I work at Mass General, and often for my lunch hour I like to go sit somewhere and have a cup of coffee or tea and read. I have been searching, but my options in the MGH neighborhood seem to be Starbucks, Starbucks, and....Starbucks. I really don't like Starbucks. I resigned myself to them for a while but they bug me. I want some alternatives. Excluding getting a coffee inside the hospital, and if I include the entire area from Staniford St. to the river, and North Station to Boston Common, do I have any other options? And do they have comfortable chairs in which to relax and read for a while?
I'm probably fighting a losing battle against the overwhelming Starbuckian empire. But any tips would be appreciated.