Built in the spirit of rebellion, Boston is accustomed to marching to the beat of our own drum. In that spirit, our city is full of some of the most innovative makers and purveyors in the country, giving you access to wonderfully unique dining and shopping experiences you won’t have outside the historic borders of Beantown. Check out our favorite spots below.
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You don’t even have to leave the hotel to taste some of the brightest and most adventurous flavors that Boston has to offer; Cósmica is located inside the Revolution Hotel and is serving up flavorful tacos topped with imaginative salsas, freshly caught habanero and passion fruit-spiked ceviche, margaritas on tap, plus an expansive and flower-filled patio.
Run by the team of Harvard-educated mathematician and economist-turned-chef, Joanne Chang and husband, Christopher Myers, Myers+Chang serves up deceptively simple “Asian-ish” dishes with a side of kindness. Though you’ll find clear influences from Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan and Indonesia on the menu, with every emphasis on fresh ingredients and flavor, these dishes are uniquely Chang’s, and the taste is unforgettable.
You can’t come to Boston without slurping a few of our favorite salty bivalves, and B&G Oysters is a longtime South End favorite purveyor of the shellfish. Whether or not you’re a learned oyster connoisseur, B&G’s knowledgeable waitstaff can help you select your briny snacks from a sizeable variety of East and West Coast oysters, all in a chic and modern atmosphere that’s anything but stuffy.
Built on the spirit of discovery and innovation, Bully Boy Distillers began when the two Willis brothers happened upon an old stash of their grandfather’s pre-Prohibition- and Prohibition-era spirits hidden away on their fourth-generation family farm, stoking a lifelong obsession with making (amazing) spirits. Whether you perch at the ancient and lovely wood of the Tasting Room bar, or sun yourself in the Cocktail Garden, you’ll enjoy the city’s most creative cocktails, made with Bully Boy’s house-made whiskey, gin, rum, vodka and amaro.
One of the most innovative cocktail lounges in the city is also a vibrant art gallery; Create Gallery & Cocktail Lounge is an incredibly eclectic setting for a sip. Snack on gourmet tinned fish and jarred goodies like pâté and hummus, and if you’d prefer, take everything (including the cocktails) to go.
Founded in 1947 and one of the oldest family-owned and operated jazz clubs in existence, and one of the few Black-owned businesses in Boston to hold a liquor license, Wally’s is a Beantown institution. Head to this South End club to check out jazz, funk and blues sessions every night of the week, often performed by the masterful students from nearby Berklee College.
A roughly 90-minute, 2.5-mile walk around Boston’s most significant historical sites, the Freedom Trail is both a visually stimulating way to get a little exercise and fresh air on a pleasant New England day, and an educational way to learn about some of the most important locations in our nation’s history. Walk the marked path that starts at Boston Common, and gaze admiringly at the fabled exteriors of the 16 historical sites as you make your way to Bunker Hill, or make the trek an all-day affair and stop in for a visit at each museum.
Perched at the eastern end of the city, Castle Island is the perfect blend of outdoor recreation and history. Here, you can picnic on the vast grassy knolls overlooking the sun-dappled harbor, swim or sunbathe on sandy beaches, bike or hike on the two marked trails that loop around the nearly 400-year-old Fort Independence. You can also tour the five-bastioned fortress, one of the oldest of English origin in the U.S.
Filling the absolutely charming cobblestone walkways at the open-air Faneuil Hall Marketplace downtown, you’ll often find talented street performers and musicians to entertain you as you patronize the appealing rows of boutiques, pubs and eateries. Faneuil Hall often hosts festivals and events in its waterfront courtyard space, such as Boston Harborfest and the Boston Festival of Bands. Stop by to pick up some locally crafted souvenirs, but stay for a while, to experience the warm and welcoming feeling of hanging out in Boston’s own living room.
Address: 40 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116
Cósmica is a South End neighborhood spot serving Cal-Mex specialties, tacos, snacks and vacation cocktails that soothe the senses. Grab some friends and dive in… the water is warm, the mood is good.
