Five Things Rachel Klein Loves

The award-winning chef shares her top picks.

Want to know where the pros go? We’re asking Best of Boston winners to divulge their five favorite places in Boston. Below, Rachel Klein, owner of the soon-to-open RFK Kitchen in Needham, shares her picks.

Rachel Klein

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French Press Bakery & Cafe

“I live in Needham, and so I’m here at least three times a week. It’s the perfect coffee and pastry shop with a thoughtful and serious coffee selection, along with some really beautiful pastries. It feels like an authentic Parisian coffee shop when you step through the door.”

French Press Bakery & Cafe, 74 Chapel St., Needham, 781-400-2660,

Volante Farms

“I spend a lot of time at Volante Farms for a variety of reasons. My kids love coming here to visit a real working farm. We get our pumpkins here during the Halloween season. We come here for their special events through the year. But mainly, I come here to get all of my produce. I love buying local, and I love knowing that the food I’m eating was grown right up the street from my home. We’ll be using Volante Farms produce when we open RFK Kitchen this spring. It will be a big part of who we are.”

Volante Farms, 829 Central Ave., Needham, 781-444-2351,

Barcelona Wine Bar

“I love coming here for brunch. My friend Stacy Cogswell is the chef here, and she does a phenomenal job with the menu. It’s a great place for drinks, tapas, brunch, or just for a quick lunch. The flavors of her food just pop, and it’s a brilliant concept.”

Barcelona Wine Bar, 1700 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-264-8900,

Outlook at the Envoy Hotel

“This is a new restaurant, but when I’m in the city, I find myself spending a lot of time here visiting my friend, chef David Verdo. The space is beautiful, and there’s a chef’s table in a glassed in room that’s in the kitchen. You really feel like you’re part of the action there.”

Outlook at the Envoy Hotel, 70 Sleeper St., Boston, 617-338-3030,

The Lawn on D

“This is one of the best additions to the city of Boston—it’s a grownup playground that’s also fun for kids. The first time I saw it, I was so excited that pulled my car over to go check it out. It’s just a fun place where everyone is so happy to be there, and you can feel the energy around you.”

The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston,