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This Cult-Favorite Luggage Company Just Opened Its Second Boston Storefront In Back Bay

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Away , the luggage brand conceived in 2016, just opened its second brick-and-mortar shop in Boston ! With the inaugural shop on Seaport Boulevard in Boston Seaport, the Away family grew to a lovely shop on Newbury Street in Back Bay !

If you’re unfamiliar with the “it” luggage brand, Away, here is the backstory. The founders spent much of their time traveling and were in search of the perfect Carry-On , with features such as a built-in charging bank and a hard-shell case. Unable to find it, they designed it themselves.

The signature suitcase that catapulted Away into the hands of millions was created “by travelers for travelers .” So, each Away product enables you to maximize usage of all the nooks and crannies of your luggage- no more sitting on suitcases.

Not only is Away luggage functional, being named the “#1 carry-on” since its inception in 2016, but the brand merges beauty with function. The ultra chic suitcases, and now expanded array of travel accessories, come in a variety of minimalist silhouettes and sophisticated colors. Boasting industry accolades like Fast Company’s “World’s Most Innovative Companies” and TIME’s “Best Inventions,” Away is the go-to authority for travelers today.

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Shopping events at Away Boston

In celebration of the now 16th Away store , and upcoming holiday and travel high-seasons, Away is hosting a rotation of fun in-store activations for the Boston community at the new storefront on Newbury Street ! You don’t want to miss them.

  • Friday, November 10th 4-6 PM: Sip and Shop event hosted by Anna Rossi, co-host of NBC Boston’s “The Hub Today.” Enjoy treats from Flour Bakery and Sips from local favorite, Spindrift Sparkling Water as you mingle and browse Away’s award-winning selection of classic suitcases, bags, and accessories.
  • Saturday, November 11th: Sip and Shop with Flour Bakery and Spindrift Sparkling Water
  • Sunday, November 12th 4-6 PM: Sip and Shop event with Girlfriends Boston! More snacks and sips from Flour and Spindrift will be available. Attendees of the event will be gifted a VIP Away tote bag (while supplies last) with local Boston goodies, including: a limited-edition postcard illustrated by Kinsey Hotchkiss, Sky Candle, and more!
As a testament to the success, we’ve experienced in the Seaport district, we’re thrilled to announce the opening of our second Away store in Boston’s Newbury area. This addition to our fleet reinforces our commitment to meeting our customers where they are and delivering meaningful experiences that inspire them to get away more. said Catherine Dunleavy, President of Away.

The Away store on Newbury Street will also offer store opening specials.

  • Gift with Purchase beginning 11/3: Free limited-edition Boston luggage charm with the purchase of any piece of luggage, until supplies last.
  • Personalization 10/27 and until 11/18: Away will offer complimentary foil stamping for all luggage purchases.
  • College Student Discount 10/27 until 11/17: students get 10% off their grand total with the purchase of any luggage. Student ID required.
  • Impact Partner 11/10-11/12: Away will donate 100% of proceeds (up to $10k) to Quest Adventures a Boston nonprofit fueling local and international service-learning trips.

Find Away in Back Bay at:

179 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116

Monday- Saturday from 11 AM- 7 PM

Sunday from 11 AM- 6 PM

And Away in Seaport at:

50 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA 02210

Monday- Saturday from 11 AM- 6 PM

Sunday from 12- 6 PM

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As Massachusetts' capital and the birthplace of the American Revolution, there's no shortage of historical sites for travelers to explore within Boston's city limits (and beyond). There's even a Boston Tea Party Museum on the harbor

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Freedom Trail Freedom Trail free

Stretching 2½ miles, the Freedom Trail weaves past 16 of the city's most historic sites, including Faneuil Hall Marketplace , the Paul Revere House and Old North Church . Taking in all of the trail's attractions requires at least half a day (and some comfortable walking shoes), but you can easily plot points of interest before you begin your jaunt from Boston Common .

Though most visitors agree the trail is easy to navigate on your own, some recommend a guided tour or downloading an app to tell you about the sites. (You'll find a handful of apps available for Apple and Android devices.) If you have a Go Boston Card, standard guided tours given by the Freedom Trail Foundation are covered by your pass.

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Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Quincy Market Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Quincy Market free

U.S. News Insider Tip: Every Friday and Saturday, Haymarket (one America's oldest open-air markets) pops up adjacent to Faneuil Hall. In order to navigate this often-chaotic scene successfully make sure to bring small bills, leave bulky bags at the hotel and keep it moving on the sidewalk. - Jill LeGrow

Four buildings – Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, North Market and South Market – constitute Faneuil Hall Marketplace, with the oldest being Faneuil Hall. Built in 1742 and now a stop on the Freedom Trail , Faneuil Hall has had a long and important history in Massachusetts politics. Samuel Adams once stood here to push for resistance against the British, and abolitionists and suffragists have stood on their soapboxes here. In fact, this is where colonists famously challenged the Stamp Act of 1764 by proclaiming, "no taxation without representation." From those illustrious days, the marketplace has expanded to include more than 100 shops and restaurants.

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Boston Public Garden Boston Public Garden free

Though the Boston Public Garden sits right next to Boston Common , the two are quite different. The public garden is newer (established in 1837) and holds the distinction of being America's first public botanical garden. Flowers and trees are beautifully organized and kept in quality condition throughout. You can see the colorful arrangements and exotic trees from the 6-acre pond as you glide along the water in a Swan Boat. Additionally, the park houses two of Boston's most iconic statues: Make Way for Ducklings (a bronze sculpture of a duck and her eight ducklings) and a sculpture of George Washington (which shows America's first president riding on a horse).

Visitors looking to relax after sightseeing will enjoy the Boston Public Garden. Parkgoers say you'll find plenty of shade beneath the park's trees, which comes in handy on hot summer days. Plus, you'll likely spot some ducks and geese swimming around the lagoon. And if you have a few dollars, visitors recommend taking a 15-minute ride on a Swan Boat. The large paddle boats cost $4.50 to ride (or $3 for kids ages 2 to 15 and $4 for seniors); travelers with Go Boston Cards ride for free. Swan Boats are usually available between mid-April and Labor Day.

