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Bloc Cafe

Bloc Cafe

Coffee Shop and Café$$$$
Somerville
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    The experts at Food & Wine and Boston.com recommend this place
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    This place is famous for their coffee. It's one of the most popular in the city!
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    Gracie
    "Amazing atmosphere and loved the converted bank vaults."(5 Tips)
    Noah W.
    "Tasty intelligentsia pour overs and chai lattes."(4 Tips)
    Marguerite A.
    "Curry tofu salad sandwich is very good."(2 Tips)
    Travelhound12
    "The espresso macchiato and the willow are a great combo."(22 Tips)
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  • Sonia S.heart icon on user image
    Sonia SMay 11, 2015
    Tons of space to work, study or read. Love the open kitchen. Try the most popular sandwich: Terrace, a delish combo of turkey, ched­dar, avo­cado, gar­lic may­on­naise (YUM) & tomato on focaccia.
  • Noah W.heart icon on user image
    Noah WeissMarch 8, 2016
    Massive back converted into a great coffee shop space to hang or work from. Tasty intelligentsia pour overs and chai lattes.
  • Monique P.heart icon on user image
    Monique PeresFebruary 13, 2013
    Very nice and alternative café in Union Sq. This place used to b a bank, so u can actually go in and enjoy your coffee inside what used to be a safe and the tables r made from the bulletproof window.
  • Travelhound12heart icon on user image
    Travelhound121 week ago
    There are so many drink selections at this café, it’ll blow your mind. I really love their tea selection and I usually order the LauRel sandwich. This a friendly neighborhood joint.
  • Gio P.heart icon on user image
    Gio PanApril 15, 2017
    Excellent latte, fresh pastry and a lovely welcoming porch where you will manage to find a nice spot no matter how crowded. Great atmosphere!
  • Carrie B.heart icon on user image
    Carrie BevisJune 6, 2016
    Outdoor patio is lovely in good weather. Overall, great and interesting menu with plenty of seating options for any type of conversation.
  • Kimberly B.
    Kimberly BehlingFebruary 3, 2013
    Pretty expensive but they use fantastic bread. I love the open kitchen, and often sit at the counter and watch the food being made. Perfect spot to bring a book or computer.
  • Sahil K.heart icon on user image
    Sahil KathawalaJune 3, 2015
    Great espresso! A bit on the pricier-side, but this place has a great space, with lots of seating and natural light (but no wifi 😣)
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineApril 21, 2011
    Located in a converted bank, Bloc 11 makes good use of the space: The former vaults are now seating areas. The excellent lattes and espressos are pulled from the lime green La Marzocco machine.
  • Martín C.heart icon on user image
    Martín CaballeroFebruary 17, 2019
    Indoor + outdoor seating aplenty. Good spot to people watch over a Vietnamese coffee
  • Dan M.heart icon on user image
    Dan MurphyJuly 8, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the egg and ham breakfast sandwich on croissant instead of the standard bread, throw a bit of sriracha on there and you have one tasty way to wake up on a Saturday morning.
  • Boston.com
    Boston.comAugust 4, 2014
    Diesel Café in Davis Square has some new competition for the title of hippest coffee shop in Greater Boston. The challenger? You're standing in it. Read more
  • Alice H.heart icon on user image
    Alice HuangJuly 6, 2015
    Really huge seating area inside and outside. Beautiful and serene! May be my new favorite coffee shop.
  • Jag F.
    Jag FirerwalkerDecember 27, 2018
    Very strong coffee, which kicks you right in the guts. You will be awake after that. WiFi is there as well for 3 hours free
  • Steve M.heart icon on user image
    Steve MDecember 8, 2013
    Great vibe, friendly staff. Always busy but you'll still find a seat. Try the Vietnamese - it's life changing.
  • Trevor H.heart icon on user image
    Trevor HolmesJune 23, 2015
    I love Bloc's hot and iced coffee, but watch out for the avocados on the breakfast sandwich. Half the time, they are a little past their date.
  • Rafaelheart icon on user image
    RafaelJuly 14, 2014
    Love their latte!! Perfectly steamed and not scolding hot like in some other places. Unfortunately no free wifi. My suggestion: get half hour with a purchase.
  • Daniel T.heart icon on user image
    Daniel TewfikJune 15, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Expensive but always worth it. Check out the vestige bank vault in the back. 🏦
  • Youssof M.heart icon on user image
    Youssof MalMay 13, 2016
    They use Intelligentsia Coffee beans, grab yourself a cup + a bag to go. Slather beet cream cheese on everything.
  • Patricia
    PatriciaMay 12, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    All sandwiches pale in comparison to the Pallet... it's that divine fig jam. Also, the servers are notoriously spacey so double check your order before you leave.
  • Chase M.
