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Every day calls for a cup of joe. Here are a few of our favorite shops in Allston to energize before a big day on the town.
Pavement Coffee House is a locally-owned coffee shop with eight locations scattered about the city. Here in Allston, we're lucky enough to have one right on Comm. Ave. In addition to a bevy of imported green coffee sourced through small companies, Pavement also whips up the best bagels in town. We highly suggest the Tequila Sunrise — a bacon, egg, diablo cream cheese, and pico de gallo medley on a fluffy homemade bagel.
Calling all vegans: FoMu on North Beacon Street will be your new favorite go-to for coffee and treats when visiting Studio Allston. This hip shop features an assortment of plant-based ice cream, baked goods, and local coffee year-round. And from what we hear, their artisan coffee is quite strong, making FoMu the perfect pitstop the morning after a lively night out.
@Union is a no-frills coffee haunt tucked away amongst the hustle and bustle of Harvard Avenue. House-brewed coffee is served from 7am to 6pm, alongside pastries, sandwiches, and freshly-pressed juice. Chock-full of college students, families, young professionals, and eccentric artists, it's also a great place to kill time while you people watch and chat with locals.
A trip to Allston isn't complete without stopping by the neighborhood's beloved Twin Donuts. A neon sign and gleaming silver overhang welcome customers in, beautifully intact from the shop's grand opening in 1955. Open everyday at 4am (except Sundays — they give you some time to sleep until 6am), this famous neighborhood landmark dishes out diner classics, coffee straight from the bar, and of course, delicious donuts you won't find anywhere else.