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cambridge late night cafes

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i just moved from inman to between harvard and porter sq and am wondering if there's anything to replace my beloved 1369 and darwin's for late night coffee/ tea options. any suggestions? all i can think of are algiers and cafe paradisso which are fine but i was wondering if there's anything closer.

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  1. I believe Simon's is open semi-late (11?) on weekends. As discussed recently on this board, very good espresso.

    1. The new Z Square Cafe at 14 JFK St. in Harvard Sq. is open 6AM-2AM & it looks promising, as does the restaurant & bar downstairs.

      1. I've lived in the Porter area for a couple of years now, and I don't know of anything coffee-wise open late in that area.

        There is a relatively new bookstore in the Porter Sq. shopping area that serves coffee, but iirc, it's not open very late.

        Cafe Pamplona is another Harvard Sq. option - open late - but obviously not closer to you.

        Maybe sniff around Harvard and Radcliffe? You would think there should be some sort of student cafe that's open late on campus.

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        1. re: Bob Dobalina

          If you're a Harvard affiliate, I believe there is a late night cafe in the Lamont library, again, not really in the porter area.

          How about heading to Davis for the Diesel?

        2. Diesel Cafe in Davis Square is open till midnight every night and till 1 am on Friday and Saturday nights, according to their website.

          1. You're not gonna find anywhere with the same quality of coffee as you get at 1369-- well worth the hike (or short T ride) over to the Central Square branch. They get it at 1369: very fussy about the bean that they start with, from a roaster that gets it: it ain't about charcoal, it's about flavor. Plus, the street scene is totally unbeatably Cambridge. Outdoor tables in good weather, lots of indoor seating otherwise.

            I heard somewhere that Toscanini's in Harvard Square has good coffee, but not a great hanging around cafe. Toscanini's is owned by Gus Rancatore, who also owned the recently closed (and greatly lamented) Someday Cafe in Davis Sq.