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Thinking Cup

85 Newbury St, Back Bay, Boston, MA 02116-3087
+1 617-247-3333
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good33%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“sandwiches” (28 reviews)
“chia pudding” (6 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 1 week ago

We went on a Sunday afternoon and it was VERY busy. There wasn't any place to sit and it was pretty crowded; I wouldn't go here for a quiet cup of coffee. However, it has a fun vibe, lots of young people, great coffee and...More

Thank emily13anne
Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

We went here three out of four mornings we were in Boston, great coffee and pastries did fantastic Lox bagels. Order at the counter find a seat and watch the world go by. Excellent value for money and I will say it again great coffee!

Thank Leslie Nicholas... R
Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

We are picky about coffee. Both the coffee and baked goods here were outstanding. Sat outside w the locals and their dogs. Really like this Street.

Thank dianner435
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Nice, if very busy, place to hang out and read. The lemon poppyseed scone was delicious--perfect texture, not tons of super lemony flavor or overly sweet dough in the scone itself, but the really tart icing balanced put the whole thing. If you're going to...More

Thank Gail S
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Great coffee, great pastries, and one of the best Greek yogurt parfaits of all time. Couple that up with a killer location on Newbury Street (awesome for the people watching alone), and this place easily rises to the top of my list when we're in...More

Thank Rocko230
Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

Plenty of patrons which is always a good sign. Seating both inside one outside. You place your order at the counter and pay at the same time. They call you once the food is ready. Don’t be put off if there is a queue, it...More

Thank Kolletjie
Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

Outstanding Lattes and baked goods. Stopped here after a run along the Charles river and enjoyed our coffee on the patio. Ended up here or their store on Tremont 3 times during a four day getaway. Highly recommended!

Thank jtr1984
Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed the patio seating. Cappuccino and Americano were splendid as were the open faced bagel with lox and the sausage breakfast sandwich. Very generous, fresh and delicious!

Thank sherry2066
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

Stopped here for a breakfast sandwich some chia pudding and coffee, all was excellent. The girl taking our order was helpful and very pleasant. Great atmosphere.

Thank hurly71
Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

Amazing place for breakfast. It’s a cafe but they have an amazing atmosphere and good food. The bagel is recommended.

Thank zuhair a
Back Bay
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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
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6 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
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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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