Whether you're a casual sipper or a connoisseur, we've got you covered with our picks.
Voltage Coffee and Art
295 3rd St.
Kendall Square, Cambridge
If you like the idea of a little modern art with your coffee, head over to Voltage, which showcases local artists and serves up coffee, beer and wine (though you'll have to wait for the weekend if you're in it for the booze). Voltage self-describes as "the unofficial living room of Kendall Square," but we're guessing catching up on a little Netflix is frowned upon.
Blue State Coffee
957 Commonwealth Ave.
155 Seaport Boulevard
If you're in need of a 2 p.m. pick-me-up, Blue State Coffee serves up a seasonal menu with a locavore flavor. Catering to the millennial crowd, this coffee shop manages to be trendy but not so trendy that you feel self-conscious. And they serve up a seriously strong cold-brewed latte.
563 Columbus Ave.
We'd be remiss without a visit to the South End, long the home of tiny stylish coffee shops with fancy drinks whose names you can't pronounce. Render specializes in pour-over style cups of coffee, so be prepared for a slower serve-time than your average chain. Grab a book, or, more likely, your laptop (they have free Wifi!) and head over to Render for some quiet time, or just some quality people watching.
3 Little Figs
278 Highland Ave., Somerville
Though it's slightly hidden away between Davis Square and Union Square in Somerville, this eatery offers some of the best baked goods in the greater Boston area. Owned by Somervillians Katie and Andy Rooney, 3 Little Figs specializes in lavender biscuit, and still manages to be packed on weekends, despite its location. They also serve a rotating guest espresso, if you're feeling the need to shake up your regular coffee order and get a little more adventurous.