Washington Square

At the crossroads of Beacon and Washington Street, Washington Square has a unique identity in the mix of Brookline’s commercial neighborhoods.

The neighborhood raised funding install and maintain the 18-foot Victorian restoration clock, which can’t be missed. Whether one is seeking a travel agent, gift shop, jeweler, dry cleaner, grocer, or old-fashioned hardware store, Washington Square has a true small town buzz.

The array of new and long-standing iconic and award-winning restaurants surely entices any adventurous diner. A pleasant counterpoint is nearby Driscoll School Playground.

Nearest T train:

Green Line C train from Washington Square at a 3 min walk.

Take the Green Line train to:

Rail Lines

Green Line C
0.1 mi
Green Line D
O.5 mi
Green Line B
0.7 mi

Bus lines

65 Brighton - Kenmore
0.0 mi
Below is the map of the public transportation system.

Go to www.commerce.mbta.com to learn more about the different types of passes that you can purchase.

To view details about fares, go to

Depending on the length of your stay, you can purchase an unlimited 1-Day Pass, 7 day Pass or a Monthly Link Pass.

1621 Beacon St, Brookline, MA

(617) 734 - 7028

Athan’s European Bakery is an euthentic cafe and artisan pastry shop. Their sweet offerings are handmade in their European style kitchen according to classic and traditional techniques. Athan’s has absolutely decadent baked treats, great gelato during the summer and breakfast food and sandwiches during the day. The tables and the wifi also make for a great work spot or home-away-from-home feel.

178 Thorndike St, Allston/Brighton

(617) 739 - 0060

This bakery specializes in making authentic breads and pastries of Italy and France using simple ingredients! Warm staff and delicious food!

10 Cypress St, Brookline, MA

(617) 566 - 0929

Quaint French-inspired cafe for classic pastries, chocolates & treats such as éclairs & croissants.

152 Harvard Ave Allston/Brighton

(617) 787 - 1069

Delicious bakery offering French-Asian inspired baked goods such as bread, pastries, cakes and desserts. Try their fresh cream cake!

1378 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

(617) 232 - 1077

Great place for bread, offering a variety of different selections! They also have samples of breads and spreads to try before you buy. They also have a great

1585 Commonwealth Ave Brighton, MA

(617) 202 - 5454

Great place for Turkish coffee and Turkish pastries. You’re treated like a family member and you always feel welcomed.

83 Beals St.

The name "Washington Square West" came into official use in the late 1950s and early 1960s as part of Edmund Bacon's comprehensive plan for Center City.[3] In this plan, the south-east quadrant of center city was split into Washington Square East (more commonly known as Society Hill) and Washington Square West. Both neighborhoods were scheduled for urban renewal by Philadelphia's City Planning Commission and Redevelopment Authority. After a period of decline in the early 20th century, city officials hoped that redevelopment would clean up the neighborhood and clear blighted areas.

After large-scale renewal of Washington Square East/Society Hill in the early 1960s, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority turned to Washington Square West. In the late 1960s, the Redevelopment Authority bought and demolished buildings and, by the mid-1970s, owned one-fifth of the neighborhood.[4] By this time, however, federal money available for urban renewal had declined and the city was no longer able to fund the renewal of Washington Square West. Buildings razed by the city in the 1960s and 1970s were left as empty lots and the neighborhood was left in a state of decline.

30 Germania St, Boston, MA 02130

Sam Adam's Brewery offers many beer tours and tastings. Samuel Adams Brewery is located in Jamaica Plain, which prior to prohibition was to beer what Napa Valley is to wine – Arguably, THE place for major beer production. Tour guides will help you discover Sam Adams’ vast history, the story behind the man himself – both the brewer and the patriot – and experience the brewing process firsthand, all while drinking in the flavors of its rich heritage where you’ll get to sample their specialty malts and breathe in the aromas of whole leaf noble hops. This is a ‘social studies’ class you won’t want to miss!

Arnold Arboreturm

125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA 02130-3500

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is an arboretum located in the Jamaica Plain and Roslindale sections of Boston, Massachusetts. It was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and is the second largest "link" in the Emerald Necklace

465 Huntington Ave, Avenue of the Arts, Boston, MA 02115-5597

Boston's oldest, largest and best-known art institution, the MFA houses one of the world's most comprehensive art collections and is renowned for its Impressionist paintings, Asian and Egyptian collections and early American art.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115.

Isabella and Jack reached out to the architect Willard Sears, who had remodeled their house in Brookline. At first the couple considered expanding their current home, combining two houses on Beacon Street. However, as Isabella’s collection and ambitions continued to grow, Jack felt it would be more sensible to buy land and build a new building for the museum with apartments for themselves within it.

