I recently returned to Boston after a 4 year sojoun in Berkeley. I knew I was spoiled while I was there -- good coffee shops are plentiful as the patchouli-coated-ex-hippies peddling beaded trinkets on Telegraph Ave.
With my favorite spot (Curious Liquids) gone and Starf**kers on every street corner I'm feeling a bit lost. I'm looking for a chill place to spend a few hours with a paper, a laptop or an old friend. Comfy chairs, good cappuccino and maybe a tasty pastry -- is that too much to ask?
T-friendly would be nice. Any suggestions? Downtown? Cambridge? Brookline? Back bay? South End?