A Day in Brookline: A Visitor’s Guide
- June 2, 2021
Bagels & Morning Sweat Grab a bagel at Kupel’s for breakfast, which serves scratch-made bagels with the best toppings. After, rent blue bikes, or take a walk and head over to Corey Hill Park to see some of the best views of the Boston skyline from Brookline. If you’ve got some extra time, take a bike ride along the River Charles.
Brunch & Books After you’ve built up an appetite, check out the Coolidge Corner area. Start with lunch or brunch at Zaftig’s Delicatessen, which has the best smoked salmon latkes. Or, grab an iced latte and the Avocado Tartine at Tatte. Stop by Brookline Booksmith after, which has the best collection of local, regional and international authors. The books are organized in a way that makes sense for any book browser. What’s more, there’s a carefully curated gift shop with souvenirs you can take back home for friends and family. On the opposite side of the street, check out Buffalo Exchange, a thrift store with new and recycled clothes. You can find the latest trends, vintage pieces and more, without breaking the budget. There are a number of local boutiques, art galleries and cafes dotting the main stretch of Harvard Avenue that you can check out along the way.
Dine in Washington Square For dinner, head to Washington Square. I recommend Barcelona Wine Bar, a tapas restaurant with the best patio seating. Ivory Pearl is an upscale seafood restaurant right next door, with the best oysters and caviar. Or, visit Burro Bar for margaritas and tacos. Alternatively, you can go to Blossom Bar for Sichuan-style food and award-winning cocktails in a contemporary space.