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North End North End free

Chances are you'll end up in the North End at least once during your visit to Boston. It's steeped in the city's rich history as it holds the title of Boston's oldest neighborhood and houses three attractions on the Freedom Trail . What makes this neighborhood a top point of interest, however, is its Italian culture: The North End is considered Boston's Little Italy.

While Italians weren't the first to settle in this area (English settlers arrived first then European Jews, African Americans and Irish immigrants), their cultural influence on the North End withstood the test of time. Today, you'll find all kinds of Italian food from classic pizza pies served at the popular Regina Pizzeria to Sicilian-style seafood, such as black linguine (made with squid ink) and calamari meatballs at The Daily Catch . For dinner, try Mamma Maria for fine dining, Giacomo's for its affordable, made-in-house pasta or Bricco , which sources its meats and bread from its own meat and bread shop, located right next door. If you’re only interested in pizza, hit up Galleria Umberto for delectable solo slices or Antico Forno for its full-size, wood-fired pies. Prezza is known for its extensive wine list, boasting hundreds of wine labels to choose from. For dessert, make sure to pick up a cannoli at Mike's Pastry or Modern Pastry , or tiramisu at the 24-hour Bova's Bakery .

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Museum of Fine Arts Museum of Fine Arts

If you want to make the most out of the Museum of Fine Arts, one of the most comprehensive art institutions in the country, then you'll need to spend a good chunk of your day here. The museum is home to one of the best art collections in the world, including the celebrated Art of the Americas wing. Inside this sprawling collection, you'll encounter galleries showcasing iconic pieces from indigenous cultures in North, South and Central America to works by contemporary artists like Edward Hopper.

You'll also find an impressive collection of Asian art here, plus works from Monet, Renoir, Manet and Rembrandt on display. And in special temporary exhibits, you can admire masterpieces from Black artists like Diedrick Brackens and Picasso, among others.

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Boston Common Boston Common free

The grounds of Boston Common started as a cow pasture in the mid-1600s. It was also used for Puritan punishments, like whipping, and even for hangings. In 1768, the area was transformed into a British camp. After the Revolutionary War, the park became a popular locale for public speeches and rallies. Now, the Common is best known because of its status as the oldest public park in the country. You'll also find a variety of activities and events – including theater and musical performances and free fitness classes – hosted here throughout the year. If you plan to traverse the Freedom Trail , you'll start the walk here at Boston Common.

Though some visitors say you won't find much to do in this park, Boston Common is great for picnics or a leisurely stroll. Travelers also mention that this site is a wonderful spot to take young children. In addition to ample running room on the park's green space, kids can play at the Tadpole Playground or Frog Pond. Frog Pond offers a spray pool during the warmer months and an ice skating rink in the winter. Some visitors do note that the park tends to draw Boston's homeless population, particularly at night.

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Fenway Park Fenway Park

U.S. News Insider Tip: If you want to watch a Sox game without a ticket, head to the Bleacher Bar on Lansdowne Street. Located beneath the bleachers of Fenway, the best tables are positioned directly in front of the huge garage window that overlook centerfield. – Jill LeGrow

Fans of America's favorite pastime won't want to miss a game at Fenway Park. Home to the Boston Red Sox, this stadium has been the site of home runs, stolen bases and grounders since 1912. Regardless of whether or not you're a diehard Red Sox fan, you should try to catch a game and admire the ballpark's original architecture. Must-see features of the park include Pesky's Pole – the right field foul pole named after former Red Sox player Johnny Pesky – and the 37-foot-tall "Green Monster" wall in left field.

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

After Isabella Stewart Gardner's husband died in 1898, the art enthusiast carried out their plan to buy land in Boston's Fenway area and open a museum to display her impressive collection of Italian art. The museum, which was fashioned after the Palazzo Barbaro in Venice , was completed in 1901, at which point Gardner moved in to the fourth floor and began installing her collection. Today, you can visit this Boston museum to get your fill of the Italian masters, such as Raphael and Titian. The building also showcases a cache of beautiful furniture, photographs, sculpture and rare books straight from Europe. The museum's New Wing, designed by Renzo Piano, includes a glass atrium, greenhouses and landscaped gardens.

The art isn't the only interesting thing here: the museum is also the site of the single largest property theft on Earth. In the wee hours of March 18, 1990, two thieves made their way into the museum disguised as police. The duo stole 13 works, including pieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas and Manet. Today, the museum has empty frames on the walls as placeholders until the art returns to the museum. As you may have guessed, the crime has not been solved and the works haven't been recovered. The museum is even offering a sizable reward ($10 million) for information leading to the art. 

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Boston Public Library Boston Public Library free

A library isn't always all about books. The main branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square, which opened in 1895, is so much more, according to recent visitors who call the architecture "beautiful" and a “must-see.” Walking into the Renaissance Revival building is akin to visiting a museum. On Dartmouth Street, two immense stone lions sculpted by Louis Saint-Gaudens stand guard by the main entrance. Inside, Bates Hall, the library's main reference reading room, is a 218-foot-long room with a barrel-arch ceiling soaring 50 feet high.

Visitors can take a free tour and learn all about the murals found throughout the library, including John Singer Sargent's series on the "Triumph of Religion." Other murals include works by French artist Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, who depicted eight library-centric disciplines in "The Muses of Inspiration," and Edwin Austin Abbey's "The Quest and Achievement of the Holy Grail."

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John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

A must for any history buffs or fans of our nation's 35th president, this excellent library and museum details the life of President John F. Kennedy. Exhibits include his presidential papers; masses of Kennedy memorabilia, including re-creations of his desk in the Oval Office and of the television studio in which he debated Richard M. Nixon in the 1960 election; and artifacts from the U.S. space program. There's permanent display on the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis plus plenty of other artifacts and information about Kennedy's life and presidency. The building itself is quite striking and was designed by architect I. M. Pei.

