Coffee shops in any city are a dime a dozen, especially in Boston where Dunkin’ Donuts are located on every half-block. Although I’m not a coffee drinker, I occasionally stop into different cafes to pick up a green tea or a healthy mid-day snack. When I moved into my new apartment in the Fenway area, I noticed Neighborhoods Cafe in the midst of a quaint restaurant strip down the street.
Founded by Boston locals, Neighborhoods management strives to incorporate other local food products, people, farms and other small businesses. Their website also features a different entrepreneur and cause each month, furthering their community engagement. The shop is only about a year old, but the staff feel more like family. Employee Noah Hodge said that:
The friendship that the owner and the managers have with the people that work here, it’s just a lot more personal, and that translates to the customers’ experiences.
And that experience just gets better with a look at the healthy menu options. All tea is Numi brand, which is organic fair trade certified. I highly recommend the Jasmine Green. The coffees are direct trade, from George Howell Coffee and Vermont Coffee Company. As for the crepes, Neighborhoods offers signature recipes, as well as a list of ingredients to create your own. My personal seasonal favorite is The Tudor. They also sell baked goods, with offerings that are gluten-free, raw, vegan, kosher, soy-free, and more, to satisfy every customer’s health habits. Check out the cafe for a guilt-free pick-me-up.
Address: 96 Peterborough Street, Boston, MA 02215
Closest MBTA stop: Fenway, on the Green Line (D train)
Hours: Mon – Fri: 6am – 10pm | Sat: 7am – 10pm | Sun: 7am – 9pm