Thinking Cup – Boston

Miss Yunks discovered a new coffee shop in town.  This is no ordinary coffee shop.  Thinking Cup, located on Tremont St. between the Boylston and Park St. T stops, is an upscale European style cafe.

What drew in me into such a place? A large chalkboard sign in the middle of the sidewalk reading French Hot Chocolate. It was a cold night (as they all have been this Winter) and BF and I had just said goodbye to J at the movie theater.  We were cold, and I never say no to chocolate, so we decided to check it out.  Floor length curtains create an entryway in the small cafe.  Dim lights and small tables offer an intimate atmosphere to enjoy hot drinks and delectable pastries.  A cupcake tower on the display case caught my eye but unfortunately I wasn’t hungry.  I’ll have to go back. We asked what French hot chocolate is and of course I’m writing this two weeks later and forget the exact percentage, but I believe it was 60% dark chocolate.

It was like drinking a melted chocolate bar.  French hot chocolate is the espresso of hot chocolate.  Served in tiny mugs, this was one intensely chocolaty beverage.  At $4 a cup, a chocolate bar would be a cheaper way to get your chocolate fix.  However, Thinking Cup’s French hot chocolate was a fun treat and I do plan to go back to try some pastries.  Thinking Cup also offers a few sandwiches.  Thinking Cup is a notch up from Starbucks in the expensive lounge-like coffee shop category so if $4 drinks and students with laptops are a turn-off, skip Thinking Cup.  I, of course, love Starbucks and welcome Thinking Cup to the downtown Boston neighborhood.  If I lived closer, I might get a little too used to this!

Have you been to Thinking Cup or tasted French Hot Chocolate? What did you think?

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  1. FreeFoodBoston
    Posted February 1, 2011 at 7:42 AM | Permalink

    Ooh, I haven’t tried many hot chocolates in Boston. Pretty much just Burdick. I definitely want to give this a try.

  2. Michelle
    Posted February 1, 2011 at 9:28 AM | Permalink

    This sounds awesome, especially since it isn’t too far from my work or my apartment!

  3. Emily @ A Cambridge
    Posted February 1, 2011 at 10:05 AM | Permalink

    Yummy. I’d be totally wired if I had this in the evening but sounds like a great shopping pick-me-up!

  4. MelissaNibbles
    Posted February 1, 2011 at 2:15 PM | Permalink

    Sounds like a cozy spot!

  5. Jaime @ La vie...J'a
    Posted February 2, 2011 at 6:15 PM | Permalink

    never been…hot chocolate sounds good right about now though!

  6. Amanda L.
    Posted February 3, 2011 at 9:55 PM | Permalink

    This place sounds GREAT! I will have to check it out!

  7. christine liu
    Posted February 4, 2011 at 5:22 PM | Permalink

    that cafe is the best thing to hit boston common. did you notice the vintage newspapers used as tete-a-tete tabletops? it’s also the only place in boston that serves brewed stumptown coffee. when i was working there (a great cross-section of clientele) i could smell whiffs from the kitchen of freshly baked treats. i’ll have to try the hot chocolate next time.

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