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Knit in Public, Boston!

I love to knit in public, and I suspect that I'm not alone in that. Does your knitting want to get out of the house?  Then look no further!  The following listings were compiled from my own travels in the Boston area, and from those of my blog's readers. Have a listing to add or change? Email me at subwayknitter[at]yahoo[dot]com.

 

The following is a list, not a series of reviews. I assume that anyone who sent me information about a café did so because it's a nice place.

 

When I requested cafes, I also received a few parks and other public places. They are listed below, under "Knitting Outside".

 

My criteria:

  1. No national chains! Don't tell me about the Starbucks, Au Bon Pain, Peets, or any business that could be found in more than two metropolitan areas in the U.S. (unless it is a national chain that originated in Boston.*) Regional chains are, however, okay.
  2. Make sure that it is a place at which you've knit, and that you've enjoyed the experience.

 

Please give me as much information as possible, including the café's full name, its address (or a nearby landmark in place of the address) along with the city and neighborhood where it is located.

 

Finally, if you're not in Boston, try this website to find a locally-owned café near you (thanks Michele!). Do you drink tea? Go here.

 

* Added so that I could include Emack and Bolio's in this list.

 

The listings

 

Cafes

Arlington (Arlington Center)

Carberry's

594 Massachussets Ave.
Arlington, MA 02474

P: 781-641-0007
F: 781-641-5175

from: Katie

 

Boston (Brigham Circle/Harvard Medical School area)

Solstice Café

1625 Tremont Street (across from the Stop & Shop)

Roxbury, MA 02120

P: 617-566-5958

from: Amber

 

Boston (Back Bay)

Trident

338 Newbury Street

Boston, MA 02116

P: 617-267-8688

from: Anne

 

Boston (City Square, Charlestown)

Sorelle Bakery and Café

1 Monument Avenue

Charlestown, MA 02129
P: 617-242-2125 

from: Grumperina

 

Boston (Dorchester Lower Mills)

Flat Black

1120 Washington Street (across from the former Baker Chocolate Factory)

Dorchester, MA 02124

P: 617-298-1800

 

Boston (Fenway)

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Avenue of the Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
-5523
P: 617-267-9300

from: General Ginger

 

Boston (Jamaica Plain)

Doyles

3484 Washington Street (corner of Washington and Williams streets, close to English High School)

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

P: 617-524-2345

from: Kat

 

Emack and Bolio's

736 Centre Street (next to the fire station and JP Seafood)

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

P: 617-524-5107

from: Kristin

 

Java Jo's

3710 Washington Street (across from Forest Hills T station)

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

P: 617-991-9300

from: me

 

JP Licks

659 Centre Street (next to the post office)

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

P: 617-524-2020

from: Amber

 

Boston (Roslindale)

Emack and Bolio's

2 Belgrade Avenue (down from the Commuter Rail station)

Roslindale, MA 02131

P: 617-323-3323

from: Lisa

 

Cambridge (Central Square)

Mariposa
424 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
P: 617-876-6500
from: Kristin
 
Carberry's

74 Prospect St.
Cambridge, MA 02139

P: 617-576-3530
F: 617-576-3777

from: Grumperina
 
1369 Coffeehouse

757 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, MA 02139

617-576-4600
from: me

 

Cambridge (Harvard Square)

Algiers Coffee House

40 Brattle Street

Cambridge, MA 02138

P: 617-492-1557

F: 617-868-4953

from: Jocelyn

 

Burdick Chocolate Café

52-D Brattle Street

Cambridge, MA 02138

P: 617-491-4340

from: Rossana

 

Dado Tea

50 Church Street

Cambridge, MA 02138

P: 617-547-0950

from: Grumperina

 

Grendel's Den
89 Winthrop Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
P: 617-491-1160
from: Amber

 

Cambridge (between Harvard and Central)

Dado Tea

955 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, MA 02139

P: 617-497-9061

from: Kristin

 

Cambridge (Inman Square)

1369 Coffeehouse

1369 Cambridge Street

Cambridge, MA 02139

P: 617-576-1369

from: Kristin

 

Newburyport

Plum Island Coffee Roasters

Haley's Boat Yard

[Julia, I couldn't find a listing for this place. Do you happen to have its address and/or phone?]

from: Julia

 

Plymouth

Kiskadee Coffee Company

18 Main Street
Plymouth, MA 02360

P: 508-830-1410

from: Melanie

 

Somerville (Ball Square)

True Grounds

717 Broadway

Somerville, MA 02144

P: 617-591-9559

from: Grumperina

 

Somerville (Davis Square)

Someday Café

51 Davis Sq (Holland Avenue, next to the Somerville Theatre)

SomervilleMA 02144-2908

P: 617-623-3323

from: PumpkinMama

 

West Concord

Concord Teacakes

59 Commonwealth Avenue

West Concord, MA 01742

P: 978-369-7644

F: 978-369-1060

from: Dava

 

Nashoba Bakery Café

152 Commonwealth Avenue

West Concord, MA 01742

P: 978-318-1999

from: Dava

 

Knitting Outside

Cambridge (Central Square)
City Hall Lawn

 

Cambridge (Harvard Square)

Harvard Yard

Cambridge Common

 

Boston (Back Bay/Fenway)

Boston Public Library Courtyard (McKim Building, Main Branch)

Christian Science Center reflecting pool (off of Mass Ave., near Symphony Hall)

both from: Jackie

 

Commonwealth Avenue Mall

 

Boston (Downtown)

Boston Common/Public Gardens

 

Boston (Financial District)

Post Office Square

 

Boston (Jamaica Plain)

Arnold Arboretum

 

Brookline

Larz Anderson Park