Brookline is a town in Massachusetts that is bordered on three sides by Boston. Brookline is primarily residential, and it's a suburb, but it has fairly high density considering all of that. Brookline is in fact denser than many major cities, such as Los Angeles. In terms of the number of T stops, it's probably the best-connected of any town to Boston.
Coolidge Corner: Anchored by the SS Pierce building, this shopping area is without a doubt the most busy and bustling corner of Brookline. Here you will find the highest concentration of shops, restaurants, along with the requisite traffic of course! Continue north on Harvard Street (towards Allston) to find the densest strip of Kosher restaurants and Jewish traditions in the city. If you visit one place in Brookline it will be Coolidge Corner.
Brookline Village: A somewhat sleepier historic area lined with many shops and restaurants. The only happening part of Brookline not along Beacon Street, it succeeds mostly due to the T stop. Although its great location between Longwood Medical in the Fenway and south of Coolidge Corner along Harvard Street doesn't hurt either.
Washington Square: A few stops further outbound from Coolidge Corner, Washington Square plays host to a variety of local shops, swanky restaurants, and popular taverns. Often overshadowed by it's bigger brother up Beacon Street, don't overlook it. More and more offbeat and original businesses are choosing to call Washington Square home.
Putterham Circle: A variety of shops, including market, restaurants, bank, hair salon, gift shop, Starbucks, and others. Without train access, this location has a different feeling than the others listed here. For those without cars looking to get here, look to catch the #51 Bus from Cleveland Circle.
By public transit
Brookline is served by the MBTA Green Line light rail. The Green Line has four branches: two of them serve Brookline.
- C branch: All stops after Kenmore are in Brookline, except for the final stop Cleveland Circle.
- D branch: The Brookline Village, Brookline Hills, Beaconsfield, and Reservoir stops are in Brookline.
The B branch doesn't enter Brookline proper, but its stops on Commonwealth Ave. are all within blocks of Brookline.
The following Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority bus routes are in Brookline:
- 66: At Coolidge Corner and Brookline Village. Runs up and down Harvard Street and continues north to Allston in Boston and Harvard Square in Cambridge.
- 65: Is less frequent, goes through Brookline Village and Washington Square and continues north to Brighton Center in Boston.
- 60: Goes Along Highway 9 (Boylston Street) and Cypress Street. Goes through Brookline Village. Continues west to Chestnut Hill Mall, and East to Kenmore Square.
- 51: Goes from Cleveland Circle into South Brookline and continues Forest Hills MBTA station in Jamaica Pond in Boston.
- 86: Goes from Cleveland Circle north into Brighton Center and Harvard Square.
Cars and Brookline, like most of Boston and its immediate suburbs, do not mix perfectly. One thing to be aware of is that there is generally no overnight parking on streets; those cars on streets after 2AM (11PM in some areas) will be ticketed... seriously! There is also a two-hour parking limit, which is not as strictly enforced. (But wouldn't you know it, your car will be the one that gets ticketed.)
- 1 Larz Anderson Park & Auto Museum, 15 Newton St, ☎ , fax: . Tu-Su 10AM-4PM. This features an outdoor skating rink, and is the #1 sledding destination in the town. The park is a great place for kids. Don't miss the Auto Museum, the oldest automobile collection in the United States. $10 students, $5 seniors, under 6 free. Free to walk the grounds.
- 2 John F. Kennedy National Historic Site, 83 Beals St, ☎ . W-Su 10AM-4:30PM. The 1917 birthplace and boyhood home of the 35th President of the United States. A peek into how people lived in 1917. Free.
- 3 Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site (Fairsted), 99 Warren St (T: Brookline Hills (D)), ☎ . W-Su 9:30AM-4PM. Free.
- 1 Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St (T: Coolidge Corner), ☎ . A charming, old fashioned movie theatre that plays art house films, and some crowd-pleasers. From $10.
- 2 Brookline Golf Club at Putterham, 1281 West Roxbury Parkway, ☎ . 8AM-sunset. Public 18-hole golf course. $25-45.
