With the weather growing warmer places like the COM Lawn and the BU Beach start to become crowded as we all crawl out of our hibernations from this terrific and terrible winter. For me, warmer weather means the transition to iced coffee and more importantly, iced cream. As an East Campus resident, one of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday is wandering down the uneven sidewalks of Newbury Street. While it may be known for its clothing boutiques, the coffee and ice cream scene at Newbury leaves nothing to be desired.
A short walk down the street, one can find the relatively new Barrington Coffee Roasting Company. They opened in December, and I am disappointed to say I just discovered their little coffee haven. With huge windows and tables outside (both with great wifi), it’s a wonderful place to spend an afternoon working on these final assignments. Their iced coffee is absolutely killer. They offer a super cool variety of coffees, including their “Steampunk” varieties, which they will gladly explain to you as they did to me. The Thinking Cup is a longer walk, but if you’re looking for sweets to accompany your coffee they have incredible macaroons that are totally worth the trip. They make their iced coffee with cold brew, and it goes great with whatever sweet you choose for the afternoon.
Continuing down Newbury, one can find Boston staple Emack & Bolio’s Ice Cream. Known for their fun flavors (which are all also incredibly instagram-able), it’s a great way to spend an afternoon, or to take a break from studying for exams. Personal favorites include Espresso and Chocolate Addiction, but there’s a fun flavor for everyone. For those who are looking for something a little fancier, Amorino Gelato has high-class flavors, many with names I would never even try to pronounce – like Cioccolato Ecuador Pure Origine. It’s a bit more of a splurge, but during the study period and finals week it might be worth it!
Separate than just study locations and study break options, Newbury is just generally a great place to spend these warm days. And with the semester winding down, these little excursions are a great way to spend some time with those people you might not get to see for the whole summer.