Pier 6 Charlestown
Address: 1 8th Street, Boston, MA 02129
A Boston waterfront restaurant destination with panoramic views of the city skyline and harbor. Our menu highlights many exciting flavors in some of our most classic New England dishes with a focus on fresh seafood and local ingredients.
Strega North End
Address: 379 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113
Strega is famous for its dramatic decor, celebrity clientele, unmatched hospitality, and most of all, the unforgettable Italian cuisine. It’s also notorious for being one of the most difficult restaurants in Boston in which to get a seat, and has been hailed as having “Boston’s Most Coveted Table Reservation”.
Buttermilk & Bourbon in Back Bay
Address: 160 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
Nationally recognized chef Jason Santos’ Buttermilk and Bourbon delivers Southern hospitality to guests in the heart of the Back Bay. Drawing on the South’s trademark charm, the restaurant offers a vibrant, cozy atmosphere with an innovative American menu featuring Southern-influences. Santos, who currently owns and operates Boston’s Abby Lane and Back Bay Harry’s, channels his love of New Orleans and all things Southern to transport guests to the Bayou by way of Buttermilk & Bourbon
Address: 361 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
The Parish Cafe opened in November 1992. Its concept is simple, but fabulous! Owner Gordon Wilcox approached Boston’s famous chefs and asked them each to create a sandwich for the Parish Cafe menu. Each sandwich is named for the chef and the restaurant they are from. Since our menu items are created by other chefs our standards are extremely high, which shows through in our enormous following.
Citizen Public House
Address: 1310 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215
The Citizen Pub is modern neighborhood tavern located behind Fenway Park. Our menu is a fresh twist on Tavern Cuisine. The bar program features craft cocktails, world-class wines, and a selection of more than 325 whiskeys, including hand-selected single barrels crafted just for Citizen.
Address: 50 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210
The desire for fresh food and great company always calls for a meeting – and Committee provides the perfect spot. Inspired by the modern day “cuzeri” found throughout Greece, Committee is the kind of vibrant, welcoming pace where the conversation flows, the shareable plates delight and satisfy, and the creative cocktails keep the mood light and fun. Step in and kick back in a gathering place that brings a new spark – and the true taste of Greece – to the Boston waterfront.
Bostonia Public House
Address: 131 State Street, Boston, MA 02109
Bostonia Public House is an elegant renewal of a classic meeting place that celebrates the history, traditions and people of Boston. The food and beverage offerings are intended to be approachable and stylish. Imaginative and locally inspired menus, diverse wine by the glass offerings, and elegant live entertainment combine to promote a vibrant social scene.
Island Creek Oysters
Address: 500 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
Located in the heart of Kenmore Square, the original Island Creek Oyster Bar is an ideal spot for sampling the namesake bivalves. Sustainably farmed year-round in Duxbury Bay, the oysters are sweet, briny, and always fresh. Jeremy Sewall’s lengthy, seafood-focused menu includes “Cousin Mark’s” lobster (from York Harbor, Maine), Rhode Island striped bass, Montauk bluefish, grilled Maine salmon, Cape Cod scallops, and more.
Address: 253 Washington Street, Somerville, MA 02143
Casa B Tapas and Cocktail & Rum Bar is a modern interpretation of the traditional Spanish tasca, located in Union Square, Somerville, Massachusetts. Our tapas restaurant and cocktail & rum bar, embraces the romance, warmth and spice of Latin America. It has strong culinary roots in the Spanish Caribbean cuisines of the Island of Puerto Rico and Colombia’s Atlantic Coast, drawing further inspiration from many other Latin American countries and Spain. Casa B features a contemporary split level atmosphere where the stylish and warm dining room, with an open kitchen concept and green wall, is located in the lower level and the bar is prominent on the ground floor. We feature Spanish inspired Caribbean Tapas, a large selection of sipping rums, creative craft cocktails, unique, quality and fun wines and sherries from Spain and South America and a good selection of imported and local craft beer.
Address: 541 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116
Hailed as a must see Boston venue by Travel & Leisure, Zagat, and The New York Times, The Beehive is a wildly popular Bohemian eatery and bar located in The Boston Center for the Arts complex in Boston’s South End. Amongst the backdrop of an eclectic, funky, yet elegant art space, you can enjoy delicious food, sumptuous cocktails, and world-class live music every day of the week.
