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Both bound closely with Boston while remaining a bit cut off, Allston/Brighton is defined by the colleges that surround it. A visit reveals a bohemian vibe in this student village writ large. Check back often, in this neighborhood of youth and energy, the one constant is change.


Peering into Packards Corner

Ownership of this land has been kicked around over the centuries. At first a part of Watertown, it was deeded to "Newtowne" in 1634, which you might know by its modern name, Cambridge. Just a handful of settler families lived in "Little Cambridge" and tended to their farms and livestock throughout the 18th century. In 1807, after a heated bridge dispute, Brighton would split from Cambridge to become its own independent town.

After incorporating, the area continued on with its traditions. Residents used new technologies as they became available to increase production on their farms and expand the cattle industry. Railroads were built to efficiently move the slaughterhouse beef produced here to distant markets. In 1874 Brighton was officially annexed to Boston, a decision that would see its population explode.

The railroad would keep Allston/Brighton's economy growing throughout the 20th century. When the prevailing industry shifted from livestock production to automobile sales; it was all the same to the train. The Mass Pike was built along the tracks in the 60s, as car travel became increasingly popular. Today three nearby colleges BU, BC, and Harvard all continue their expansion into the neighborhood. Dorms, research facilities, and academic high rises spring from ground like seeds. As the area's most prolific builder, Harvard acquired building rights to the once powerful railroad tracks, and plans to reshape oceans of acreage in the 21st century.


Where exactly does Brighton end and Allston begin? Your guess is as good as anyone else's. As a rule of thumb, Allston encompasses the eastern part of the district and Brighton the western. While even residents may not agree on the name of their district, these are some of the areas visitors are likely to encounter.

  • Allston Village: Boston's countercultural hub, this area surrounding Harvard and Brighton Avenues is home to artists, students, and DIY musicians. Shops, restaurants, bars, clubs, music venues- you name it, it can be found in this densely-packed area. It is bordered by Union Square to the west, unmistakable with its retro neon "Twin Donuts" sign, and Packard's Corner to the east, named for a Packard dealership from the early 1900s.
  • Brighton Center: At the intersection of Cambridge Street and Market Street, Brighton Center feels more like a vibrant town square than it does the big city — and for good reason. In the 1800s, Brighton was an independent town, and this was the center of local culture. Today, some of Brighton's trendiest restaurants live here alongside St. Elizabeth's Hospital.
  • Cleveland Circle: This strip of restaurants and cafes at the terminus of the Green Line's C branch is abuzz with college students, particularly from next door Boston College. The commercial center of Brighton's residential district of Aberdeen, Cleveland Circle straddles the tripoint of Boston, Brookline, and Newton. Just a block from the train stop, visit the Chestnut Hill Reservoir for a 1.5 mile loop beloved by walkers, joggers, and cyclists.
  • Oak Square: Further outbound from Brighton Center, jutting into Newton, Oak Square may feel less like "the city" than anywhere else in Boston city limits. Many residents love this area for being both (relatively) green and (somewhat) quiet. The few shops and amenities here are of high quality, and the location provides quick and easy access to both the Mass Pike and trails along the Charles River.

Get in[edit]

By public transit[edit]

Wait for the B line when it's cold. Wait for the B line when it's hot.

Unlike other neighborhoods, you'll find the bus and the trolley are almost equally important here. The B branch of the Green line makes a prolific number of stops in the area. Heading outbound some of the larger stops are: BU West, Pleasant Street, Packards Corner, Harvard Ave, Washington Street, Chestnut Hill Ave, and Boston College; about 10 smaller stops are in the mix as well. Trollies come fairly often, but they must wait for red lights in traffic and can be frustratingly slow. The C branch runs mostly through Brookline, only the terminus Clevland Circle serves Brighton. Consider walking to the C branch if you're close, it can be much faster. The D branch is faster still, with a dedicated right of way it really gets cranking. The D line also primarily runs through Brookline and Newton, with only one stop in Brighton near Cleveland Circle: Reservoir. Reservoir, Chestnut Hill Ave and Cleveland Circle are all within a 5—minute walk of each other, making for an easy transfer. If you’re going from downtown Boston to Brighton, it may be preferable to take the D line to Reservoir and walk to Chestnut Hill Ave to take the B line further into the neighborhood.

