Roslindale is a tiny corner of Boston that has a small-time neighborhood feel with big-city benefits – classy restaurants, boutique... more » shops and foodie treats – and it borders the Arnold Arboretum, one of Boston’s best green spaces. This section of Boston, 6 miles from downtown, is tucked in between Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury and Hyde Park. Somewhat oddly though, many people, even lifelong residents, don’t know where it is. That may be in part because it was down-at-the-heels for many years, but in the last decade, it has had a major renaissance.
What is now Roslindale used to be known as South Street Crossing, but it needed a new name when it grew large enough to need a post office in the 1800s. Allegedly, the name Roslindale came about thanks to a well-traveled member of the community who said the area reminded him of the beautiful historic town of Roslyn, Scotland, which was surrounded by hills. The combination of “Roslyn” and “dale” were submitted to the Post Office and the name “Roslindale” was formally established.
Today, Roslindale Village, or Roslindale Square, depending upon whom you are talking to, is centered around Adams Park, a triangular green space at the intersection of Washington, Poplar and South streets. Most of the shops and restaurants are easily reached on foot, so you can leave your car parked and forget about it, or come by public transportation. This guide takes you to some of Roslindale’s best spots, but by no means all of them. There are plenty of places you’ll no doubt be pulled in to explore. A word to the wise, many shops in Roslindale are closed on Mondays. And from late spring through the fall, there’s a fantastic, bustling farmer’s market every Saturday in Adams Park. less «