Best of Boston

Best Neighborhood Diversion, Seaport

2018 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Brookline Village

Village Vinyl & Hi-Fi

Brookline Village
Crate-diggers, rejoice: What started as longtime record collector Jonathan Sandler’s passion project has yielded Brookline’s best trove of wax, launched this past October as a [...] read more»
2018 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Dorchester

Lower Neponset River Trail

Dorchester
Embrace nature without leaving the city: With water-level views of the Neponset River and its salt marshes, this 5-mile nature walk from Dorchester to Milton [...] read more»
2018 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Union Square

Loyal Supply Co.

Somerville
Even in a sea of emailed wedding invites and digital birthday wishes, nothing beats the power of pen and paper. Especially when said stationery comes [...] read more»
2018 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Roslindale

Roslindale Farmers’ Market

Roslindale
This weekly farmers’ market doesn’t just peddle organic fruits and veggies—it fosters community, thanks to live music performances and activities for the kiddos. Fuel your [...] read more»
2017 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Jamaica Plain

Southwest Corridor Park

Jamaica Plain
Looking for a place to stretch your legs? At this 4.7-mile, 52-acre linear park, you'll find dedicated bicycling and jogging paths for the hardy, basketball [...] read more»
2017 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Fields Corner

Ronan Park

Dorchester
So maybe Fields Corner is named for colonist Zechariah Field and not for its green spaces. Still, we'd like to point out that the neighborhood [...] read more»
2017 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Allston

Paradise Rock Club

Boston
Stoner dads and undergrads alike loiter outside these vaunted doors, thanks to the ’Dise's reliably eclectic roster. The sense of égalité only continues once inside: [...] read more»
2017 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Harvard Square

Oberon

Cambridge
Only in the People's Republic will you find a venue where a donkey show—or rather, The Donkey Show—is a weekly staple. But this is no [...] read more»
2017 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Inman Square

Inman Oasis

Cambridge
This oasis is no mirage—yes, even in the depths of winter, you really can float about in warm, crystalline waters without leaving town. After an [...] read more»
2017 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Fenway/Kenmore

House of Blues

Boston
A rare space that achieves both arena-grade grandeur and club-show intimacy, our House of Blues is big enough to snag headliners like Lana Del Rey, [...] read more»
2017 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Roxbury

Dudley Café

Roxbury
Breathing new life into the grand old former Ferdinand building, this welcoming space is Roxbury's new go-to spot for not only Fazenda coffee and Chef [...] read more»
2017 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Coolidge Corner

Coolidge Corner Theatre

Brookline
This indie cinema manages to strike the delicate balance between new hits and cult classics. Its After Midnite series is a particular delight, recently screening [...] read more»
2017 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Kendall Square

Charles River Canoe and Kayak

Cambridge
Just past the bustle of Kendall, a watery adventure awaits. Rent kayaks and canoes by the hour or day, or take a guided tour at [...] read more»
2017 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Downtown Crossing

Barry’s Bootcamp

Boston
True Yankees maintain a healthy skepticism of anything dreamt up in La-La Land, but this Hollywood-spawned fitness empire has won us over. Claim your spot [...] read more»