Andala Coffee House

★★★★☆
  • 286 Franklin St

    Cambridge, MA 02139

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  • 617-945-2212

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Located in Central Square in Cambridge, MA, this place looks very cool from the outside. Unfortunately, I had a bad experience there. I went in looking to just get a cup of coffee and read some, but they don't have a walk-up counter, which is fine if the service is fast enough that you're not waiting 15 minutes for coffee. That being said, once I got my coffee it was very good. I plan on giving this place another shot but my expectations aren't that high this time. Also, I plan on going for more than just coffee, since the person sitting next to me was having a really tasty looking crepe.

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★★★☆☆

Located in Central Square in Cambridge, MA, this place looks very cool from the outside. Unfortunately, I had a bad experience there. I went in looking to just get a cup of coffee and read some, but they don't have a walk-up counter, which is fine if the service is fast enough that you're not waiting 15 minutes for coffee. That being said, once I got my coffee it was very good. I plan on giving this place another shot but my expectations aren't that high this time. Also, I plan on going for more than just coffee, since the person sitting next to me was having a really tasty looking crepe.

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Cafe Andala is one of a handful of neighborhood spots for me. I've had conversation groups meet there, done work there, met mentors, had business meetings, sent friends there to study, and gone myself to gossip, bask in the scent of hookah, and relax in the comfortable knowledge that such a colorful and versatile place exists in my stomping ground.

I'm not even sure where to begin: with their egg salad sandwiches, to which I am addicted? With the music, which invariably mimics my own playlists at home (and makes it much easier for me to focus!)? There is belly dancing in the basement during the summertime; there are frequently conversations in three different languages taking place around the room.

One of my favorite things of all, though, is the wait staff. Boston can be a town full of colleges and people who are treated poorly by their denizens. What I love about Andala is that the employees are wonderful at their jobs, attentive, and kind (unlike many places that are staffed primarily by undergrads) - without a hint of obsequy, erasing that upstairs/downstairs divide that decades of poor behavior on the part of customers has hammered into some establishments.

I get the sense that if anyone tried to start something with one of the servers at Andala, it wouldn't be tolerated - and that refreshing lack of pretension extends to the regular patrons as well. Overall, I can't give this amazing little business enough stars.

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★★★★★

Cafe Andala is one of a handful of neighborhood spots for me. I've had conversation groups meet there, done work there, met mentors, had business meetings, sent friends there to study, and gone myself to gossip, bask in the scent of hookah, and relax in the comfortable knowledge that such a colorful and versatile place exists in my stomping ground.

I'm not even sure where to begin: with their egg salad sandwiches, to which I am addicted? With the music, which invariably mimics my own playlists at home (and makes it much easier for me to focus!)? There is belly dancing in the basement during the summertime; there are frequently conversations in three different languages taking place around the room.

One of my favorite things of all, though, is the wait staff. Boston can be a town full of colleges and people who are treated poorly by their denizens. What I love about Andala is that the employees are wonderful at their jobs, attentive, and kind (unlike many places that are staffed primarily by undergrads) - without a hint of obsequy, erasing that upstairs/downstairs divide that decades of poor behavior on the part of customers has hammered into some establishments.

I get the sense that if anyone tried to start something with one of the servers at Andala, it wouldn't be tolerated - and that refreshing lack of pretension extends to the regular patrons as well. Overall, I can't give this amazing little business enough stars.

Pros: sandwiches, cheese platter, decor, waitstaff, patio!

Cons: none.

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This place is simply a delight! It is a house turned into a fantstic coffee shop!
The space: awesome decoration, beautiful colorful walls, very cool furniture and the whole set up is just so tatefully done.
The food and beverages: pastries, expresso drinks, teas, freshly squezed fruit juices, tasty food light and fresh. Everthing is top notch and excellent quality from the tea's selection, to the breakfast dishes, to the sandwishes, to the succulent deserts selection. Their coffee mocha is one of the best i ever had.
This place simply rocks! It is an ideal spot for breakfast, a light lunch with a friend, to study, to read a book and relax, etc...
This is by far The BEST Coffee House in Cambridge and the Greater Boston!

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★★★★★

This place is simply a delight! It is a house turned into a fantstic coffee shop!
The space: awesome decoration, beautiful colorful walls, very cool furniture and the whole set up is just so tatefully done.
The food and beverages: pastries, expresso drinks, teas, freshly squezed fruit juices, tasty food light and fresh. Everthing is top notch and excellent quality from the tea's selection, to the breakfast dishes, to the sandwishes, to the succulent deserts selection. Their coffee mocha is one of the best i ever had.
This place simply rocks! It is an ideal spot for breakfast, a light lunch with a friend, to study, to read a book and relax, etc...
This is by far The BEST Coffee House in Cambridge and the Greater Boston!

Pros: Everything Andala offers is excellent!

 

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