Select from espresso, caffè latte or latte macchiato or lunch on the inzaghi, zanetti or di vaio paninis. Imported grappa, Limoncello, Sambuca and other specialty liqueurs. Caffé Dello Sport also screens soccer matches direct from Italy, on two large screens. B, L and D (daily). Cash only. 308 Hanover St., 617.523.5063. $
Seafood Seafood focused eatery with Chef Pino Maffeo serving up housemade pastas, fresh oysters and fish-focused entrees like hay-roasted salmon with seasonal vegetables. L (Th-Sa), D (M-Sa), brunch (Su). 326 Commercial St., 857.277.1895.
Vegetarian-Vegan-Raw Delicious veggie, vegan, gluten-free and juice options abound at well-situated brick-and-mortar locations— including Boston Public Market—for this former foodtruck startup. Mother Juice is a Boston pioneer in the meatless market, under a “Peace, love and veggies” banner. Hours vary by location. 100 Hanover St.; 291 Newbury St. 857.263.7401; 625 West Kendall St., 617.945.7357.
Italian Not your typical “Little Italy” joint. Find a modern speakeasy vibe served up with contemporary takes on Italian cooking such as herbed-lamb pappardelle and pork belly chips. D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). 230 Hanover St., 617.367.2824.
American Its location in the far reaches of the North End doesn’t hamper this place from being jammed every night of the week with young professionals. The bar program revisits different eras with its cocktail creations, sometimes staying true to classic recipes and sometimes putting on a new spin. Bristol Lounge vet Kenny Schweizer
mans the kitchen, serving up a menu of sinful dishes the run the gamut from fresh lobster chowder to the signature Ward 8 mac and cheese. D (daily). 617.823.4478.
SEAPORT DISTRICT TUSCAN KITCHEN
Italian Italian regional cuisine gets the full, fresh artisanal treatment in the Seaport— everything is prepared in-house from bakery bread to incredible pastas. L and D (daily). 64 Seaport Blvd., 617.303.7300.
SEAPORT DISTRICT/ FORT POINT CHANNEL COMMITTEE
Mediterranean Eastern Mediterranean-style small plates that run the gamut from grape leaf dolmades to marinated lamb with tzatziki. Don’t miss the Greek yogurt pancakes at brunch. L (M-F), D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). 50 Northern Ave., 617.737.5051. Pan-Asian Empire is one of the largest restaurants to open in Boston in recent years, which makes it not too hard to find a seat and order up pan-Asian treats, from freshly rolled sushi and delicate dumplings to spicy stir-fry. The lively open kitchen contains a noodle station, eight-seat wok bar and eight-seat sushi bar. D (M-Sa). 1 Marina Park Drive, 617.295.0001. $$$
American Casual The restaurant that’s equipped to make an instant craft brewer of its customers has added a gorgeously appointed Seaport branch to its original Newton location. Great brews, hearty pub fare. L and D (daily). 51 Sleeper St., 857.239.9042.
MASTRO’S OCEAN CLUB
Seafood Boston’s addition to the nationwide collection of classic, elegant Ocean Club and Steakhouse locations makes a very comfortable home in the Seaport District. First-class wine list, lively atmosphere. D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). 25 Fan Pier Blvd., 617.530.1925.
OAK + ROWAN
American Farm-to-table ethos means artisanal dishes comprised of locally sourced ingredients. Think lobster and veal sweetbreads, beef sirloin with tallow bread pudding and tarragon fettuccine with pistachio. L and D (daily). 321 A St., 857.284.7742.
SOMERVILLE FOUNDRY ON ELM
Gastropub Consistently packed with locals. Great beer list—32 on tap. Vittles run the gamut from roasted Asian pear pizza to pan-roasted scallops to the gravy and cheddar-smothered poutine. L (M-Sa), D (daily), brunch (Su). 255 Elm St., Somerville, 617.628.9999.
SOUTHERN KIN COOKHOUSE
Southern Expect southern hospitality, whiskey-centric drink options and a full belly. Comfort food is on the menu, and there’s six types of pie for dessert. L and D (daily). 500 Assembly Row, Somerville, MA, 617.764.5966.
SOUTH BOSTON CAPO
Italian House-made pastas and classic Italian dishes aren’t just for the North End. Here you’ll find authentic flavors in a rustic, neighborhood setting, including wood-fired pizzas and plenty of vino on the carefully curated menu. The speakeasy-style Supper Club downstairs features Monday Night Comedy. L (Sa-Su), D (daily). 443 West Broadway, 617.993.8080.