580 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138-5529

Mount Auburn Cemetery was founded in 1831 as America's first landscaped cemetery. A National Historic Landmark, its renowned landscape inspired the creation of the nation's public parks. Mount Auburn was designated an Important Bird Area by the Massachusetts Audubon Society, reinforcing its status as a significant wildlife sanctuary.

Brookline Booksmith

279 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446-2908

Even the name Brookline Booksmith is a kind of throwback to the days not all that long ago when a lot of stores affected a kind of humble brag in their names (Radio Shack, for example). Books are obviously not made by "smiths". They are (or were) written, printed, sewn and glued together.

Summit Avenue, Brookline, MA 02446

Coming up from Beacon Street, the park is up at the crest of the hill from Summit Avenue cross streets Jordan Road and York Terrace in a residential neighborhood. There is free on-street parking. Admission is free. The 4+ acre park is divided into two sections. The southern part is the Corey Hill Playground.

1665 Beacon St. Washington Square, Brookline, MA 02445

(617) 566 - 1802

Great supermarket located in Washington Square!

Open late until 11:00pm, except on Mondays and Tuesdays - open until 9:00pm.

Whole Foods Market

15 Washington St, Brighton, MA

(617) 738 - 8187

Located at a 5-10 min walk from Washington Square, for organic grocery items and other eco minded products.

Open Monday to Friday: 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM.

1317 Beacon St, Coolidge Corner

(617) 278 - 9997

Located at a 10 min walk from Washington Square. Neighborhood grocery store with unique food and drink items

Open Monday to Friday: 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM.

155 Harvard St, Brookline, MA

(617) 566 - 4559

Supermarket chain located at a 10- 15 min walk from Washington Square.

Open everyday from 7:00 AM until 11:00PM except Sunday and Monday - open until 9:00 PM

1657 Beacon St, Brookline, MA

(617) 730 - 8040

Great restaurant and bar offering pub-style new American bites with a good selection of beers and a variety of scotches. Have late hours!

1665 Beacon St. Washington Square, Brookline, MA 02445

(617) 277 - 0427

Delicious Mexican Food, wide selection of tequila and cocktails and great service! They are open late!

1648 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445

(617) 277 - 2880

Lively beer hall with an expansive beer list, good food and friendly staff!

Stoked Wood Fire Pizza

1632 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446

(617) 879 - 0707

They “take their pizza very seriously” at this Brookline hangout, spawned from a popular food truck, where “divine” pies with “super-flavorful” toppings are “cooked to perfection” in a massive oven and offered with sides like spicy chicken wings; with a loose music motif (founder Scott Riebling hails from the band Letters to Cleo) the casual digs come equipped with an “attentive” staff and a bar serving “kick-ass” cocktails, craft brews and affordable wines.

1634 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02445

(617) 795 - 6110

Yacht-inspired, Mediterranean seafood spot for fish prepared six ways, steamed to sea salt-crusted.

1704 Beacon St, Brookline, MA

(617) 232 - 8989

Serves locally sourced homemade food and fine wine in a casual environment. Great selection of beers and American dishes. Their Sunday brunch is worth trying!

1644 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445

(617) 396 - 8383

Farm-to-cup smoothies are the thrust of this mostly take-out Washington Square juice bar, where locally sourced, organic fruits and veggies are whirred into health-conscious combos (think the coconut- and cashew-laden Paleo Tight) and topped with optional protein powders. There's also a small selection of fresh salads, grain bowls and wraps, all packed up for guests on the go.

1704 Beacon St, Brookline, MA

(617) 396 - 8752

Italian comfort food in a homey atmosphere. They also have a great selection of creative cocktailsand wines.

1648 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445

(617) 277 - 2880

Award winning beer bar and scratch kitchen having an expansive brew list. This is a refined pub fare and a cozy, relaxed atmosphere.

1700 Beacon St, Brookline, MA

(617) 264 - 8900

Great wine bar with over 400 wines on their wine list. They also offer Mediterranean, Spanish and South American tapas!

Burro Bar Brookline

1657 Beacon St, Brookline, MA

(617) 730 - 8040

My third time here. Not sure I'll return. The restaurant had an unpleasant smell. Chips were not fresh, service was indifferent. Very expensive! $7 for one very small taco.

1648 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445

(617) 277 - 2880

Dozens of beers on taps, around 100 scotch, whiskeys and bourbons. They’re open late and they also have great food!