Museumgoers say that while the museum is off the beaten path (it sits about 5 miles south of downtown on Columbia Point), it is well worth the trek thanks to the exhibits and staff. However, some wish the exhibits had a more detailed explanation of Kennedy and events during his life. The views from the museum are amazing, add some visitors.

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Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park

If you want to get outdoors in the greater Boston area, consider hopping a ferry (which operates from mid-May through mid-October) to the Boston Harbor Islands. This collection of 34 islands located in the Massachusetts Bay boasts plenty of things to do and see including historic sites, hiking trails, beaches, wildlife and much more. Popular islands include Spectacle, Georges and Peddocks, though ferries also go to Lovells, Grape, Bumpkin and Thompson.

The 114-acre Spectacle Island is a great option for those looking to hike. Here, you'll find 5 miles of trails, including one which leads to the harbor's highest hill, offering incredible views of Boston's skyline. If you’re looking for a place where you can sink your toes into the sand, head to Lovells Island. Here, you’ll find secluded shorelines as well as tide pools (when it's low tide, a whopping 71 acres are added to the island's land mass). Meanwhile, history lovers will enjoy a trip to Georges Island. Georges Island is home to Fort Warren, which the U.S. government used for patrolling and training Union troops as well as housing Confederate prisoners during Civil War times. Peddocks Island, one of the largest of the Boston Harbor Islands, offers a little bit of everything. This island is considered a prime camping spot and features scenic hiking trails that pass through coastal forests, headlands connected by tombolos and the biggest beach of any island. You'll also find a little bit of history thanks to Fort Andrews and a restored chapel from World War II.

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Newbury Street Newbury Street free

Located in the Back Bay along eight blocks between Massachusetts Avenue and Arlington Street, Newbury Street is home to gorgeous 19th century brownstones. It's also Boston's premiere destination for dining and shopping. Newbury Street has been called one of the most expensive streets in the world, thanks in large part to the significant cluster of expensive shops on the lower end (by numbered address) nearest Arlington Street.

Starting at the higher end, by Massachusetts Avenue, you'll find more budget-friendly retailers like TJ Maxx and Forever 21, as well longtime local favorites Newbury Comics and Trident Booksellers. In fact, Newbury Comics' opening in 1978 was the catalyst that began the transformation of Newbury Street from a heavily upper-class retail destination to a hipper, trendier spot for everyone.

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Samuel Adams Brewery Samuel Adams Brewery

Despite its location outside of city center, visiting the Samuel Adams Brewery is a popular stop for beer lovers. This brewery location acts as Samuel Adams' testing facility for new and specialty brews, which patrons can try. You can also take a guided tour of the facility to learn more about the brewing process.

Whether you're a local or a tourist, odds are you'll enjoy a visit to this brewery. Visitors say the staff is knowledgeable, but note there can be long entry lines.

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Cambridge Cambridge free

Cambridge, which sits about 3 miles northwest of Boston's city center, is home to both Harvard University and MIT , but there's more to see in Cambridge than just the schools themselves. The city features an impressive array of cultural institutions that feature collections and exhibitions ranging from fine art to technological innovations.

The Harvard Art Museums , which include the Fogg Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum and Arthur M. Sackler Museum, house a wide range of periods, styles and mediums within its walls. Here, you’ll find a mix of modern photography, 13th century sculpture, paintings from legends like Georgia O’Keeffe, Picasso and Jackson Pollock, and much more. If you prefer history, head to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology , which boasts exhibits exploring everything from ancient Latin American cultures to the evolution of American eating habits and tableware to the lives of Native Americans. If science is more your speed, head to the Harvard Museum of Natural History to view dinosaur fossils, rare minerals and animal specimens from New England to Asia.

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Beacon Hill Beacon Hill free

Beacon Hill is arguably Boston's most beautiful neighborhood. Located north of Boston Common , Beacon Hill is awash with quaint, cobblestone-lined alleyways, corners dotted with gas street lamps, stately townhouses affixed with bay view windows and vibrant, flower-filled window boxes. It's Beacon Hill's incredible style, a stunning mix of Federal and Greek revival architecture, that make this neighborhood an attraction in and of itself. And recent visitors couldn't agree more.

Travelers who venture to Beacon Hill are charmed by its beauty and say that it's the perfect place to take a long stroll and wander around. While here, make sure to make your way to noteworthy spots including the picturesque Louisburg Square and Acorn Street, the latter of which is one of the most photographed places in Boston. After, head down Charles Street, where you'll find restaurants, shops and bars. Fans of the TV show "Cheers" will want to walk down Beacon Street to find the bar that inspired the program.

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Old North Church Old North Church

Most people who know anything about American history have heard of Paul Revere's famous midnight ride, when he rode through town to warn people about the arrival of British troops. Before heading off to Lexington, Revere gave orders at Old North Church. Robert Newman – the church's sexton – and Captain John Pulling Jr. – the church's vestryman – then climbed the steeple and held two lanterns as a signal that the British were indeed coming, but by sea.

The church itself, which is officially named Christ Church, is filled with beautiful relics from the past, including North America's oldest set of change ringing bells and chandeliers brought in from England in the early 1700s. The pews have a long history as well; Pew No. 54 was reserved for Paul Revere's son.

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Boston Children's Museum Boston Children's Museum

With a giant milk bottle structure at the front of the building, it's hard to miss the Boston Children's Museum. Here, hands-on exhibits present a fun and engaging way for kids to learn about various sciences, culture, art and health and wellness, among other subjects. Among the museum's standout exhibits are "Construction Zone," where little ones can learn about and play with kid-sized construction equipment, "The Common," where kids play with color, games and music, and "Japanese House" – a 100-year-old authentic Japanese house reconstructed in Boston by Japanese carpenters.

Museumgoers praise the variety of engaging exhibits tailored to kids within different age groups and can't recommend it enough. Others warn the museum gets crowded, especially in the summer.

