South End is a neighborhood located just outside Boston’s bustling downtown. It's become one of the city's most popular neighborhoods to visit and live in, contributing to home values increasing an incredible 15.2% throughout 2021.
What makes the South End so popular? On top of its charming Victorian brownstones, it’s also home to some of Boston’s finest dining, nearly 30 parks, a flourishing art scene, and of course, excellent cafes.
For visitors and new residents exploring this area, we have put together a list of the area’s best cafes.
Flour Bakery is a staple in the area and has baked goods that will visit you in your dreams. If you’re looking for something savory, chow down on one of their fantastic sandwiches. Alternatively, if you find yourself with a sweet tooth, you're visiting the right establishment. Their sticky bun isn't just delicious but also won a contest on the Food Network. The staff is friendly and attentive, and the coffee always hits the spot. The only downside is there just isn’t enough dining space for all the patrons. It's usually bustling, so you may have to wait in line – but it’s worth it!
This cute corner café is leveling up the sandwich game. The only way you can describe their egg sandwich is inspired, truly a must-try. It's usually packed during lunch hours due to its location near BMC and BU Medical School, so if you can be flexible with time and go before 11am or after 1pm, you’ll have your best bet at getting a seat.
This café brings a little bit of the down under to downtown Boston. The owner is Australian, and he has replicated some of Australia’s best-known treats like meat pies and banana bread. So you'll be guaranteed to get a great cup of coffee and plenty of pastry options. While the café isn't large, it does have enough space if you're looking for a quiet corner to work or study.
This spot is a neighborhood stable. The staff is always attentive, and the food is consistently tasty. Their backyard patio is a great space to catch up with friends in the summer months. There is usually a decent amount of seating, so if you're looking for a table to do work, you'll likely have a few options.
Last but certainly not least is Café Madeleine. As the name indicates, this is a French-styled bakery, and wow, their croissants will make you think you're in France. They are buttery, flakey, crisp perfection. This could easily be the best French bakery in Boston, so wear some comfortable pants and enjoy.
Whether you live in or are just visiting the South End, there is something special for everyone. My recommendation? Try them all.