Polcari's Coffee, Boston

Polcari's Coffee, Boston

Nestled on the corner of Salem Street, this cute little shop may deceive you with its sign suggesting it's a cafe, but it's not. Polcari’s is a store. You can get coffee here alright though, but beans only – they don't brew it. The place is permeated with the smell of coffee and this fragrance alone is well worth stepping in for. And when you do, you'll be amazed at the feeling of being straight back into the past – brass weighing scales and mechanical cash register with dozens of glass jars full of coffee beans; seeds, nuts, and candies, plus an assortment of spices, herbs, extracts, and olive oils imported from Italy. All at great prices!

Established in 1932 by Anthony Polcari, an immigrant from Italy, this old-school store is a kind of curiosity shop that caters to those looking for neighborhood comforts and a taste of Boston’s Italian history. The store is full of Old-World flavor and was passed down through generations of the Polcari family. One of the ex-employees, who had worked here for 26 years, now runs the place with the utmost reverence for the vision of the founder and dedicated to preserving the Polcari family legacy alive.

The staff are friendly and extremely helpful, happy to tell you about coffee and North End history. If you’re unsure on a souvenir to bring home from Boston, just buy a pound of Polcari’s coffee. The regular presence of local foodies and coffee snobs here is a good sign that this is a real deal. Other than coffee — in summer, don’t miss their homemade Italian slush – shaved ice with a splash of lemon! Well worth a stop on your exploration of the North End!

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Sight Location: Boston, USA (See walking tours in Boston)
Sight Type: Food/Drink
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