Boston’s Downtown Crossing: Liquid Indulgences Galore!

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Posted February 22, 2013 by Sara Steele-Rogers in Downtown Boston
Latte? Oolong? Or Chai? Liquid indulgences abound in Downtown Crossing.
Image courtesy of Maria Keays

Liquid indulgences need not be limited to the happy hour scene. In fact, indulging in nonalcoholic varieties can be just as pleasing. Who knew Boston’s Downtown Crossing was home to an endless array of unique beverages without booze? Whether you’ve got a love for lattes or a thing for mocktails, here are some of the best libations for your morning, noon, and night cravings. Sip, savor, and enjoy!

Coffee

Hidden on the bottom level of 90 Summer Street is Olga’s Kafe, an independently operated, no-frills cafe (they don’t even have a website!) with baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, and grab-and-go items. Most importantly, Olga’s is home to the largest selection of flavored coffee in Downtown Crossing, offering at least 10 varieties of hot and iced coffee every day. Favorites include snickerdoodle, pistachio, birthday cake, and chocolate mint.

Latte

I challenge anyone to find a better latte in Boston than the hazelnut latte at Thinking Cup. Delicious doesn’t even begin to describe the balance of espresso, milk (in my case, soy), and hazelnut flavor. It’s created with freshly roasted hazelnut paste and handmade by Thinking Cup’s baristas. The final product is slightly sweet, slightly earthy, and super satisfying. Savor it while sitting down. This is not a sip-on-the-run latte.

A near never-ending selection of teas from David's Tea. Courtesy of Black Azar

A near never-ending selection of teas from David’s Tea. Image courtesy of Black Azar

Tea

Hailing from Canada, David’s Tea now calls Boston’s Downtown Crossing home. Not only does David’s have an extensive retail selection with various teapots, filters, mugs, and more, but they also brew over 150 flavors of tea on demand. Whether you prefer black, green, herbal, or oolong, you’re sure to find a flavor and variety to suit your style. Don’t forget to check out their tea of the month.

Savory

Five words: make-your-own Bloody Mary. Yup, Sunday brunch at Max and Dylan’s includes a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar, complete with all the standard fixings. Hold the booze (honestly, you don’t need it, they’re so delicious) and enjoy as many of these as you like.

Sweet

If you’re sober on a Saturday and don’t want to be sipping water all night, Stoddard’s Fine Food & Ale is the place for you. Hidden within their menu of artfully crafted cocktails, under “For the Puritan,” lie a few nonalcoholic “mocktails.” My all-time favorite is the Raspberry Lime Ricky, a refreshing mix of seltzer, raspberry syrup, and lime (extra lime for me).

Whether it’s a morning cup of joe, a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, or a happy hour outing, you’re sure to find a non-boozy beverage to satisfy your thirst and your taste buds.

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