- 3 Puppet Showplace Theater, 32 Station St (T: Brookline Village), ☎ . For both children and adults, the theater offers workshops, classes, and training opportunities. Exhibiting over 300 puppetry performances annually. $10-15.
- 1 The Shops at Chestnut Hill, 199 Boylston St, ☎ . M-F 10AM-9PM, Sa 10AM-8PM, Su noon-6PM. Shopping mall.
- 2 Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St (T: Coolidge Corner), ☎ . M-Th 8:30AM-10PM, F Sa 8:30AM-11PM, Su 9AM-9PM. Independent book seller.
- 3 Kolbo Fine Judaica Gallery, 437 Harvard St (T: Coolidge Corner), ☎ , toll-free: . Su-W 10AM-6PM, Th 10AM-8PM, F 10AM-3PM. One of two Judaica stores in Brookline.
- 4 Israel Book Shop, 410 Harvard St (T: Coolidge Corner), ☎ , toll-free: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Su-W 9AM-6PM, Th 9AM-8PM, F 9AM-2PM. The other Judaica shop in Brookline, diagonally across from Kolbo. The patrons tend to be Orthodox Jews.
- 5 Allandale Farm, 259 Allandale Rd, ☎ . M-F 9AM-7PM, Sa 8AM-6PM, Su 9AM-5PM. Straddling the border with Boston, Allandale Farm is the last working farm in the city. Shop here for fresh flowers, pumpkins, christmas trees; whatever's in season. The main farm house was built around 1778 and is located in Brookline, one of the town's oldest. Plenty of parking.
- 6 Wild Goose Chase, 1355 Beacon St (T: Coolidge Corner), ☎ . M-Sa 10AM-7PM, Su 11AM-6PM. Local, unique, and artisanal gifts absolutely perfect for the mom in your life.
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The stretch of Harvard Street between Comm and Beacon is a heavily Jewish neighborhood; the majority of kosher restaurants in the Greater Boston area can be found here. Remember, Kosher restaurants are closed Friday night and only open late Saturday night (if at all) due to the Jewish Sabbath. Some restaurants in the area might just join the crowd and go Kosher, like the ice cream shop J.P. Licks, for example.
- 1 Brookline Family Restaurant, 305 Washington St (in Brookline Village), ☎ . Daily 7AM-11PM. Great Turkish food for cheap. Definitely try the donar kebab sandwich. Dinner entrees are $10-15 but can easily serve two (or provide one person two or three meals worth of leftovers) and you can really fill up on the bean salad (fasooleeye piaz) and bread that are served with all meals. Go when you're hungry!
- Michael's Deli, 256 Harvard St (in Coolidge Corner), ☎ . Go for the corned beef sandwich or the excellent egg and cheese bagels.
- 2 Bottega Fiorentina, 313 Harvard Street (T: Coolidge Corner), ☎ . 11AM-9:30PM daily. Italian. Plates and sandwiches around $7-14.
- OTTO (Otto's Pizza), 289 Harvard Street, ☎ . OTTO is a bustling restaurant with excellent food and service.The waiters and waitresses always greet you with a warm smile. It can get busy on weekends, so going there on weekdays for lunch or dinner is best.
- 3 Bess's Cafe, 224 Cypress St (T: Brookline Hills), ☎ . M-Sa 11AM-8PM, Su 11AM-7PM. Authentic Chinese cuisine specializing in Jiang Nan style noodles. Tiny place, only 14 seats! Starters $4-8, mains $6-12.
- Martin's Coffee Shop, 35 Harvard St (T: Brookline Village).
- Dok Bua Thai Kitchen, 411 Harvard St (T: Coolidge Corner).
- Ganko Ittetsu Ramen, 318 Harvard St #3 (T: Coolidge Corner).
- Burro Bar, 1665 Beacon St (T: Tappan Street).
- 4 Kupel's Bakery, 421 Harvard St (T: Coolidge Corner), ☎ . Su-W, F 6AM-6PM, Th 6AM-8PM. Not a full blown restaurant; but good for a bagel, sandwich, or light snack. $2-10.
