Small Town, Big Flavor: Taste Your Way Through Brookline Village

October 18, 2017 |
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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

For Coffee/Breakfast:

Koo Koo Cafe

koo koo cafe counter

Photo Credit: @meaghanamurphy via Instagram

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
Phone: 617-730-5525

Martin’s Coffee Shop

waffle sandwich

Photo Credit: Martin’s

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
Phone: 617-566-0005

Caffe Nero

Caffe Nero from Instagram

Photo Credit: @callmenahna via Instagram

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
Phone: 617-487-8946

For Lunch:


loaded sandwich

Photo Credit: Cutty’s

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
Phone: 617-505-1844

Bottega di Capri

pasta bowls and bread

Photo Credit: @silver_nbitko via Instagram

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
Phone: 617-738-5333

Pon Thai Bistro

spring rolls and satay

Photo Credit: @brittdresser via Instagram

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
Phone: 617-608-3593

For Dinner:


table of food/arepas

Photo Credit: @andrewchg via Instagram

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
Phone: 617-232-9505

La Morra

beef carpaccio

Photo Credit: La Morra

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
Phone: 617-739-0007

Magnolia Smokehouse

magnolia trays of food

Photo Credit: @mr.ross.g vis Instagram

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
Phone: 617-566-3782

El Centro

El Centro from Instagram @feliznavidra

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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
Phone: 617-232-4200

Yokohama Japanese Restaurant

soup bowls

Photo Credit: @sherryyouz via Instagram

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
Phone: 617-734-6465

Where to Shop

Curds & Co.

Serenade Chocolatier

Henry Bear’s Park

Children’s Book Shop

What to See/Do

Puppet Showplace Theater

Gateway Arts

Where to Stay and Getting There


Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Brookline-Longwood Medical

Envision Hotel Boston-Longwood

Courtyard Boston Brookline

The Inn At Longwood Medical 

Holiday Inn Boston Brookline

Public Transportation 

Closest MBTA Stops

Brookline Hills – Green Line (D)

Buses – 65, 66

brookline map

Photo Credit: Google Maps

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