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Guidebook for Boston

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Guidebook for Boston

Food Scene
This is one of my favorite eats within walking distance. Great food, good drinks, cute and quaint space. It is typically difficult to get a table without a wait, however, the staff is always friendly and do their best to accommodate. If you don't mind eating at the bar, you'll do well here - many take this approach. If you are 2 or more for dinner, I reccomend the Gloucester Platter; it is a sample of a variety of shellfish crudités (oysters, scallops, shrimp, lobster, etc).
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Select Oyster Bar
50 Gloucester Street
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This is one of my favorite eats within walking distance. Great food, good drinks, cute and quaint space. It is typically difficult to get a table without a wait, however, the staff is always friendly and do their best to accommodate. If you don't mind eating at the bar, you'll do well here - many take this approach. If you are 2 or more for dinner, I reccomend the Gloucester Platter; it is a sample of a variety of shellfish crudités (oysters, scallops, shrimp, lobster, etc).
Great croissants, pain aux chocolats and baguette. You really can't go wrong with anything here. It a great spot for a quick simple breakfast option.
Patisserie on Newbury
257 Newbury Street
Great croissants, pain aux chocolats and baguette. You really can't go wrong with anything here. It a great spot for a quick simple breakfast option.
Bar Boulud
776 Boylston St
Delicious local ice cream joint.
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J.P. Licks
1106 Boylston St
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Delicious local ice cream joint.
This place isn't recognized for it's food, but rather the amazing view of all the city. It's located on the upper floor of the Prudential Tower in Back Bay, hence the name, Top of the Hub. It's certainly worth the price of a drink if you are able to score a table by a window.
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Top of the Hub
800 Boylston Street
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This place isn't recognized for it's food, but rather the amazing view of all the city. It's located on the upper floor of the Prudential Tower in Back Bay, hence the name, Top of the Hub. It's certainly worth the price of a drink if you are able to score a table by a window.
This one of my favorite eats within walking distance. It has a fun outdoor patio on Newbury Street if you enjoy people watching. The food is consistently great; dishes are smaller in the style of tapas. The menu changes, but I recommend trying any of the ceviche, the grilled octopus, and the grilled chicken skewers.
PURO ceviche bar
264 Newbury St
This one of my favorite eats within walking distance. It has a fun outdoor patio on Newbury Street if you enjoy people watching. The food is consistently great; dishes are smaller in the style of tapas. The menu changes, but I recommend trying any of the ceviche, the grilled octopus, and the grilled chicken skewers.
This is a great spot to get anything and everything to eat.
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Eataly Boston
800 Boylston St
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This is a great spot to get anything and everything to eat.
Tapas and very lively bar with a full liquor license. Almost always crowded with a fun crowd from 4:30 till closing. The crowd is typically loud and active. People from the area and those who Ubered there to be with friends because of Ken Oranger's growing list of restaurants in Boston, NYC and overseas.
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Toro Boston
1704 Washington Street
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Tapas and very lively bar with a full liquor license. Almost always crowded with a fun crowd from 4:30 till closing. The crowd is typically loud and active. People from the area and those who Ubered there to be with friends because of Ken Oranger's growing list of restaurants in Boston, NYC and overseas.
This place is great at anytime of day with an open airy feel when they open the wall of windows and you are sitting and enjoying the bustle Newbury St. It is a wonderful place to have a cafe in the morning with a croissant, it servers a great brunch, lunch and dinner, and of course it also has a fun bar at night. It's also a place to spot some local athletes, musicians, actors and other famous people in the neighborhood.
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Sonsie
327 Newbury Street
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This place is great at anytime of day with an open airy feel when they open the wall of windows and you are sitting and enjoying the bustle Newbury St. It is a wonderful place to have a cafe in the morning with a croissant, it servers a great brunch, lunch and dinner, and of course it also has a fun bar at night. It's also a place to spot some local athletes, musicians, actors and other famous people in the neighborhood.
Simple but charming classic italian pizzeria bar in the North End that has become a Boston institution. Frequented by locals and tourists for their good pizzas at good prices. It offers a taste of what the neighborhood once was with signed photos of athletes, actors and politicians from today and yesteryear.
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Regina Pizzeria
11 1/2 Thacher Street
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Simple but charming classic italian pizzeria bar in the North End that has become a Boston institution. Frequented by locals and tourists for their good pizzas at good prices. It offers a taste of what the neighborhood once was with signed photos of athletes, actors and politicians from today and yesteryear.
There are more touristy pastry shops in the North End ( think Mike's Pastry and Modern Pastry rivalry on Hanover Street), but locals know Bova's is the best in the neighborhood and they're open 24 hours a day and just a couple blocks from North Church and Paul Revere's House.
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Bova's Bakery
134 Salem Street
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There are more touristy pastry shops in the North End ( think Mike's Pastry and Modern Pastry rivalry on Hanover Street), but locals know Bova's is the best in the neighborhood and they're open 24 hours a day and just a couple blocks from North Church and Paul Revere's House.
