QUIRKY, INCLUSIVE, LIVELY
Stitched together by Central Avenue, this neighborhood’s edgy-meets-inviting vibe mirrors the spirit of its close-knit community.
Plaza Midwood’s main thoroughfare, Central Avenue, tells you a lot about the quirky neighborhood. A blend of consignment shops, watering holes, tattoo parlors and diners rub elbows with fancier restaurants and retailers. The colorful strip of graffiti-clad buildings invites both daytime exploration and nighttime revelry. A melting pot, both in terms of people and places, Plaza Midwood was once a streetcar suburb. Its boundaries weren’t established until the 1970s, but by then, two hubs, The Plaza (the borough’s backbone) and Midwood (one of the area’s largest subdivisions), were already one. With a combination of homes built decades apart, a thriving LGBTQ contingent and welcoming community celebrations, Plaza Midwood has developed an indelible personality that marries trendy with gritty and old with new.
An afternoon in Plaza Midwood is best spent making your way around the corridor of Central, Thomas and Commonwealth avenues. Grab lunch at Midwood Smokehouse, then shop trendy men’s and women’s threads at Boris+Natasha and abode-brightening accessories at Moxie Mercantile. Next door, stop into the Legion Brewing taproom for a round of Juicy Jay IPA and a board game. Afterward, soak up neighborhood camaraderie at convenience store-meets-deli concept The Common Market.
Things to do
Sunset spirits on the Peculiar Rabbit’s rooftop are the perfect way to drink in the skyline. When the line at Soul Gastrolounge dies down, scoot up to a table for inventive small plates such as shrimp ceviche and lamb lollipops. Walk around the block and head to the patio at Thomas Street Tavern for a few competitive bouts of ping pong and cornhole. Cap off the evening late-night bites at Diamond Restaurant, an old-school diner, jukebox and all.