- 5 Cheryl Ann's Bakery, 1010 W Roxbury Parkway, ☎ . M-F 7AM-7PM, Sa 7AM-5PM, Su 8AM-4PM. Family-owned and operated, this certified Kosher and Pareve bakery does everything well. The rugelach and challah are particularly notable. (and delicious!) $2-12.
- Vittorio's Grill, 1398 Beacon St (T: Summit Ave). Kosher.
- 6 Rami's, 324 Harvard St (T: Coolidge Corner), ☎ . Su-Th 10AM-10PM, F 10AM-2PM. A falafel place run by Israelis: has some of the best falafel in the area, with a warm staff who are happy to offer samples and conversation. There are a few tables that fill up quickly at peak times. $8-16.
- 7 Cafe Eliat, 406 Harvard St (T: Coolidge Corner), ☎ . Su-Th 11AM-9PM F 11AM-2PM. One of the few places to get kosher pizza. $8-12, Big kosher pizzas $25.
- Clearflour Bakery, 178 Thorndike St, ☎ . M-F 8AM-8PM, Sa,Su 9AM-7PM. Delicious, authentic baguettes and boules, batards and loaves made fresh daily.
- Emack & Bolios, 1663 Beacon St (in Washington Square), ☎ . Su-Th 11AM-11PM, F Sa 11AM-11:30PM. Ice cream joint is a popular hang out.
- J.P. Licks, 311 Harvard St, ☎ . Sure, there are a few JP Licks in the Boston Area, but this one is still worth visiting. Incredible ice cream, cool neon decorations, and coffee when it is warm.
- When Pigs Fly, 1378A Beacon St (Coolidge Corner), ☎ . 10AM-7:30PM; 7 days. Old-world, artisan breads.
- Rod-Dee Thai Cuisine, 1430 Beacon St, ☎ . Amazing Thai food. Seriously. There is a lot of Thai food in Boston but this unassuming restaurant, busy most of the day, may be the best out there. Only a couple of tables, so plan on taking out.
- Zaftigs Delicatessen, 335 Harvard St (Coolidge Corner), ☎ . 8AM-10PM. Non-Kosher, "new Jewish"-style restaurant.
- 8 Stoked Wood Fired Pizza, 1632 Beacon St (T: Washington Square), ☎ . M-W 11AM-9PM, Th 11AM-10PM, F Sa 11AM-11PM, Su noon-9PM. Starters $8-10, mains $12-16. Boozy milkshakes & frappes $12.
- Yokohama Japanese Restaurant, 238 Washington St (T: Brookline Village).
- Barcelona Wine Bar, 1700 Beacon St (T: Tappan Street).
- 9 Jerusalem Pita, 10 Pleasant St (T: Coolidge Corner), ☎ . Su-Th 10AM-10PM, F 10AM-3PM. Kosher. Sandwiches $8-14, dinner $15-25.
- 10 Taam China, 423 Harvard St (T: Coolidge Corner), ☎ . Su noon-10PM, M-Th 11AM-9:45PM, F 11AM-5PM. Glatt kosher Chinese food: don't expect to see any pork-fried rice on the menu here. $10-18.
- Fugakyu, 1280 Beacon Street (Coolidge Corner), ☎ . Some of the best sushi in town. It truly lives up to the meaning of its name, "house of exquisite excellence." Don't worry about bringing people who don't like sushi, as they have an extensive menu (many pages) of cooked food and appetizers including shabu-shabu, tempura, katsu, sukiyaki, teriyaki, along with plenty of vegetarian options. There are many private dining rooms for 4 to 20 people that can be requested at the door for smaller parties - reservations are only made for larger groups, along with a large number of open-floor tables.
- The Fireplace, 1634 Beacon Street (Washington Square), ☎ . Creative, modern American cuisine, with excellent, often locally-sourced ingredients. Live music on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Good, all-American wine list in keeping with the menu. Outdoor seating is available during the warmer months, great for people-watching.
