NEIGH­BOR­HOODS

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ALLSTON & BRIGHTON Capped at each end by Bos­ton Col­lege and Bos­ton Univer­sity, Allston and Brighton are student vil­lages. Edgy neigh­bor­hood stud­ded with off­beat shops, eth­nic restau­rants and a bevy of bars and pubs. Allston. A4; Brighton.

BACK BAY

Back Bay is one posh place to spend some leisure time. Stores on New­bury Street and de­signer bou­tiques in Co­p­ley Place pro­vide lav­ish shop­ping op­tions and out­door green spa­ces like the Pub­lic Gar­den and Co­p­ley Square of­fer serene spots to sit. Back Bay.

BEA­CON HILL & WEST END

Vi­o­let-tinted win­dow­panes, iron boot scrap­ers, and cob­ble­stone streets named for trees cre­ate a quaint mys­tique that is rich in his­tory. Home to the Mu­seum of Science. Bea­con Hill.

BROOK­LINE

Ex­plore a smat­ter­ing of tourist desti­na­tions like the John F. Kennedy Birth­place, or visit bustling Coolidge Cor­ner for in­de­pen­dently owned shops, a cool old art cinema and a va­ri­ety of restau­rants, tav­erns and delis.

CAM­BRIDGE

Cam­bridge is a city in its own right, with many unique squares like Cen­tral, Ken­dall and In­man. Its most well­known square is Har­vard, home to the tit­u­lar univer­sity and its yard, as well as book stores, bou­tiques, and amaz­ing restau­rants. Cam­bridge.

CHARLESTOWN

Marked with Fed­eral style ar­chi­tec­ture and gas lanterns. North of the North End and was set­tled by the English be­fore Bos­ton. Charlestown Navy Yard is where the still-com­mis­sioned, oakhulled USS Con­sti­tu­tion war­ship is berthed. Charlestown.

CHI­NA­TOWN

This en­clave may be diminu­tive, but there is no limit to its abun­dance of au­then­tic culi­nary de­lights. Asian food fans can dig into Can­tonese, Tai­wanese, Thai, Ja­panese and Viet­namese eats at the many fam­ily-owned bak­eries and restau­rants. Chi­na­town.

DOWN­TOWN

This is the his­toric heart of Bos­ton. The Free­dom Trail be­gins here at Bos­ton Com­mon and con­tin­ues past sights like the Gra­nary Bury­ing Ground and Old State House. For shop­ping and din­ing, head down Win­ter Street to Down­town Cross­ing. Down­town.

FEN­WAY

Peo­ple hear “Fen­way” and im­me­di­ately think of Ma­jor League Base­ball’s most valu­able di­a­mond. But is thanks to its for­mer life as fens (low-ly­ing marsh­land). To­day, Fen­way is home to top-cal­iber mu­se­ums and pop­u­lar clubs along Lans­downe Street. Fen­way.

FI­NAN­CIAL DISTRICT

Hug­ging a stretch of Bos­ton Har­bor, the Fi­nan­cial District holds desti­na­tions like Faneuil Hall Mar­ket­place, New Eng­land Aquar­ium and Bos­ton Tea Party Ships and Mu­seum. In fair weather, the wa­ter­front of­fers plenty of cruis­ing and sail­ing ad­ven­tures. Fi­nan­cial District.

NORTH END

Once Bos­ton’s orig­i­nal posh neigh­bor­hood (home to Thomas Hutchin­son and Paul Re­vere), this long-lived sec­tor of Bos­ton is now awash in Ital­ian her­itage. The North End shows off dozens of restau­rants, ar­ti­san food mar­kets and sum­mers rife with saints’ fes­ti­vals. North End.

SEA­PORT DISTRICT

The Sea­port District boasts three things: art, food and wa­ter views. It has a ro­bust cre­ative com­mu­nity, and in­no­va­tive restau­rants keep pop­ping up. For panora­mas of the sky­line, walk the Har­bor­walk or sit out­side the In­sti­tute of Con­tem­po­rary Art. Sea­port District.

SOMERVILLE

Arty, eclec­tic and eth­ni­cally di­verse, Somerville is a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion bor­der­ing Bos­ton and Cam­bridge, and cafes, bars, restau­rants and live mu­sic clubs con­gre­gate here. The his­toric Somerville Theater screens films and of­ten hosts in­ter­na­tional per­form­ers. Somerville.

SOUTH BOS­TON

The moniker “Southie” refers to this here ‘hood, which plays host to neigh­bor­hood beaches and many an Ir­ish pub. Be sure to take a jaunt to Cas­tle Is­land, tour Fort In­de­pen­dence, have a pic­nic and walk the loop that juts right out into Plea­sure Bay. South Bos­ton.

SOUTH END

This en­clave jumps right from the pages of a Henry James novel and is on the Na­tional Register of His­toric Places as the coun­try’s largest Vic­to­rian row house district. Food fans go wild for the sheer vol­ume of great restau­rants, while cul­ture vul­tures de­vour the vi­brant art scene. South End.

THEATER DISTRICT

His­toric stages clus­tered on Tre­mont and Wash­ing­ton streets, such as the Colo­nial, Wang, Shu­bert, Ma­jes­tic and the Opera House, host Broad­way tours as well as smaller trav­el­ing pro­duc­tions and home­grown the­atri­cal en­deav­ors. Theater District.

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