Plan Your Day: Getting to the Festival

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The best way to experience all that Opening Our Doors has to offer is through walking or biking. 
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Bluebikes are a great way to bike around the city at an affordable rate. The Fenway neighborhood is best navigated by bike. There are bike stands right in front of the Christian Science Plaza.

The Fenway neighborhood is services by the Orange Line, Green Line E and several bus routes. Regular fares apply.

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  • The Christian Science Plaza is a short walk from the Hynes and Symphony Green Line stations, as well as the Massachusetts Avenue Orange Line.

  • The Green Line E train services Huntington Avenue with stops at Northeastern, MFA and MassArt (Longwood station)

  • The No. 39 bug runs the length of Huntington Avenue and includes access to Evans Way Park

  • The CT3 bus runs from Ruggles station on the Orange Line, down the Fenway to Brookline Avenue near Wheelock College.

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There are several independent parking garages and lots throughout the neighborhood. The two closest parking garages are the Westland Avenue Garage and the Prudential Center Garage. Parking can be expensive. Plan your drive accordingly. 

Restaurants in the Fenway 

There are many good options for great food in the Fenway - on both sides of the Emerald Necklace / Back Bay Fens. Our focus here is on independently owned restaurants in the neighborhood. 

Right across the street from the Christian Science Plaza, on Mass Ave, there are a number of great restaurants including Pho Basil (Vietnamese); Mumbai Spice (Indian); and Oakleaf Cakes (coffee & baked goods). Peterborough Street in the West Fens has a terrific and diverse array of independently owned restaurants including Thornton’s Fenway Grille (casual, sit down); Bennett’s Sandwich Shop; Cafe Phinista (Vietnamese); Fiouna’s Restaurant (Middle Eastern & Persian). It is easy to cut through the Emerald Necklace, Back Bay Fens to lunch at one of these great spots. Stop at the Fenway Victory Gardens and the Emerald Necklace Shattuck Visitor Center on the way! 

Here are a few more recommendations:
 
EAST FENS

(Mass Ave & Huntington Avenue) 

Coffee / Pastries

Oakleaf Cakes

12 Westland Avenue 

A local favorite. Independently owned coffee shop with wonderful cakes and pastries. 

Vietnamese

Pho Basil

177 Mass Avenue

Great Vietnamese restaurant right across the street from the Christian Science Plaza. Bahn Mi sandwiches are a favorite! 

Middle Eastern & Pizza & Grain Bowls

Sprout Boston

305 Huntington Ave

Something for everyone. Fast service, nice atmosphere, and delicious from scratch-cooked food. We especially love the homemade pita bread! 

WEST FENS

Peterborough Street in the West Fens

Crepes and Bahn Mi

Phinista Cafe

96 Peterborough Street

One of our favorites. Crepes and delicious Bahn Mi (best in Boston, on homemade baguettes) along with a wide assortment of Vietnamese coffees and specialty drinks.

Mexican Street Eats

El Pelon Taqueria

92 Peterborough Street

One of the best taqueria’s in Boston, stop here for the best of Mexican street eats. Fresh, authentic, and fast. 

Japanese Ice Creams & Bubble Teas

Matcha Cafe Maiko

115 Jersey Street

Delicious Japanese ice creams and bubble teas.