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



Arlington (Arlington Center)


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)


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
P: 617-267-9300

from: General Ginger


Boston (Jamaica Plain)


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)

424 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
P: 617-876-6500
from: Kristin

74 Prospect St.
Cambridge, MA 02139

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

from: Grumperina
1369 Coffeehouse

757 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, MA 02139

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



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



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



Larz Anderson Park