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Crema Cafe

Café$$$$
Harvard Square, Cambridge
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  • Jevan S.
    "Red crema (rooibos latte) - best warm drink in the Square"(8 Tips)
    Don O.
    "Crema grilled chicken is the best sandwich in all of Beantown."(8 Tips)
    Kraig M.
    "Sweet potato sandwich or the chicken artichoke sandwich are great!"(11 Tips)
    Janet L.
    "Ginger lemonade and chicken terragon with pear and Brie sandwich!"(8 Tips)
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  • Nathaniel H.
    Nathaniel HajianFebruary 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Bacon turkey avo or grilled chicken sandwich are to die for here. The coffee is great so if your feelin courageous - drink it black. That's my favorite way to enjoy it. They :( credit cards under 10$.
  • Shaila
    ShailaApril 3, 2010
    Get a gruyere grilled cheese sandwich; it's delicious
    Upvoted Feb 5
  • Mei Wei C.
    Mei Wei ChenJuly 21, 2012
    One and a half floors of seating, very laid back atmosphere, and not that crowded, at least on Saturday mornings. Very good cold brewed coffee offered seasonally, you can try a shoot for a buck.
  • Carrie B.
    Carrie BevisApril 12, 2015
    In the heart of Harvard Square, Crema serves superb espresso and a lively atmosphere for conversation. Great way to imbibe in Cambridge.
  • Patricia
    PatriciaOctober 15, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    The oatmeal cookie is unlike any other. It's a meal by itself. All of the other cookies (and baked goods in general) are equally as tasty. Snag a pretzel knot with your meal.
  • Bob F.
    Bob FischerMarch 11
    Crema has both great coffee and food. The soups are excellent. If you don't feel like having coffee, try the red Crema. Rooibos tea latte with cinnamon and honey. Wonderful,
  • Colleen O.
    Colleen O'BrienMay 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Prefers cash for orders under $10. My personal favories: almond earl grey tea, grilled cheese and tomato soup, ginger lemonade, and their English muffin with butter and raspberry jam (BEST DEAL IN SQ)
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissNovember 15, 2015
    All kinds of delicious espresso drinks. My cappuccino was spot on. Tons of baked goods too. No wifi.
  • Nick H.
    Nick HolroydMay 18, 2015
    I got one of those sandwiches that absolutely shreds your mouth apart. Cool setting though, and you can eat your food outside in the square and watch the street performers.
  • Joe S.
    Joe SmithJanuary 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Solid Cafe Lattes, and a good Crema Chicken Sandwich. The balcony on the second floor can get pretty packed, but is a good place to work once you get settled.
  • Dan D.
    Dan Doron3 days ago
    Grilled chicken sandwich is delicious, so are the brownies. Some sandwiches are served pre-made and cold, so I suggest asking. Ex: the rare roast beef sandwich.
  • Rue La La
    Rue La LaSeptember 5, 2012
    Order a fresh-pressed sandwich (savory or sweet) and pair it with the cafe's homemade sweet potato chips. Coming for lunch? Tables fill up quickly, so plan accordingly.
  • David W.
    David WolskiMarch 12, 2015
    Brewed house blend brought to you by George Howell, ranges from OK to very good, depending on the day. Buy house beans and make your own for more consistent taste.
  • Vicki Y.
    Vicki YDecember 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    2 of my fave sandwiches here: the herb roasted lamb sandwich with arugula, roasted tomato & walnut aioli, & their tarragon chicken salad with pears, brite & pecans... So good!
  • Marcela S.
    Marcela SaponeJuly 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Hard to get something bad here, easy to come when it's too busy (Harvard students, Hogwarts fans, and VCs all love it). No wifi by design - but sit by the window to tap into Harvard's network
  • Mark J.
    Mark J.February 21, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Be sure to check out the sandwiches in addition to the tea and coffee choices. The croissant breakfast sandwiches are out of this world.
  • Margaret P.
    Margaret PiersonJuly 28, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Their ginger lemonade is a delightful refreshment on it's own but requested as an Arnold Palmer with Moroccan mint tea it's the ultimate cure for the too-hot-to-move blues.
  • Anissa C.
    Anissa ConnerOctober 1, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    I cannot get enough of the english muffins here! They make their own and they are so delicious, especially when you gone one as an egg sandwich.
  • Allison A.
    Allison AbbottAugust 2, 2016
    Crema Grilled Chicken Sandwich 👌 (and I am usually a believer that you can't dress up a grilled chicken sandwich...this one was definitely special, though)
  • Kraig M.