Address: 115 Beverly Street, Boston, MA 02114
A&B Burgers proudly serves all-natural, 7oz. patties from Pinelands Farms in Maine. All burgers are served with sea salt fries, sweet potato fries, or onion rings.
Premium 7X Beef Wagyu patties are available for a supplemental charge of $5. 7X Farms produces a breed of Japanese Wagyu cattle bred over the past 150 years to produce intense fleck marbling, juiciness, and tenderness. The farm uses all-natural feeding systems, with natural grass, grains and spring water. The cattle are allowed to grow at their own pace without the aid of hormones or antibiotics and roam freely through the meadows and forest.
Toni & Elaine’s
Address: 111 N Washington Street, Boston, MA 02114
Home of the best Italian food in the North End of Boston. We’re a casual, throwback red sauce joint. Winner of North End’s best meatball. All homemade pasta.
Address: 138 St. James Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
OAK Long Bar + Kitchen, a stunning Boston restaurant in the heart of Back Bay. Sip a hand crafted cocktail. Sample a farm to table American menu featuring local ingredients and purveyors. Savor the dramatic results of an extensive restoration and each thoughtfully curated detail. With simple elegance complemented by contemporary spirit and style, our downtown Boston restaurant was designed to inspire.
Address: 60 Causeway St 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02114
Sound Advice is located in Boston’s West End — adjacent to the TD Garden and North Station — offering dynamic views of the city from its third floor double-height windows. Whether you’re here for a special occasion or just popping in because you missed the train, we’re here to help you make the most of it. And remember, an apple a day might keep the doctor away, but it won’t help the hangover – so don’t forget the water.
Address: 907 Boylston St #21, Boston, MA 02115
The Pour House Bar & Grill is a no frills establishment. Well known to Bostonians as an inexpensive watering hole for people who want to get down and have a good time. It specializes in great attitude, great pricing, and great portions.
Flat Top Johnny’s
Address: 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139
Since 1993 we have been providing pool, darts, pinball, food, drink, and a casual fun environment to enjoy them in.Located in the One Kendall Square complex close to The Cambridge Brewing Company, The Blue Room, The Kendall Square Cinema and West Bridge, Flat Top’s offers 12 pool tables, a full list of locally crafted beer, cocktails and a menu of tasty pub noshes.
Address: 50 Lovejoy Wharf, Boston, MA 02114
At Alcove, we believe that the most memorable days and nights are spent with friends, surrounded by great food and drink. That’s why we created a warm neighborhood restaurant that serves as host to date nights, pre-game meet ups, business lunches and convivial dinner parties. Just as we hope you’ll surrounded yourself with friend and family when dinning at Alcove, we’ve done the same with our menu, finding inspiration from the purveyors we personally know and the ingredients that tell a story.
Address: 45 Province St, Boston, MA 02108
Haley.Henry is a wine bar in the heart of Downtown Crossing. Established in 2016, it is a magical place, where laughs are had, plans are made and neighbors come together to toast one another’s health. It is meant to educate, to inspire & to introduce new wines and experiences to whomever walks through the door. So… What are you waiting for?
Address: 2 Broad St, Boston, MA 02109
Tasteful island décor adorn the walls at Tiki Rock, and the kitchen serves Polynesian-inspired food like sushi, crab Rangoon and barbecue skewers, with classic and proprietary tiki cocktails made with fresh juices, homemade syrups and eccentric garnishes.
Address: 160 State St, Boston, MA 02109
For the past 40 years, The Black Rose has been Boston’s premier Irish pub and restaurant. Located in the heart of Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall and steps from the city’s celebrated waterfront, The Black Rose has been serving up perfect pints of Guinness and traditional Irish fare 365 days a year since 1976. It’s a beloved Boston institution, prompting the Boston Globe to call it “The Fenway Park of Irish pubs.”
The Urban Grape
Address: 3030 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02116
Sleek liquor store with wine tasting machines dispensing samples & a huge selection of craft brews.
