While Boston may not be a “travel destination” for me, I’m constantly finding ways to enjoy this beautiful city as a tourist, and enjoy all of the things it has to offer, mostly in regards to eating and drinking, let’s be honest. Shopping and art come up next on the list. There’s so much history and charm here, not to mention creativity and talent, sometimes it’s easy to forget just how wonderful of a city we live in.
While I shared my Boston Travel Guide on Jess Ann Kirby, I wanted to summarize all of my recommendations here too – it’s one of my favorite things to do to make travel suggestions both in Boston, and wherever else I’ve travelled, so without further ado, a local’s guide to Boston:
Seaport Boulevard – For Now, Outdoor Voices, Away
Newbury Street – high end designer shopping and other big brand stores
Bodega – This men’s streetwear store is highly curated shop hidden behind the facade of a vending machine in a convenience store. Worth visiting just for the experience of finding it.
RESTAURANTS & BARS
Mida – dinner, particularly on Mondays for all-you-can-eat Mangia Monday.
Toro – Spanish tapas, no reservations. Part of the experience is bumping elbows at the bar while you wait! Very worth it.
Coppa – lunch or dinner, Italian.
Bodega Canal – lunch or dinner, Mexican and some of the best margaritas ever.
Pabu – dinner, upscale sushi and Asian cuisine.
Tatte – breakfast or lunch, a true Boston staple with locations all over the city.
Lincoln — the best spot for decadent dishes, great for brunch or any meals with a big group of friends.
Bistro du Midi – dinner, great location and view of the Commons.
Mamaleh’s — a classic Jeiwsh deli, with amazing sandwiches and milkshakes.
Mistral – brunch or dinner, French.
Envoy, drinks, rooftop bar with an awesome view, open all year and offering ‘igloos’ in winter.
Bricco – lunch or dinner, classic Italian in the historic North End.
North Square Oyster – lunch or dinner, a more refined and modern North End offering. Oysters and tuna tartare are musts!
Juliet - a cozy spot in the suburbs of town, great for brunch.
Yvonne’s – drinks, an upscale speakeasy that you’ll have to find.. behind what appears to be a hair salon.
Banyan – dinner, Asian-inspired tapas, super unique menu.
Frenchie – brunch or dinner, French tapas in a super cute and intimate spot in the South End.
Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum
SOWA Vintage Market
Boston Public Library
Duck Boat Tours
Boston Public Gardens
Institute of Contemporary Art
Museum of Fine Arts
The Freedom Trail