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Though you can throw a rock and hit a Starbucks from most spots in the city, Boston is also home to plenty of unique, independent coffee shops that are guaranteed to serve up a delicious brew. A few to try:
-Boston Common Coffee Company has three locations in the city, in the North End, Downtown Crossing and the Financial District. All offer locally roasted coffee, items from their in-house bakery (which sometimes include vegan doughnuts), lots of seating and the hallmark of any good coffee shop: free wifi.
-Blue State Coffee, on Commonwealth Avenue, is as virtuous as coffee gets: It's small batch, fairly traded, organic, and transported in the most sustainable ways possible. It's also really, really good.
-If you're looking for a strong espresso or a frothy cappuccino, the North End is chock-full of small Italian bakeries and cafes that make great ones...and offer any number of pastries to dip in it.
Coffee shops have become more than just a quick stop for a mid-afternoon caffeine jolt to get you through the day. Today, they're a community gathering place - a place where people meet, work, chat and plan. In Boston, coffee shops are a favorite stop throughout the day for conversation.
In Boston's North End, coffee shops and cafes abound on Hanover Street. The "Little Italy" neighborhood features blocks of cafes all competing to make the best cappucinno, serve the best biscotti and scoop the best gelato. Don't miss Cafe Vittoria for traditional Tiramisu and Modern Pastry for canollis. The Thinking Cup is a great coffee spot for breakfast or mid-day snacks. If you want to roast your own coffee at home, Polcaris is the only place to shop for beans.