ALLSTON & BRIGHTON Capped at each end by Boston College and Boston University, Allston and Brighton are student villages. This edgy neighborhood is studded with offbeat shops, some of the city’s best ethnic restaurants and a bevy of bars and pubs.
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.
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. Across Cambridge Street, the Hill meets the West End, home to the Museum of Science.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.