Spork Rating: 3
- Neighborhood: Fort Point/Waterfront
- Cuisine: Deli, Market, Bakery and Cafe
- Price: Cheap Eats to affordable. Cafe items $7-18, Deli sandwiches $6-10
- Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-9pm, Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-6pm
- Reservations: No. Self-serve setup–grab a table when you arrive.
- Recommended For Dining With: Infants, toddlers, kids
Bee’s Knees Supply Company is a fun and tasty resource for the Fort Point neighborhood. Part gourmet grocery, part cafe, it sports an upscale deli, a wine and craft beer selection, gorgeous chocolate and cheese selections and more. Whether stopping in for a quick bite, grabbing take out post-Children’s Museum or you’re in need of provisions for an upcoming dinner party (or all of the above), you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what this kid-friendly Fort Point cafe has managed to squeeze in under one roof. With an adorable vibe inspired by the 1970’s (right down to their restored VW bus often parked across the street), Bee’s Knees does a great job of marrying vintage decor with the industrial roots of the Fort Point neighborhood.
On your first visit, we recommend taking the time to explore the layout of the store. Everything is self-service at this kid-friendly Fort Point cafe. Navigating the many options and sections with hungry children can seem a little daunting, but will make more sense once you have the lay of the land. As you walk in, you’ll see the deli off to your left, groceries in the middle, seating to the right, wine and beer to the right, and the bakery, chocolate, juice bar and cash registers along the front. You will likely need to grab items from different sections, but can pay for everything at once. If stopping in for a meal, our recommended ordering routine is as follows:
- Put sandwich orders in at the deli counter. You’ll get a slip itemizing the order and your name will be called as things are ready–usually 5-7 minutes.
- Grab drinks, yogurts, snacks and other sides from the grocery section (as well as any bottles of wine or beer you may want for later).
- Head to any register and place orders for cafe, juice bar, ice cream and bakery items, and pay for deli and grocery items at the same time.
- Pick up your deli order and then grab a table in the cafe seating area.
- Listen for your name to be called at the cafe pick up area and enjoy!
Very good. While this isn’t your standard cafe setup, the Bee’s Knees staff is plentiful, friendly and available to answer any questions, and have been known to stop what they’re doing to hold the door open as you navigate in and out with a stroller.
The menu and grocery selections focus on gorgeous, fresh and fabulous ingredients. The menu changes slightly from time to time, offering made-to-order sandwiches at the deli, and salads, pizzas and calzones in the cafe, as well as a selection of prepared foods. Supplement these options with the juice bar, ice cream and shake creations, chocolates, bakery items and more. While it is hard to pick favorites, here are a few:
In a rush? The most popular cold sandwiches (including PB&Js), salads, fruit salads and more are pre-made and ready to go in the deli cooler, located near the entrance and across from the deli counter.
There’s no kid’s menu, but there are more than enough items to make junior happy. Everything is made to order, so don’t be afraid to customize things to your little one’s evolving palate. Great options include:
- Deli sandwiches, from PB&J and grilled cheese to more traditional (or adventurous) sandwiches
- Small pizzas–order the menu creations or ask the cashier to customize your pie
- Grocery items, including yogurts, fresh cut fruit, and more
- Boston Children’s Museum
- Boston Fire Museum
- Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
- Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA)
- Easy entrance/access for strollers
- Changing tables
- Stroller storage
- High chairs
- T accessible
- MBTA Red Line to South Station; or MBTA buses to Congress St @ A St (448, 449, 459)
- Metered parking can be found relatively easily on nights and weekends, and there are reasonably priced garages and parking lots scattered throughout the neighborhood.
Stopping in for a quick bite or shopping excursion? Take advantage of Bee’s Knees’ complimentary 1 hour of free parking at The Farnsworth Garage directly across the street. Mon-Fri after 5pm and all day on the weekends, spend $25 or more and they’ll validate your ticket.