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Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway free

Boston is packed with cool outdoor spaces, but this nearly 1½-mile-long series of parks and gardens offers more than most. The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway was established to link Boston's diverse neighborhoods through a series of lawns, parks and walkways that occupy a former highway tunnel. Since opening in 2008, visitors have flocked to this sprawling green space to enjoy temporary public art displays, bubbling fountains, numerous food vendors and a carousel. Plus, the park offers free weekly events, including food and art festivals, summer concert performances and seasonal fitness classes.

Many previous visitors said the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway not only offers a much-needed respite from the city, but also an easy way to explore Boston with kids during the warmer months. And, in many sections of the Greenway, you're never more than a few steps away from the Freedom Trail .

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Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

This hands-on museum offers an entertaining look at one of Boston's pivotal moments. You can toss (fake) tea overboard, climb around replica ships and converse with period actors about Colonial issues. Exhibits at the museum, which is located on Griffin's Wharf (close to where the actual Tea Party occurred on Dec. 16, 1773) include 3D holograms, talking portraits and the Robinson Tea Chest, an authentic tea chest from the Boston Tea Party. Two of the three ships have been recreated, the Beaver and the Eleanor, which are fun to explore. The film "Let It Begin Here" depicts the events that immediately preceded the American Revolution. You can also grab a cup of tea or a snack in Abigail's Tea Room, which has one of the best views of the harbor around.

Visitors love the interactive nature of the museum and tossing tea overboard, saying their time there was entertaining for all ages. They also add that the guides are informative and stay in character.

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Museum of Science Museum of Science

If you're traveling with young ones in tow, be sure to swing by the Museum of Science. Here, kids can learn about astronomy, earth sciences and anatomy, not to mention participate in some fun interactive exhibits. Budding scientists can examine the Arctic in "Arctic Adventure: Exploring with Technology" exhibit or play on swings to learn about physics in "Science in the Park." The museum also features the Charles Hayden Planetarium, where you can indulge your inner astronaut during shows. Meanwhile, at the Mugar Omni Theater, you'll feel like you're actually in the IMAX film thanks to its cutting-edge sound technology and five-story-high projection screen.

Although the museum is very kid-focused, past visitors said that young-at-heart adults and even teens will get a kick out of the museum's engaging displays and shows. Though most travelers spend about half a day exploring the museum, you could easily allocate an entire day to this attraction. Also, remember that separate tickets (which cost extra) are needed for some museum features, such as IMAX films, planetarium shows and the Garden Walk and Insect Zoo.

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Boston Duck Tours Boston Duck Tours

Wander Boston for a couple of hours and you're sure to see a Duck Tour quacking its way through the streets (and waterways). These "Truck Duck" vehicles recreate the look of a DUKW truck used by the U.S. military during World War II and transport tourists all over the city by land and water. The tours drive past a number of landmark sites including the Old State House, Newbury Street , Prudential Tower, Public Garden and the Swan Boats, and Copley Square (home to the Boston Public Library ). Once launched into the water, you'll cruise down the Charles River checking out MIT, the Longfellow Bridge, as well as the Esplanade and the Hatch Shell. 

Besides giving tours around the city, Boston Duck Tour boats have been used in all of the victory parades since 2002 for the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins (the city's major teams for football, baseball, basketball and hockey, respectively). What started off simply as a way to roll the Patriots through downtown Boston for a Superbowl celebration has turned into a much-loved tradition that continues today.

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Boston Symphony Orchestra Boston Symphony Orchestra

Even if you're not a classical music aficionado, you can't miss attending one of the Boston Symphony Orchestra's world-renowned performances at Symphony Hall. The BSO began performing in 1881. Today, the symphony performs everything from family shows to traditional concerts and Boston Pops – a lively performance filled with singing and a variety of music. The BSO performs at Symphony Hall from September through April, then heads to Tanglewood (which is about 130 miles west of Boston) in the summer.

Past spectators not only praised the world-class talent, but also noted the impressive acoustics of Symphony Hall as a main selling point for attending future concerts. If you can't score tickets to an orchestra performance, consider taking a free tour of Symphony Hall. Tours, which are offered in the fall, winter and spring, provide information about the property, as well as insight into the orchestra's musicians and conductors.

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New England Holocaust Memorial New England Holocaust Memorial free

Gaze up at the six 54-foot glass towers that comprise the New England Holocaust Memorial, and you're bound to be awestruck. Dedicated in 1995, each haunting tower is etched with numbers. The 6 million numbers represent the Holocaust's victims, while the towers represent the six major death camps. There is also a granite path covered in quotes from survivors that leads visitors inside the towers.

Recent visitors described walking through the columns as an emotionally charged and unforgettable experience. The monument's location next to Faneuil Hall Marketplace makes it very accessible while walking the Freedom Trail .

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Paul Revere House Paul Revere House

For a glimpse of what life was like in the late 1700s, head to Paul Revere's former residence in the North End . The house, which is situated on the Freedom Trail , offers insight into how homes looked in Revere's time (it's even filled with period pieces, including fine silver). Inside, history fans can admire the building's sweeping beams, spacious fireplaces and some original furnishings owned by the Revere family.

If you like American history, travelers say you'll enjoy seeing the Paul Revere House. This house is small, though, so don't allot more than an hour to tour the property. Docents are friendly and knowledgeable.

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Massachusetts State House Massachusetts State House free

The golden-domed Massachusetts State House is an important building for many reasons and is one of the stops on the Freedom Trail . The land it sits on was originally used as John Hancock’s cow pasture. It was designed by Charles Bulfinch and completed in 1798 and the cornerstone was laid by Samuel Adams in 1795. A copper dome was installed by Paul Revere in 1802 (later covered in gold). Nowadays, senators, state representatives and the governor conduct the Commonwealth's business here.

Free tours are offered by docents who explain the building's history and discuss the important art and architecture within. Make sure to look for the Sacred Cod in the House of Representatives Chamber. The almost 5-foot wooden cod symbolizes the importance of the salt cod industry to the area.

