On a crisp fall weekend, the city of Boston is at its loveliest. The sky is clear, the horizon a panoply of scarlet, orange, and emerald. Outside my door stretched a wide-eyed world; the streets and I drank deep of the fresh New England air, and I smiled.
“Snahbby Bahston Cahffee” is brought to you from the most Bostonian location I could find: a cafe right across from the Boston Common, America’s oldest park.
Located on trendy Tremont Street, Thinking Cup looks unassuming outside, but the inside is highbrow, with prices to match. The first thing you see when walking through the door is a gleaming glass case full of elegant pastries. Cupcakes piled with pastel buttercream, big cookie jars, croissants, pretty little mousse domes, glazed fruit tarts, sugar-dappled scones, and more. (They also have sandwiches and salads.) The line is long enough that there’s plenty of time to get a in good look before you hit the register.
The tables in this joint were small, close together, and packed with patrons. By hawkishly circling the seating area over and over again, hunter’s gaze fixed on each occupant, I eventually managed to seize a spot. Perhaps socially awkward, but hey, I wanted a seat!
I settled in at my table, built with dark wood and charmingly decorated with vintage newspaper clippings, and sipped my hazelnut latte. It was expertly poured, but not worth the whopping $4.55 plus tax. I had expected the hazelnut to be a flavoring, but it turned out to be ground hazelnuts, which made the drink a bit…well, chewy. I should have stuck to the slightly less pricey plain latte – or, better yet, spent my money on one of those gorgeous desserts!
I enjoyed my visit to Thinking Cup, and would certainly return if I was in the area and feelin’ lush. But I probably wouldn’t go back to work there, because I’m not sure I’d be able to get a table again. Better to get some treats and head outside to lounge in the park!
165 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02111