For this reason, I decided to do this entry about cool, different, yet inexpensive places to go to when you are having a hard time not procrastinating. In general, all places that I will mention are quite good, although they each have a very different vibe and obviously different menus and pricing. The good thing is that all the places that will be mentioned have student friendly prices. Yes I know, we students spend so much money and we rarely want to spend more money on random coffee shops, but trust me these places are worth it and you won’t spend that much.
- 236 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113
- 85 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116
- Grandview, 165 Tremont St, Boston
The Thinking Cup is such a nice coffee shop. I go there often because it is quite cozy and the atmosphere lets me write. The Moroccan Mint green tea is what I usually get there. You can also get a small salad or a sandwich. If you are a dessert person, this is the right place to go because they have a wide variety of delicious treats; my personal favorite is the chocolate cream puff.
Average Spending: $9
Atmosphere: A bit crowded depending on the time. The best times to go are between 2:30 and 5:00 p.m. or really early in the morning (as early as 9:00 a.m.), because tables are too close together.
Food: The food here is good, but it is not sensational. It will definitely take away your hunger. However, the tea, coffee, and desserts are definitely worthy of your time. The staff is also genuinely nice and they will advise you with any questions you might have.
Overall Rating: 4.3
- 318 Third St, Cambridge, MA 02142
- 1003 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446
- 205 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139
- 101 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142
- 70 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114
- 1288 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02148
Tatte is a bakery and coffee shop that has a variety of dishes and drinks. My favorite is the mozzarella sandwich with pesto sauce - it really is exquisite. Tatte reminds me of a French bakery because it has a lovely décor.
Average Spending: $11
Atmosphere: Generally people go to have brunch, so it works better if you go after 2 p.m. Also, tables are quite small; there is one big table but it usually is occupied, so if you plan on taking your laptop, Tatte might not be a great idea, but if you have just a book to read it is the perfect spot.
Food: Food is amazing. It has a variety of dishes, including vegetarian options and light options for those watching their health/weight. The staff is very nice as well.
Overall Rating: 4.5
- 338 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02115
Trident is one of the cutest coffee shops I have ever been in. I like to call it the local Barnes & Nobles, because they sell books and they also have a sitting area where they sell drinks (even wine) and good food. You can go buy a good book and sit at the dining area and avoid procrastinating.
Average Spending: $15 + if you buy a book
Atmosphere: It is a nice place to go with classmates to discuss a project or an idea. It also works for doing individual work, but I do advise you that it is a bit noisy, since it is also considered a restaurant, and many people go to have conversations. Some people may like this atmosphere, while others may hate it.
Food: Food is quite good: they have everything on their menu. They even have a selection of wines, good coffee, and tea.
Overall Rating: 4.4
- 736 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
- 1096 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215
- 286 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115
- 44 Gainsborough St, Boston, MA 02115
- 1334 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215
- 1243 Commonwealth Avenue, Allston, MA 02134
Pavement is a very student friendly coffee shop. You will find a lot of students with their laptops, books, etc. For this reason, it is quite nice to work here, and you can stay for hours since they have a good Internet connection, and the food is quite affordable and delicious. (Tip: get the bagel with cream cheese + lox, and the jasmine pearls green tea)
Average Spending: $12
Atmosphere: very student friendly, calm music. Comfortable space to work. Accessible power outlets. Good Wi-Fi connection.
Food: Their bagels are really good, they have a variety of options, and also sandwiches, salads, good pastries and of course nice coffee, tea and different drinks.
Overall Rating: 4.8
- 557 Boylston St. (Between Dartmouth St. and Clarendon St.) Boston, MA 02116
Dig Inn is a very hipster and fun salad bar/coffee house. Their staff is genuinely nice and they have a lot of healthy and good options for a meal. The seating layout is great for doing individual work and group work.
Average Spending: $15
Atmosphere: during lunchtime it is quite busy, but if you go after 2:30 you will find it quite calm and it has nice music as well.
Food: The food is amazing, quite healthy and a lot of options. They have a wide variety of options to drink as well.
Overall Rating: 4.7
- 250 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
Wired Puppy is a cute and interesting place to go because they have different fun things on their menu. Wired Puppy is more of a place to go for a nice conversation with someone or to enjoy a good book. But if you’re looking to study intensely or get inspired, this might not be the best option, since it is quite small and music is loud and people go there to socialize.
Average Spending: $8
Atmosphere: Loud, social, good quiet hours could be between 3 pm and 5 pm
Food: regular, generic comfort food.
Overall Rating: 4.2
- 4 Charles St, Boston, MA 02116
I know, it is weird to suggest Boston Commons after advising you to go to different coffee shops. But, Boston Commons could be a pretty good idea if you are looking for inspiration outdoors and you are trying to spend less money. There are a lot of tables, benches, and chairs or even on the grass where you could sit to read, study, work or even get inspired by the beautiful and contrasting colors of nature. There is usually a musician playing violin or singing calm music.
Average Spending: $3. Boston Commons is completely free, but to make your experience most exciting you could grab a coffee or a smoothie at a local shop nearby to enjoy every sense of nature when you work.
Atmosphere: Calm, inspiring
Food: There are places nearby that sell food and there are karts inside that sell foods and also a kiosk that serve different stuff
Overall Rating: 5
So, as you can see, there are a lot of options that Boston has to offer to avoid procrastination. You can get inspired everywhere and these places will surely help your studying experience be more fulfilling and less painful. However, if you are not up for spending money, you can always go to Boston Commons and discover the beauty and inspiration that nature has prepared for you.