When you want to sit in a park, and Boston Common is just too grubby, take a 14-minute walk to Post Office Square.
It's small, and meticulously maintained.
Lots of shade.
And a cafe.
Here's a 360-degree image from a cool Fall day. I took the picture to try out a virtual reality camera.
How Post Office Square Park Got this Way
In the 1980s, Post Office Square was the site of an old crumbling garage.
Then a bunch of companies from the area formed a civic group to radically change the space. The Friends of Post Office Square collectively donated more than $1 million of the initial funding needed to acquire the existing garage site, demolish the garage, and construct a new 1,400 space garage underground, making possible the creation of what the group envisioned at street level: a new public green space in the center of downtown Boston.
Here's a write-up of the project by a Public Spaces group.
How to Find it
From Boston Common:
All over the park.
Sip is an owner-operated cafe serving great coffee and a menu of soup, salads and sandwiches on artisan breads featuring locally grown produce. The Cafe is open weekdays from 6:30 am to 6 pm in the summer and to 5:30 pm in the winter.
Green seat cushions may be borrowed midday, Monday through Friday during the summer, from a cart located at the south end of the lawn.
A book cart is rolled out around midday, Monday through Friday during the summer. Borrow a book on the honor system.
Check out the Midday Music schedule on the Park Calendar.