Cafe Vanille

Cafe Vanille is a quintessential French patisserie and cafe located on Charles Street, the main thoroughfare in one of the most charming and historic neighborhoods of Boston: Beacon Hill. In the summer there are outdoor tables and it’s one of the nicer places in the city to sit and take in the colonial architecture — few tourists mucking about, just almond croissants to be enjoyed while sitting beneath an old steeple.

“Chamomile tea and a Hurricane, please.” That’s how I started my day when I lived on Beacon Hill, right around the corner on Irving Street. Now, I love the Fall in Boston. It is without a doubt a magical time, and not just because this is when the city starts looking like Hocus Pocus. The air gets a chill and the leaves start to crunch underfoot, and it’s the perfect weather for a sweater and stop in at a cafe for a warm pastry and a hot drink. Even better when it’s a daily routine and Cafe Vanille is your local go-to.

“Hey now, what’s a Hurricane?” you ask. Well, picture, more or less, a pain aux raisin, but instead of cinnamon and raisins, it’s cranberry and walnut. Um, Yeah. Seriously, delicious AND ever-so-slightly New Englandly with that cranberry shout out. (Side note: I think you’re obligated to choose one if you’re from out of town.) If the fruit/nut combo isn’t your thing, then the almond croissant is imperative, although my college friend swears by the Typhoons, which are apple and cinnamon.

Jeff Smith

Jeff started in photography and short format video, and he's been at the forefront of the web tv movement. He’s worked on haute couture shoots in Paris, shot street style in Milan, and is currently developing a steady roster of beauty, fashion, and digital clients in NYC.