Dine, Shop, Stay

Concord has three commercial areas with boutiques, restaurants, cafés, snack shops and other eateries: Concord Center (Main & Walden streets), Thoreau Street at the Concord Depot, and West Concord.

Each area offers full and quick breakfasts, cafés for morning coffee or lunch snacks, luncheon places from quick to sit-down, and evening meals from pizza to fine dining. There are also several good places to enjoy your own picnic, with edibles brought from home or purchased in Concord.

Concord Center and the Concord Depot on Thoreau Street are within walking distance of most of the sites you may want to visit in Concord. Most of your sightseeing will be in Concord Center near Monument Square, but if you arrive by train at the Concord Depot, you’ll find the Thoreau Street restaurants convenient—and it’s only a 10-minute walk between Thoreau Street and Monument Square.

West Concord 2.7 miles (4.4 km) west of Monument Square on the southwest side of MA Route 2, is its own “village,” with its own MBTA Commuter Rail station. You can ride the train between Concord Center (called Concord East by the railroad) and West Concord.

Concord Center

Main Street from Monument Square to the Concord Free Public Library, including the first block of Walden Street (to Hubbard Street): this is the largest of Concord’s commercial areas, with the most shops, restaurants, cafés, and two inns. This two-block stretch of Main Street is known locally as The Milldam.

Concord’s Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square, (978) 369-9200, at the north end of Monument Square: casual & upscale indoor and outdoor dining, bar, and lodging. Open daily. More…

Helen’s, 17 Main Street, (978) 369-9885, just off Monument Square: unpretentious eatery popular for full breakfasts, lunches and ice cream. Open daily. More…

Comella’s, 33 Main Street, (978) 369-9555, between Monument Square and Walden Street: one of a local chain, pizza, pasta, hot sandwiches, desserts. Open daily. More…

Main Streets Market & Café, 42 Main Street at Walden Street, (978) 369-9948: bakery, breakfasts, lunches, coffees, and dinners. (Not really a market.) Open daily. More…

Fiorella’s Cucina, 24 Walden Street, (978) 341-9999: a small local chain, full traditional Italian restaurant and bar just off Main Street near the Post Office. Open daily. More…

Sally Ann’s Bakery, 73 Main Street, (978) 369-4558, at Keyes Road: sandwiches, cakes & pastries to go. Closed Sunday. More…

The Cheese Shop, 29 Walden Street, (978) 369-5778, across from the Post Office: gourmet shop famous for its cheeses and European delicacies. Good sandwich counter and take-out meals. Closed Sunday & Monday. More…

Haute Coffee, 12 Walden Street (in the alley), (978) 369-9900: specialty coffees, teas & pastries. Open daily (closes 3 pm). More…

Caffè Nero, 55 Main Street near Walden Street, (978) 759-2131: coffees, teas, pastries & sandwiches in a cozy setting. Open daily. More…

Trail’s End Café, 97 Lowell Road (10-minute walk from Monument Square), (978) 610-6633: coffees, pastries, New American lunches & dinners in a simple setting. Closed Monday. More…

Concord Depot & Thoreau Street

A 10-minute walk southwest of Concord Center along Sudbury Road brings you to the block of Thoreau Street between Sudbury Road and Main Street. Centered on the Concord Depot (train station), this block offers a surprisingly good selection of places to breakfast, lunch, dine or to buy picnic supplies: 

80 Thoreau, 80 Thoreau Street, (978) 318-0008, upstairs in the Concord Depot: Concord’s best fine-dining restaurant, informal atmosphere, excellent cuisine & service. Closed Sunday. More…

Chang An, 10 Concord Crossing, (978) 369-5288, across the train tracks from Concord Depot. Traditional Chinese restaurant & bar. Take-away of Chinese cuisine is an accustomed convenience and pleasure. Closed Tuesday. More…

Karma, 105 Thoreau Street, (978) 776-6631, across the street from the Concord Depot: Asian/Fusion cuisine: Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, sushi. More…

New London-Style Pizza, 71 Thoreau Street, (978) 369-7053, across the street from the Concord Depot: pizzas & pastas in simple surroudings. Popular with students. Closed Sunday. More…

Sorrento’s Brick-Oven Pizzeria, 58 Thoreau Street, (978) 369-0938, just northwest of the Concord Depot, simple eatery mostly for take-out of delicious wood-fired-oven pizzas, salads & snacks. Open every day. More…

