Post # 1
Hi! I will be in the Boston area in the next two weeks and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for things to do. I have been to Boston many times but mainly hit the touristy stuff and I am hoping to shy away from that on this visit. Are there any cool areas for shopping… as in locally owned shops, etc. Any good restaurants? I’m open to any suggestions. Thank you so much!
Post # 3
Right now my favorite restaurant is Beehive in the South End. The food is amazing any time we go there and it’s a really cool/fun vibe. As far as shopping, there have been a lot of new stores opening up in the North End. Definitely worth a trip to walk around, and have a delicious pastry at any one of the bakeries there.
Post # 4
I agree with the North End, they have amazing restaraunts and cute shops. The North End is known for Italian food.
Newbury Street is high end shopping, but some local places are mixed in. But expensive.
The South End has more of an artsy/local vibe. There are some really cool looking shops there as well as tons of great restarunts. The Beehive is a good choice, I also like Sibling Rivalry and Tremont 647 in the South End.
Jamaica Plain is another artsy/local vibe place. Lots of cool local shops. My favorite restaraunt was there but closed for renovations. Roslindale is another great place. I love Sophie’s Grotto, Delphino’s and Birch Street Bistro- all great dinner options.
Post # 5
If the weather is nice you should take a trip to the Boston Harbor Islands! Take a picnic and enjoy the day! You could also check out the University neighborhoods: Harvard and MIT!
Post # 6
Foodwise, there’s a great Russian restaurant called Cafe St. Petersburg that’s a little out of the way, but well worth it. Their borscht (which I don’t generally like) is amazing, as is their vodka. A little more touristy, but Le Meridian hotel does a great chocolate buffet that is a must if you like chocolate and the Harbor Hotel has a wonderful afternoon tea service, complete with great views of the harbor.
Post # 7
I *highly* recommend the Helmand in Cambridge. It’s Afghani food, and I have heard that the owner is Hamid Karzai’s brother in law. Regardless, the food it great! And it’s got a nice atmosphere so it’s not just an ethnic hole in the wall kind of restaurant.
Post # 8
I have to second North End for food and South End for food and drink. There are also tons of shops in the South End as well as on Chestnut St. Cambridge is also awesome – Harvard Square has TONS of shops and restaurants and is a great way to pass an afternoon if it is nice!
Post # 9
Ohhh…I forgot about the chocolate bar….it’s actually at the Langham Hotel, http://boston.langhamhotels.com/en/restaurants/chocolate_bar.htm
Post # 10
Mike’s Pastries in the North end is AWESOME and if you likve calamari there’s this great little restaurant called the "Daily Catch" across the street from Mike’s
Post # 11
- Wedding: September 2021 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA
Mr. Cupcake and I LOVE Boston…. we also love dive bars, and found a great one in the city that you should look up: Silvertone. Less tourists, more Bostonians 🙂
Post # 12
- Wedding: May 2010 - The Pierre Hotel
If you’re a chocolate fan, I would definitely recommend the chocolate buffet at the Langham Hotel! I think it might only be on Saturdays – it’s a but of a splurge but sooooo yummy.
Post # 13
Another vote for Mike’s Pastries (hmmmmmmm…) and North End in general… (I love Boston, especially Cambridge). Have fun!
Post # 14
All of these suggestions sound incredible… and have made me extremely hungry!! Thank you all so much for all of the fantastic suggestions!
Post # 15
Cupcake – you found my secret – Silvertone is the best!
brideesq – the Boston Harbor Islands are SO fun and so worth it, and most Bostonians dont even know about it so it’s a hidden gem!
North End – my favorite is Ar Tu’s … a little off the beaten path but still great.
If you’re looking to see a sports game Clarke’s in Faneuil Hall is our favorite.
The Sail Loft is a little divey bar right on the waterfront (Near Joes and Tias but much less croweded!!)
If you’re out in the Brookline area The Fireplace is an amazing place for a nice meal.
For shopping — I would go to Harvard Square and try the side streets rather then the main streets – you’ll find some hidden gems.
Where exactly are you staying? Maybe we can help more! Have FUN and hopefully the weather gets better for you!
Post # 16
Zaftigs for brunch (or any meal) in Coolidge Corner! Coolidge Corner in Brookline is a cute little area that’s perfect for a quick visit for local Bostonians (or Brooklineans). If you’re a fan of baseball, I would suggest taking a tour of Fenway, you get to walk all around the stadium from the broadcasters’ booth to the Green Monster.
I live right next to the Esplanade and love taking a walk along the Charles. If you have time and it’s nice out, I would suggest walking along the Charles for a little bit and then go down to Newbury St (only 3 blocks away) for some shopping and ice cream at either Emack & Bolio or Justice of the Peace Licks.
Mrs. Cupcake – NooOO, STOP spreading the news about Silvertone! It’s my secret place also! We gotta keep it on the down-low so it doesn’t get overcrowded! 😉