Craving: Iced Coffee

We thought last week was bad. With temperatures reaching season highs for this year, we’re a cranky bunch unless we find something to keep us cool. Enter these fine local establishments with some of the best iced coffee and espresso beverages in town.

Francesca’s Espresso Bar in the South End has some of the best coffee beans that side of the river. Sample their iced coffee, available as regular or decaf, and then grab a bag of beans to go. We’ve heard their staff can be a little dramatic or inattentive, but their decaf cold coffee - a rare find - is worth the potential fuss. Try pairing your beverage with one of their enormous cupcakes!

One of Allston’s newest gems, 2nd Cup Cafe, features a wide variety of teas, coffees, and homemade pastries and sandwiches, all reasonably priced and delicious at that! But while their falafel wraps may be yummy, we love this Brighton Avenue location for coffee on the run. Try their lattes or an Americano - pretty amazing. They always have iced coffee on hand too, which we adore.

New addition to Harvard Square, Crema Cafe has a great drink menu full of fun and creativity. Very friendly staff will create just about anything you can dream of, and the cafe atmosphere is great if you need a place to rest your feet for a while.

Even the Paris Creperie, not particularly known for their coffee, has a delicious brew worth stopping for. We like the Brookline and Beacon Hill location equally - you can’t go wrong with their winning combo of fresh and sweet goodies and a good house blend to boot.

Francesca’s Espresso Bar [MenuPages]
2nd Cup Cafe [Official Site]
Crema Cafe [Official Site]
Paris Creperie [Official Site]

[Photo: sfllaw/Flickr]


Craving: Iced Coffee