Best of Boston

1999 Best Escape, Zen Getaway

International Buddhist Progress Society

You’d never know it from the outside, but the Buddhist Society, between Harvard and Central squares, is an oasis of peace, zen, and—great food! Start of with a little mind-clearing in the meditation room, pick up some literature about spiritual happiness, then settle in the beautiful tea room, sip superb tea ($5 “donation” per pot), and snarf up eye-opening snacks ($3 “donation”). Nine to five will never be the same.

950 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-547-6670,