The #57 bus is quite popular, running alongside the B line in Allston, down Comm Ave, and often passing it. It then heads through Brighton Center and Oak Square, and into Watertown Yard. Another popular route is the #66 bus, which makes its way through Allston Village and into Harvard Square in Cambridge. If you're in Brighton Center or Cleveland Circle, the #86 takes you to Harvard as well, but much less frequently. The #64, when it runs, will get you over the river and into Central Square. The #70 cuts across Western Ave and passes through Watertown Yard, eventually arriving in Waltham. For quick service between the city center and Allston-Brighton, express bus #501 goes against traffic, taking to the Pike and arriving downtown and in Copley Square respectively. Finally, the Worcester commuter rail line’s Boston Landing stop serves the rapidly growing north side of the neighborhood.

By bicycle[edit]

Boston has been installing miles of bike lanes for years now, so cycling can be a good option in these neighborhoods. At least five Hubway stations can be found nearby to help you out. Sometimes your destination is too far to walk and the T doesn't really go there, so with a little pedaling you're only a few minutes away. Bikes are probably the most effective when moving around Lower Allston or heading into Cambridge. You'll find some great trails along the Charles with beautiful scenery and no cars to fight with.

By car[edit]

Having a car in Allston/Brighton isn't (usually) the disaster you'll find in the rest of the city. Especially with the slowness of public transit here compared to other parts of the city, it’s often preferred, particularly in the more suburban areas like Oak Square and along Western Ave. Driving is best avoided in the chaotic Allston Village area though. As for on street parking, it’s not hard to find in many of the business districts, although on the busier and denser Commonwealth Ave, you may have to wait 15-20 minutes or more for it at times, or walk longer than expected.

Get around[edit]

Map of Boston/Allston-Brighton


One of the best activities in Allston-Brighton is people-watching, for whatever your motivations. You'll find an exciting mix of ethnicities and age groups, from upper middle class college kids to Vietnamese immigrants to the local Russian community. Take in the sights at the White Horse Tavern or Tavern in the Square on Brighton Avenue during summertime when the floor to ceiling windows are open, or just grab a patch of stoop and watch. Allston also has a large homeless population.

  • 1 1767 Milestones (Milestone #6), 142 Harvard Ave. (T: Harvard Ave). 24 hours daily. Proclaiming six miles to Boston, this milestone was placed here in 1729 by Paul Dudley. Once a part of a colonial "superhighway" called Boston Post Road, which stretched from downtown Boston to Wall Street in New York City. The settlers copped the idea from Native Americans, who called the trail Pequot Path and had been using it long before Europeans arrived. Seven markers remain in the greater Boston area. This one has somehow escaped being mowed down by a fire truck or errant moving van over the years. Can you spot the other one nearby? Hint: check out the library in Lower Allston. Free. 1767 Milestones (Q4553039) on Wikidata 1767 Milestones on Wikipedia
  • 2 Chestnut Hill Reservation, Beacon Street (T: Reservoir), +1 617 333-7404. 7AM-7PM daily. Free. Chestnut Hill Reservation (Q1070809) on Wikidata Chestnut Hill Reservation on Wikipedia
  • 3 [formerly dead link] Herter Park, 1175 Soldiers Field Rd (T: Harvard). 24 hours daily. Free.
  • 4 McMullen Museum of Art (Devlin Hall), 2101 Commonwealth Ave (T: Boston College), +1 617 552-8587, . M-W, F 10AM-5PM, Th 10AM-8PM, Sa Su noon-5PM. The Museum holds an extensive permanent collection, which spans the history of art from Europe, Asia and the Americas, and has significant representation of Gothic and Baroque tapestries, Italian paintings of the 16th and 17th centuries, and American paintings of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Free. McMullen Museum of Art (Q6802407) on Wikidata McMullen Museum of Art on Wikipedia
  • 5 Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon St (T: Reservoir), +1 617 277-0065. W 11AM-9PM, Th-Su 11AM-4PM. Free. Leavitt-Riedler Pumping Engine (Q6510798) on Wikidata Leavitt-Riedler Pumping Engine on Wikipedia


Things to do in Allston largely include just walking about and enjoying the area. There's a lot of little boutiques, excellent friendly coffee/tea shops, some interesting crowds, and a relatively easy-going atmosphere. It's also an excellent area for photography.

