Coffee Shops in Framingham Center

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Cafe Burrito's crew stuffs tortillas with ingredients such as chili-lime chicken, cotija cheese, and zesty pickled veggies to craft its hefty Mission-style burritos, which epitomize the handheld meal. The menu also features other creative fare, such as Mexican-style grilled-cheese sandwiches, which showcase cheese melted over pork carnitas or pulled barbecue chicken, and pickled veggies. Diners can also top their food with special-made salsas crafted from fruits such as peach or apple, which rotate monthly to keep palates surprised.

374 Trapelo Road
Belmont,
Massachusetts
US

Hailed as 1 of 11 coffee shops that “put Boston on the map,” according to the Boston Globe, Simon's Coffee Shop decided the only way to top itself was to literally put itself on the map again. Despite just opening, Simon’s Too looks a little more grown-up than its predecessor. Instead of playful orange walls, the coffee shop has exposed brick; instead of scrawling the menu items in multicolored chalk, the baristas print them carefully with white block letters. But Simon’s Too still has the same energy as the flagship location. And it still uses only local coffee, which is brewed from beans roasted in Arlington and Acton. Like a cartoon pie cooling on a windowsill, the coffee bean grinder entices guests with its deep aromas, luring patrons to the wooden counter to order one of the day’s available soups or a signature drink concocted by a La Marzocco espresso machine.

983 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge,
MA
US

You might say Nu Cafe is leading a double life. During the day, it's a classic neighborhood hangout, serving up simple, fresh wraps and sandwiches alongside a variety of smoothies and juices and espresso and coffee drinks. By night, it transforms into a hipper, slightly more sophisticated version of itself, a place where guests can come to mingle, not over their laptops, but around shared tapas plates, cured meat and cheese boards, and a selection of wine and craft beers. But regardless of the time of day, a few things remain the same: the vibe is always laid-back and friendly, the food is always crafted using fresh, wholesome ingredients, and the Wi-Fi is always free. And, adding to the community-oriented vibe, the cafes also host regular recurring events, including live piano players, painting parties, and chess groups.

335 Chandler St
Worcester,
MA
US

At Blush Yogurt Cafe, patrons can have their cake and eat it too, enjoying more than 30 flavors of kosher frozen yogurt that contains no gluten, fat, cholesterol, or preservatives. Flavors run the gamut from caramel and watermelon to pumpkin and green tea, each of which is sprinkled with up to 20 toppings such as coconut, brownie bites, and honeydew melon. The staff also stuffs pork and tofu into spring rolls, slathers ham with cranberry sauce in a wrap, and handpicks the seaweed salad’s contents during annual trips to Seaweed World.

316 Main St
Worcester,
MA
US

The upscale shops and restaurants of the Back Bay provide a picturesque backdrop for afternoon tea at London Cafe, nestled inside the brownstone façade of Royalton Suites. The lobby's hanging chandelier beckons visitors inside the boutique hotel, where they can assemble in the tearoom to sample classic English teas, sandwiches, and pastries shaped like their favorite Beatle.

254 Newbury Street
Boston,
MA
US

Lots of restaurants afford their diners stunning views, but Charles River Bistro truly makes the most of its location. The eatery boasts Parisian-style outdoor seating with views of the Charles River lagoon. Here, passersby sit with their pooches and enjoy lobster rolls and hot paninis—plus vegetarian and vegan eats—and get a side of complimentary doggie treats.

After their meals, guests can grab the café's frisbees, whiffle balls, soccer balls, and chessboards and head to the surrounding park grounds. Charles River Bistro also sells staple outdoor supplies, including sunscreen, beach blankets, and insect repellant. It encourages people to stock up on snacks and supplies and head to the adjacent DCR Hatch Shell to watch a flick or stare unblinking into the eyes of a musician until they become so uncomfortable that they hand over a guitar pick.

100 Storrow Drive
Boston,
MA
US