Natural wine is but one of the myriad charms of this retro stand-alone building on Fremont Avenue. Vif starts each day with impeccable coffee and aspirationally approachable bowls of porridge with kimchi, avocado, and a runny egg, or lentils and greens with garlic toast. Tartines dominate later on, as lingering patrons turn their attention from macchiato to minimally manipulated rosé or gamay—a bottle shop occupies the area by the door. Everything about this place makes you want to linger, but Vif closes by 7pm most nights (and has a “no laptop” policy on weekends). Thursday and Friday evenings stretch on a little longer for “Bar Vif.” Owners Shawn Mead and Lauren Feldman will also bring their particular magic to Beacon Hill. A bottle shop and wine bar, Petite Soif, will open in November with an evening small-plate menu.