    Kraig M.July 5, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Everything is good! If you are in the mood for a treat the birthday cup cakes are awesome. Sweet potato sandwich or the chicken artichoke sandwich are great!
  • Lane R.
    Lane RettigOctober 26, 2014
    If you want a beverage without caffeine, try the unique ginger steamer. Super tasty and all natural but a little on the sweet side.
  • Diana H.
    Diana HamiltonJune 3, 2016
    The egg sandwich was wonderful, and the place is super cozy. The multigrain was soft and nutty/seedy, and it was a fantastic casual brunch.
  • Dan B.
    Dan BrownAugust 11, 2014
    Crema Cafe is a gem in Cambridge. Not touristy at all either. I wholeheartedly recommend any of their salads, soups or sandwiches. I can't pick just one!
  • Naini G.
    Naini GomesJuly 14, 2013
    My favorite sandwiches - the grilled chicken, smoked turkey with chutney, and artichoke spinach. One of the best coffees in the area.
  • David W.
    David WolskiMay 11, 2015
    Try this one on for size: 4oz of cold brew = $1 ; 12oz = $3.5 ; 16oz = $5.50 ; Your face when you realize this nonsense = priceless!!! Here's a tip for you: Buy 4x $1 shots. Seriously, WTF
  • Sunaina S.
    Sunaina SwaminathanOctober 28, 2014
    My fab cafe in the Boston area. Everything is really good here. The crowd is young. Atmosphere is great. Love the brick ambience.
  • Tim d.
    Tim de GierJanuary 1, 2016
    The central coffee house of the Harvard University Area. They serve good coffee and grilled sandwiches. It's a place though to sit and talk. Not really good to work (no wifi, bit noisy).
  • Ava
    AvaAugust 11, 2014
    Great place to grab lunch, sometimes hard to find a table with all the people nursing their 3-hour-old coffees while they work
  • Ingrid H.
    Ingrid HartmanMay 27, 2013
    Busy: seating almost always an issue, but best coffee shop in Harvard Square. Love every baked good I try. Get the red crema and yogurt parfait.
  • Jane S.
    Jane S.March 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the maximillian bfast sandwich. It's not on the menu but they'll make it for you! Sweet potato, goat cheese, rosemary, egg, on homemade English muffin. Best thing I ever ate!
  • Andressa M.
    Andressa MendonçaSeptember 15, 2013
    The best coffee place in town! If you are a coffee lover and is visiting Cambridge, you can't go wrong in here!
  • David W.
    David WolskiMarch 12, 2015
    Very good breakfast sandwiches! Egg sandwich with toppings on english muffin with toppings of choice or lox bagel are great.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithMarch 25, 2016
    The Crema Grilled Chicken sandwich is a revelation; the cheese corn spread is a great flavor combo with the avocado.
  • Harvard University
    Harvard UniversityJuly 7, 2010
    Always bustling at lunch time, Crema’s wide variety of drinks and fresh food is worth the wait! House-made pastries and creative sandwich options provide something for everyone. Read more
  • Nathaniel H.
    Nathaniel HajianMay 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Like everywhere else: if it had avocado in it, get it. At crema that means the grilled chicken sandwich - you'll thank me later :)
  • Tracy S.
    Tracy SpetkaFebruary 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The English muffin is the most underrated menu item. For lunch, can't go wrong with the grilled cheese + tomato bisque, though!
  • Marcella F.
    Marcella FOctober 31, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place for coffee and pastries but if the Harvard students take over a table to discuss politics then you're screwed for seating.
  • Carrie B.
    Carrie BevisOctober 2, 2016
    Fantastic café menu of beautiful espresso pulls, sweet or healthy sandwiches, soups, and tantalizing baked goodies.
  • Ivelisse E.
    Ivelisse EstradaJuly 18, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    my money—and lots of it since the place opened—is on the cafe au lait. oh, and the quiche. but really, you kind of can't go wrong at crema.
  • Irina
    IrinaMarch 31, 2016
    Lovely café. Try maple latte and pistachio cupcake with rose water icing - not too sweet but with a lot of flavour 💓
  • Ezequiel G.
    Grilled cheese is just great. Sweet potato chips that come with other sandwiches were a nice, delicious surprise.
  • CityRover M.
