting work done

Liv’s Picks: Peanut butter cup latte, avocado toast

Saxonville Mills Cafe– Framingham, MA

Located in an old mill building, Saxonville Mills looks run-down on the outside but has a beautiful interior and a delicious latte. 

Pros:

  • Great ambiance
  • Excellent espresso beverages
  • No upcharge for adding a flavor to a latte

Cons:

  • Parking can be tricky

Best for: coffee with friends, getting work done

Liv’s Pick: Iced vanilla almond milk latte

Snowy Owl Coffee– Brewster, MA

With a charming name and a reputation for excellence, Snowy Owl is a must-visit coffee spot on the cape. They also have an espresso bar outpost in Chatham.

Pros:

  • Amazing coffee
  • Local pastries (not made in house)


Cons:

  • Long line on a summer morning 
  • Toast is TINY for the price

Best for: to go

Liv’s Pick: Iced almond milk latte

Muffin House Cafe– Medway, MA (multiple locations)

The Muffin House is aptly named because it is known mainly for its massive, moist and marvelous muffins. However, they wash down excellently with a latte to go with them.

Pros:

  • Giant latte for price
  • Amazing muffins
  • Cozy local spot

Cons:

  • Near a strip mall on a main road
  • Employees are largely high school/college age (don’t expect perfection)
  • No latte art


Liv’s Picks: Iced latte, any muffin (seriously, must try!)

Nashoba Bakery– Concord, MA

A charming bakery in an unassuming West Concord building, Nashoba Bakery has an amazing selection of sandwiches, fresh bread, and delish beverages, plus a view of the Nashoba Brook. 

Pros:

  • Ample seating
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Amazing bread
  • Good prices 


Cons:

  • Tricky to find
  • No latte art

Twisted Tree Cafe– Lincoln, MA

Twisted Tree opened in late 2018, so the space still feels fresh and modern. They have a great menu and a sneakily high-quality espresso bar. Their location in rural Lincoln is definitely off the beaten path but is only ten minutes from Walden Pond and would make a great stop on a day trip.

Pros:

  • Counter Culture coffee
  • Indoor and outdoor seating
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Easy parking


Cons:

  • Service can be slow

I am very open to any non-Boston Massachusetts café recommendations you all might have– just drop them in the comments and I’ll add them to my bucket list.

Stay caffeinated!

Olivia

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