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Thinking Cup

85 Newbury St, Back Bay, Boston, MA 02116-3087
+1 617-247-3333
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good33%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“sandwiches” (28 reviews)
“chia pudding” (5 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
85 Newbury St, Back Bay, Boston, MA 02116-3087
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Newbury is the shopping street in Boston backbay area and you would have missed something if you do not have coffee at this place.........amazing coffee, to go with muffins or croissants, good breakfast options. Place is mostly crowded but still worth it.......

Thank Krishnan N
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Is small, but very cozy, the food is fine, I tried the Turkey sub. Food is not special but the environment if lovely. Not for large groups. Ideal when you are solo or want to chat with your best friend

Thank mariaaalvarado25
Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

I swear I'm not a coffee snob. I'm not. But I know what I like and Thinking Cup serves a tasty Americano. The only drawback of this location is the large crowds, but if you can nab a cafe table on the sidewalk, this is...More

1  Thank PNWShutterbug
Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

Fantastic local coffee shop. Great coffees, breakfast sandwiches, quiche and pastries. Everything we tried was excellent!

Thank Doug F
Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

Coffee was very good and cappuccino among the better in the states. Take the time to sit outside. Did not eat breakfast.

Thank Jeff D
Reviewed 25 April 2018 via mobile

One of the most popular coffee houses in. Boston. The eclair was delicious and the cappuccino was spot on. It can be crowded, especially in the afternoon. It was my second visit and I was able to get a table outside.

Thank Melba C
Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

Popped in for breakfast one morning. Food was nice and the hot drinks where fine. Found it a little pricey for what we got but would go back. I had sausage and egg muffin and my partner had a raisin bagel. Would recommend.

Thank kavasauras
Reviewed 12 April 2018

A busy, bustling place, great for lunch or just a coffee and cake. Seating inside or out. Coffee is OK, cakes, cookies etc very good.

1  Thank ShropshireBlade
Reviewed 10 April 2018

This is a cafe that is busy good reason--the food is delicious and the service is excellent. Guests can either get food to go or grab a table and order the food. If you wish to fine in, don't be shy! You will need to...More

1  Thank jonahNJ
Reviewed 20 December 2017

We recently visited the Thinking Cup during our trip to Boston and had a great experience. It was packed with locals and we opted for coffee and some of their fresh breakfast pastries before heading out exploring the city. I opted for a great cappuccino...More

Thank TKeys13
Back Bay
Wander around this quintessential neighborhood in the
heart of Boston for high-end shops, restaurants, and
the feeling of city bustle. Its most identifiable
skyscrapers, the Prudential Center and John Hancock
Tower, are highlights of the city skyline. Visit
Newbury street to explore unique and trendy boutiques
– as well as every other kind of store imaginable –
all housed in beautiful brownstone buildings. In nice
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7 October 2015|
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Response from Lynn F | Reviewed this property |
I believe they had soups and salads available. But mostly baked goods and sandwiches. Hope this helps!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
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: 85 Newbury St, Back Bay, Boston, MA 02116-3087
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Back Bay
  • Neighbourhood: Back Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 617-247-3333
  • E-mail
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. Established in 2010, Thinking Cup has routinely been touted as Boston's Best Coffee Shop. Not only offering award winning coffee, Thinking Cup has a very diverse menu of wonderful sandwiches to include gluten free and vegetarian options. Locally sourced and all-natural, most of the offerings are made in house. Thinking Cup can be found in three locations around Boston. In the heart of Back Bay at 85 Newbury Street, Across the Boston Common at 165 Tremont Street and in the historic North End on the Freedom Trail at 236 Hanover Street.
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