A MUST DO when in the Seaport District! You won't be disappointed in this very Boston, very casual indoor/outdoor seafood mecca right on the harbor with great views and ambiance. It also has a bit of a bar and can get quite noisy when the picnic tables start to fill. This is one of our favorite spots.
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The Barking Crab
88 Sleeper Street
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A MUST DO when in the Seaport District! You won't be disappointed in this very Boston, very casual indoor/outdoor seafood mecca right on the harbor with great views and ambiance. It also has a bit of a bar and can get quite noisy when the picnic tables start to fill. This is one of our favorite spots.
Drinks & Nightlife
Simple but delicious bar fare especially on their Taco Thursdays (6pm-close). A mainstay with locals and travelers alike. Good service with friendly staff.
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Corner Tavern
421 Marlborough Street
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Simple but delicious bar fare especially on their Taco Thursdays (6pm-close). A mainstay with locals and travelers alike. Good service with friendly staff.
Must Do if you like baseball! This fun little hole in the wall is actually located beneath Fenway Park's Green Monster and has a great window into the ballpark except while games are in session.
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Bleacher Bar
82A Lansdowne Street
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Must Do if you like baseball! This fun little hole in the wall is actually located beneath Fenway Park's Green Monster and has a great window into the ballpark except while games are in session.
Get a taste for the brewing experience at Samuel Adams. Jim Koch combined pride, confidence, passion, and optimism to helped start the Craft beer revolution when he first brewed Boston Lager over 30 years ago - the revolution that is going strong to this day with close to 5,000 independent Craft brewers nationwide.
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Samuel Adams Boston Brewery
30 Germania Street
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Get a taste for the brewing experience at Samuel Adams. Jim Koch combined pride, confidence, passion, and optimism to helped start the Craft beer revolution when he first brewed Boston Lager over 30 years ago - the revolution that is going strong to this day with close to 5,000 independent Craft brewers nationwide.
This is another great local brewery offering tours and tastings located in the Seaport District. Famous for their IPA and UFO beers, they also offer a fun selection of seasonals. I happen to love the UFO Big Squeeze Shandy (made with grapefruit juice); it's one of my summer favorites!
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Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
306 Northern Avenue
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This is another great local brewery offering tours and tastings located in the Seaport District. Famous for their IPA and UFO beers, they also offer a fun selection of seasonals. I happen to love the UFO Big Squeeze Shandy (made with grapefruit juice); it's one of my summer favorites!
Arts & Culture
Great venue for musical performances located across the street from Fenway Park.
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House of Blues Boston
15 Lansdowne Street
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Great venue for musical performances located across the street from Fenway Park.
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Boston Symphony Orchestra
301 Massachusetts Avenue
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The first US public library and a fantastic historic building that also emerged as a very modern space since it's renovated wing was completed.
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Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street
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The first US public library and a fantastic historic building that also emerged as a very modern space since it's renovated wing was completed.
World class art museum in the Fenway–Kenmore neighborhood of Boston. It houses an art collection including significant examples of European, Asian, and American art, from paintings and sculpture to tapestries and decorative arts. In 1990, 13 artworks with an estimated value of $500Million (including Rembrandts, a Vermeer and a Manet) were stolen from the museum. This, yet to be solved, heist has helped earn even more interest in the museum. I recommend reading Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures by Robert K. Wittman.
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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
25 Evans Way
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World class art museum in the Fenway–Kenmore neighborhood of Boston. It houses an art collection including significant examples of European, Asian, and American art, from paintings and sculpture to tapestries and decorative arts. In 1990, 13 artworks with an estimated value of $500Million (including Rembrandts, a Vermeer and a Manet) were stolen from the museum. This, yet to be solved, heist has helped earn even more interest in the museum. I recommend reading Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures by Robert K. Wittman.
One of the newest additions to Boston's museum-scene. Exhibits change every so often, and the museum is big, without being overwhelming! Right on the water in a remarkable location; it's a great starting point to many restaurants and bars in that area. Enjoy a beautiful walk to the North End along the harbor walk. Free on Thursdays from 5 PM to 9 PM.
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The Institute of Contemporary Art
25 Harbor Shore Drive
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One of the newest additions to Boston's museum-scene. Exhibits change every so often, and the museum is big, without being overwhelming! Right on the water in a remarkable location; it's a great starting point to many restaurants and bars in that area. Enjoy a beautiful walk to the North End along the harbor walk. Free on Thursdays from 5 PM to 9 PM.
Essentials
This is the closest laundry and dry cleaning option.
Back Bay Laundromat
409 Marlborough Street
This is the closest laundry and dry cleaning option.
Nearest grocery store.
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Trader Joe's
899 Boylston Street
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Nearest grocery store.
Convenience store that also sells beer, wine and spirits.
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Marlboro Market
45 Massachusetts Avenue
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Convenience store that also sells beer, wine and spirits.
