Written by contributor Jessica Lambi | @jessica.lambi
As someone who lives, works in, and truly loves, the city of Boston, putting together everything to see as a visitor is really hard– almost impossible– to narrow down. The number of restaurants that I would suggest alone could keep you here for a week at least. But, that just means there’s a little something for everyone on your next weekend or extended stay in this New England city.
What I really love about Boston is how each neighborhood is very different, yet it’s also small enough to really walk it entirely if you’re able; there’s a lot of different things to see and do, and on a manageable scale.
Looking for traditional Boston architecture and history? Wander through Beacon Hill. Want to see modern art and shop cool new brands in real life? Head over to the Seaport. So, pack comfortable shoes and some layers for unpredictable New England weather, and get ready to explore. Here’s my Boston travel guide.
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
Niche Plant Shop
Olives & Grace
Charles Street – Follain, December Thieves, Paridaez
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.
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
Bistro du Midi – dinner, great location and view of the Commons
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!
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