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Help! Save me from Dunkin' Donuts!

Attending a conference in Cambridge soon -- I need a place to get my morning espresso/cappuccino fix somewhere near the Charles Hotel/Harvard Law School . . . .

TIA,
Jason

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  1. Having recently moved from Boston to an unnamed city bereft of DD, I'm very much in need of being "Saved" by a DD iced coffee. That said, try Cafe Paradiso at 1 Eliot Square. Have a biscotti for me!

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    1. re: GrillNextDoor

      Cafe Paradiso in Harvard Square just closed, though I think the one in the North End is still open.

      1. re: bachslunch

        Do you know what happened there? Always seemed to be people when I walked by.

        1. re: Joanie

          Apparently the rent was jacked up. It's too bad, because that alley was really getting more interesting and varied the last couple years.

          1. re: newhound

            It was more sudden than that, the staff was only given a weeks notice of the closing. Also, the rent has been sky-high for years and they have been dangling it for sale, due to it not making ends meet (and the owner investing heavily in the Lowell location). Its not been a priority for them, Peet's has taken a fair amount of business so weekday business was way down and the slow demise eventually caught up with them.

    2. Peet's is right in that area.

      1. If you've got time to walk a bit, it's worth the trek to Simon's, up closer to Porter Square: excellent, serious coffee. Algiers does good espresso and Turkish coffee closer to the hotel, though the staff moves like molasses there. I'd say check out Burdick's for a demitasse of the best hot chocolate in town (and good coffee, too), but it was still closed for what looked like a renovation as of a few days ago.

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        1. re: MC Slim JB

          I definitely second Simon's-- and while it isn't as slow as Algiers, leave yourself a little extra time as they take their time. It's about three blocks west of the Law School on Mass Ave.

        2. Peet's is good, and also Darwin's on Mt. Auburn Street - also handy if you like some baked goods with your brew.

          1. Hi-Rise on Brattle Street has decent coffee and outstanding morning food--breakfast sandwiches, banana bread, small buttery and flaky lemon orange scones. Z square on JFK brews George Howell's Terroir coffee, although their espresso measures are not generous (I ask them to put an extra shot in a latte).