South End Coffee & A Park

November 7, 2015

South End Spots: Pairing Playgrounds and Coffee Shops

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The fall weather is mostly holding out, and before we know it our traditional Boston winter will be here in no time. Until then, we love spotting neighborhood families taking advantage of outdoor strolls while they still can, and seeing new parents meeting up for a post-baby class bite to eat at Stephi’s on Tremont. Soon, these days of luxuriously bumping around the ‘hood will come to a bitter(ly cold) end, and we’ll be suggesting our favorite indoor cozy comforts to keep us warm and upbeat until spring arrives.

For now, throw on that worn-in peacoat and slip into some comfy boots—we’ve got you covered with where you’ll want to go to keep your little busy while you catch up with a friend over a good, hot cup of Joe, taking full advantage of fall!

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Grab…

The South End Buttery
314 Shawmut Avenue
Boston, MA 02117

And go…

Ringgold Park
81 Montgomery Street
Boston, MA 02118

Offering everything from a quick hot chocolate to an amazing sandwich, The Buttery is a neighborhood favorite for good reason, and just down the street you can find Ringgold Park—a large playground split into two age groups will fit your needs for children newly in baby swings to those confident climbers.

*Insider tip: Need to pick up dinner in a hurry? Don’t forget about The Buttery’s grab-and-go location on Clarendon, full of pre-made mains, sides, and soups.

 

Grab… 

Starbucks
627 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02118

 And go…

James Hayes Park
Corner of Warren Avenue and W.Canton Street
Boston, MA 02116

Easy peasy standard fare at Starbucks is literally just around the corner from one of our favorite parks. Created specifically because of sandbox shortages in the area, this park’s base is sand, sand, and more sand, with a climbing structure for bigger kiddos.

*Insider tip: A pack of wipes and a ton of sand toys will do you well here, and a public restroom at Starbucks will help those facing potty training woes.

 

Grab…

Café Madeleine
517 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA 02118

 And go… 

Titus Sparrow Park
200 W Newton Street
Boston, MA 02118

Potentially our favorite pairing—and not just for the brownies the size of a brick. Classic, handmade French treats await at this semi-new establishment, just around the bend from the open, well-known Titus Sparrow Park.

*Insider tip: Warm enough for a picnic? Pack a blanket and pick up a delicious premade sandwich from Café Madeline to eat on the grassy hill with friends in the sunshine.

 

Grab…

Render Coffee
563 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA 02118

And go… 

Southwest Corridor Playground
In the Southwest Corridor at Holyoke Street
Boston, MA 02116

One of the only parks to be completed fenced in, the Southwest Corridor Playground becomes a hot spot for any parent with crawlers and children beginning to cruise. Grab a hazelnut latte to go, and you will be in coffee heaven!

*Insider tip: Leave those scooters and push-bikes at home before heading to this particular park. An enclosed playground makes for great corralling, but ride-on toys immediately become communal.

 

Grab…

Berkeley Perk Cafe
69 Berkeley Street
Boston, MA 02116

And go…

Ellis Memorial Children’s Park
1 Chandler Street
Boston, MA 02116

Snackable items are plentiful at this café, and make for an easy transportable goodie to bring with you to this petite, contained playground. Somewhat standard and small, toddlers find this park easy to explore and parents and caregivers can keep an eye on their child from almost any angle.

*Insider tip: This playground is used by a large preschool around the corner, and can become very busy. We recommend it for a quiet weekend morning or around lunch time during the week to avoid the crowds.

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