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Nov 5, 2011 09:59 PM

Good late night study spots in the Boston area

I'm looking for some cafes open until 11pm or later in Boston, Brookline, Newton or the MetroWest area. Do they exist? Why does everything shut down so early?

My current spots:
Barnes and noble in Prudential Center (10pm, limited seating)
Starbucks on Boylston near Copley (10pm?, dirty)
Tables in Prudential Center near PF Chang's entrance (quiet, often empty)
Panera in Brookline (10pm, ample seating, relatively easy parking)
Starbucks on Beacon St in Brookline (10pm, Washington sq?)

Thinking Cup (awful lattes, no wifi, uncomfortable cramped seating, tiny tables, loud, poor lighting)

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  1. Espresso Royale and Diesel till 11, Trident and JP Licks till midnight. They close when the owners decide it won't be profitable to stay open any later.

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    1. re: robwat36

      Francesca's till 11. Caffe Vittoria till midnight. 1369 till 11 on weekends. I don't know why I'm still thinking about this.

      Caffe Vittoria
      296 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

    2. always been this way in boston.

      1. The Trident is genuinely pleasant. It's open till midnight.

        The Pamplona in Harvard Square is open till midnight. Quiet and classy,Spanish influenced cafe food, but no toilet.

        Au Bon Pain in Harvard Square is open till 3 AM. It attracts everyone, but sometimes I can find a quiet corner there to work. The Hong Kong--really old style Chinese American food--in Harvard Square is open till 3 AM. You don't have to get a whole meal.

        The deli on the corner of Brattle and Church Streets in Harvard Square is open all night. It's not particularly charming, but good if you need to work into the night. It's got wifi.

        1. Gourmet Express in Porter Sq is open all night. It's a glorified convenience store with a pretty good prepared food selection and tables and chairs.
          Moody's Falafel Palace in Central is open til 3am on weekends (Wed - Sun I think ). No toilet, but pleasant.
          You can camp out at the Harvard Science Center at all hours, though there's no late food or coffee.

          Moody's Falafel Palace
          25 Central Sq, Cambridge, MA 02139

          Gourmet Express
          1864 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

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          1. re: jajjguy

            You can't really study or do any work at Moody's, though. No table, just stools and a very narrow (less than a foot deep) counter.

            1. re: femmevox

              Yeah, I mean, Hen House (on weekends) and Peach Farm are open till 4, but I wouldn't recommend studying there.

              Peach Farm
              4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

              The Hen House
              1033 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02118

              1. re: femmevox

                i have done some good reading there. But yes, it's small and cramped.

            2. Anna's at MIT is also open till midnight. It's in the MIT student center.
              It's pretty low key and has tables and you can study there.