Sweet treats in the heart of Jamaica Plain
J.P. Licks has served up exceptionally good ice cream, baked goods and coffee for over 30 years. While offering competently made traditional flavors, the shop is known for its more unorthodox concoctions and sense of creativity (with flavors like Oreo Cake Batter and Hemp Maple Walnut) as well as rotating seasonal and monthly flavors. True to its baseball-obsessed hometown, J.P. Licks also offers flavors like Cherry Ortiz, a cherry ice cream named for beloved Red Sox slugger David Ortiz (formerly called Cherry Garciaparra). The shop's eclectic interior, featuring a constantly changing display of oil paintings and its trademark oversized porcelain cow's head, appeals to a diverse clientele—from young families to the more eclectic artist-oriented denizens of J.P. After getting your ice cream, explore Centre Street in the heart of Jamaica Plain, where you'll find many interesting shops (check out Fire Opal and Boomerang's), great restaurants and a warm neighborhood feel. If it's a nice day, consider getting to or from Centre Street via the Emerald Necklace, a lush chain of parks and walkways designed by architect Frederick Olmsted.