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chupi12 Aug 4, 2012 08:12 PM

Hello everyone,
I've begun to realize that work much better with a nice cup of tea by my side maybe a pastry or two. What i want to know is any nicely isolated cafes or tea shops i can work in peace in. I , however loath chain establishment such as starbucks and others along those lines. thank you for taking the time in reading this.

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    athena877 Aug 8, 2012 04:27 PM

    I absolutely love Cafe L'Aroma on Newbury. Great coffee/tea selection and some amazing (and unique) pastries and other baked goods. I have done a lot of studying there recently. http://www.laromacafe.com/

    I also like Athan's but it is fairly noisy and tables can be hard to come by depending on time of day.

    1. Dave MP Aug 7, 2012 02:03 PM

      Bom Cafe in Cambridge - Good Portuguese and Brazilian pastries, and good tea/coffee. Free wifi, last I checked.

      Ula Cafe in JP - Also free wifi (which they sometimes turn off at lunch), very good homemade baked goods, sandwiches.

      Are there specific neighborhoods you're hoping to find this in?
      Dave MP

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        mvi Aug 7, 2012 03:42 PM

        Yes, Bom Cafe is another great choice. So nice.

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        mvi Aug 5, 2012 08:48 AM

        Tatte on Third Street in Cambridge might work for you. And across the street is Voltage. Both have tea and coffee. The pastries at Tatte are amazing. I can't say they are always quiet though....for a little more peace and quiet, you could try Cafe Kafofo or RJ Gourmet, both on Cambridge Street in East Cambridge. I see several people reading and working in Cafe Kafofo almost every time I stop in or walk by. The space is roomy and welcoming. Their pastries are not made in house, but they are very good.

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          teezeetoo Aug 5, 2012 11:44 AM

          depends on location - Athans in Brighton and Athans in Brookline might work for you. I like their cherry roibos tea and their almond cookies.

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          CookieLee Aug 5, 2012 05:34 AM

          My first thought is, it would be hard for "nicely isolated cafés and tea shops" to survive. I have seen people working on laptops etc while wearing ear buds / head phones seemingly oblivious to the bustle around them. Two places I can think of that aren't chains are Temptations Cafe in Coolidge Corner in Brookline, and Bourbon Coffee in Porter Sq in Cambridge. They're both spacious, and have a variety of seating options.

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            cambridgedoctpr Aug 5, 2012 06:54 AM

            burdicks, tealuxe, dadotea are options which emphasize tea but also have coffee.

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