Our insider guide to a few of our favorite things in Greater Boston
Independent coffee shop with a relaxed vibe. Excellent coffee, pastries, sandwiches, random fruits and veggies. You can run there to get a quart of milk in a pinch too!
With private dining nooks, you can enjoy delectable sushi and a full menu of other Japanese specialties in the heart of Coolidge Corner.
- Jamie's on Union
Formerly a train station and now a bustling old school diner in Newton Centre, Jamie's is the perfect destination for all your classic breakfast and brunch cravings.
- Wasik's Cheese Shop
You will be treated as family as soon as you walk in the door at their charming Wellesley shop. The incredible staff will help you choose the best cheese, wine, not to mention chocolates, bread and other fine gourmet foods.
- Pinocchio's Pizza
A Harvard Square institution and hidden gem. Definitely working some sort of secret sauce over there.
Brick lined walls and seasonal American fare, served in style in Newton Centre.
- The James
A modern Irish pub offering great food, a fun atmosphere and expansive craft cocktails menu on the tracks in Needham. The warm soda bread, fish and chips and cheeseburger are out of this world.
Contemporary farm to table fine dining in the heart of Natick center owned by husband and wife team Gabriel and Dora Tavel Sanchez Luz. Never disappoints!
- Sweet Basil
This tiny Italian eatery in Needham Center serves generous portions of fine Italian cuisine. You will be coming back again and again. Buon appetito!
- Dumpling Daughter
Authentic Chinese homestyle fare in Weston - the best dumplings around!
Set in the Wayland's town center, this authentic Italian restaurant is best known for its seafood fra diavolo recipes and the unbeatable Giacomo sauce. The sister restaurant has been in Boston's North End for years.
- Truly Yogurt
A longtime favorite in town that offers soft serve and hard ice cream. TRULY a treat on a warm sunny day - or any day of the year!
- Coolidge Corner Theatre
This independent, non-profit art deco theater has maintained its 1933 vibe and offers old classics, independent films, blockbusters and foreign award winners. It's also home to celebrity talks, live music and theater. The popcorn is top-notch and there's wine and beer, too!
- Birthplace of John F. Kennedy
Take a tour of JFK's childhood home at this National Park landmark, located on the historic, tree-lined Beals Street in Coolidge Corner.
- American Repertory Theatre
Producing amazing theatre. Take in a play; you will be surprised at what Diane Paulus has done with the ART!
- Massachusetts Horticulture Society- The Gardens at Elm Bank
Wander through gardens of blossoming flowers, take a class on vegetable growing or explore the Manor House, designed by the same firm behind the NY Public Library.
- The Davis Museum at Wellesley College
Founded over 120 years ago and featuring a vast array of global artwork, from the old to the new and ever-evolving temporary exhibits.
- Hemlock Gorge Reservation
23 acres of land running along the Charles River with waterfalls and the famous "Echo Bridge" - give it a try!
- Jackson Homestead and Museum
Newton's community history museum featuring permanent and rotating exhibits, highlighting its role in the Underground Railroad.
- Weston Library
A fantastic library located conveniently near the elementary schools. A wonderful destination for anyone who loves books and thoughtful activities.
- Larz Anderson Park
With 64-acres of beautifully landscaped pathways, ponds, gardens, athletic fields, picnic tables, a playground and an outdoor skating rink - this is a town favorite.
- The Painting Place 4 Fun
Wellesley's own ceramic studio with painting, candle making and more at this great location for kids of all ages.
- Wayland Town Beach
A cherished jewel that Wayland residents can enjoy year-round. During the summer months there are lifeguards on duty at this local destination for swimming and sun.
- Soule Playground
This 10 acre park features a water play area and turf soccer field, tennis courts and walkways, paths and trails for all to explore.
- Cat Rock Park
Dog friendly walking trails with a beautiful pond, forest trails and open fields - leashes optional!
- Brookline Puppet Theater
Nestled in Brookline Village, this intimate theater is entirely devoted to puppetry for both children and adults. With performances, workshops and community activities, this is a great place to share a good time.
- Memorial Drive Weekend Closings
Bring out your inner cyclist, take a leisurely stroll or bring a picnic on Memorial Drive in Cambridge between western Avenue and Mount Auburn Street. The closure is in effect weekly from 11:00am-7:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays from April to November.
- Hammond Pond Reservation
Hiking, fishing and rock climbing abound in this serene wooded urban oasis.
- Party Favors
No celebration is complete without a trip to this quintessential party shop, where their personalized specialty cakes actually take the cake!
- Natick Mall
Metro West's biggest mall, with high end boutiques as well as all the other name brand retailers that you wouldn't expect.
Even Willy Wonka would be surprised by the varied confections in this Newton Highlands candy shop. The proprietor, Linda, designs the most fantastic gift baskets!
A great spot for waxing and facials as well as a boutique with many rare brands and jewelry. Located in the heart of Wellesley Center. Pakezeh, the owner, is wonderful.
- The Street and The Shops at Chestnut Hill
Fashion, restaurants and a movie theater draw adults and kids alike to these side by side, easily accessible stops along Route 9.
- Bella Sante
A wonderful spa and salon located in Linden Square offering a huge array of services.
- Kenzie and Hope
A top spot for clothing and gifts for kids and moms. Owner Shani Defina has an eye for fashion like no other.