If you live in the Malden, Melrose or Stoneham area just outside of Boston, you should check out The Bohemian Coffeehouse, a tiny little cafe across the street from the Melrose Public Library and next to the Cedar Park stop on the Commuter Rail. They make great coffee and enormous killer muffins, to die for.
I found out about the coffeehouse last week from a Appalachian Mountain Club leader I running a local trip with when we got together to plan out the trip logistics. I got talking to one of the owners, named Chris, and discovered that the place is owned and run by a group of local folk musicians, including three fiddlers, who play in a local band called The Bridgebuilders.
In addition to great coffee and food, the Bohemian Coffeehouse has atmosphere. The muffins, which come in exotic varieties such as Peach Cranberry (with a peach half in the middle) or Lemon Coconut, are served on a wide variety of mismatched ceramic plates, so you feel like you’re eating at home, not in a take out coffee joint. All of the muffins are made on the premises, of course, in one of those huge Hobart mixers.
There are three tables in the cramped space which includes two window seats, for those of you who like to sit in the light and watch the world go by. This is my new favorite neighborhood cafe.
The Bohemian Coffeehouse is located at 132 West Emerson Street, Melrose, MA 02176, 781-979-0005.
What’s this about the Prince of Bohemia? My father claims that we can trace our lineage to King Ottokar of Bohemia (1155-1230 AD). If the country existed, I’d be the Prince and heir apparent.