A Visit to Belmont

Although nothing can quite match the amazing town we live in, we like to keep in touch with what’s happening in our wonderful neighboring cities and towns, too. We recently had a blast exploring what’s new in Newton; today, we travel to Belmont to take a look at what’s good there in the way of eating, shopping, and taking in the great outdoors. Quite a lot, it turns out!

Bordering Watertown, Waltham, Arlington, and Cambridge, Belmont boasts an ideal location just 8 miles from the center of Boston. It’s primarily a residential community (nickname is the Town of Homes), but does have some fantastic commercial neighborhoods for poking around, as well as some beautiful outdoor spaces. Here are some highlights:

BELMONT CENTER: This busy stretch of Leonard Street between Concord Ave and Pleasant Street packs in quite a few spots worth checking out. Any beer lover will love Craft Beer Cellar, with its unparalleled selection of local and rare-find craft beers, hard ciders, and sakes. They didn’t win Best of Boston for nothing – sign up for their newsletter to stay up on the latest tastings and events.

Whether you’ve got Italian blood or just pretend to, Leonard Street’s Il Casale will have you crying for the Old Country. Cambridge star Chef Dante deMagistris presides over this cozy neighborhood favorite nestled in an old fire station, with a menu straight out of a Roman trattoria. Be sure to check out the addictive Arroncini al Telefono as a starter. The Risotto alla Pescatora entrée is a hearty portion, but you won’t be sharing this one – trust us. 

Looking for fun and casual women’s clothing in a low-key atmosphere? Head on into Bessie Blue, a boutique that manages to be hip and styling without a hint of pretention – just super friendly staff who are ready to get you into the latest trends without sacrificing your own personal style.

CUSHING SQUARE: An interesting mix of mom and pop stores, Cushing Square is home to café and bakery hot spot Vicky Lee’s, founded by local culinary star and Watertown native Vicky Lee Boyajian. Known for her delectable pastries and desserts, Vicky Lee herself makes and decorates every one of her signature wedding cakes that goes out the door, and presides over a killer menu of breakfast, brunch, and lunch items, as well as a full catering operation.

WAVERLY SQUARE: If you love hunting for that one-of-a-kind item you can’t find anywhere else, head to All That Matters Antiques on Trapelo Road. Their mix of antique, painted, and vintage furniture is unique to the area; they also host an impressive selection of local artists’ works, artisanal chocolates, and vintage and contemporary jewelry, as well as lamps and home accessories. New items arrive each week, so it’s never the same store from one visit to the next!

And starting June 8th, be sure to stop by the Belmont Farmer’s Market, held Thursdays 2:30 – 6:00 PM in the parking lot behind Stone Hearth Pizza - a favorite for their incredible toppings and crust (gluten free too!). Sign up for their newsletter to get the latest on each week’s featured vendors and activities.