Explore Boston’s Brookline Village
Quaint and neighborhood-y, Brookline Village is a little pocket within the larger area of Brookline that feels very small-town. While this area isn’t a big tourist draw, we think it says a lot about Boston and its balance of bustling big city and small town vibes all in one. A step back from the usual city rush, this is a great area for a leisurely walk, weaving in and out of little shops, hot chocolate (or iced coffee, depending on the season) in hand. As usual the hardest part is choosing where to eat because there are so many great options, but we’re here to help!
Where to Eat
This tiny cafe is easy to miss but it’s worth stopping in for a snack and a drink. It’s like a cozy, vintage coffee cave, packed with knick knacks and chalk boards up to the ceiling. This is a great neighborhood spot to take a step away from the busy city streets.
Address: 7 Station St, Brookline, MA 02445
This coffee shop rises bright and early to fuel you up for breakfast and stays open for lunch. They serve the simple diner fare that we depend on, but they make sure to mix it up from time to time, like when they make waffle sandwiches!
Address: 35 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445
Caffe Nero locations are popping up all over the city of Boston and we are a big fan. This European-style coffee house offers a welcoming living room-like space to relax and get work done. Their coffee is excellent and we love their chai lattes. A great place to refuel with a pastry and a drink.
Address: 1 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445
This local sandwich shop has become famous for their outrageously tasty and jam-packed sandwiches. They make all of their potato chips, salads, pickles, sauces, and sweets themselves, along with roasting all their own meats. They also use local bread and local produce when they can. Basically they are the BOMB and we will gladly wait in line to stuff our faces with one of their sandwiches any day!
Address: 284 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445
This homey Italian deli is the ideal spot to grab a comforting lunch. Cozy up over a big bowl of pasta and some of their homemade bread and you’ll be ready for a nap…opsie, we mean for the rest of your day!
Address: 41 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445
Pon serves fresh Thai food packed with bold flavors. A great option for a more relaxed, sit-down lunch to break up the day whether it is a day of leisure or work.
Address: 213 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445
This Venezuelan spot is a Bites of Boston favorite! Their South End location is a part of our Sweet & Savory South End Tour but if you find yourself in Brookline Village you’re in luck because both are neighborhood gems. Serving up warm arepas stuffed with mouth-watering fillings such as plantains and cheese, there is no way to leave this place un-satisfied. (Psst….the bacon wrapped dates are also to die for!).
Address: 22 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445
This welcoming neighborhood spot serves Italian food in a casually elegant setting. They specialize in handmade pasta and Tuscan flavors that change with the seasons.
Address: 48 Boylston St, Brookline, MA 02445
If you want a meal that’ll stick to your ribs (and your fingers and face), head to Magnolia Smokehouse for some southern BBQ. Everyone needs a little southern comfort now and then, especially when it gets chilly outside. We suggest getting a multi-meat tray so you can try as much as possible!
Address: 6 Harvard Square, Brookline, MA 02445
Even if you don’t have a Mexican grandmother that’s exactly who it feels like is serving you when you walk into El Centro. They serve hearty meals made from their family recipes. Wind down here for dinner and you’ll surely feel relaxed. Tequila also helps…..
Address: 236 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445
This family-owned restaurant serves traditional Japanese cuisine including sushi, sashimi, bento-box specials and more. These dishes are both nourishing and soul warming.
Address: 238 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445
Where to Shop
What to See/Do
Where to Stay and Getting There
Closest MBTA Stops
Brookline Hills – Green Line (D)
Buses – 65, 66
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