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New England Aquarium New England Aquarium

Your kids will find plenty to love at the New England Aquarium, starting with the Atlantic harbor seals that hang out just beyond the ticket booth. Inside, you'll find thousands of marine critters to study, and at the center: the Giant Ocean Tank. This four-story tank includes a coral reef habitat that houses more than 1,000 underwater creatures including green sea turtles, eels and barracuda. In other parts of the aquarium, you'll find exhibits dedicated to penguins, sea jellies and seadragons, plus a six-story high projection movie screen with digital surround sound, where you can watch films about sea creatures and more. And don't forget to check out the Shark and Ray Touch Tank, which allows visitors to graze sharks and rays as they swim by.

While some visitors bemoan the aquarium's compact size (which, in turn, made for thick crowds), many appreciate the attraction's variety of animals. Several travelers also recommend watching a penguin or seal feeding.

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USS Constitution USS Constitution free

U.S. News Insider Tip: Every July 4th, the USS Constitution takes her annual "turnaround" sail in Boston Harbor. The particular sail is the only one open to the public and the US Navy holds a lottery with the lucky winners getting to board "Old Ironsides." – Jill LeGrow

History lovers, boat enthusiasts and military aficionados alike can't miss the chance to board the USS Constitution. Docked at the Boston National Historical Park in Charlestown, this historic vessel is the world's oldest commissioned warship still operational today. It is helmed by United States Navy sailors, who also serve as the ship's guides. The ship's accompanying museums displays nearly 2,000 artifacts related to the ship's history.

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Bunker Hill Monument Bunker Hill Monument free

Bunker Hill Monument is part of the Boston National Historical Park and a stop on the Freedom Trail . The first major battle of the American Revolution took place on Breed's Hill in June 1775, though originally it was supposed to take place on nearby Bunker Hill. Names aside, the British won the battle but fared worse than their American foes. The British sacrificed about nearly half of their 2,400 men; American casualties were between 300 and 500 out of an army of 1,400 to 1,800 soldiers. Construction of the monument started in 1827 and was completed in 1842. The 221-foot granite obelisk offers fabulous views from its observatory, though you have to work for it by climbing 294 steps to the top.

Start your visit at the Bunker Hill Museum, located across the street. Exhibits explain the Battle of Bunker Hill, the construction of the monument, and the history of Charlestown. Free tickets are required to climb the monument and you can also pick them up at the museum. Visitors enjoy the museum and say the monument is awe-inspiring and the grounds beautiful.

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U.S. News Insider Tip: To save some cash on your sightseeing, pick up a Boston CityPass which allows you to visit up to four attractions (such as the Museum of Science , New England Aquarium , Boston Harbor City Cruise and View Boston) for one discounted price. – Jill LeGrow

Replacing the iconic Top of the Hub restaurant and Skywalk Observatory that closed in 2020, View Boston opened in June 2023 to offer 360 panoramic views of Boston from atop the 52nd floor of the Prudential Center. Taking over the top three floors of the Prudential Center, View Boston includes an observatory, a wraparound roof deck and indoor/outdoor cocktail bar called Stratus, and a floor with interactive exhibits such as a projection-mapped 3D model of Boston. There's also Beacon, a bistro offering seasonal beverages and food.

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The Mapparium The Mapparium

Located at the Mary Baker Eddy Library, this three-story, stained glass globe never fails to elicit wonder. Designed by the architect of the Christian Science Publishing Society building, Chester Lindsay Churchill, the globe depicts the world as it was in 1935.

The "How Do You See the World" experience includes the globe; the "Our World: Mapping Progress," which highlights humanity's achievements since 1935; and "Points of Progress," where you can learn about significant events in human rights, scientific advances, exploration, and other fields. A 10-minute audio narration features clips from President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jane Goodall, Wangari Maathai (a Kenyan Nobel laureate) and others. One of the coolest features of the globe is that it is a "whispering gallery." Stand at one end of the gallery while a friend stands at the other. Whisper something to them and they will be the only one to hear it.

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Shops Logan airport

Shops boston airport

Do you like shopping? You have the opportunity to spend time usefully while waiting for your flight. This airport has many large and small shops with a huge range of goods. Firstly, there is the classic Duty Free, where you can buy souvenirs, clothes, perfumes, jewelry and many other goods. Secondly, there are a large number of specialized private outlets. You can find a large number of shops in all airport terminals. Recall that there are four terminals here: A, B, C, E. Due to the fact that there are shops on every corner, you don’t have to look for a long time for a place where you can spend your money with pleasure. We suggest you familiarize yourself with several popular places that you can find in different terminals.

Shops in terminal A of Boston Logan Airport

Shops in terminal A of Boston Logan Airport

Here you can find 15 stores that are worthy of your attention.

Tumi. This is a travel store. You can buy bags and other useful travel accessories here.

Booklink. You can understand what is sold in this store just by reading its name. Here you can buy books of different genres. Customers speak positively about the range of these stores. New England Collection. If you want to buy a souvenir or a gift for a loved one, you should definitely come here. Here you can buy soft toys, original clothes, mugs, stationery, simple souvenirs and so on.

Stores have different opening hours. Check this information before your trip, if necessary.

Shopping at terminal B of Boston Airport

Shopping at terminal B of Boston Airport

  • Let’s look at the top three places that are popular among passengers.
  • Hudson. If you love fashion clothes, you should visit this store.
  • Kidspot. It sells goods for newborns and older children, as well as useful things for pregnant women.
  • Mac Cosmetics. Everything is obvious here. This store offers a wide range of cosmetics.
  • Separately, it is worth mentioning the world-famous Dunkin’. Here you can buy donuts and other food.

Logan Airport shops: terminal C

Logan Airport shops: terminal C

There are about 20 places that passengers like to visit.

Johnston & Murphy. Another place that is sure to appeal to fashion lovers. It sells premium clothing and footwear.

New Balance. This brand needs no introduction. Visit this store if you want to buy sportswear or shoes.

Go Go Gifts. Do you want to buy an original gift that will be remembered by the recipient for a long time? Most likely, you can find something suitable here.

Separately, we note iStore. This store will be very useful for you if, for example, your headphones are broken, and you have a long flight ahead of you. There is a wide range of accessories for mobile phones.

