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Quiet Cambridge spot for coffee/tea

femmevox Sep 30, 2013 10:04 AM

I'm looking for a quiet spot for a small morning meeting in Cambridge--ideally close to Central Square, but Harvard could work as well. Good coffee/tea and snacks a plus.

But the most important thing is that we're able to hear each other.
No loud music, no roar of conversation. Crema and Dado Tea in Harvard Square have proven surprisingly noisy. The Pamplona is quiet, but lacks a bathroom.

Wonder if I'm missing something. Your thoughts?

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    Gabatta Sep 30, 2013 10:11 AM


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      Gabatta Sep 30, 2013 10:14 AM

      I've always been able to have a conversation in Dwelltime. Also, there is a Dado between Central and Harvard on Mass Ave. Simons Too would work. Bakara would be perfect on all counts, but they don't open until lunch time.

      1. viperlush Sep 30, 2013 10:51 AM

        Andala Coffee House on Franklin in Central Square. Never seems too busy.
        I don't know how many people will be meeting, but Toscanini's might work for a couple people.

        Petsi Pies on Putnam (closer to Harvard than Central).

        Mariposa in Central?

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          Gabatta Sep 30, 2013 11:14 AM

          Yes! I got Bakara and Andala confused. I meant to post about Andala. It fits the bill location wise, and it is the perfect place for conversation. it is quiet and has a few secluded nooks.

          Depending on the time, it can be tough to get a seat at Petsi. Lots of wifi hogs and other lingerers there. It's also not that quiet.

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          Blumie Sep 30, 2013 01:37 PM

          Dwelltime strikes me as ideal, so long as you can get a table. It's wonderfully quiet and relaxing. And parking is easy.

          1. Boston_Otter Sep 30, 2013 01:48 PM

            You might actually check out the Starbucks in Harvard Sq; it's a two-story store, and the upstairs is often pretty quiet. It gets busy, though.

            A bit farther afield but down the road a bit and easily T-accessible, Bourbon Coffee in Porter Exchange has a lot of quiet nooks, and hasn't been loud or busy when I've been there.

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              viperlush Sep 30, 2013 04:53 PM

              If you do decide on Starbucks make sure you are clear that it is the two story one right by the main T entrance/ exit. With 3 Starbucks in Harvard Square it can be confusing.

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                Boston_Otter Oct 1, 2013 05:41 AM

                Sorry -- to clarify, I'm talking about the Starbucks that's in Harvard Square proper, next to the Harvard T.

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              valcfield Sep 30, 2013 05:06 PM

              Would also recommend Dwelltime; especially in the morning you shouldn't have any problem either with noise or finding a table. for morning- their croissants, fresh, blow me away, and other people seem to like their scones though i've never bothered.

              Their tea list is good, and they're great (if you stick around) about doing multiple steeps for teas and telling you, if you'd like, what to expect out of each, when it'll be better hotter versus cooler, etc.

              their pourover coffee is good, and i am willing to stake the claim that their espresso bar is the most consistently good in the city (and the only one, frankly, i would risk getting a straight shot from).

              1. Bugsey34 Sep 30, 2013 06:29 PM

                The bar at Henrietta's Table in the Charles Hotel?

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                  lossless Sep 30, 2013 07:13 PM

                  Does Dwelltime have free/paid wifi? Is it time-limited, like Bourbon in Porter Exchange?

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                    valcfield Sep 30, 2013 07:24 PM

                    free wifi- they used to turn it off during lunch hours, but as far as i can tell that's no longer the case (though they now do a sitdown brunch on sundays from 9-230 or something like that, no clue if the wifi is on then).

                    It is not always the most dependable... but i've seen the staff also respond to requests to reset the router when asked.

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                    bear Oct 1, 2013 04:51 AM

                    It's in Kendall, but Voltage has been pretty quiet when I've been there, and the tables are spaced pretty far so that might work if it's not too far for your needs.

                    1. LauraBear Oct 1, 2013 05:45 AM

                      Thanks for the ideas, all. I have this problem too. Algiers in Harvard Sq is never busy - but I don't like the atmosphere much. If it's mid morning, I tend to go to one of Harvard's many options... Barker Center on Quincy can get crowded but the Knafel Center on Cambridge St is sunny and quiet. Food is nothing special at either, alas.

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                        antimony Oct 1, 2013 09:40 AM

                        How loud is 1369? I haven't been in there in ages since it's no longer a convenient location for me.

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                          addiez Oct 3, 2013 01:23 PM

                          Maybe Andala?

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