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Thinking Cup

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165 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
+1 617-482-5555
07:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Thu 07:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sun 07:00 - 23:00
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Ahwatukee, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Every time I visit a different city I try to find a great coffee shop. The Thinking Cup did not disappoint. Delightful breakfast croissant. Everything about it was terrific. Bacon was perfectly cooked as were the eggs. The white cheddar was just the right cheese. The coffee was hot and strong and delicious. I came here three days in a... More 

Thank Mary M
Oneonta, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This coffee shop is right across from Boston Common and they serve Stumptown coffee which is from Seattle and difficult to get on the East Coast. Had a delicious Cortado!

Thank Diana M
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had breakfast at the Thinking Cup twice during a visit to Boston. Steel cut oats, Hazelnut lattes, quiche and macaroons (gluten free) are delicious. Many toppings available for oats and different macaroon flavors. Seating is very limited, but ok if you are willing to wait for a table.

Thank nmtrips
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a small little breakfast place. Our food was great, the staff was friendly. The only issue was the tables are super small and if you go with 4 people it may be harder to find a spot. Overall enjoyed this place!

Thank Brooke N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As the snow starts to full, the drinking cup is the perfect place to retreat, hidden away on newbury avenue, a hot latte with a mouth watering almond and apricot muffin which has been freshly baked. Perfect for breakfast and lunch.

Thank Karl B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I came to Thinking Cup on one of the coldest days of the month, and I was happy to see they had a great selection of teas, coffee, and food. Tomato basil soup was the soup of the day, and it was delicious. I also enjoyed a matcha latte, which I was happy with, because I don't find that on... More 

Thank Ariana B
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love, love, loved this place! Fantastic coffee and friendly staff. Lots of hot and cold food options. Toasted bagel with cream cheese was my personal favourite. Perfect stop for breakfast or brunch.

Thank uphzsgbxshm
Barnsley, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Coffee is an obsession here. The trophy on the counter tells of first prize in the latte art competitions in Seattle. As we sat eating our cake and coffee I watched the barrister weighing the coffee from the grinder on a digital scale to make sure that the product was absolutely perfect - which it was.

Thank John F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I stopped in for breakfast and greatly enjoyed what they have to offer. Small, yet tasty menu for food and good coffee. Please note that there is not much seating and the seating available does not provide much room to stretch out for those with long legs.

Thank Natalia6363
Bar Harbor, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We try to go here every time we are in Boston. The variety of pastries is huge and off great quality. Love their macarons, though kinda pricey. Try the lavender. Good selection of teas and quality coffee drinks. Seating can be tight but be patient. Polite, fun staff.

Thank Lilybdog

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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
US$3 - US$12
American, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 165 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 617-482-5555
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

Neighbourhood 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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