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Where to go in JP during COVID

Nov 5, 2020 5:38 PM

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Third Cliff

This new bakery is a big hit — with its minimalist decor, delicious food and drink and midrange prices, it’s the place to be. The pastries are freshly baked in the back, and if you’re lucky, you might come in as they set out a new batch. They have effective COVID customer service systems, and there are a few benches outside. As long as you don’t get the chai latte, and you’re as good as gold.

Happy Market & Spirits

Despite the rough look, this small corner store has been a lifesaver during quarantine. It has a fantastic selection of products for kids, teens, and adults. They have toilet paper, hand sanitizer and cheap treats. Grab a bag of chips, a one dollar pack of candy and a drink and you are ready for an afternoon on the Southwest Corridor.


Recently relocated, Papercuts is a cozy, local bookstore and diamond in the rough. They are constantly restocking with fantastic books, decór, paper goods and joke items. I often retreat to this welcoming oasis now that the library is closed — a quiet place to relax after a long day. They have helpful staff, easy sign up and they don’t mind if you sit on the mini mushroom chairs to read for a while.


Everyone knows that thrift stores are where dreams come true, and Boomerangs is no exception. They have an excellent selection of clothing, jewelry, books, games, knick knacks, home decor and so much more. With that and their low prices, they are hard to beat. Even if you don’t have the money or don’t need anything, it’s a great place to go with a friend and just laugh at the ridiculous junk that’s mixed in with the rest.

(Note: They have multiple locations, so please make sure you go to the Jamaica Plain store.)

On Centre

I absolutely love this store. It’s quirky, colorful, and always has the perfect gift for a friend. They have such fantastic jewelry, funny socks, cool clothes, candy and more — my funky teen side is definitely at home. It’s pricey, so don’t expect to buy often, but it’s always great to look around and get an early start on your wishlist!

Evergreen Cafe

This little restaurant and cafe may be a little farther away from Centre St., but it’s worth the trek. It has good service, outdoor seating, and a little something for everyone. There are breakfast foods, burgers and hotdogs, gourmet food, pastries, smoothies, coffee and almost everything else. Whether you have ten dollars or a hundred, Evergreen is quite an experience.

Franklin Park

Central Park was designed by the same man, Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Franklin Park. He intended for his Boston installment to be his masterpiece, but it was not maintained correctly. Even so, this huge greenspace is breathtaking. There are acres of woods, paths and wilderness. There are ruins, picnic areas and so much natural beauty.

The Loring-Greenough House

Though it is better-known for the house itself, the grounds around the house are open to the public from dawn to dusk. They are well kept, and a great place for a picnic and some book reading. Just go get some treats from one of the places listed above, buy a book from Papercuts, and spend a peaceful afternoon in the gardens.