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Best things to do in Wellesley

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

University
“One of the Best MBA and Undergraduate programs in the country. Just minutes away from this home; a place to stay and visit your student or while you teach.”
4local recommendations
Italian Restaurant
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“This rich wonderful food is totally filling, take home half and love it twice. The place has lines on the popular nights so go hungry but not ravenous. The pasta is made on site and the place is always hopping. Enjoy Italian style made in America. ”
8local recommendations
Mediterranean Restaurant
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“A Mediterranean style, this food could surprise you. Rich and flavorful it's not for the faint of heart. Hardy plates are full of delicious food designed to evoke the tastes of the sea and land around that body of water. The chef runs two restaurants, this and another in a neighboring town, called Basil. ”
8local recommendations
American Restaurant
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“In all my days of cooking, nothing has ever matched the fresh and bold flavors of the produce from my parent’s garden, done simply. We are excited to have built strong relationships with local farmers and to benefit from their bountiful crops and extend this freshness to our guests! — Chef, Peter Hansen This is a trendy place but the food is great. Make a reservation!”
5local recommendations
College Residence Hall
1local recommendations
Point of Interest
“Great walks around the campus and the lake. Lovely art gallery and beautiful chapel.”
3local recommendations
Bus Station
2local recommendations
Cafe
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“Yes, this is a small chain, but it has great coffee. Peat's is further down the road. In a funky old train station, this place has great coffee, pastries and a "hang out" vibe. There is a gas fireplace and a fun atmosphere. Enjoy a hot chocolate, tea or coffee, and a chocolate croissant by the fire! ”
3local recommendations
Farmers Market
“Everything that a farm stand has and more! They have the best apple cider donuts and scones. They make great frapes music Tuesday nights outside to eat or relax with. Plants to groceries. This is an old family farm, now in the fourth generation. ”
7local recommendations
Bar
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“Just down the hill, this location is often packed. Great Italian, wonderful drinks and a fun atmosphere, Papa Razzi Trattoria is a go-to for Italian food. Everything from Pizza to your favorite Veal Parm. This place has great soups and salads. The scallops, salmon, and lamb are all wonderful.”
4local recommendations
American Restaurant
$$
“This trendy pub atmosphere with edamame to Fish and Chips is an easy relaxing place for lunch or dinner. You won't be blown away but the food is solid and the staff capable. The wide selection will please many and yes, they do a nice brunch.”
4local recommendations
Café
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“My absolute favorite breakfast, lunch place. If you like gluten-free or vegan food this is the place. They have smoothies, bowls, avocado toast, soups and all sorts of delicious delights. They also serve Jim's coffee, a locally roasted product. We love the staff, it's about a mile walk and there is parking in the rear if you want. Two hours at the meter is $1.38 at the time of this writing.”
1local recommendations
Cafe
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“Local Starbucks right next to the Waban MBTA (light rail / subway) stop, a 5 minute walk”
1local recommendations
Library
“Absolutely wonderful library, books, dvds, cds and a wonderful research/study area with fax, scanning and internet & business facilities, mostly free. Free concerts in summer”
1local recommendations
Restaurant
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“Another local-ish place in Needham, this is a family oriented Thai. This is really good food but I stick to the ones in Wellesley. If you find yourself in that neighborhood thought is a great place to grab a bite.”
2local recommendations