  • 1 Charles River Canoe & Kayak, 1071 Soldiers Field Rd (T: Harvard), +1 617 965-5110. 9AM-8PM, but varies by season. Rentals from $15/hour, $60/day.
  • 2 Community Rowing, 20 Nonantum Rd (Bus to Watertown Yard and walk), +1 617 779-8267. 5AM-9PM daily. $95 per class, $140 one time fee, free for accredited rowers. Community Rowing, Inc. (Q5154855) on Wikidata Community Rowing, Inc. on Wikipedia
  • 3 Harvard Stadium (Soldiers Field), 79 N Harvard St (T: Harvard), +1 617 495-3454. Gates open dawn-dusk. This historic stadium was actually where football's forward pass was invented, and modern field dimensions were defined. Buy your tickets way in advance for the big Harvard-Yale game. Root for them to lose, if only to hear the cruel Crimson chant: "It's alright, it's OK, you're gonna work for us some day!" The stadium and grounds will also occasionally play host to concerts and music festivals, like Boston Calling for example. When there aren't games or other events planned, get here early to run up and down the 1000+ steps with the rest of the post docs. Free-$50. Harvard Stadium (Q1587879) on Wikidata Harvard Stadium on Wikipedia
  • 4 Alumni Stadium, 140 Commonwealth Avenue (Boston College), +1 617 552-8000. Home of BC Eagles football, this stadium seats 44,500. Actually located within the city limits of Newton. Alumni Stadium (Q598070) on Wikidata Alumni Stadium on Wikipedia
  • 5 Conte Forum (Kelley Rink), 140 Commonwealth Avenue (Boston College), +1 617 552-8000. Directly attached to Alumni Stadium and home of BC Eagles basketball and (ice) hockey, seating 8,600 for basketball and just under 7,900 for hockey. The "Kelley Rink" name is used only for hockey. As with Alumni Stadium, it's within the Newton city limits. Conte Forum (Q598342) on Wikidata Conte Forum on Wikipedia
  • 6 Harrington Athletics Village, 2125 Commonwealth Avenue (Boston College). This complex, opened in 2018 and within the Boston city limits, is home to BC baseball and softball. It consists of three structures—the playing facilities of Eddie Pellagrini Diamond and Boston College Softball Field, and the Pete Frates Center (not open to the public), which houses offices, locker rooms, and training facilities for both teams. Harrington Athletics Village (Q55106550) on Wikidata Harrington Athletics Village on Wikipedia
  • Brighton Branch of Boston Public Library, 40 Academy Hill Rd., 02135!! Home to the Boston Public Library office in Brighton, and aa beautiful view of Brighton-Allston neighborhoods.

Music venues[edit]

Performing in Allston Rock City

Another unofficial name for this area is "Allston Rock City", after the collection of concert halls that have taken root here. While you're not going to catch Kanye or Lady Gaga in any of these spaces, you will see up and comers playing alongside more established artists almost every night. Each club has a slightly different vibe and draws its own crowd.

  • 7 Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave (T: Pleasant Street), +1 617 562-8800. Noon-2AM daily. Arguably the best established and longest running club in the area. This is a great intimate venue with space for less than a thousand. It's relatively compact and split into two levels, so you can usually get a good look at the performer without ever being too far from the bar! $20-50. Paradise Rock Club (Q7134354) on Wikidata Paradise Rock Club on Wikipedia
  • 8 Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave (T: Harvard Ave), +1 617 779-0140. Noon-2AM daily. Another great choice for seeing established local and national acts. Brighton Music Hall is about half the size of the Paradise, and owned by the same company. The hall is basically a big box with no mezzanine, so when it gets packed sightlines to the stage are cut off for all but the tallest attendees. $20-40.
  • 9 Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Ave (T: Harvard Ave), +1 617 566-9014. Noon-2AM daily. Great Scott is a fantastic choice to check out big name acts a few years before they blow up, or hometown heroes having a great year. They play host to a wide variety of genres; like indie, rock, hip hop, and dance. Voted "Best Rock Club", "Best Bar", and host of the "Best Dance Night". $10-20.
  • 10 O'Briens Pub, 3 Harvard Ave (T: Harvard Ave), +1 617 782-6245. Noon-2AM daily. The smallest in terms of physical size and prominence of the acts they attract. It's more likely to attract local bands new to the touring circut, but you never know. Sometimes the staff will just up and decide to grill a bunch of chicken wings for the crowd. They're not good, but they're free and you're drunk. $5-10.


