Render Coffee in review

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The entrance to Render Coffee on Columbus Avenue.

Located around the corner from the Mass. Ave. Orange Line T station, Render Coffee is a solid, small-scale coffee shop in Boston’s South End. Render features a menu offering your typical coffee shop drinks, including both drip and pour-over coffees from around the world, some sweeter caffeinated drinks, hot chocolate, and a variety of teas. The basic drip coffee costs $2.65 and is well worth it, especially compared with Dunkin’ Donuts’ product only a few doors down on Columbus Avenue.

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The food and drink menu in Render, hung above their tea selection.

In addition to the drinks, Render has a build-your-own option for breakfast sandwiches on either bagels or bread that are quite satisfying for early-morning meals. Individual bagels are also available, and there are several lunch sandwiches on the menu as well. The shop also sells baked goods including coffee cake, muffins, quiches, and more.

The wait times for the food can be a little long on busy weekend mornings when it seems like half the neighborhood crowds into Render for a taste. But it’s worth it, and customers can enjoy their meals to go or seated at one of the many tables in the cozy shop surrounded by local art for sale hanging on the walls. There’s even an outdoor area for summertime brunch, and although the wait for a table can be long too it’s a nice spot to hang out.

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The kitchen and dining area inside Render.

Render Coffee is located at 563 Columbus Ave. in Boston, and can be reached at (617) 262-4142. The shop is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on the weekend from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is a set of steps to go up in order to enter the shop, so it’s not handicap accessible, but its downtown location at 121 Devonshire Street is street-level and accessible. There are currently only the Columbus and Devonshire stores, with a third planned for Kendall Square coming soon.

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A basic Render drip coffee and bagel with vegetable cream cheese.

Check out this map of other coffee shops in Boston:

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