    CityRover MediaJanuary 5, 2011
    A chalkboard menu tempts with savory sandwiches like Veggies & Ricotta or Crema Grill Chicken and sweet, gooey choices like Rosemary-Goat Cheese or Nutella & Banana. Read more
  • BU Today
    BU TodayAugust 1, 2013
    Crema's pastries are baked fresh daily with offerings like s'mores cupcakes or macaroons. The cafe's savory options are just as tantalizing. Try the Spinach Artichoke Grilled Chicken Sandwich! Read more
  • Nic M.
    Nic MirandaMarch 7, 2014
    The Yerba Mate Latte is beyond delicious! Try it with almond milk if you don't like/can't have dairy
  • Steve B.
    Steve BirkettJuly 27, 2015
    Moroccan meatloaf sandwich takes an age to prepare but is a meal in its own right. Delicious, if you're not in a rush.
  • Hannah L.
    Hannah L.July 21, 2012
    They have actually good music!! Also get the strawberry lemonade and grilled cheese with avocado, it's fantastic.
  • Caroline H.
    Caroline HarveyDecember 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The sweet potato sandwich is amazing- green apple, sprouts, avocado, & sweet potato on wheat bread. Om nom!!
  • Madison S.
    Madison SheltonJune 1, 2016
    Breakfast sandwiches are amazing, espresso drinks are excellent and homemade English muffins are to die for.
  • Patricia
    PatriciaOctober 18, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Make sure you get their homemade ginger marshmallows in your drink, if they have them! (They're seasonal)
  • Laura W.
    Laura WongApril 2, 2016
    Everytime I go here it is packed! It is good but definitely better to get your order to go, tables/seats are hard to come by
  • Laurens L.
    Laurens LatemanApril 26, 2014
    Get the latte and the cherry bourbon thing. So good if warm.
  • Mubarak A.
    Very nice staff. Go for espresso (house blend one)
  • Krystal M.
    Krystal MDecember 22, 2011
    The Rosemary-Goat Cheese sandwich is all you need if you seriously can't decide between a sweet or savory palette. Delish.
  • Ana H.
    Ana HRApril 15, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Expensive, but their turkey jicama and roast beef on a pretzel roll are the best sandwiches in Harvard Square.
  • Marcella F.
    Marcella FJuly 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great scones, try the Honey/Thyme/Walnut scone. Unexpected combination but very delicious!
  • Geoffroy B.
    Geoffroy BablonNovember 9, 2014
    Delicious cappuccinos. Try the banana walnut bread if they're serving it.
  • Emily O.
    Emily OJuly 24, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Despite the simplicity, the homemade English muffin w/apricot jam + butter is delicious and seems to be available anytime
  • Marguerite A.
    Marguerite AveryOctober 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent coffee - perfect for sipping black. Cookies are good too - big and slightly chewy.
  • Matt L.
    Matt LucianoSeptember 23, 2013
    The tomato bisque is pretty great. Get it with the grilled cheese and your good to go.
  • Keri G.
    Keri GarelOctober 10, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    The chicken sandwich with spicy corn crema, cotija, and avocado will blow your goddamn mind.
  • Margaret M.
    Margaret MyersMarch 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Always so busy. Prepare to stake out a table. Good coffee. Vegan biscotti in the afternoons. Mediocre food, would love a vegan cream cheese option.
  • Pearson - Always Learning
    The place to go for a long day’s studying, fuelled by their wide range of food and drinks.
  • Cat L.
    Cat LoJune 5, 2015
    Coffee is great here, wish they offered wifi. Wifi networks around this area doesn't work.. </3
  • Willie S.
    Willie SoNovember 27, 2010
    Get the chicken spinach sandwich and a orangina. Can't go wrong! Please don't sit for a long time because there are others waiting!
  • Kitae K.
    Kitae KimFebruary 14, 2012
    Great sandwiches, great coffee, and an atmosphere that leave you wanting more coffee shops like Crema Cafe
  • Seema M.
    Seema MarwahaMarch 1, 2013
    The breakfast sandwiches here are amazing. Also a great lunch spot that is quick.
  • Ingrid H.
    Ingrid HartmanJune 25, 2013
    Iced matte latte on a hot day = the best productivity hack. Ask them to add a little honey for pure bliss.
  • Mélina
    MélinaAugust 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Phenomenal coffee. Great selection of baked goods (however, nothing gluten-free sadly). I wish the staff was nicer.
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca MMay 10, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The almond croissants are amazing and original. Not overly heavy and junked up with almond paste.
  • Benjamin D.
    Benjamin DoyleDecember 10, 2014
    Pretty tasty egg sandwich, great bagels, excellent coffee, cool atmosphere
  • Daniela L.