  • 1 Buffalo Exchange, 180 Harvard Ave (T: Harvard Ave), +1 617 779-7901. M-Sa 11AM-7PM, Su noon-6PM.
  • 2 In Your Ear Records, 957 Commonwealth Ave (T: Pleasant Street), +1 617 787-9755. M-Sa 11AM-8PM, Su noon-6PM.
  • 3 Jack Young Co, 354 Cambridge Street (T: Harvard Ave), +1 617 782-1250. M-F 8AM-4:30PM, Sa 8AM-noon. Any truck/semi/car supplies you could ever need (as long as you know what to ask for). Great for truckers and travelers, right off the interstate. For less complicated auto-related purchases, visit AutoZone up the street.
  • 4 New Balance Factory Store, 173 Market St (T: Boston Landing), +1 617 779-7429. M-Sa 9AM-8PM, Su 11AM-6PM.
  • 5 Re:Generation Tattoo, 155 Harvard Ave (T: Harvard Ave), +1 617 782-1313. Tu-Sa 1PM-9PM, Su M 1PM-8PM. Safe, clean, professional tattoo parlor. Used to host punk shows three or four times a month.
  • 6 Ritual Arts, 153 Harvard Ave (T: Harvard Ave), +1 617 787-4157. M-F 11AM-7PM, Sa 11AM-6PM, Su noon-6PM. Offers exotic gifts for women, magic supplies, and other new age stuff.
  • 7 Urban Outfitters, 226 Harvard Ave (T: Harvard Ave), +1 617 232-0321. M-Th 11AM-8PM, F Sa 10AM-9PM, Su 11AM-7PM.
  • 8 Urban Renewals, 122 Brighton Ave (T: Harvard Ave), +1 617 783-8387. M-Sa 9AM-6PM, Su noon-5PM. One of the largest thrift stores in town, a bit of a warehouse full of college kid clothing castoffs, odd toys, blankets, and a room full of spinny chairs and broken exercise equipment. Great selection and prices.


This page uses the following price ranges for a typical meal for one, including soft drink:
Budget Under $15
Mid-range $15 - $25
Splurge Over $25


  • 1 Brighton Cafe, 1597 Commonwealth Ave (T: Washington Street), +1 617 787-4244. M-F 6AM-4PM, Sa Su 7AM-4PM.
  • 2 [dead link] Hi B3ar, 147 Brighton Ave (T: Harvard Ave), +1 617 208-8216. M-F 11:30AM-11PM, Sa Su 11AM-11PM. Thai ice cream rolls
  • 3 White Mountain Creamery, 19 Commonwealth Ave (T: Boston College), +1 617 527-8790. 11AM-midnight daily.
  • 4 Steve’s Kitchen, 120 Harvard Ave (T: Harvard Ave), +1 617 254-9457. 5AM-5PM daily. Improbably remaining open since 1984, Steve's is the perfect start to a day that hasn't quite ended yet. The cheapest, greasiest, and most filling homestyle breakfasts served all day long. Cash only.
  • 5 Super 88, 1095 Commonwealth Ave (T: Packards Corner), +1 617 787-2288. 9AM-10PM daily. Giant Asian supermarket in back anchors a bevy of food stalls in this indoor market. Each offers a different take on all varieties of Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Indian, and pretty much any other Asian cuisine you can think of.
  • 6 Mixx Frozen Yogurt, 66 Brighton Ave (T: Packards Corner), +1 617 782-6499. Noon-11PM daily. Ice Cream Shop. Boston's locally owned self serve frozen yogurt shop always offering 10 weekly flavors and over 50 toppings served fresh daily. $4-7.
  • 7 Eagles Deli, 1918 Beacon St (T: Cleveland Circle), +1 617 731-3232. M-Sa 7AM-10PM, Su 7AM-9PM. Voted by the Travel Channel as #2 on their "Top 10 Places To Pig Out". This deli, located near Cleveland Circle, boasts the "Eagles Challenge Burger", which for a mere $50, you can get a cheeseburger featuring 5 pounds of beef, 20 slices of cheese, 20 pieces of bacon, 5 pounds of french fries, a pickle and a fountain soda, and it must be served to one person! Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • 8 Whole Heart Provisions, 487 Cambridge St (T: Harvard Ave), +1 617 202-5041. M-Th 11AM-9PM, F Sa 11AM-10PM, Su 10AM-9PM. Casual counter serve spot for some of the best vegan options in Boston. Check FoMu next door for vegan dessert.
  • 9 Grasshopper, 1 N Beacon St (T: Harvard Ave), +1 617 254-8883. M-Th 11AM-10PM, F Sa 11AM-11PM, Su noon-10PM. Another strictly vegan Asian restaurant with a definite Vietnamese influence. Very delicious. Awesome chicken fingers and vegan cheesecake. Great Sunday buffet. Lunch $7-10, dinner $8-15.


