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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.

                  2. RJ Gourmet and Cafe Kafofo have the qualities you desire. They are both on Cambridge Street in East Cambridge. They are only a couple of blocks apart. I do feel like you could park at the large shopping plaza nearby, Twin City Plaza, and walk over. But you could also park right on Cambridge Street or any of the side streets. Those are metered.

                    1. I guess if you feel like "slumming it"..any McDonalds will fit the bill. When I want good coffee and access to Wifi, I go to any Panera's.

                      1. Andala Coffee House in Central Square has free wifi and is large with many comfortable spaces. They don't have free parking, but the Green Street garage is a block away and parking is $3.00 for two hours.

                        1. I used to go to lyndell's when it was in the north end. Their half moons are the best but their coffee was ok to sometimes good. To their credit they would always make a fresh pot.
                          I go to a mcdonalds near me for coffee. If I ask they always brew a pot right in front of me. For a dollar plus tax for a large and refill, it's the best deal in town. Mcdonalds also doesn't care if you were to bring in pastry from lyndel.
                          Panera brews their coffee in those huge tins, something I never liked. Mcdonalds and dunks use glass pots. The wifi at mcdonalds is great.

                            1. re: Felicity7

                              That looks great, thanks! I'm going to check it out this week.

                            2. You could maybe try Mystic Coffee Roasters in Medford Square. Good coffee, free wifi, and parking isn't too bad...still paid meters during the week, but easier to find spots than it is in Cambridge or Somerville

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                              1. re: Dave MP

                                There are unmetered lots if you're willing to walk a couple blocks, and there are usually spaces.

                                1. re: Dave MP

                                  Thanks! I've been wanting to explore Medford some more. And thanks for the unmetered parking tip.

                                  1. re: Dave MP

                                    There are unmetered spots right in front of Mystic Coffee Roasters! Silly goose. And they have some of the best coffee around.

                                  2. Fortissimo in Union Square looks like an option. Haven't been, but heard there's free wifi. Another plus is that the space is cute, and it's never crowded.

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                                    1. re: TokyuFoodShow

                                      Cute space, agree. Not crowded, agree. Had coffee there yesterday for the first time though and have to say-- NOT good. Really off taste to my latte. Bad roast? Burnt? Not sure what- almost chemically. Needless to say, will not stray from Bloc 11 again if in the area.

                                      1. re: Parsnipity

                                        Stopped in to Fortissimo this morning - my brewed coffee was great today - really smooth and flavorful.

                                        They had these little corn puffs - like a cross between a popover and the Brazilian cheese balls, except with corn. Strangely compelling. Very light, airy, could not quite get the herbs used, slightly sweet.

                                    2. Some great replies and I was thinking of Dwell time reading this originally. If you like trying new places and have the vehicle to take a quick trip across the bridge I would recommend Render just off the corner of Mass Ave and Columbus. Easy parking right in front during the day or on the opposite side of Columbus. Counter Culture with talented folk running the show plus free WiFi.

                                      Also would recommend Cafe Fixe in Washington Square/Brookline...easy parking, killer espresso drinks...not sure about the wifi.

                                      It's really nice the Boston area coffee scene is providing so many options these days. What a change in the last few years.


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                                      1. re: YoChief23

                                        I just tried Dwelltime recently! I liked it a lot. Thanks for reminding me about Cafe Fixe. I've been meaning to check that place out since they opened.

                                        The responses to this thread have been great. And I actually rarely need parking (that was just a temporary situation), so even the ones without good parking options are going to be explored...

                                        1. re: maillard

                                          sounds like a trip report may be forthcoming. A large group of us in Tech Square love Area4 coffee, wifi, good vibe and I hear the pastries are killer!!!

                                          1. re: momoftwo

                                            Area4 does have solid coffee and pastries but I have dreams about the Sausage breakfast sandwich, probably my favorite in the city other then the very simple Egg and Cheese pocket from Clover.