- La Morra, 48 Boylston St (in Brookline Village), ☎ . Northern Italian food.
- Taberna de Haro, 999 Beacon Street, ☎ . Spanish Tapas at St. Mary's.
- Rani Indian Bistro, 1353 Beacon St, ☎ . A distinct step above the usual Indian restaurant. Delicious.
- Matt Murphy's Pub, 14 Harvard St, ☎ . Consistently rated as "Best Irish Pub" by several local publications, this Brookline spot (ride to Brookline Village on the 'D' Branch of the Green Line - about 20 minutes from downtown Boston) boasts fantastic Irish food miles removed from standard pub fare and bartenders and waitstaff with genuine brogues, as well as live music.
- [dead link] The Publick House, 1648 Beacon St (in Washington Square), ☎ . Has great food and a huge selection of artisanal beers on tap and in bottles. Get your hard to find European beers and domestic micro-brews here. Come for the beer, stay for the mac and cheese and the Belgian-style frites.
- Washington Square Tavern, 714 Washington St, ☎ .
- Hops 'n Scotch, 1306 Beacon St.
- O'Leary's, 1010 Beacon St.
- Grainne O'Malley's, 201 Harvard St.
- 1 Tatte, 1003 Beacon St (T: St Marys Street), ☎ . M-F 7AM-8PM, Sa 8AM-8PM, Su 8AM-7PM.
- 2 4A Coffee, 419 Harvard St (T: Coolidge Corner), ☎ . Tu-Sa 7AM-3PM, Su 7am-noon.
- 3 Cafe Fixe, 1642 Beacon St (T: Washington Square), ☎ . M-F 6:30AM-6PM, Sa Su 7:30AM-6PM.
- Koo Koo, 7 Station St (T: Brookline Village).
- 1 Beech Tree Inn, 83 Longwood Avenue (T: St Paul Street), ☎ , toll-free: . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Bed and breakfast, offers 10 guest rooms. Two-night minimum stay on weekends. Rooms:$89-199.
- 2 Bertram Inn, 92 Sewall Ave (T: St Paul), ☎ , toll-free: . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Pet friendly. From $200.
- 3 Samuel Sewall Inn, 143 Saint Paul Street (T: St Paul), ☎ , toll-free: . Temporarily closed. 14 Victorian-era rooms.
- 4 Longwood Inn, 123 Longwood Ave (T: Longwood), ☎ . From $230.
- 5 Holiday Inn Brookline, 1200 Beacon St (T: Kent Street), ☎ . Offers an indoor heated pool, fitness center, business center, hotel bar & lounge, and event facilities. From $320.
- 6 Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston-Brookline, 111 Boylston St (T: Brookline Village), ☎ . From $380.
- 7 Courtyard by Marriot, 40 Webster St (T: Coolidge Corner), ☎ , fax: . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. From $500.
- 1 Brookline Village Branch (Brookline Public Library), 361 Washington St (T: Brookline Village), ☎ . M-Th 10AM-9PM, F Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 1PM-5PM. Free.
- 2 Coolidge Corner Branch (Brookline Public Library), 31 Pleasant St (T: Saint Paul Street), ☎ . M W 10AM-6PM, Tu Th 10AM-9PM, F Sa 9:30AM-5PM, Su 1PM-5PM. Free.
- 3 Putterham Branch (Brookline Public Library), 959 West Roxbury Parkway, ☎ . M W 1PM-9PM, Tu Th 10AM-6PM, F Sa 10AM-5PM. Free.
- You almost can't help but cross the border into Allston and all the great bars and restaurants therein.
- Ride the C line downtown and tour some of Boston's famous colonial architecture on the Freedom Trail.
- There's not much in the way of museums here, head to Fenway and visit The Museum of Fine Arts on Huntington Ave.
- Want to keep it green? Don't miss the Arnold Arboretum in adjacent Jamaica Plain.
- Head across the river and spend some time in Harvard Square. Located within another of Boston's great neighbors, Cambridge.
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