    Daniela Lazo CedréAugust 20, 2012
    The Golden Crema is unbelievable; the honey and cinnamon kills the need for extra sugar!
  • Steve L.
    Steve LordSeptember 6, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The baked goods are nice but I wouldn't eat any unless you want a side of flies. The baked goods are left uncovered I've seen flies land on all of them. Pretty unsanitary
  • Thom F.
    Thom FinnarnAugust 1, 2015
    Went in for a cake tasting...awesome service, great cakes, and decent cold-brew.
  • Don O.
    Don Orejas-KirkerJanuary 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Crema grilled chicken is the best sandwich in all of Beantown. Plus Jim's iPod will satisfy all your club kid over caffeinated dance needs.
  • Dillon C.
    Dillon ChenMarch 13, 2015
    The grilled cheese was amazing. Tends to get pretty packed though. Guess that's a good sign 💁
  • Shannon S.
    Shannon SweetserApril 11, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the grilled cheese with caramelized onions and bacon, but here's a tip - add avocado or arugula to make this sandwich even more awesome.
  • Nicholas N.
    Nicholas NgoFebruary 4, 2016
    Golden Crema Latte + chocolate croissant! Also, the vegetable quiche is delicious.
  • Vanessa🌸
    Vanessa🌸January 9, 2012
    Love the sweet potato sandwich and the golden crema latte, delish!!! <3
  • Goktug
    GoktugAugust 14, 2013
    A cool place to enjoy your coffee and chill. Try egg sandwiches.
  • Katie S.
    Katie ShillMay 2, 2012
    Order a grilled cheese with caramelized onions. You can't go wrong.
  • Emily C.
    Emily ChinJuly 6, 2014
    Their lemonade and limeade is made fresh, super refreshing!
  • Ari J.
    Ari JonesAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The BEST drinks in the area. Try the hot and cold chai, and the pastries.
  • Seth T.
    Seth TisueSeptember 26, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Get a cappuccino to stay, in the 6 oz cup. It's the perfect balance of coffee and milk (much less milk than typical elsewhere).
  • Niladri S.
    Niladri SinhaAugust 17, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    The sweet potato sandwich, hands down, is the vest sandwich on the menu
  • Kane H.
    Kane HsiehOctober 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing coffee and sandwiches, terrible ergonomics with the stools and tables.
  • Kim P.
    Kim PhạmMay 26, 2016
    Their classic grilled chicken sandwich is the best thing on the menu!
  • Joshua L.
    Joshua LeeNovember 24, 2014
    My favorite place to grab coffee in the Square. Gets busy but worth it.
  • Jen S.
    Jen SFebruary 28, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Mudslide cookies, gluten free, but you'll never miss the gluten.
  • Youngna P.
    Youngna ParkJanuary 1, 2011
    Loved the pain au raisin and homemade English muffins. Sit upstairs and enjoy the view.
  • Valentina M.
    Valentina MonteFebruary 10, 2011
    herb roasted lamb sandwich is actually AMAZING, with a walnut aioli that is perfection.
  • Andrew K.
    Andrew KuklewiczNovember 18, 2009
    Been here 100+ times
    Go to Crema, the cappuccino is delightful. Some baristas create wonderful foam designs. Also, the pre-made roast beef w/their own boursin cheese is excellent Read more
  • Stanton C.
    Stanton CadyJuly 26, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    No wifi, and always busy so maybe not the best place to get work done, but the coffee is great!
  • Annie A.
    Annie ANovember 29, 2014
    Tastiest English muffin I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. Yum.
  • Melita S.
    Melita SchomannMay 3, 2015
    Morrocan lamb sandwich was awesome. And the lemonade too!❤️
  • Jane D.
    Jane DOctober 15, 2012
    Loved my soy latte. Stumbled across this cafe and so good to enjoy a lovely coffee. Jane, New Zealand
  • Margaret M.
    Margaret MyersFebruary 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Only vegan baked good is the biscotti, which is available only in the afternoon.
  • Peter B.
    Peter BoyceOctober 7, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Most lavish way to study in the Square-- grab a Golden Crema & try the Bacon-Turkey-Avocado sandwich with jicama slaw.
  • Nicandro I.
    Nicandro IannacciJuly 19, 2011
    Best sandwich: the Crema Grilled Chicken. Always my go-to favorite.
  • Gordon M.
    Gordon MeiApril 11, 2015
    If a latte and a chai tea came together, you'd get the red crema.
  • Brian C.
    Brian CMarch 12, 2012
    The chaider is great! A mix of cider and chai that I never would have thought of.
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