Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Safari #6: An Eclectic Mix

Diversity - in all its forms - is a good thing.  For your next safari, visit one of Boston's most diverse neighborhoods, Jamaica Plain (JP).

JP has a homegrown, grassroots vibe all of its own, and this beat is contagious.  Artists, musicians, independent thinkers, hipsters, rockers, and everyone in between are the residents of this vibrant area - and no fancy degrees are required to participate in the community that has been built here.

To feel the vibe that is JP, head out on safari and visit these popular haunts on Centre Street:

  • Centre Street Cafe - why not stroll while sipping a beverage?
  • Boomerangs - THE place to shop; practically every JP'er has perused this store, and so should you.
  • JP Licks - even if you don't like ice cream, get some anyway. This is a neighborhood staple and JP original.  And no, it's not the same as getting ice cream from the one on Newbury street.  This is the flagship.
  • If you don't have a stomach ache from drinking coffee and eating ice cream, pick any restaurant for a meal.  Japanese?  Mexican?  Indian? Pub Food?  You name it, Centre Street has it.  You can't go wrong with locallly owned restaurants.
While there are other locations in JP that are also worth visiting (such as the Arnold Arboretum (perfect for picnicking and grass slumbering), Jamaica Pond (with rental boats and bike paths), or the Sam Adams Brewery), get a real feel for this neighborhood and go where the people are.

Your sensibilities and creative spirit will be grateful.


  1. Great suggestions....I need to get out to JP more often....there are many places and events I've yet to discover...