Whenever I’m looking for a good spot to just sit and zone out from the rest of the world, the Thinking Cup Cafe is always my place. Because Thinking Cup doesn’t offer wifi, it’s a great place to catch of up with friends or get some offline work done.
One of my favorite things about Thinking Cup is their gluten free offerings. They have a rotating array of gluten-free pastries and treats, including chocolate chip cookies, snickerdoodles, chocolate tortes, donuts, chia pudding, and more. Some of these sweets are vegan as well! They also offer sandwiches on gluten free bread, including the build-your-own grilled cheese, which lets you choose from a variety of cheeses and add-ons. Vegetarians will love the “Jimmy the Greek” sandwich, with red bell pepper hummus, tomatoes, Kalamata olives, mushrooms, artichokes, and goat cheese. Of course, they also have a full espresso menu for those in need of a pick-me-up.
The food and drink aside, Thinking Cup is worth the visit for the decor. The walls are lined with flea market finds like a vintage trumpet, telephone, and typewriter — which are backlit and framed to give more of an upscale vibe. The tables are topped with old newspapers under glass, and the lighting is low enough in the back of the cafe to create the most perfect cozy corner. Don’t miss it next time you’re in the North End, and check out other locations on Newbury Street and Tremont Street by the Common.