Shops in terminal E

Shops in terminal E

There are relatively few shops here, but you will still find plenty to do. In addition, we remind you that if you want to choose from a huge range of goods, you can visit the Boston Airport Duty Free.

Estee Lauder. This is an American cosmetics manufacturer.

Hugo Boss. Another brand known all over the world. Here you can buy clothes at low prices.

Mont Blanc. This is an unusual store. You can buy here exclusive pens, watches, jewelry, cufflinks, perfumes.

In addition, there is also the aforementioned Dunkin’ in this terminal.

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10 Must-See Bookstores in Boston

"10 Must-See Indie Bookstores in Boston" is a literary listicle by Jaylynn Korrell about where to find the best bookshops in Boston, MA. Shops include Brattle Book Shop, Brookline Booksmith, and more.

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“10 Must-See Bookstores in Boston”

by Jaylynn Korrell

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Whether you’re just visiting or you live down the block, don’t miss these indie bookstores in Boston.

There is a lot to see and do in Boston, especially if you love to read. Boston might be one of the most bookish cities in the country and an excellent place for book lovers to visit while on the east coast.

Bookstores in Boston can be found on some of the most historic streets in the heart of downtown or snug and cozy in one of its surrounding neighborhoods. You’ll find Black-owned bookstores, women-owned bookstores, and some shops that have been around for over 100 years.

Here are some of the best indie bookstores in Boston.

1. brattle book shop .

9 West St, Boston, MA 02111

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You CANNOT go to Boston without visiting one of America’s oldest and largest used book shops.

Brattle Book Shop is a staple in Boston and for good reason. Sitting right in the heart of downtown, Brattle is a three-story building that carries over 250,000 books, maps, prints, and postcards. You can go here to hunt for used books, out-of-print books, and sought-after first editions and collectibles. Peep this IG post for a look at their outdoor section & mural from when Joe and I visited.

2. Commonwealth Books

Downtown Crossing – 9 Spring Lane Boston, MA 02109

Tucked conveniently away off of a main street in downtown you can find Commonwealth Books. There are over 40,000 titles ranging from used books to medieval manuscripts. With a focus on books on subjects like poetry, decorative arts, history, and literature, it won’t be hard to find something worth your while in this cozy Boston bookstore. 

3. Harvard Bookstore 

Harvard Book Store 1256 Mass Ave

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If you’re in the Harvard area, you’ll have to take a break from peeking in on lectures and taking in the architecture to check out Harvard Book Store. This locally owned and independently run bookstore has been a landmark in Cambridge since 1932. Its gorgeous design will easily draw you in from the street, but it’s the books that’ll keep you there.

Don’t worry, they’re not just selling textbooks at this spot. With thoughtful curation and thousands of titles filling their shelves, you shouldn’t be surprised if you find yourself spending an hour or so browsing around. You can also fill your time by attending one of their numerous author events that feature some of the most notable authors in the world. 

4. More Than Words Warehouse Bookstore

242 E Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02118

This non-profit bookselling businesses doesn’t just sell books, they also fund youth development programs. All of the proceeds from this amazing place go to job training and youth development programs. It’s also run by local youth!

So if you’re looking to buy books and support an amazing cause at the same time More Than Words Warehouse Bookstore is the place to go. 

5. Papercuts J.P

60 South St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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If you’re in or around the Jamaica Plain neighborhood in Boston, then you’ll HAVE to visit Papercuts Bookshop. This award-winning, woman-owned independent has been open since 2014, and it was created by a woman who worked at Little, Brown for a decade before.

They’ve hosted some of the most notable names in the literary world for their readings, and they currently run a house imprint called CUTLASS PRESS where they publish books and anthologies. They also have a pretty amazing gift section where you could find some great literary gifts!

6. Frugal Bookstore 

57 Warren St, Roxbury, MA 02119

Frugal bookstore is the only Black-owned bookstore in Boston. This community bookstore is located in Roxbury and is driven by their passion to promote literacy with children, teens, and adults in the area. They feature new books only, so don’t be surprised to see some of the latest and greatest books on the market on their shelves. 

7. Trident Booksellers & Cafe

338 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115

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Located on one of the busiest and best shopping streets in Boston, trident Booksellers & Cafe is an easy stop to add to any tourist trip. It is a thriving cafe on one side and a super browsable bookshop on the other.

In other words, it’s a reader’s dream scenario. You can grab a bite to eat, pick up a book, and read it while you sip on a hot beverage.

8. Brookline Booksmith

279 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

Brookline is one of my favorite places in the Boston area, and the Booksmith is a big part of that.

This indie bookstore has been family-owned and locally run since 1961 and has been an amazing community space since then. Back in 1961, they opened under the name Paperback Booksmith, with a mission to get the East Coast to recognize that “serious” books could also be printed in paperback. Before that, paperbacks mostly features westerns and nurse stories.

Since then the Brookline Booksmith has become one of the first books to display books by category rather than publisher and continues to make great strides to bring great books to everyone who walks through their doors. They even host a small press book club , which you know I’m getting behind!

9. Grolier Poetry

6 Plympton St, Cambridge, MA 02138 

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Poetry lovers will rejoice that such a place as Grolier Poetry exists in the Boston area. Since 1927, this poetry-focused bookshop sells modern, classic, and the latest contemporary poetry . You can find them in the heart of Cambridge right off of Harvard square and pick up some some poetry to read while you’re taking in the area.

10. I AM Books

124 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113

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I AM Books is not your typical bookstore. Labeled as an Italian American cultural hub, the books you’ll find here are predominantly fiction and nonfiction by Italian and Italian Americans, books in Italian, and cookbooks and books on travel. This unique bookstore shines a light on Italian writing and should not be missed if you’re visiting bookstores in Boston. 

About the Author

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Jaylynn Korrell  has been writing reviews and blog posts for IBR since the very beginning. She takes the photographs and manages the  IBR Instagram  page. In her spare time, she likes to play board games and take road trips around America. She is the founder of  Good Gift Lists .

