Things To Do in West Roxbury

Just about 20 minutes from Downtown Boston, you'll find the neighborhood of West Roxbury. With its storied past as the site of Brook Farm, a 19th-century Transcendentalist utopia, this locale embodies a timeless pursuit of equality and innovation. Today, you'll discover streets lined with post-war ranch houses, restaurants, parks, and more.

Visit West Roxbury's main street along Centre Street, which is full of popular dining destinations, bakeries, cafes, and specialty shops and boutiques. Immerse yourself in nature and explore the scenic trails of Allandale Woods or the lush landscapes of Millennium Park before fueling up at Sofia's Italian Steakhouse or West on Centre, an American Bar & Grill. Conclude your adventure with a touch of sweetness, savoring artisanal gelato at Delini's Gelato or baked goods from the Sugar Baking Co.

Top Activities in West Roxbury

Allandale Woods: Encompassing 86 acres, Allandale Woods offers several hiking trails that lead to ponds, a duck pool, a cattail marsh, a historic spring house, a certified vernal pool, and more.

Brook Farm Historic Site: Explore walking trails at the Brook Farm Historic Site, known for its role in social and intellectual history. The land boasts 179 acres of fields, woodland, and wetland. Cross the Sawmill bridge to access Millenium Park.

Corib Pub & Restaurant: This well-established pub is a destination for enjoying a beverage while indulging in the comforts of home-cooked American and Irish cuisine.

Delini Gelato: Stop by the Delini Gelato shop and savor new and exciting gelato flavors made in-house with all organic, locally sourced ingredients.

Holy Name Parish: Visit the Holy Name Parish, a Romanesque revival church, and marvel at its unique architecture and exquisite interior. The church often hosts music concerts, holiday parties, and more.

Millennium Park: Millennium Park consists of six miles of handicapped-accessible walking trails, playing fields, a canoe launch on the Charles, a nature trail, and scenic views of the Blue Hills and downtown Boston.

Recreo Coffee & Roasterie: This family-owned coffee shop boasts a single-source, farm-to-cup approach, crafting delicious drinks from beans grown on their Nicaraguan farm.

Sugar Baking Co.: Sugar Baking Co. is a popular West Roxbury bakery offering freshly baked breads, cakes, pastries, coffee, and hot and cold specialty drinks. 

West Roxbury Boston Public Library: Visit the West Roxbury BPL branch and enjoy a good read in the garden, or attend one of their many upcoming events.  

Where to Eat Near West Roxbury

  • 5 Fairmont Avenue
  • (617) 272-3028

Step into a turn-of-the-century Venetian Bacaro and join the bustle of the bar or dine among friends in the lively restaurant. Feast on traditional Northern Italian cuisine while drinking spritzes or sampling the regional wines.

  • 81 Fairmount Avenue
  • (617) 910-9704

Park 54 is inspired by the life and service of the men who served in the 54th Regiment - a volunteer infantry comprised of free Black American male soldiers. The mission is to continue the legacy the 54th Regiment fought for by offering great food, innovative libations…

  • 284 Amory Street
  • (617) 524-2826

The only Scottish restaurant in Boston serving unique and authentic cuisine. With a dynamic and eclectic Single Malt Scotch program, The Haven offers up weekly tasting events - DRAMnights - that are perfect for a company event or date night. The Assembly Room offers a range of…

Additional Restaurants


Al Wadi: Indulge in Al Wadi's authentic Lebanese cuisine, along with a diverse selection of wines, beers, and ciders, as you experience live music and traditional dance performances, a regular highlight on weekends.

Harry's All-American Breakfast: Harry's All-American, a local favorite, is known for its homestyle breakfast and lunch options. 

Himalayan Bistro: Himalayan Bistro is a welcoming and cozy restaurant offering an array of traditional Nepalese and Indian dishes, including vegetarian options.

Fairouz Restaurant: Stop by Fairouz, a casual restaurant offering Middle Eastern and American dishes, plus live tunes.

Joe's 320 Cafe: Joe's 320 Café offers a fresh take on traditional homestyle breakfast and lunch, inviting you to experience a unique casual dining experience within a warm and cozy ambiance.

Phu-Ket Thai: This modern, intimate Thai restaurant serves adventurous takes on noodles, curries and seafood dishes.

Porter Cafe: Porter Cafe offers American fare, craft beer, cocktails, and a seasonal patio. 

Rox Diner: Rox Diner offers creative, locally sourced breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. Their menu includes vegetarian and gluten-free options. 

West on Centre: West on Centre is a stylish American restaurant featuring outdoor seating and a full bar with local craft brews.