  • 10 Breakfast Club, 270 Western Ave (Lower Allston), +1 617 783-1212. M-F 6AM-2PM, Sa Su 7AM-3PM. 80s themed diner serving breakfast. Very popular, be prepared to wait in line during the weekend brunch rush.
  • 11 Moogy's Restaurant, 154 Chestnut Hill Ave (T: Chiswick Road), +1 617 254-8114. Tu-Su 10AM-10PM, M 5PM-10PM.
  • 12 Los Amigos Taqueria, 366 Washington St (Brighton Center). M-Sa 11AM-10PM, Su noon-10PM.
  • 13 Totto Ramen, 169 Brighton Ave (T: Harvard Ave), +1 617 202-5075. Noon-4PM, 5PM-10PM daily.
  • 14 MDM Noodles, 351 Washington St (Brighton Center), +1 617 208-8663. 11:30AM-9PM daily.
  • 15 Azama Grill, 54 Harvard Ave (T: Harvard Ave), +1 617 779-0003. M-F noon-2AM, Sa Su 5PM-2AM.
  • 16 La Befana Pizzeria, 15 N Beacon St (T: Harvard Ave), +1 617 987-0086. M 4PM-midnight, Tu-F 11AM-midnight, Sa 24 hours, Su midnight-11PM.
  • 17 Fish Market Sushi Bar, 170 Brighton Ave (T: Harvard Ave), +1 617 783-1268. Tu-F 11:30AM-3PM, 5PM-10PM, Sa 1PM-10PM, Su 1PM-9:30PM.
  • 18 Dolphin Bay, 72 Brighton Ave (T: Packards Corner), +1 617 562-1668. 11AM-10PM daily.


  • 19 Thai North Restaurant, 433 Faneuil St (Oak Square), +1 617 254-2025. M-Th 11AM-11PM, F Sa 11AM-midnight, Su noon-midnight.
  • 20 YoMa, 5 N Beacon St (T: Harvard Ave), +1 617 562-8888. 4PM-9PM daily. Offers inexpensive, delicious Burmese food. Full vegetarian menu. Appetizers $5, salads/entrees $7-10, and family combo meals start at $25 for two. Free refills on jasmine rice. Try the hot tea and the complimentary palm sugars for dessert.
  • 21 Carlo's Cucina Italiana, 131 Brighton Av (T: Harvard Ave), +1 617 254-9759. M-Th 11AM-10PM, F Sa 11AM-11PM, Su noon-10PM. Possibly the best Italian outside of the North End. Unbelievably perfect homemade pasta in a cramped yet cozy setting. Lines out the door most nights. Full bar. $8-20.
  • 22 Tasca, 1612 Commonwealth Ave (T: Washington St), +1 617 730-8002. M-Th 5PM-10:30PM, F Sa 5PM-11PM, Su 4PM-10PM. Offers tapas, small, appetizer-sized dishes that you order in groups as a meal. A tasty, fun way to enjoy multiple dishes from Spanish cuisine. Tapas $3-7, entrees $14-20.
  • 23 Devlin's, 332 Washington St (Brighton Center), +1 617 779-8822. M-F 11AM-11PM, Sa 10AM-11PM, Su 10AM-10PM. Mixes traditional American fare with a touch of international flavor. They offer both a seasonal menu and year-round upscale comfort food. After the meal, tables are cleared away and the dance floor opens with music provided by DJs. Nice outdoor seating in the warmer months.
  • 24 Holly Crab, 1098 Commonwealth Ave (T: Packards Corner), +1 617 487-5957. M-F 4PM-11PM, Sa noon-11PM, Su noon-10PM.
  • 25 Ariana Restaurant, 384 Western Ave (Lower Allston), +1 617 208-8072. M-F 5PM-10PM, Sa Su 5PM-11PM.
  • 26 Article 24 (Bandita Brighton), 458 Western Ave (Lower Allston), +1 617 254-2424. M-F 11AM-2AM, Sa Su 10AM-2AM.


