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Boston/Jamaica Plain

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Jamaica Plain is a part of the City of Boston. Diversity is the strength of “JP,” as it is lovingly referred to by residents. Every ethnicity, socio-economic stratum, and sexual orientation is well represented in this neighborhood sandwiched primarily between Roxbury and the town of Brookline. The rich diversity in JP has created a strong character of social awareness and tolerance among neighbors and residents.

Get in

By Public Transportation

All stops on the Orange Line from Jackson Square to Forest Hills are in Jamaica Plain. Each stop takes you to a fairly different part of the neighborhood. The Jackson Square stop, for example, is set in a section of the neighborhood that is both commercial and residential while the Stony Brook stop is set in an almost exclusively residential section of JP. The Green Street stop is the closest to the section of Centre St. considered to be "downtown" JP.

The Green Line "E" Branch terminus is the Heath Street "T" Stop, near the VA Hospital, which is not a section of JP that is a "must see" for visitors, but does get you into the neighborbood.

The 39 Bus follows the same route at the "E" Line, but continues beyond Heath Street (where the "E" Line ends), up South Huntington Avenue, up Centre Street through "downtown" JP, and ends at Forest Hills.

By Bicycle

The Southwest Corridor Park, which begins at Back Bay Station, stretches to Forest Hills and includes one of the best bike paths in the city. The bike path runs above and alongside the underground tracks of the Orange Line. At any point on the bike path, it is possible to leave the path and ride into the neighborhood.

See

  • Blessed Sacrament Church, 365 Centre Street. [1] A stunning Italian Renaissance Revival church.
  • Arnold Arboretum, 125 The Arborway. [2] This is one of the most beautiful places in Boston. Over 300 acres of trees!
  • Jamaica Pond The jewel of Jamaica Plain. It is surrounded by a footpath and connected via bike/foot path to a series of other parks and ponds known collectively as "the Emerald Necklace." Great for jogging and walking. There is a boathouse at which boats are available for rent during the Spring and Summer months.

Do

  • Samuel Adams Brewery Tour, 30 Germania St. (T: Stony Brook), 617-368-5256, [3]. 10-3 Mon-Thurs and Sat 10-5:30 Fri. All ages welcome for one hour tours (with tasting for those with proper ID) every 45 minutes. Suggested donation $2.
  • Walk Centre Street JP's Centre Street is one of Boston's neighborhood "Main Streets." There are two sections of Centre Street that visitors shouldn't miss. The first runs from Jackson Square (where there is a T stop on the Orange Line) to Hyde Square. This working class section of JP includes concentrations of JP's Black and Latino residents. Because it is the heart of Latino JP, (though by no means the only Latino section), it is called the Latin Quarter. This stretch of Centre Street features Dominican, Cuban, Mexican and Salvadoran shops and restaurants. The other stretch of Centre Street worth visiting runs between Green Street and a Civil War monument known by neighborhood residents simply as "the Monument." This part of Centre Street is a commercial district, and businesses there range from upscale eateries and antique shops to hardware stores and a thrift store. Because of the diversity of the businesses in this section, it draws residents and visitors, young people and families, and residents from throughout the large neighborhood. This makes it a great place to see "JP People."

Buy

  • Honeyspot, 48 South St., Phone: +1 617-524-2444. New clothes by local designer, vintage items, local music, quirky cards and gifts. Hours vary.
  • Eva B, 603 Centre St., Phone: +1 617-971-0013, [4]. Women's designer and high end consignment clothing store. Also carries jewelry, accessories, handbags and shoes.

Eat

  • Alchemist Restaurant and Lounge, 435 S. Huntington Ave., Phone: +1 617-477-5741, [5]. A new bar and restaurant with a dark, modern decor and entrees ranging from $12-20. Worth visiting for a unique beer brewed by Samuel Adams exclusively for the Alchemist.
  • Dogwood Cafe, 3712 Washington St., Phone: +1 617-522-7997, [6]. Great Bar/Restaurant, Wood-Grilled Pizzas. Right across the street from the Forest Hills Orange Line station
  • Sorellas, 388 Centre St., Phone: +1 617-524-2016. A very good popular breakfast and brunch place 6AM to 1:30 PM daily. Known for dozens upon dozens of omelettes.
  • Ten Tables, 597 Centre St., Phone: +1 617-524-8810, [7]. French/American cuisine with an emphasis on local organic ingredients. Vegetarian-friendly.


  • City Feed and Supply, 672 Centre St., Phone: +1 (617) 524-1700. Pretty place sit with sandwiches and espresso/coffee, also to pick up (expensive but convenient) local produce and groceries.
  • JP Licks, 659 Centre Street,617-524-6740, [8] Flagship location for local chain that serves homemade ice cream and coffee roasted in-house. Features several different blends of fair trade coffee. In 2006, JP Licks was named the Best Coffee Shop in Jamaica Plain by Boston Magazine. Free Wifi connections available.


  • Java Jo's, 3710 Washington Street, 617-971-9300, [9]. Local coffeeshop which also serves breakfast and lunch, in addition to the usual coffee and pastries. Free wifi connections available.
  • Ula Cafe, 284 Amory St, 617-524-7890, [10]. Local coffeeshop in the Sam Adams Brewery Complex which also serves breakfast and lunch, in addition to the usual coffee and pastries. Free wifi connections available. Perfect to visit after the Sam Adams Brewery tour.

Drink

  • Doyle's Cafe, 3484 Washington St., Phone: +1 617-524-2345. An authentic Boston Irish pub, featuring an extensive selection of aged scotches and whiskey.
  • James's Gate Restaurant & Pub, 5 McBride Street, Phone: +1 617-983-2000. A friendly neighborhood establishment that offers a fine selection of stouts and wines to compliment exceptional culinary delights. It is a gay friendly atmosphere.

Sleep

  • Taylor House Bed and Breakfast, 50 Burroughs St., Toll free: 888-228-2956, Phone +1 617 983-9334, Fax: +1 617 522-3852, [11].

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