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Aug 10, 2012 12:38 PM

Coffee, Wifi, Parking?

Any suggestions for places that have all three? I know Lyndell's in Central Sq. has parking and wifi. How is the coffee?

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  1. How far from downtown Boston are you willing to go? In what direction(s)?

    1. Give us some more clues.... parking or free parking? Same for wifi. Any particular geographic area?

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      1. re: smtucker

        Yeah, that was a super vague request. Sorry about that! Free parking ideally. I have very bad luck with meters. North of Boston. Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Arlington, Everett, etc. I'm willing to go a bit further for somewhere with excellent coffee and a parking lot (the two don't seem to go together very often).

        I'll also take any suggestions of places with excellent coffee and wifi without parking. Voltage definitely fits in to this category and I think Area Four might as well. I wasn't crazy about the coffee at Bourbon in Porter Sq, but they do have nice seats. Do they have wifi?

        1. re: maillard

          If the quality of the coffee is the primary goal, the pickings are pretty darn slim. The coffee at Voltage is quite good, but parking is a real crap shoot.

          1369 in Inman has acceptable coffee and during the daytime, parking in the Springfield lot is abundant. Paying for the meter in that lot is quite simple since you can use a debit card and pay for the amount of time that you actually want.

          Of the two Union Square options, Sherman Cafe and Bloc 11, Bloc 11 has more comfortable seating but the wifi is pay only. Parking in Union Square is limited to 2 hours and can be difficult to find.

          Diesel isn't bad coffee, and they have a nice iced tea/lemonade drink that is very good. There are some four hour meters in the parking lot behind the old time pizza place on the corner, but wifi costs some money and is not great.

          Two options where the coffee is mediocre but the wireless is free are Starbucks, in either Porter or Davis Square, and Panera in Porter. Both have free parking lots and free wireless.

          Haven't found anything in Ball or Magoun Squares.

          1. re: smtucker

            Quality of coffee/quality of wi-fi are kind of tied for primary goal. Although if there's a non-coffee option that's good, that would be okay. Parking is only a temporary need since I don't drive, so is the least important part.

            That's very good to know about Diesel's wifi. I had been thinking about paying for a month of access, but if it's not even all that good it's probably not a good option for me.

            The only place I can think of in Ball or Magoun is True Grounds. I've never been. Something about the place just doesn't appeal to me.

            1. re: maillard

              Clearly I should open a small cafe for people who really like coffee and good wifi in my house.

              1. re: smtucker

                Ha! If you also have AC at your house, I would definitely be a regular.

                1. re: maillard

                  Naw. Don't believe in that new fangled stuff, though this summer is making me reconsider.

              2. re: maillard

                I'm at Diesel a lot and have never had a problem with their Wifi.

                1. re: pollystyrene

                  Pollystyrene, that is good to hear. I used to meet their regularly with a project group and we had lots of difficulties with uploading files. Glad they have increased the capacity.

                  1. re: smtucker

                    I can't guarantee they've increased capacity since I don't do much heavy up-or-downloading there, but the connection has always been strong and has worked fine for all my needs.

        2. Not sure how serious you are about your coffee but let's just say, if you're serious at all Lyndell's is not your place. Ditto the baked goods.

          But if coffee and baked goods are secondary and need to merely be edible, it could work.

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          1. re: Klunco

            I'm fairly serious, so realized that I could definitely do better than Lyndell's. I ended up at Voltage in Kendall, which had metered street parking, which is not really ideal, but the coffee was very good and the wifi was decent.

          2. Dwelltime in Cambridge is a much better option than Lyndell's. Parking is on-street parking, but it's usually not a problem.

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            1. re: Blumie

              Oh! Thanks for the reminder about this place. I've been meaning to check it out.

              1. re: Blumie

                Has Dwelltime been allowed to solve its seating shortage yet?

                1. re: pollystyrene

                  I went for the first time yesterday - there were about a dozen tables scattered around, several of which were large enough to be shared comfortably by two unrelated people and their laptops. It had a nice vibe, and the staff were very friendly. I had the pork belly sandwich, which was delicious. Not a coffee drinker, so can only comment that they need some black iced tea.

                  1. re: fantundo

                    Try the Su Ya sandwich next time, made with tofu skin. It is one of my favorite sandwiches anywhere, a really excellent taste and texture.

              2. Simon's in Porter Sq. has parking in the Rite Aid lot next door and paid WIFI. The 1369 in Inman also has paid WIFI, and I can always find street parking nearby. 3 Little Figs outside of Davis Sq. has free WIFI and pretty easy street parking.

                On what street did you park when you went to Voltage? When I went to Abigail's next door, I couldn't find anything on the street and parked in the garage.

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                1. re: pollystyrene

                  Thanks for the reminder about 3 Little Figs. That's another place I've been meaning to check out.

                  I parked on Munroe Street. Metered parking, but there were a few spots open.

                  1. re: pollystyrene

                    I didn't know about 3 Little Pigs, but they are only open until 4 and closed on Mondays. But will add them to my mental list. Thanks!

                    1. re: smtucker

                      The other thing to remember about 3 Little Figs is that they don't have wi-fi on the weekends.