Boston - The Short & Sweet
I get a ton of questions about Boston. Where to eat, stay, explore, shop, and live. Well I am going to give you a city cheat sheet of some of my favorite neighborhood spots. Let’s keep this simple by listing it out by neighborhoods. I will only cover the neighborhoods I have personally visited and experienced so this stays genuine. Keep in mind this is my personal opinion so if you, a Boston resident or visitor, are reading this right now and see something missing, or beg to differ, speak now or forever hold your peace.
Enjoy the list!
Fenway - Kenmore:
Restaurants: Island Creek Oyster Bar, Sweet Cheeks, Cheeky Monkey, Citizens Public House. Fenway Frank from Fenway!
Shopping: I’d suggest walking down a few blocks to Newbury Street or indoor shopping at the Prudential Center
Sight seeing & attractions: Fenway, duh! Absolutely indulge in our die hard NE sports energy felt & seen at a Redsox game! If you’re an art nerd like me hit up the Museum of Fine Arts. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston Symphony Hall.
Hotel: The Verb Hotel. Hotel Commonwealth
Restaurants: Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar, Sonsie, Cafeteria, Terra inside of Eataly in the Prudential, Mother Juice (smoothie/bowls), Mistral, Bistro Du Midi, Oak Long Bar + Kitchen, Select Oyster Bar, Santouka, Buttermilk & Bourbon.
Shopping: Newbury Street, Prudential Center
Sight seeing & attractions: Brick stones on Marlborough. Walk down Commonwealth Mall after grabbing a coffee on Newbury Street.. Walk through Boston Common, listen to the music, ride a swan boat. Walk along the Charles River on the Esplanade pathway.
Hotel: The Eliot Hotel, Fairmont Copley.
Restaurants: Tatte Bakery, Figs, Toscano, Upper Crust Pizzeria, Grotto.
Shopping: Charles Street has it all! Boutiques, name brands and antiques.
Sight seeing & Attractions: Freedom trail. Walk up the hills of the Neighborhood and take in the adorable brick stone homes. Stop by Rouvalis Flowers and treat yourself to fresh blooms. Head straight up Mt. Vernon St and It will lead you right to the State House.
Hotel: The Liberty Hotel. The Whitney Hotel.
Restaurants: Rukus, Shojo, Gourmet Dumpling House.
Shopping: Hit up the bakeries!
Sight seeing & Attractions: Walk up and down Tyler Street and Beach Street. Watch competitive games of chess and check out the Chinatown Gate!
Restaurants: Yvonne’s, Boston Chops, Tradesman, Nebo Cucina & Enoteca, Serafina, Ward 8 Restaurant and Bar,
Shopping: Faneuil Hall
Sight seeing & Attractions: Faneuil Hall, Boston Duck Tours, Boston Tea Party & Ships, New England Aquarium.
Hotel: Revere Hotel, W Hotel, Boston Harbor Hotel, Ritz-Carlton
Restaurants: Beehive, Shore Leave, Area 41, Burro Bar, Frenchie, Toro, South End Buttery, Flour Bakery & Cafe, Douzo Sushi, Blackbird Donuts, Barcelona Wine /bar, Mida.
Shopping: Both food and retail shops are scattered up and down the streets of Tremont, Shawmut Ave and Washington street. It's also worth walking around “SoWa” , south of Washington, Harrison Avenue, between East Newton and Union Park streets where you will find contemporary art galleries.
Sight seeing & Attractions:Walk the streets between Shawmut Ave and Tremont St and enjoy views of restored Victorian row homes surrounding charming English style squares. South End is full of art and begin with galleries, studios and home decor shops. Check out the SoWa market it the summer where artisans, farmers and food trucks gather every Sunday. I took Sammy this past summer and we enjoyed live music, fresh ,lemonade, and walking the isles of local goods.
Hotel: Revolution Hotel, Staypineapple, AC Hotel by Marriot
Restaurants: Aria (Lemon Shrimp is a must!). Bricco ( Espresso Martini & late night Pizza). Trattoria il Pannino, Pomodoro, North Square Oyster, Assagio, Giaccomo’s, Aqua Pazza.
Shopping: Italian pastry shopping on Hanover Street of course! Get something from both Mike’s Pastry and Modern Pastry and bring out your inner sweet tooth food critic.
Sight seeing & Attractions: The Paul Revere House. Stroll down Hanover Street.
Restaurants: Publico, Lincoln, Capo, Loco, Coppersmith
Shopping: East Broadway is your best bet!
Sight seeing & Attractions: Southie is a neighborhood known for its strong Irish-American heritage. Dorchester Heights monument offers Boston Harbor and downtown skyline views. Head to the waterfront trails and grassy lawn around the 1800s Fort Independence on Castle Island for a picnic or brisk walk.