A little bit removed from the hustle and bustle of downtown, Cambridge is a must-visit area during a trip to Boston. Along with the beautiful architecture, bookstores and shopping areas, there’s no end of places to grab a bite to eat and cup of coffee. Here are some of our favorite Cambridge cafes.


Longfellows arrived in Cambridge in the fall of 2016, bringing waffles, coffee, and beer. Housed in the Lamplighter Brewery, Longfellow’s is a coffee shop by day and a bar by afternoon and evening. The kitchen makes a delicious breakfast sandwich, offer sUnion Square Donuts and serve sandwiches for lunch. Check out the hours here.

284 Broadway, Cambridge, MA

Tatte Bakery & Cafe – Harvard Square

Tatte’s newest location opened in Harvard Square last October. Unlike many Cambridge coffee shops, this Tatte is quite spacious, with two beautiful and roomy floors. The eclectic menu includes their famous pastries, avocado tartine, shakshuka and all-day brunch on the weekends. Don’t miss the coffee bar on the second floor, and be sure to check out Harvard Book Store next door.

1288 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA

Hi Rise Bread Company

With two locations, this family-owned bakery is a Cambridge favorite. Hi Rise’s bread can often be found at local markets during farmers market season. Along with breakfast, lunch, and brunch, Hi Rise has a wine menu and coffee bar at their Mass Ave. location.

Observatory Hill location: 208 Concord Ave., Cambridge, MA
Mass Ave location: 1663 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA

Curio Coffee

Curio Coffee is a tiny cafe in East Cambridge with a just few tables, serving up coffee, tea and waffles. They close in the afternoon, so make sure you stop by before 2pm. If you’re looking for a snack to hold you over while exploring the area, grab a waffle to go—The Improper Bostonian calls it the “best caffeine companion in town.” Check out their Facebook page for hours.

441 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

Barismo – Kendall Square

Known for exceptional draft coffee, Barismo has a handful of cafes across the Cambridge area. Their Kendall Square spot has hot draft, pour over, espresso and cold brew on tap and sells whole bean coffee. Several of its walls are made entirely of glass, providing gorgeous natural lighting and great ambiance. Closed Sundays.

295 Third Street, Cambridge, MA