Post # 1
Going to Boston for the first time ever next week. FI and I have never been. We are going to a Red Sox game thursday when we get there. Where should we eat? Where should we visit? We have half the day thursday, half the day friday, and half the day monday there. It’s not a lot of time since we are going to my sisters wedding in Hardwick but we want to do as much as possible. We saw the Barking Crab restaurant on man vs food and want to try it out.
Post # 3
I’m a big history buff so I love the Freedom Trail. You can check out the Common and Public Garden then head out on the Freedom Trail.
And for food – go to the North End! SO many great restaurants there. And get pastries from Modern or Mike’s.
Post # 5
@jesssamesssa: Boston Common/Public Garden
Esplanade by the Charles
Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall
For food over by Fenway:
Boston Beer Works, they brew at the restaurant, and it’s good food
Jerry Remy’s if you want a sports bar
Yard House, has like 100 beers on tap
Church, if you like bar food that has been made super fancy (sorta pricey and small portions)
I live right by Fenway, so those are some of the places we like 🙂
Post # 6
We had a good time at the Sam Adams brewery.
We also had awesome time and amazing breakfast food at The Friendly Toast:
The wait is a bit long but we really enjoyed it!
We went to Boston for the buildings, though… I’d reccomend walking around Harvard’s campus – they have tons of great little stores and interesting buildings and things there. 🙂
Post # 7
Thanks all!!!! Anyone else?!
Post # 8
Do the North End (the Italian district) and go to Cafe Victoria. You’ll get a great atmospehere, and they serve amazing cannolis or eclairs from Mikes Pastry next door. If you don’t feel like having a coffee and a pastry at Cafe Vittoria, DEFINATELY make sure you get some pastries at Mike’s Pastry. Its a boston institution. I reccomend the pinnoi cookies, riccota pie, eclairs or cannolis (be sure to ask for the ones with riccata). Its a really cute area, and very historical with lots of interesting grave yards and the old north church in the area. Its right on the end of the freedom trail. I’m from Boston, and its my favorite area. If I could have afforded to live there, I would have. Plus the area has great atmosphere. You will meet so many old Italian men just enjoying their cup of esspresso. (My mother is Italian, and she says all of them remind them of her my great-grandfather who was fresh off the boat.) You can get a great Italian dinner there too!
I like Harvard Square as well. Its a cute little boutiquey area around Harvard with lots of nice restaurants, etc., and you can check out the Harvard while you are there.
Check out the Sam Adams brewery if you have time, although it isn’t in the nicest area of Boston. I have a blast everytime I go there.
Also, if you like military history, you should check out the constiution. Its the oldest commissioned ship in the navy, and its been in service since the 18th century.
Also, check out the public gardens. They are beautiful at this time of year, and the swan boats are pretty icon. You can make a side trip to Neuberry street which is like the 5th ave of Boston.
Post # 9
If you like beer and lobster rolls, you should go to Harpoon Brewery (in the Seaport District) and then, walk over to Yankee Lobster for a lobster roll.
Like another PP said, Sam Adams brewey is nice, too, except there isn’t much going on around the area. They put everyone a trolley and take them to Doyle’s for beer and food, though.
You can try to catch a show like the Blue Man Group (bostix.org).
Post # 10
I lived in Boston for 7 years – just moved about a year ago. I second (third? fourth?) the Freedom Trail, Boston Commons, etc. Newbury St has excellent shopping (no sales tax on clothes in MA!). Back Bay (close to the shopping) has a ton of historic brownstones and mansions. It’s a lovely place to walk around! I also love Harvard Square.
There’s good food of every type in Boston, except Mexican (they like to think they do it well, but it’s barely edible if you’ve actually been to a state bordering Mexico or Mexico itself – steer clear).
The restaurants others talked about are mostly just bar food places – Addis Red Sea in Back Bay has awesome Ethiopean. There’s a ton of good Asian food (Shabu Shabu is an awesome thing to try if you’ve never had it!). If you’re looking for a cool drink place to try, Cuchi Cuchi in Cambridge has awesome awesome food and a ridiculously amazing drink list.
Post # 11
Also, North End food is super overpriced because it is such a tourist area. You’ll find just as authentic Italian food elsewhere for less. Definitely get dessert at Mike’s Pastries there, though. Much more reasonable way to enjoy the old buildings. Nobody needs $40 pasta.
Post # 12
I agree with the Freedom Trail, North End, Harvard, Newbury St, Common etc.
Take a whale watch or a ferry out to the islands- there’s a cool Civil War era fort on Georges Island
I love the New England Aquarium- particularly the harbor seals (outside, you can see them for free) and the penguins
It’s kind of a tourist trap but I have a soft spot for the Union Oyster House.
The best brew pub is Cambridge Brewing Company in Kendall Square- awesome local, seasonal food and great beer. One Kendall Square, where CBC is located, has some great restaurants (West Bridge, the Blue Room, the Friendly Toast).
Actually, many of “Boston’s best” restaurants are in Cambridge: Hungry Mother, Craigie on Main, Henrietta’s Table, East Coast Grill. If you go to Cuchi Cuchi (mentioned by a PP) or Craigie on Main, be sure to go to Toscanini’s for dessert (amazing ice cream)!
Post # 13
@jesssamesssa: I would recommend Beacon Hill and for a romantic dinner this one is one my favourite places (a small little french restaurant- feels like you are in Paris! I went there with some french friends of mine and they loved it, too (and not that typical stylish but not great french food you often find in South End): http://www.pierrotbistrot.com/
Before the red sox game you could either go to one of the sports bars the other Boston bee recommended or something fancier (walkable distance: http://www.meltingpot.com/boston-back-bay/specials)
Other than that: I also LOVE Harvard Sq/Davis Sq area in Cambridge….very different than Boston but very hip and nice little boutiques and hard to describe (http://www.boston.com/ae/food/restaurants/articles/2010/10/06/hip_to_be_square_davis_has_it_all_when_it_comes_to_food/)
Enjoy your stay in Boston!!!! 🙂 Let me know if you have any further questions!