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The 7 Best Thrift Stores in Boston for Vintage

Budget Travel , North America / January 10, 2023 by Jade / Leave a Comment

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Looking to purchase some vintage in Boston but don’t know where to go? Check out this post for the 7 best thrift stores in Boston for vintage!

Although I’m not the most avid thrift shopper, thrift shopping is the most budget-friendly way to find high-value vintage at a great price. In fact, if you’re in Boston, there’s no shortage of the amount of thrift shops you can visit. There are some up in Cambridge, some down by Brookline, and some in the middle of Boston.

So, if you’re looking to purchase some vintage in Boston and don’t know where to go, you’ve come to the right place! This post alone highlights 7 of the best thrift stores you can visit in Boston for some awesome vintage.

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Buffalo Exchange (best thrift stores in boston)

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Buffalo Exchange is a great thrift shop to find vintage in Boston. Located in Brookline, the shop is known for being an amalgamation between a thrift shop and a consignment store. In fact, if you were to visit the store, you would also notice that they have brands ranging from H&M and Urban Outfitters to expensive brands like Calvin Klein.

In addition, selling clothes at this thrift shop is a great way to make some pocket change as well. You can get 25% percent of the clothes in cash if you sold them or 50% for store credit. Overall, you’re getting a good bang for your buck while helping someone else in need.

So, if you’re planning to visit the Buffalo Exchange for the first time in Boston, I highly recommend it. If you purchase a bag from them, Buffalo Exchange will even donate the money to a charity organization of your choice.

The Garment District (best thrift stores in boston)

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The Garment District is another great thrift shop to find vintage in Boston! Located in Cambridge, The Garment District is known for having the biggest selection of vintage clothing in the Boston area. In fact, it’s a one stop shop for both vintage and contemporary secondhand clothes.

For women, vintage blouses start at $7 to $14 and for dresses, they start at $10. In fact, all of the vintage pieces you’ll find range in style from the ’50s to the ’90s.

So, if you’re planning to visit the Garment District for the first time in Boston, I highly recommend it. The thrift shop itself even houses the Boston Costume which is one of Boston’s biggest costume rental locations.

Vivant Vintage (best thrift stores in boston)

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Vivant Vintage is another great thrift shop for vintage in Boston! Located in Allston, the Vivant Vintage has nicknamed itself as being the home of the traveling spectacular. In fact, if you were to walk inside the shop, you would also notice the eccentric atmosphere to it too.

Some, like other visitors, have even went so far as to say that visiting the store is like walking into a collector’s attic. They have items that range from vintage cameras and old typewriters to over 1,000 pairs of jeans. In fact, some have even said it can be hard to tell what’s permanent decor and what’s for sale. But, if that’s your dilemma, the staff are always happy to help you clarify the difference.

So, if you’re planning to visit Vivant Vintage for the first time in Boston, I highly recommend it. Their clothes will have a rock n’ roll bohemian vibe to them which include but are not limited to leather jackets, graphic T-shirts, and button-downs.

Boomerangs (best thrift stores in boston)

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The Boomerangs is another great thrift shop for vintage in Boston! Located in Jamaica Plain, Cambridge, and the South End, the Boomerangs is known for being one of Boston’s most popular thrift store chains. In fact, if you were to visit the Boomerangs , you’ll even notice their lavish windows during the holiday season. They don’t hesitate the opportunity to decorate the shop accordingly, making the shop all the more rich and inviting.

In addition to that, students and teachers who shop at the thrift store are also able to get 20% off all purchases on Wednesdays as a special deal. Proceeds themselves will go to the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts so you’ll be helping a good cause as you shop.

Therefore, if you’re planning to visit the Boomerangs for the first time in Boston, I highly recommend it. Not only can you purchase vintage in person there, but you can also do it online too.

40 South Street (best thrift stores in boston)

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40 South Street is another great thrift shop for vintage in Boston! Located in Jamaica Plain, 40 South Street is known for its down-to-earth, fun and weird vibe. Inside, they have a huge vintage collection which includes but is not limited to vintage denim, pleated skirts, and dresses. In fact, most of the women pieces are from the ’60s to the ’80s, giving you three decades as your options.

So, if you’re planning to visit 40 South Street for the first time in Boston, I highly recommend it. Similar to other thrift shops, you can also purchase from their online selection on Ebay too.

Great Eastern Trading Company (best thrift stores in boston)

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The Great Eastern Trading Co. is another great thrift shop for vintage in Boston! Located in Cambridge, this thrift shop was one of the first vintage stores in the Boston area. In fact, today, it’s known for its unique clothing for all genders, binary and nonbinary.

The vintage clothing, in addition, are even from decades starting from the 1920s all the way to the 1980s. So, if you’re planning to visit the Great Eastern Trading Co. for the first time in Boston, I highly recommend it. The thrift store even has some statement items such as corsets, frocks, and suede jackets.

Raspberry Beret (best thrift stores in boston)

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Raspberry Beret is another great thrift shop for vintage in Boston! Located in Cambridge, Raspberry Beret is known for retailing both new and consigned pieces of women’s clothing. In fact, the thrift store has an eclectic assortment of high-end designer items as well as low-end trendy merchandise.

So, if you’re planning to visit the Raspberry Beret for the first time in Boston, I highly recommend it. The vintage merchandise, however, is on crowded, non-color-coordinated racks so do plan ahead to spend some time in there.

Best Thrift Stores in Boston FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions you might have about thrift shopping in Boston!

What is the best day to visit thrift stores?

While there isn’t a perfect day to visit a thrift store, many people have stated shopping early on Monday or Tuesday is the best way to do it.

Do you wash thrift clothes after buying it?

It’s always a great idea to wash your thrift clothes after buying them since they’re secondhand.

