During the 1850s, masses of Italians flowed into the North End, bringing with them their culinary heritage of delicious pastries, pasta and rich coffees. Today, all of those folks who have Boston condos in the North End are still enjoying Italian restaurants and coffee shops in the neighborhood. As a matter of fact, 40 percent of the people in the North End are Italian-Americans. Locals perk up with the great coffee at Thinking Cup, Polcari’s Coffee and Caffee Paradiso.
3 Delicious Coffee Shops in the North End
Conveniently located on the notorious Hanover St., Thinking Cup was the first coffee shop in downtown Boston to serve up Stumptown Coffee. Stumptown Coffee originated in Oregon and has been named “Best Coffee in the World” by National Public Radio. This specialty coffee has won accolades from USA Today, The New York Times and Food and Wine magazine. Thinking Cup is an internationally recognized business that serves up more than coffee. Residents can savor the breakfast and lunch menu in a cozy atmosphere. Delicious sandwiches include the Barcelona Bliss with dry chorizo, manchego cheese and green olive spread, and the Jimmy the Greek sandwich with hummus, artichoke hearts and roasted wild mushrooms.
Polcari’s Coffee is another favorite of those who live in the North End. This old-world grocery store is located on Salem Street and offers rare spices, deli meats, pasta, nuts, tea and, of course, coffee. Rare coffee blends such as Hawaiian Kona and Blue Mountain are just a few of the favorites. Other coffee hits include the Italian roast and Mr. Polcari’s house blend. Those who visit can even enjoy some Italian candies, such as licorice chips and anise almonds.
Caffee Paradiso has been an authentic Italian café in the North End since 1962. Located on Hanover Street, locals get to indulge in the best cannoli and award-winning gelato. Its cappuccino, martinis and espresso have true gusto. This café brings a taste of Italy to Boston.