Jamaica Plain is a part of the City of Boston. Diversity is the strength of “JP,” as it is lovingly referred to by residents. Every ethnicity, socio-economic stratum, and sexual orientation is well represented in this neighborhood sandwiched primarily between Roxbury and the town of Brookline. The rich diversity in JP has created a strong character of social awareness and tolerance among neighbors and residents.
- Orange Line: The Jackson Square, Stony Brook, Green St., and Forest Hills stops are all located in Jamaica Plain. Each stop takes you to a fairly different part of the neighborhood. The Jackson Square stop, for example, is set in a section of the neighborhood that is both commercial and residential while the Stony Brook stop is set in an almost exclusively residential section of JP. The Green Street stop is the closest to the section of Centre St. considered to be "downtown" JP.
- Green Line: The E branch of the Green Line terminates at Heath St., near the VA Hospital.
The 39 Bus follows the same route at the E branch of the Green Line, but continues beyond Heath Street (where the "E" Line ends), up South Huntington Avenue, up Centre Street through "downtown" JP, and ends at Forest Hills.
The Southwest Corridor Park, which begins at Back Bay Station, stretches to Forest Hills and includes one of the best bike paths in the city. The bike path runs above and alongside the underground tracks of the Orange Line. At any point on the bike path, it is possible to leave the path and ride into the neighborhood.
- Blessed Sacrament Church, 365 Centre Street. A stunning Italian Renaissance Revival church.
- Jamaica Pond The jewel of Jamaica Plain. It is surrounded by a footpath and connected via bike/foot path to a series of other parks and ponds known collectively as "the Emerald Necklace." Great for jogging and walking. There is a boathouse at which boats are available for rent during the Spring and Summer months.
- Arnold Arboretum. 125 The Arborway, (T: Forest Hills). This is one of the most beautiful places in Boston. Over 300 acres of trees!
- E.E. Cummings Grave, Forest Hills Cemetery,, The Arborway, (T: Forest Hills) in Jamaica Plain, on the other side of the Forest Hills T-stop from the Arboretum. see: http://harrumpher.com/?p=444
- Samuel Adams Brewery Tour, 30 Germania St. (T: Stony Brook), ☎ +1 617-368-5256. 10-3 Mon-Thurs and Sat 10-5:30 Fri. All ages welcome for one hour tours (with tasting for those with proper ID) every 45 minutes. Suggested donation $2.
- Walk Centre Street JP's Centre Street is one of Boston's neighborhood "Main Streets." There are two sections of Centre Street that visitors shouldn't miss. The first runs from Jackson Square (where there is a T stop on the Orange Line) to Hyde Square. This working class section of JP includes concentrations of JP's Black and Latino residents. Because it is the heart of Latino JP, (though by no means the only Latino section), it is called the Latin Quarter. This stretch of Centre Street features Dominican, Cuban, Mexican and Salvadoran shops and restaurants. The other stretch of Centre Street worth visiting runs between Green Street and a Civil War monument known by neighborhood residents simply as "the Monument." This part of Centre Street is a commercial district, and businesses there range from upscale eateries and antique shops to hardware stores and a thrift store. Because of the diversity of the businesses in this section, it draws residents and visitors, young people and families, and residents from throughout the large neighborhood. This makes it a great place to see "JP People."
- Bikes Not Bombs, 284 Amory St. (T: Stony Brook), ☎ +1 617-522-0222. Wed 7-10PM. Volunteer at this charitable organization that helps get bikes to both local youths and people in developing nations. According to their website you can: "Get your hands dirty with a wrench, flattening bikes to prepare them for international shipment, stripping bikes for parts, or sorting used parts. Or, help our office staff with database updates or mailings. Anyone is welcome to drop in to the Bikes Not Bombs Hub between 7PM and 10PM, on every Wednesday night (barring special events and holidays). A supervisor will show you what to do, and no experience is required." The event calendar can be found here. Free of charge.
- Salmagundi, 765 Centre St, ☎ +1 617 522-5047. Boston's best hat store. Also stocks a lovely assortment of accessories, some of which are locally made. Very friendly and helpful staff make this a fun destination in its own right.
- Boomerangs, 716 Centre St, ☎ +1 617 524-5120. Great thrift and vintage store. All proceeds go to support the Aids Action Committee, New England’s first and largest AIDS service organization. Always a good selection of clothing and furniture.
- Canary Square, 435 S. Huntington Ave, ☎ +1 617 524-2500. Upscale pub food with an effort to source ingredients locally. Excellent cocktail list, but the food is overrated. Gets very crowded at peak times on weekends but the atmosphere is lively and pleasant.
- Dogwood Cafe, 3712 Washington St, ☎ +1 617 522-7997. Great Bar/Restaurant, Wood-Grilled Pizzas. Right across the street from the Forest Hills Orange Line station
- Sorellas, 388 Centre St, ☎ +1 617 524-2016. A very good popular breakfast and brunch place 6AM-1:30PM daily. Known for dozens upon dozens of omelettes.
- Ten Tables, 597 Centre St, ☎ +1 617 524-8810. French/American cuisine with an emphasis on local organic ingredients. Vegetarian-friendly.
- City Feed and Supply, 672 Centre St, ☎ +1 617 524-1700. Pretty place sit with sandwiches and espresso/coffee, also to pick up (expensive but convenient) local produce and groceries.
- JP Licks, 659 Centre Street, ☎ +1 617-524-6740. Flagship location for local chain that serves homemade ice cream and coffee roasted in-house. Features several different blends of fair trade coffee. In 2006, JP Licks was named the Best Coffee Shop in Jamaica Plain by Boston Magazine. Free Wifi connections available.
- Ula Cafe, 284 Amory St, ☎ +1 617-524-7890. Local coffeeshop in the Sam Adams Brewery Complex which also serves breakfast and lunch, in addition to the usual coffee and pastries and some highly praised popovers. Free wifi connections available. Perfect to visit after the Sam Adams Brewery tour.
- Doyle's Cafe, 3484 Washington St, ☎ +1 617 524-2345. An authentic Boston Irish pub, featuring an extensive selection of aged scotches and whiskey.
- James's Gate Restaurant & Pub, 5 McBride Street, ☎ +1 617 983-2000. A friendly neighborhood establishment that offers a fine selection of stouts and wines to compliment exceptional culinary delights. It is a gay friendly atmosphere.
- Taylor House Bed and Breakfast, 50 Burroughs St, ☎ +1 617 983-9334, toll-free: +1-888-228-2956, fax: +1 617 522-3852.
|Routes through Jamaica Plain|
|END ←||SW NE||→ Fenway-Kenmore → Back Bay|
|Downtown ← Mission Hill ←||N S||→ END|
|Needham ← Roslindale ←||W E||→ Mission Hill → Downtown|