  • 1 Deep Ellum, 477 Cambridge St (Union Square, T: Harvard Ave), +1 617 787-2337. M-F 11AM-2AM, Sa 10AM-2AM, Su 10AM-midnight.
  • 2 The Hopewell Bar & Kitchen, 1277 Commonwealth Ave (T: Harvard Ave), +1 617 208-8925. M-F 11:30AM-2AM, Sa 10AM-3AM, Su 10AM-midnight.
  • 3 Irish Village, 224 Market St (T: Boston Landing), +1 617 787-5427. 11AM-1AM daily.
  • 4 The Last Drop, 596 Washington Street (Oak Square), +1 617 787-1111. Noon-2AM daily.
  • 5 Mary Ann's, 1937 Beacon St (T: Cleveland Circle). M-Sa 4PM-2AM.
  • 6 Porter Belly's Pub, 338 Washinton St (Brighton Center), +1 617 254-3300. 10AM-1AM daily. Combination College Bar/Local Irish Pub. It's small, but there's rarely a line and there's always some music. Great burgers and some pub favorites.
  • 7 The Silhouette Lounge, 200 Brighton Ave (T: Harvard Ave), +1 617 206-4565. M-F 4PM-1AM, Sa Su noon-1AM. The ceiling tiles have grayed with age and dirt, the pool table is uneven, and the jukebox doesn't have anything recent. Free popcorn, cheap beer, and your mixed drink can be prepared small or large. Leave your license at the bar in exchange for a few darts to toss.
  • 8 The Sunset Grill & Tap, 130 Brighton Ave (T: Harvard Ave), +1 617 254-1331. M-Sa 11:30AM-1AM, Su 11AM-1AM. Sunset has one of the largest beer selections in the country, boasting 130 beers on tap and more than 300 bottled varieties. Get your beer passport at the door, then sample 20 different varieties to earn a "free" t-shirt. A few honored bar stools are emblazoned with name-tags, affixed once the patron has sampled every beer in the house.
  • 9 Tavern In The Square (Tits), 161 Brighton Ave (T: Harvard Ave), +1 617 782-8100. M-Sa 11:30AM-2AM, Su 10AM-2AM.



  • 1 The Farrington Inn, 23 Farrington Ave (T: Harvard Ave), +1 617 787-1860. Not fancy, but has air conditioning. A few private bathrooms. Shared kitchen and living room. From $49 in the winter and from $45 in the summer, per person.
  • 2 Yun's Place, 66 Hopedale St, +1 617 500-7899, . Close to Harvard Business School. 20 min. walk to Harvard Yard. Bus 64 goes to MIT. Internet, WiFi, use of a computer, breakfast, parking (all free). Innkeepers are friendly and glad to help. Small children can not be accommodated. Cash only. From $109.
  • 3 Days Hotel Boston, 1234 Soldiers Field Rd (T: Harvard), +1 617 254-1234, toll-free: +1-800-359-4827, fax: +1 617 254-4300. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: Noon. Note the name is Days Hotel, not Inn-- this can certainly cause confusion when getting directions. This hotel has gone through several incarnations and seen lots of wear. While not convenient for walking to popular destinations, there is plenty of parking and a large supermarket across Western Ave. From $119.
  • 4 Hotel Boston (Formerly the Best Western), 1650 Comm Ave (T: Washington Street), +1 617 566-6260, toll-free: +1 800 780-7234, . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Discount hotel on upper Commonwealth Avenue. Free continental breakfast and wireless internet. From $130.
  • 5 DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Boston, 400 Soldiers Field Rd (T: Central), +1 617 783-0090, fax: +1 617 783-0897. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: Noon. Free shuttle to downtown Boston and Harvard Square. Complimentary basic wireless Internet throughout the hotel. Parking $35. From $149.


There are three BPL branches here to offset the many coffee shops and restaurants in the area offering free wi-fi.

  • 1 Honan-Allston Branch (Boston Public Library), 300 N Harvard St (T: Harvard), +1 617 787-6313. M W noon-8PM, Tu Th 10AM-6PM, F Sa 9AM-5PM.
  • 2 Brighton Branch (Boston Public Library), 40 Academy Hill Rd (Brighton Center), +1 617 782-6032. M Th noon-8PM, Tu W 10AM-6PM, F Sa 9AM-5PM.
  • 3 Faneuil Branch (Boston Public Library), 419 Faneuil St (Oak Square), +1 617 782-6705. Tu noon-8PM, M W Th 10AM-6PM, F Sa 9AM-5PM.

Go next[edit]

  • Once the B line finally shows up, hop aboard and slowly creep Downtown. Very slowly. You'll get there.
  • Walk over the Charles River via the iconic Weeks footbridge to enter Harvard Square, the center of bustling Cambridge.
  • Need a break from city life? Brookline has parks galore, including the Larz Anderson Park and Lost Pond, alongside a reservoir of their own.
  • Up for a challenge? See if you can memorize each of the thirteen villages within scenic, suburban Newton.
  • Have a car? Head west into Watertown where you can shop the Arsenal Mall.
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