weekend coffee at neighborhoods
taking a trip down memory lane in this week’s blog post, stopping at neighborhoods coffee and crepes in the fenway area of boston! cian and i used to go here a lot freshman year of college, when i would take the train from beverly on the weekends to visit him at emmanuel. the main draw of this place is their crepes, as it says in their name. and back in college, i didn’t drink coffee nearly as much as i do now, so i couldn’t remember if it was good or not, but i knew they had a pretty big variety of offerings, and the cafe has a very european feel to it, so i knew i needed to go back and pay extra close attention to their coffee.
starting with aesthetic, this place is classic. like i said, it has a bit of a european vibe going on with it’s espresso machine front and center, the wallpaper, lighting, pretty much everything. one of my favorite things about neighborhoods is that you can watch them as they make their crepes. i think it’s so fun to watch! if you’ve ever tried making them, you know how tricky it can be to get it just right. it’s a pretty small place, so if you really have your heart set on sitting down at a table, be prepared to have to wait because they fill up fast. but, if it’s a nice day, you can always sit outside and people watch! which is exactly what we did, and i loved it. this place will always have a special place in my heart, so the aesthetic rating gets a 5 out of 5 from me!
i can’t say i’ve had a ton of crepes in my life, but it’s hard to imaging that the ones neighborhoods are whipping up aren’t top notch. maybe a crepe in france would beat these, but until i find myself in that situation, i’ll keep going back here for my crepe fix. they have both savory and sweet, all pretty simple but delicious! they’re the perfect size, the dough is the perfect thickness, and they get the fillings just right. if you’re looking for a crepe shop, get yourself to neighborhoods. they also serve pastries which look good, but i’ve never tried them, so i can’t really weigh in there. but, the food gets a 5 out of 5 as well!
now, onto the coffee! i went with cian and jeff this time around, and cian got his usual - a cappuccino of course! jeff and i both just got hot coffees and drank them black. in my opinion, this is the best way to tell if the coffee is good somewhere or not. but, of course, it depends on what kind of drink you prefer! but i usually order this at most places, and can tell from the first sip if it’s good or not. and i have to say, neighborhood’s drip coffee was in the middle. it was a decent cup of coffee, but i’ve had better. part of it also had to do with us sitting outside. as i mentioned in my first post about broadsheet coffee roasters, i like my coffee hot hot hot. since we were sitting outside, my cup cooled pretty quickly which changed the flavor for me. but jeff seemed to like his, and cian’s cappuccino was really good! there was a latte that they had on the menu that sounded so so good and i wish i had ordered that. it had honey, cinnamon and nutmeg i think, and just sounded like a hug in a cup! so i think i need to go back and try it,. but for this experience, the coffee gets a 3.8 out of 5.
again, neighborhoods will always be nostalgic for me, and the aesthetic and crepes will keep me coming back for more. as for the coffee, i think i’ll stick to trying out their espresso drinks, which i’m excited to do! overall rating for neighborhoods is a 4 out of 5, and i really recommend it if you find yourself in the fenway area of the city!
i should have mentioned this in my first post of this series, but all opinions i write in all of my posts are my own. i’m doing this because cafes are one of my favorite places to check out in a new city, and because i love coffee! in now way shape or form am i a coffee expert. this is fun for me, and i hope that by highlighting these shops, it will spark some interest in one of you guys to try them out as well. if you do, let me know what you think!
have a great rest of the weekend!