    Chase MaxwellSeptember 1, 2011
    Just as good as Diesel, but with a different ambiance. If you are more in the mood to read in a quiet space with little disturbance, Bloc 11 is more meditative than its raucous counterpart.
  • Kate
    KateAugust 12, 2013
    Spanish latte is delicious! Add some cinnamon on top and it'll make your day!
  • Sofia U.heart icon on user image
    Sofia UzJune 22, 2015
    Trendy neighborhood coffee shop with great breakfast sandwiches and pastries
  • Jonathan B.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan BlairDecember 6, 2016
    Really wanted to love this place. The place looks cool, converted bank vault is awesome, but the espresso was very over extracted.
  • Kelsey S.
    Kelsey SnyderSeptember 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    This is the only place I go for coffee and breakfast in union square now. Their freshly squeezed Oj is so worth it.
  • Miguelheart icon on user image
    MiguelMay 9, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the coffee soda — it's amazing!
  • Rachel E.
    Rachel EdelmanJuly 6, 2013
    The best egg and cheese sandwiches! Try it on their rosemary bread (instead of a bagel).
  • Patrick H.heart icon on user image
    Patrick HaneyOctober 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The coffee here is quite good, doesn't even needs sugar to enhance the flavor. Try one of their specialty drinks, or have an iced latte in the warmer months.
  • Michael G.heart icon on user image
    Michael Gutierrez-MayMarch 18, 2016
    Bloc 11 is great, good food in a comfy urbane setting.
  • Andrew T.heart icon on user image
    Andrew T.July 17, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    If you're a Comcast customer, you can pick up the free XFinity wi-fi, and avoid Bloc11's silly pay to use wi-fi.
  • Sahil K.heart icon on user image
    Sahil KathawalaJuly 8, 2015
    Their pour-over is phenomenonal. One of the best things on the menu.
  • Keri G.heart icon on user image
    Keri GarelAugust 2, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Unlike sister cafe Diesel, Bloc 11 always has an open seat somewhere. Sadly, the Brazilian limeade (featuring condensed milk) is no longer on the menu.
  • Travelhound12heart icon on user image
    Travelhound12November 5, 2017
    The espresso macchiato and the willow are a great combo.
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzAugust 29, 2014
    Great sandwiches and coffee here folks. Don't miss out.
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SerranoJune 23, 2011
    Very vool place. The atmosphear inside is great, with the old safes and the fireplace. Outside, refreshing.
  • Alexandra J.heart icon on user image
    Alexandra JordanMarch 16, 2016
    Good espresso drinks, excellent croissants
  • CityRover M.
    CityRover MediaJanuary 5, 2011
    Enjoy a Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk in the bright and welcoming front end of the café, where floor to ceiling windows allow for plentiful sunlight. Read more
  • Kay R.heart icon on user image
    Kay RhodesJuly 28, 2013
    The bacon egg and cheese sandwich is surprisingly delicious on a honey wheat bagel.
  • Gracieheart icon on user image
    GracieNovember 3, 2013
    Amazing atmosphere and loved the converted bank vaults. I can sit here all day.
  • Nick B.heart icon on user image
    Nick BagleyJuly 3, 2015
    Iced coffee is wonderful! Good service too!
  • Two Degrees
    Two DegreesJune 17, 2011
    Two Degrees bars are sold here! Buy a delicious food bar and give a medically formulated food pack to a hungry child. Is Good. Does Good.
  • Neel H.heart icon on user image
    Neel HajareApril 12, 2018
    Terrace sandwich and Intelligentsia coffee!
  • Wes V.
    Wes VangelNovember 5, 2012
    Expensive, no free wifi, but everything is really freakin' good! I'd be broke if I came here every day, but I will definitely be back
  • Hanan M.heart icon on user image
    Hanan MalSeptember 15, 2016
    Anything you order will taste good.
  • Margot B.
    Margot BloomsteinNovember 20, 2012
    Grab a Vietnamese coffee--like a Spanish Latte, if you're an Espresso Royale fan, but not quite so sweet.
  • Ebee D.heart icon on user image
    Ebee DApril 5, 2015
    Intelligencia coffee sold here. Yummy chocolate dipped macaroon.
  • Maxheart icon on user image
    MaxSeptember 30, 2015
    Check out the antique bank vault in the back of the room.
  • Scott B.
    Scott BoniOctober 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Chocolate chip scone and an El Diablo (Intelligentsia). Works for me.
  • Marguerite A.heart icon on user image
    Marguerite AveryDecember 27, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Curry tofu salad sandwich is very good. Bowls of soup are quite generous - perfect for sharing.
  • Mary P.
    Mary PJanuary 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    no free wifi, but a great outdoor seating area for when it's warm! awesome sandwiches, too.
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