Here are the best new places to hunker down and work your way through your to-do list.
The new urban market from the mind behind Futo Buta comes complete with sandwiches (breakfast and otherwise), a huge pastry case, plenty of coffee and a large selection of alcoholic beverages for when you need that extra push at 5 p.m.
Location: South End (1300 South Boulevard)
Eat: Take it to the Bridge (with acme-smoked salmon, house toast, lemon zest, cream cheese, dill, red onion, capers and ikura, $9); full menu
Drink: Signature lattes (change every season, made with locally-sourced ingredients, $4.25-$4.75); full menu
Sit: In the cozy nook under the American flag
Hours: Monday through Thursday (7 a.m.-9 p.m.), Friday (7 a.m.-10 p.m.), Saturday (8 a.m.-10 p.m.) and Sunday (8 a.m.-6 p.m.)
Located on the first floor of the new 300 South Tryon Building (also home to the likes of Angeline’s, Merchant and Trade and La Belle Helene), the New York City-based market offers coffee drinks, pastries, sandwiches and wraps in a Coco and the Director-like setting.
Location: Uptown (300 South Tryon)
Drink: Any espresso-based drink. They’re made with beans sourced from a family-run farm in Nicaragua and made in La Marzocco machines; full menu
Sit: At the street-facing bar for natural light and background movement
Hours: Monday through Saturday (7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.)
Located on the ground floor of the Skyhouse’s north tower, Queen City Grounds offers locally-made pastries, a menu by FüD and an in-house roaster called Nightflyer Roastworks. Check out their seasonal drink menu, too – this summer’s included a Mai Tai Iced Tea and Matcha Mojito.
Location: Fourth Ward (644 North Church Street)
Eat: Between the Banh & Mi (with marinated tofu, carrots, cilantro, tomatoes, jalapeños, avocado and sriracha aioli on a toasted hoagie, $7.50); full menu located at the top of the page
Drink: Any coffee drink. Each is made in-house by on-site Nightflyer Roastworks and offerings vary from season to season; full menu
Sit: Upstairs on the mezzanine, practically asking to be stayed in for hours
Hours: Monday through Thursday (7 a.m.-9 p.m.), Friday (7 a.m.-10 p.m.), Saturday (8 a.m.-10 p.m.) and Sunday (8 a.m.-5 p.m.)
The coffee shop-restaurant-brewery-fermentation lab hybrid has become a South End staple that’s designed to be conducive to the flow of one’s day, transitioning seamlessly from a breakfast and coffee stop to lunch and eventually dinner with a full menu of beer and cocktails. And with USB ports scattered throughout and free wifi in the industrial chic space, it’s perfect for a remote worker.
Location: South End (2911 Griffith Street, New Bern stop)
Eat: The Suffolk Punch Burger (with Mills Family Farm grass-fed beef, muenster cheese, lettuce, tomato, shaved onion, pickles and bourbon mustard on an onion roll, $13); full menu
Drink: Nitro Cold Brew (of which they sell an “unbelievable” amount, $4); full menu
Sit: At the bar for easy access to USB ports and coffee without taking up a full table
Hours: Monday through Thursday (7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.), Friday (7:30 a.m.-12 a.m.), Saturday (9 a.m.-12 a.m.) and Sunday (9 a.m.-9 p.m.)
Plaza Midwood’s newest coffee shop offers 42 seats throughout its dining area in the form of bistro tables, sofas and chairs, and an all-day menu focused on breakfast, toasts and salads.
Location: Plaza Midwood (2012 Commonwealth Avenue)
Eat: Avocado Toast (with dukkah and micro amaranth, $7.25); full menu
Drink: Pour Over (available after 10 a.m., market price); full menu
Sit: On one of the couches by the window. Prime real estate for groups, people watching and outlets.
Hours: Monday through Friday (7 a.m.-7 p.m.), Saturday (8 a.m.-7 p.m.) and Sunday (8 a.m.-5 p.m.)