Picture it: You’re sitting next to three music students in earth-toned sweaters, very tight pants, and 1940s-style boots. The most talkative one is fond of platonic hugging and has many great ideas.
He says, “I had a really funny idea for a joke, about, like, a hipster business. Every time your client tweets, they pay you to type the tweet up on a typewriter. You dip it in whiskey, just so it smells like whiskey. Hipsters love whiskey; it’s a man’s drink. Then you snail mail it to every one of their Twitter followers. It’s like updates, but not through technology.”
After a pause, the scarf-swathed girl next to him with trendy short-cropped hair says, “You know, if that wasn’t your joke idea, but an actual idea? I’d really like it.”
Welcome to Pavement Coffee House. Located by the Berklee College of Music, the Boston Conservatory, and the New England Conservatory, this place is crammed with artists, and the people-watching alone makes the visit worth your while. Other benefits include plenty of space, lots of comfortable mismatched armchairs, and hand-painted tables. It’s like a totally excellent 80’s revamped rec room, but with more vegans and less Pac-Man.
Table design of Neptune? King Kraken? Ursula?
I took over an octopus table to enjoy a nice latte ($3.50) and a vegetarian Harvest Root sandwich ($6). Pavement serves pastries and non-vegetarian sandwiches too, but I wanted something light. This refreshing, crunchy creation layers homemade hummus, shredded beets and carrots, feta cheese, and fresh mixed greens on the bread of your choice. Pavement employs at least one sandwich artisan; I was astonished that none of the fillings fell out.
Pavement is a great place to hunker down and study for hours. Next time, I’ll try their Spanish Latte (no idea what that means, but I’m intrigued) and a sandwich with some meat in it!
Pavement Coffee House
1096 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215