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.
The Liberty Hotel
Airbnb – some of my favorites in the South End, North End, and Downtown Crossing
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
I’ve always wanted to go to Boston! Totally saved this post for reference!
So glad to hear that Rach! – Jess
Boston looks like such a stunning place! I have definitely added it to my bucket list!
I hope you have a great Thursday,
You sure do, there’s so much to see and do, and eat! Thanks, Michael! – Jess
Boston looks amazing, I cannot wait to visit next year 🙂
Looking forward to your visit!! – Jess
Great post! I’ve been to Boston so many times but there are so many things you’ve suggested I haven’t been to! I love all of the history and the amazing Italian food in the north end. In fact, my husband is on a flight home from Boston now and he picked me up some cannolis from Mikes (the ONLY cannolis I like). Thanks for sharing!
So glad to hear that! You’ll have to try some of these next time you’re here– Mike’s cannolis are truly the best!! Enjoy!! -Jess
Boston is Massachusetts’ capital and largest city. Founded in 1630, it’s one of the oldest cities in the U.S. The key role it played in the American Revolution is highlighted on the Freedom Trail. Your article is very nice god bless
Thank you Andrew!
Wow, i heard about it but i have not added it to my list of priority earlier but your article made me to do so. After your article i have even search for other places, it’s so amazing and i would love to travel and visit it soon. Thanks for this great one handy!
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Another place to add to the list, thanks to you guys! Beautiful photography as always.
All your guides are amazing! Do you think I need anything in particular to go to Boston? I’m going to order some stuff with noon coupons and I can still add something to my cart 🙂
Thanks, Jessica for sharing this guide. It helped me a lot in planning my trip to Boston. Actually this is my first solo trip and I’m very excited about that.
Hey Jess! Is April the right time to visit Boston? As i’m planning a trip with my family, i want to know about the weather and best tourist attraction places. Rest assured i’ve got everything else covered with your blog post.
Hi Sana. April is nice but our spring is usually delayed so it can still be quite chilly and rainy.
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Wow! I always wanted to visit Boston and this post has given me so much info about it. Thankyou so much for this 🙂