Concord Provisions & Country Kitchen, 73 Thoreau Street, (978) 369-5555, across from the Concord Depot, upscale food & wine shop with good fresh sandwich counter by Country Kitchen, a Concord institution. Open every day. More…

Farfalle Italian Market & Café, 26 Concord Crossing, (978) 369-2900, behind the Concord Depot across the tracks: Italian gourmet shop, café, espresso, wine sales & light lunches. More…

Starbucks, 159 Sudbury Road (978) 287-0183, corner of Thoreau St & Sudbury Rd at the railroad crossing: it’s a Starbucks: dark-roast coffee and some snacks. Open daily. More…

Dunkin’ [Donuts], 117 Thoreau Street at Sudbury Road, cater-corner to Starbucks: it’s a Dunkin’ [Donuts]: medium-roast coffee and baked goods. Open daily. More…

Bedford Farms Ice Cream, 68 Thoreau Street, (978) 341-0000, between Concord Depot and Sorrento’s Pizzeria: huge portions of excellent rich ice cream in cup or cone. More…

Crosby’s Marketplace, 211 Sudbury Road, (978) 745-4272, in the shopping center on the south side of the tracks: a small supermarket for picnic items. More…

West Concord

Concord Teacakes, West Concord MA
Concord Teacakes, West Concord MA

West Concord, also has several quite recommendable restaurants, cafés, bakeries, pizzerias and sandwich shops: 

Woods Hill Table, 24 Commonwealth Avenue: sustainable organic pasture-to-plate French & New American dining. More… Same ownership as…

Adelita, 1200 Main Street, (978) 254-0710, in the little shopping center across from the Fire Station: Mexican traditional cuisine. More…

Saltbox Kitchen, 84 Commonwealth Avenue, (978) 610-6020: brewpub & farm-to-table eatery with its own farm not far away. More…

Walden Italian Kitchen, 92 Commonwealth Avenue, (978) 369-6655: pizza, pasta , Italian favorites, & sandwiches. Open daily. More…

Concord Teacakes, 59 Commonwealth Avenue, (978) 369-7644, at Church Street: high-quality bakery & pastry shop with hot and cold beverages. Open daily. More…

Nashoba Brook Bakery, 152 Commonwealth Avenue, (978) 318-1999, at Laws Brook Road behind the gas station: large bakery café with excellent bread, pastries & sandwiches. Outdoor tables by Nashoba Brook. Open daily. More…

Reasons to be Cheerful, 110 Commonwealth Avenue, (978) 610-6248: premium ice cream shop, cakes too. Closed Monday and Tuesday. More…

Twin Seafood, 2 Church Street, (978) 371-9030, corner of Commonwealth Avenue: seafood store offering simple but fresh fish & chowder to eat in the store or take away. More…

Debra’s Natural Gourmet, 98 Commonwealth Avenue, (978) 371-7573: natural foods grocery store and deli counter. More…

Club Car Café, 20 Commonwealth Avenue, (978) 371-9282: breakfast & light lunch café in the West Concord Depot (train station). More…

Dunkin’ [Donuts], 1191 Main Street at Westgate Park next to the Fire Station, (978) 287-4100: it’s a Dunkin.’ More…

Dino’s Kouzina & Pizzeria, 1135 Main Street at Cottage Street, (978) 610-6472: Greek & Italian dishes & pizzas. More…

Cafés

Concord Center & the Depot

Haute Coffee, 12 Walden Street (in the alley), (978) 369-9900: specialty coffees, teas & pastries. Open daily (closes 3 pm). More…

Caffè Nero, 55 Main Street near Walden Street, (978) 759-2131: coffees, teas, pastries & sandwiches in a cozy setting. Open daily. More…

Main Streets Market & Café, 42 Main Street at Walden Street, (978) 369-9948: bakery, breakfasts, lunches, coffees, and dinners. (Not really a market.) Open daily. More…

Farfalle Italian Market & Café, 26 Concord Crossing, (978) 369-2900, behind the Concord Depot across the tracks: Italian gourmet shop, café, espresso, wine sales & light lunches. More…

Trail’s End Café, 97 Lowell Road (10-minute walk from Monument Square), (978) 610-6633: coffees, pastries, New American lunches & dinners in a simple setting. Closed Monday. More…

Dunkin’ [Donuts], 117 Thoreau Street at Sudbury Road, cater-corner to Starbucks: it’s a Dunkin’ [Donuts]: medium-roast coffee and baked goods. Open daily. More…

