Old favorites in Boston
CAFÉ PAMPLONA has not changed much since Josefina Yanguas opened it in 1959. The ceiling is low and the walls are yellow in this below-ground-level hideaway where you often will find serious-looking patrons reading while sipping espresso. In warmer weather, hipsters and academics drink iced lattes on the tiny outside patio. “It’s one of the few places left from the ’60s,’’ said Joan Hill of Cambridge. “It’s the kind of European place where you could sit and hang out - before laptops.’’ The new owners have kept Yanguas’s extensive menu of coffees and teas, and small selection of Spanish-style soups, sandwiches, and desserts.
Tip: Signature soups are gazpacho in summer, and sopa de ajo (garlic soup) in winter. 12 Bow St., Cambridge, 617-492-0352