Convenience store that also sells beer, wine and spirits.
Quality Mart
21 Massachusetts Avenue
Convenience store that also sells beer, wine and spirits.
Shopping
TJ Maxx Flagship store on the top of Newbury Street for all you "fashionistas".
T.J. Maxx
360 Newbury St
TJ Maxx Flagship store on the top of Newbury Street for all you "fashionistas".
One of the historic fun stores in Boston and now one of the last comic/music/movie stores around.
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Newbury Comics
332 Newbury Street
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One of the historic fun stores in Boston and now one of the last comic/music/movie stores around.
Also known as South End Open Market, this big outdoor market in the South End is comprised of the Farmers Market, Arts Market, and Food Trucks. Open every Sunday 10am-4pm May through October.
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SoWa Open Market
460 Harrison Avenue
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Also known as South End Open Market, this big outdoor market in the South End is comprised of the Farmers Market, Arts Market, and Food Trucks. Open every Sunday 10am-4pm May through October.
Parks & Nature
This a peaceful place to go for a walk or jog to enjoy the Charles River. There are also a few kids playgrounds located along river.
Charles River ceremonial esplanade
This a peaceful place to go for a walk or jog to enjoy the Charles River. There are also a few kids playgrounds located along river.
Established in 1634, America’s oldest park is a fun place to hang out and watch all kinds of interesting people. In summer, it's the perfect place for a picnic, catch a Frisbee, listen to student musicians. In winter, ice skate on the frog pond and warm up with a hot chocolate. They even have a carousel set up for the kids.
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Boston Common
139 Tremont Street
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Established in 1634, America’s oldest park is a fun place to hang out and watch all kinds of interesting people. In summer, it's the perfect place for a picnic, catch a Frisbee, listen to student musicians. In winter, ice skate on the frog pond and warm up with a hot chocolate. They even have a carousel set up for the kids.
The Public Garden was established in 1837, when philanthropist Horace Gray petitioned for the use of land as the first public botanical garden in the United States. It is also home to the historic swan boats that have been in operation for more than a hundred years.
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Boston Public Garden
4 Charles Street
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The Public Garden was established in 1837, when philanthropist Horace Gray petitioned for the use of land as the first public botanical garden in the United States. It is also home to the historic swan boats that have been in operation for more than a hundred years.
Sightseeing
These historic Boston swan boats glide across the Lagoon in the Public Garden, just as they have every year since 1877. Swan boat season in Boston begins in mid-April, and lasts through the last Sunday in mid-September.
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Swan Boats
4 Charles Street South
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These historic Boston swan boats glide across the Lagoon in the Public Garden, just as they have every year since 1877. Swan boat season in Boston begins in mid-April, and lasts through the last Sunday in mid-September.
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Cheers
84 Beacon Street
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Acorn Street, often mentioned as the "most frequently photographed street in the United States." It is a narrow lane paved with cobblestones that was home to coachmen employed by families in Mt. Vernon and Chestnut Street mansions.
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Acorn Street
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Acorn Street, often mentioned as the "most frequently photographed street in the United States." It is a narrow lane paved with cobblestones that was home to coachmen employed by families in Mt. Vernon and Chestnut Street mansions.
Since 1912, Fenway Park has been the location for the Boston Red Sox, the city's Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise. It is the oldest ballpark in MLB.
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Fenway Park
4 Yawkey Way
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Since 1912, Fenway Park has been the location for the Boston Red Sox, the city's Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise. It is the oldest ballpark in MLB.
Located along the Freedom Trail, this bustling marketplace is home to more than 50 shops, 14 restaurants, and 40 food stalls, but also a lot of history! It's an open air market building built in 1742 and the site of historic speeches by Samuel Adams & Frederick Douglas.
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Faneuil Hall
4 South Market Street
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Located along the Freedom Trail, this bustling marketplace is home to more than 50 shops, 14 restaurants, and 40 food stalls, but also a lot of history! It's an open air market building built in 1742 and the site of historic speeches by Samuel Adams & Frederick Douglas.
A Must Do! The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile-long path starting at the Boston Common, but easily picked up at any point along the way, the Trail passes by 16 locations significant to the history of the United States. Look for the red trail painted on the sidewalks; it's easy to follow and there are several smartphone apps that you can download to enhance your experience.
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Freedom Trail
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A Must Do! The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile-long path starting at the Boston Common, but easily picked up at any point along the way, the Trail passes by 16 locations significant to the history of the United States. Look for the red trail painted on the sidewalks; it's easy to follow and there are several smartphone apps that you can download to enhance your experience.
Known the world over. Adjacent to Harvard Yard, the historic heart of Harvard University, the Square (as it is sometimes called locally) offers shops, restaurants and cafes.
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Harvard Square
18 Brattle Street
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Known the world over. Adjacent to Harvard Yard, the historic heart of Harvard University, the Square (as it is sometimes called locally) offers shops, restaurants and cafes.