With a rich history and an enduring legacy of culture, sports and education, Boston is a city to remember.
Where to Stay in Boston
This recently renovated hotel will make you feel like you’re in the height of the rock-and-roll era. Located in the heart of Boston’s Fenway neighborhood, this reasonably-priced, centrally located hotel pays homage to the former more prominent rock and roll scene Fenway once had.
Full of history and incredible architecture, The Liberty Hotel was once the former Charles Street Jail. It is a short walk to the Boston Common, as well as several shops and dining options.
Things You Must See in Boston
Even if you aren’t a baseball fan, a visit to Boston isn’t complete without a trip to Fenway Park. The atmosphere is a charming, incredible experience that you’ll never forget. Getting a Fenway Frank is a must. If interested in tickets, they are relatively inexpensive, ranging around $25-40 for a regular season game. Experiences at Fenway Park aren’t limited to baseball, as it’s completely integrated into the Kenmore Square area. It is an integral part of Boston, centrally located to some of the best bars and restaurants in the city.
If you love shopping, scenic views and people watching, Newbury Street is the best place to go in Boston. It’s a long street made up of high-end stores, boutiques, cafés, restaurants, and art galleries and can easily consume your whole day.
The Boston Public Library is an incredible place to stop in to admire grandiose architecture, books, and artwork. Take time to view its large murals and outdoor courtyard inspired by the Italian Renaissance era. It’s located in Copley Square, a 5-minute walk from Newbury Street.
If you walk to the end of Newbury Street, you’ll run into the Boston Common. The Boston Common is Boston’s Central Park. Founded in 1634, it is one of the oldest parks in the country. Regardless of the season, it is always a wonderful area to walk around in. During the summer, they have the swan boats in the summer, and the “frog pond” in the winter to go ice-skating. Whether its views of the golden dome of the Massachusetts’ State House or spying some of the oldest burial headstones that are over 400 years old, it is a great place to experience old and new Boston any time of day and any time of the year.
Surrounded by the prestigious university, Harvard Square is a bustling era in Cambridge filled with tourists, students, hipsters, and an overall colorful crowd. It’s just a short “T”-ride or drive across the Charles River. Walk around Harvard’s campus and be sure to visit its amazing museums, such as the Harvard Art Museum and Museum of Natural History. Outside of the campus, you’ll find numerous shops and restaurants. Cardullo’s is a fun gourmet shop that sells foreign-imported candy. Black Ink is also a great option for unique gifts and trinkets.
Where to Eat & Drink in Boston
Located inside The Verb Hotel in Fenway, Hojoko is a Japanese tavern with a creative décor, menu items and drink options. Favorites include their “Japanese Caucasian” frozen drink, with vodka, cold brew coffee, coffee brandy and condensed milk. For food, I would recommend their chicken ramen, salmon belly, and any of their sushi.
The Beehive is by far one of the best brunches in Boston. The atmosphere is unique with a live jazz band, upscale décor and a speakeasy feel. Definitely, make a reservation. The restaurant is always packed.
No trip to Boston is complete without a meal in the North End of Boston, known for its array of amazing Italian restaurants. Trattorio Il Panino is one of my favorites. Get the zucchini flowers as an appetizer, and you can’t go wrong with any of the main dishes. My personal favorites are the Ravioli Con Aragosta or the Tortelli Panne E Prosciutto. If you have room for dessert, visit the famous Mike’s Pastry down the street for a cannoli.
Tatte is one of my favorite places to visit on the weekends for a coffee or bite to eat. With several locations in Boston and Cambridge, you can never go wrong with any of their menu items. It does get pretty crowded on weekends, but it is definitely worth the wait. Get their Shakshuka or Avocado Tartine – and be sure to Instagram it before.
Landsdowne is a go-to on a Friday night. Located in Fenway, it always has a bustling crowd, great selection of drinks, and a live band. Be sure to get there early to avoid lines.
If you want a trendier option, Highball Lounge is the place to be. Highball has a live DJ, board games, and range of custom cocktails. In fact, you can ask your bartender to “spin the wheel” and they’ll make something custom. It’s always crowded on the weekends, and for a good reason.
Getting Around Boston
Though Boston is easily accessible by foot (weather permitting), the city has numerous options in terms of transportation options.
The subway, known as the “T” offers service to everywhere in the greater Boston line.
Rideshare services, such as Lyft and Uber, are other affordable options. With Lyft’s “line” and Uber’s “pool” services, sharing a car with other drivers saves money and has the opportunity to just as affordable.
x Katie Bhattacharya