The Best Breakfast And Brunch Spots In Back Bay, Boston

Boston, MA, USA
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Nicole Anderson

Back Bay is one of Boston, Massachusetts’ most historic and stylish neighborhoods. Even brunch in Back Bay is trendy and chic, offering endless locales that run the gamut from casual, hangover cures to exquisite, fine-dining options.

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Thinking Cup

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Situated on Newbury Street, home of some of the best shopping and eating in the greater New England area, the Thinking Cup has been in business since the winter of 2010. The Thinking Cup is all about high-end, quality coffee, teas and pastries. It prides itself on being the first coffee shop in Boston to serve only Stumptown coffee, which has been declared the best coffee in the world by NPR and USA Today. With just enough breakfast and sandwich options to curb your early morning and afternoon cravings, the Thinking Cup is a cozy little cafe perfect for any coffee shop lover.

As its name indicates, Stephanie’s On Newbury is located on Newbury Street. Inside Stephanie’s it is open, light and airy, making it the perfect Sunday morning brunch destination. In warmer weather, Stephanie’s also offers outdoor seating on a charming sidewalk patio. Stephanie’s breakfast and brunch menus offer all of the standard American comfort foods, with several more additions, like the pulled pork scramble and the eggs shakshuka – eggs baked in a tomato sauce that originated from North Africa.


Mistral Brunch

Mistral Bistro features a decidedly French cuisine with a flair for style and sophistication. Mistral’s ambiance has been carefully crafted and maintained to make visitors feel as though they are sitting in a bistro in southern France, all while in the center of the bustling city. Everything about Mistral is artfully composed and classic, from the picturesque floor-to-ceiling windows to their beautifully presented plates of graham cracker crusted challah French toast.


Sonsie is an elegant hybrid of a bistro, lounge and a coffee shop that offers up its charm and class to Back Bay with open doors – literally. The restaurant’s more recognizable features include lovely French doors, which open up to the bustling Newbury Street sidewalk, an interior lounge filled with plush leather seating and a brick oven that produces meals that are chock full of character and flavor. In addition to the weekend brunch that begins at 11am, be sure to sample items from Presse, Sonsie’s own coffee and espresso bar.

Trident Booksellers and Café

As the only remaining independent book store in Boston, Trident Booksellers and Café offers more than just the ordinary breakfast or brunch experience. Since 1984, Trident has provided a meeting place for friends, or an escape from the office or school with a full service restaurant and a fully stocked book store on-site. In addition to their extensive breakfast menu and smoothies, teas and espresso drinks, Trident hosts regular book signings and poetry nights, among other lively events.

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