Back Bay Wine Spirits and Craft Beer
Address: 441 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116
Sleek, contemporary shop offering a wide selection of bottles, plus snacks & nonalcoholic options.
Address: 100 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116
Casual coffee-shop chain with a menu of Italian-style light dishes and specially blended drinks.
Blue Bottle Café
Address: 800 Boylston Street #25, Boston, MA 02199
Trendy cafe chain offering upscale coffee drinks & pastries, plus beans & brewing equipment.
Berkeley Perk Café
Address: 69 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116
Berkeley Perk Cafe is widely known for its tasty breakfasts, the place is a quiet spot in busy Boston. With friendly staff and a great vibe some say it is one of the best places for coffee stop. Budget friendly cafe offering a wide variety of breakfast and lunch options. The cafe is small and cozy with casual seating and comfortable booths.
Museum of Fine Arts
Address: 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, is the 17th largest art museum in the world, measured by public gallery area. It contains more than 450,000 works of art, making it one of the most comprehensive collections in the Americas.
John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library
Address: Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is the presidential library and museum of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States.
New England Holocaust Memorial
Address: 98 Union St., Boston, MA 02129
The New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston, Massachusetts is dedicated to the Jewish people who were murdered by Nazi Germany during the Holocaust.
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
Address: 306 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210
Floating history museum with live reenactments, multimedia exhibits & a tearoom.
Isabella Stewart Garden Museum
Address: 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is an art museum in Boston, Massachusetts, which houses significant examples of European, Asian, and American art. Its collection includes paintings, sculpture, tapestries, and decorative arts.
Music Outdoor Urban Adventours
Address: 103 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA 02110
We are Boston’s finest cycling outfitter, offering bike tours, rentals, and a full-service bike shop. Our tours and rentals are great for the whole family, or for expert cyclists alike. Come ride with us, and get ready for a fun exploration of the city and beyond! Don’t just take our word for it, check out our awesome online reviews. Once you’re ready for a Boston adventure tour you won’t forget, simply reserve an Urban AdvenTours experience with us and see for yourself how we’ve earned our outstanding reputation.
Castle Island is a peninsula in South Boston on the shore of Boston Harbor. In 1928, Castle Island was connected to the mainland by a narrow strip of land and is thus no longer an island.
East Boston was for more than two centuries known as Noddle’s Island, named after William Noddle, who was likely sent out by Sir William Brereton, and settled here in 1629.
Boston Harborwalk is a public walkway that follows the edge of piers, wharves, beaches, and shoreline around Boston Harbor. When fully completed it will extend a distance of 47 miles from East Boston to the Neponset River.
Middlesex Fell Reservation
Middlesex Fells Reservation, often referred to simply as the Fells, is a public recreation area covering more than 2,200 acres in Malden, Medford, Melrose, Stoneham, and Winchester, Massachusetts.
Address: 517 Tremont Street, Moston, MA 02118
Hip boutique offering classic & vintage apparel, accessories, grooming products & gifts for men.
Olives and Grace
Address: 577 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02118
Olives & Grace was founded in 2021 by Sofi Madison, as a way to introduce emerging food and gift makers to the community. The shop has since become a retail resource for those looking to discover well made, beautifully designed fits, made with integrity and style.
Address: 100 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
Copley Place is an upscale enclosed shopping mall in the Back Bay section of Boston, Massachusetts, as part of a larger complex that includes four office towers, two hotels, and an underground parking garage. As of May 2020, the mall is anchored by department store Neiman Marcus.
Address: 2 Dartmounth Street, Boston, MA 02116
Gifted is an independent, woman-owned gift boutique in Boston’s beautiful South End. We feature works by more than 75 U.S. artists/makers, as well as beautiful items from around the world. We offer the area’s largest selection of greeting cards – printed in the USA!
If you are having a medical emergency, please dial 911 immediately.
Address: 285 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
A full service pharmacy and convenience store.
Mass General Brigham Urgent Care
Address: 137 Stuart Street Suite A7, Boston, MA 02116
Make an appointment online or walk-in.