Overall, I really hope you enjoyed this post on the 7 best thrift stores in Boston for vintage ! Please let me know in the comments down below which thrift store you would like to visit the most! I would love to hear from you. 🙂

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PEOPLE's 24 Hour Food Tour: Boston

Local seafood spots, a late-night dive that can't be missed and more restaurant recommendations for a quick trip to Boston

Writer and editor Jillian Dara considers Boston her second home. After attending Emerson College in Boston, Jillian spent time living in London, Santiago, Chile and New York City before moving back to Beantown. During her time abroad, Boston’s culinary scene exploded and she returned to cover restaurant openings, chef profiles and beverage trends for local publications in addition to her national freelance portfolio of publications, including Food & Wine , Michelin Guide and Decanter . 

Boston’s culinary scene is far beyond emerging — it’s currently flourishing as local and international chefs are satiating the global palate all while ensuring that New England classics don’t fall by the wayside. Any tourist in the Bean should indulge in the regional seafood favorites, from clam chowder to lobster rolls (who serves the best one is an ongoing debate, but Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are among the celebrities who approve of the highly-rated James Hook & Company ). But you'll also want to leave room for international flavors — there's great Portuguese, Greek, Lebanese and French — that have brought Boston’s restaurants into the spotlight. It’s challenging to pack everything all in one day, but 24 hours will certainly whet your appetite enough to entice you to return even hungrier. 

Breakfast: Bistro du Midi

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Begin your food tour in the most quintessential Boston neighborhood of Back Bay at Bistro du Midi , a French cafe and bistro that overlooks the Public Garden. While Parisian staples like moules frites and wagyu beef tartare tantalize on the dinner menu, the weekend brunch shouldn’t be overlooked. Chef-partner Robert Sisca started his career as a sous chef at Le Bernardin in New York City, so you know his ability to champion elevated French cuisine is next level. (Celebrity chef Eric Ripert ’s Le Bernardin has maintained its three Michelin stars since 2005.) Sisca brings that French flair to breakfast with Duck Confit Foieffles, a playful, French twist on chicken and waffles where the confit is served on a Belgian waffle with kumquat, pomegranate, maple syrup and foie butter. There’s also the Crêpes Suzette, prepared with vanilla ricotta crème patisserie and orange; and the Croque Madame, layered with black forest ham, mornay, Gruyère and sunny side eggs. Chef Sisca’s personal pride is the classic French Omelette as it's smooth, airy and fluffy as a result of lightly scrambling the eggs, using water and never cream or milk. It’s served the traditional French way, with asparagus, French feta, chive and pommes frites or salad. If you think the dining room looks familiar, re-watch What’s Your Number? , as a scene from the 2011 movie starring Chris Evans and Anna Faris was filmed here. Other celebrity diners at Bistro du Midi have included: Harry Connick Jr., Drew Barrymore , Pedro Martínez, Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis .

Lunch: Hook + Line


After a morning in one of the most historic neighborhoods, it’s time to head to one of the city’s newest, most burgeoning districts: the Seaport. Zag your way through a maze of recently developed residential towers and soaring office buildings to the waterfront where Hook + Line is ready to satisfy your essential New England cravings. Local restaurateur Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli, opened this regionally-inspired seafood restaurant as a response to the wave of international chains opening their latest outposts in Boston. He wanted to ensure an authentic seafood culture remained. Schlesinger-Guidelli curated a menu to highlight his favorite childhood dishes like stuffies (New England baked stuffed clams with buttery breadcrumbs and chorizo) and fried clams served with the works (fries, coleslaw and malt onion soubise) but also spotlighting coastal regions around the world with rotating fish from whole-roasted, Mediterranean branzino to wood-grilled Loch Duart Scottish salmon. On a sunny, summer day, nothing beats a lobster roll on their patio, which Schlesinger-Guidelli chose to serve two ways: the roll is cut in half with one side presented cold and tossed in mayonnaise and the other warm, drizzled with butter. Don’t forget there's also daily rotating regional oysters on the half shell.

Dinner: Myers + Chang

Kristin Teig

Husband-wife duo Christopher Myers and Joanne Chang opened their eponymous restaurant in 2007 to present a neighborhood eatery that fuses eastern and western flavors through a self-described “Asian-ish” menu with influence from Chinese, Taiwanese and Korean cuisine. Flavorful dishes tie to personal experiences from the couple's life — like Mama Chang’s pork and chive dumplings that Chang grew up making every weekend or the pan-roasted soy glazed salmon that Chang cooked for Myers when they were first dating. By night, the street lights twinkle in the oversized windows, reflecting against a moody interior that feels personal and homey. 

Spot a Celebrity at: Neptune Oyster

Ana M. Reyes

Open seven days a week, this intimate North End hotspot features a daily special to match, including sea urchin bucatini on Tuesdays and cuttle ink risotto on Fridays. Perhaps the most evergreen special, the lobster spaghettini has appeared as a Monday special since Neptune Oyster ’s owner Jeff Nace first served it to Leonardo DiCaprio when he was in town filming The Departed . Bring your appetite — the plate is piled with thin noodles in a garlic, white wine, and tomato sauce, under a layer of Maine lobster meat, breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese — and patience since there’s usually a line out the door for a coveted bar seat.

Sweet Treat: Modern Pastry

While in the North End, save room for a sweet treat at one of the most institutional bakeries in the city. As Italian immigrants, the Picariello family established Modern Pastry on Hanover Street in 1930 to share the authentic sweets they left behind with the new country they called home. The original location remains as does the recipes for the lauded cakes, cookies, pies, tarts and cannolis lining the wrap-around glass displays. If you only try one thing, make it a build-your-only-cannoli, choosing from the traditional with Ricotta filling or variations like vanilla custard and whipped cream as well as chocolate chips, pistachio or sliced almond toppings.

Late Night Snack: Anchovies

Somewhat of a hidden gem among locals in the know, this South End dive bar dishes out Italian comfort food until 1:30 a.m. Favorites include fried mozzarella, meatballs, prosciutto-stuffed calzones or simply pick at a heaping basket of truffle fries as last call is announced. Its ideal location means you’ll never end a night out hungry, whether you’re barhopping in Back Bay, sipping nearby at South End haunt or coming from a game at TD Garden.

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