West Concord

Club Car Café in West Concord Depot
Club Car Café in West Concord Depot

Concord Teacakes, 59 Commonwealth Avenue, (978) 369-7644, at Church Street: high-quality bakery & pastry shop with hot and cold beverages. Open daily. More…

Nashoba Brook Bakery, 152 Commonwealth Avenue, (978) 318-1999, at Laws Brook Road behind the gas station: large bakery café with excellent bread, pastries & sandwiches. Outdoor tables by Nashoba Brook. Open daily. More…

Club Car Café, 20 Commonwealth Avenue, (978) 371-9282: breakfast & light lunch café in the West Concord Depot (train station). More…

Dunkin’ [Donuts], 1191 Main Street at Westgate Park next to the Fire Station, (978) 287-4100: it’s a Dunkin.’ More…

Restaurants

Flapjacks at the Colonial Inn

For a nice sit-down meal, these are the places:

80 Thoreau, 80 Thoreau Street, (978) 318-0008, upstairs in the Concord Depot: Concord’s best fine-dining restaurant, informal atmosphere, excellent cuisine & service indoors, and outdoors in warm weather. Dinner only, reservations highly recommended. Closed Sunday. More…

Concord’s Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square, (978) 369-9200, at the north end of Monument Square: casual & upscale indoor and outdoor dining, bar, and lodging. Open daily. More…

Fiorella’s Cucina, 24 Walden Street, (978) 341-9999: a small local chain, full traditional Italian restaurant and bar just off Main Street near the Post Office. Open daily. More…

Chang An, 10 Concord Crossing, (978) 369-5288, across the train tracks from Concord Depot. Traditional Chinese restaurant & bar. Take-away of Chinese cuisine is an accustomed convenience and pleasure. Closed Tuesday. More…

Karma, 105 Thoreau Street, (978) 776-6631, across the street from the Concord Depot: Asian/Fusion cuisine: Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, sushi. More…

Papa Razzi Trattoria, 768 Elm Street at Route 2, (978) 371-0030: large, popular Italian restaurant 2.2 miles (3.5 km) west of Monument Square near the Concord Rotary (traffic circle). Good service & food, moderate prices, popular bar, indoor and outdoor dining, and take-out. More….

Asian Gourmet, Sushi House, Hibachi, 794 Elm Street, 2.2 miles (3.5 km) west of Monument Square next to Papa Razzi & the Best Western hotel. Three restaurants in one: Asian Gourmet (Chinese/Fusion, (978) 369-8114) and Hibachi (Japanese cook-at-the-table) downstairs; upstairs, Sushi House (978) 369-8856. More…

Woods Hill Table, 24 Commonwealth Avenue: sustainable organic pasture-to-plate French & New American dining. More… Same ownership as…

Adelita, 1200 Main Street, (978) 254-0710, in the little shopping center across from the Fire Station: Mexican traditional cuisine. More…

Saltbox Kitchen, 84 Commonwealth Avenue, (978) 610-6020: brewpub & farm-to-table eatery with its own farm not far away. More…

 

Picnic Supplies

Concord has numerous parks and benches good for a picnic. Buy supplies at these places:

The Cheese Shop, 29 Walden Street, (978) 369-5778, across from the Post Office: gourmet shop famous for its cheeses and European delicacies. Good sandwich counter and take-out meals. Closed Sunday & Monday. More…

Sally Ann’s Bakery, 73 Main Street, (978) 369-4558, at Keyes Road: sandwiches, cakes & pastries to go. Closed Sunday. More…

Concord Provisions & Country Kitchen, 73 Thoreau Street, (978) 369-5555, across from the Concord Depot, upscale food & wine shop with good fresh sandwich counter by Country Kitchen, a Concord institution. Open every day. More…

Farfalle Italian Market & Café, 26 Concord Crossing, (978) 369-2900, behind the Concord Depot across the tracks: Italian gourmet shop, café, espresso, wine sales & light lunches. More…

Crosby’s Marketplace, 211 Sudbury Road, (978) 745-4272, in the shopping center on the south side of the tracks: a small supermarket for picnic items. More…

Nashoba Brook Bakery, 152 Commonwealth Avenue, (978) 318-1999, at Laws Brook Road behind the gas station: large bakery café with excellent bread, pastries & sandwiches. Outdoor tables by Nashoba Brook. Open daily. More…

Debra’s Natural Gourmet, 98 Commonwealth Avenue, (978) 371-7573: natural foods grocery store and deli counter. More…