Global Staying true to its past as the copper fabrication fac-
tory Dahlquist Manufacturing Co., this restaurant and cafe offers diners a vintage-industrial aesthetic. With dishes like Southern-style grilled cheese and fish and chips, this spot is sure to please any palate. L (M-F), D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). 40 W. 3rd St., 617.658.3452.
SOUTH END BAR MEZZANA
Italian Sophisticated and contemporary coastal Italian cuisine cooked by chef Colin Lynch. Handmade pasta, deliciously fresh crudo, and traditional Italian cocktails are all part of the mix. D (daily), brunch (Su). 360 Harrison Ave., 617.530.1770.
Global This casual rendezvous point aimed at a funky, music-loving crowd is part café, bar, artist hangout and music club and plays to old bohemia. The menu features tasty and eclectic, globally inspired food. Nightly live music runs the gamut from jazz to cabaret to electronica. D (daily), live-music brunch (Sa, Su). 541 Tremont St., 617.423.0069.
Bakeries From popular South End restaurant The Gallows comes this bakery that focuses solely on the doughnut. Fresh-made daily onsite, styles range from chocolate old-fashioned to wild berry Bismark. Open M-F 7 am-6 pm, Sa-Su 8 am-6 pm. 492 Tremont St., 617.482.9000; 20 Kilmarnock St.
DARRYL’S CORNER BAR & KITCHEN
Southern This club and restaurant sends out great Southern food and good vibrations in the South End with an upscale, modern interior and live jazz and R&B acts. Open Tu-Th 5 pm-midnight, F-Sa 4 pm-2 am, Su 10 am-10 pm. 604 Columbus Ave., 617.536.1100.
French Frenchie is a visionary, modern and supremely chilled spin on the Gallic standard. Small plates—including sublime salt cod croquettes and escargot toast— can be paired with a smart selection of great wines-bythe-glass, and the sugar for your coffee comes in vintage French tin boxes. Choose between the main dining space or the greenhouse-style conservatory out back. L and D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). 560 Tremont St., 857.233.5941.
PETIT ROBERT BISTRO
French Outstanding South End charmer, authentically French from escargots and coq au vin to bouillabaisse and steak frites—nice touches include a vegan soup of the day and a regular selection of local oysters. L and D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). 480 Columbus Ave., 617.867.0600.
Italian Venice meets the contemporary culinary traditions of Boston’s South End. Chefs Michael Lombardi and Kevin O’Donnell tag team the kitchen, preparing a menu of snacks, pasta and protein-heavy entrees. Atmosphere is ornate yet casual and lively, especially after sampling a classic Italian cocktail at the bar. D (daily). 569 Columbus Ave., 617.536.9500.
Italian Evan Deluty’s Stella is a sexy room with a sleek bar and cuisine that is rooted in roasting, braising and homemade pasta. Great $6 appetizer menu M-F 4-6 pm. D (daily), brunch (Su). 1525 Washington St., 617.247.7747.
THEATER DISTRICT EXPLORATEUR
Modern European Beneath hundred-year-old coffered ceilings, Explorateur heralds French cafe culture but puts a modern, global spin on classic items. Baristas work with La Colombe beans to create connoisseur-worthy coffee drinks that, along with such pastries as a maple bourbon-glazed, baguette-y ‘doughnut’, can be taken to go. B, L and D (daily). 186 Tremont St., 617.466.6600.
THEATER DISTRICT/ BAY VILLAGE THE BRISTOL
American The Four Seasons’ sophisticated dining room, a bar that locals love for its people-watching power and an upscale spin on New England comfort food. Great view of the Public Garden, situated right across Boylston Street. B, L and D (daily), brunch (Su). Four Seasons Hotel, 200 Boylston St., 617.351.2037. $$$$
ACCESSORIES GOORIN BROS.
At this family owned hat company, customers can expect a personal shopping experience as they check out all types of hip head wear. Open M-Sa 10 am-8 pm, Su 11 am-7 pm. 130 Newbury St., 617.247.4287; 43 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617.868.4287.
The Detroit-built company keeps its product development in the U.S., and the care and craftsmanship of its employees is evident in each swanky watch it produces. Open M-Sa 10 am-9 pm, Su 11 am-7 pm. 800 Boylston St., 617.262.3400.
APPAREL: GENERAL JOHNNY CUPCAKES
Johnny Cupcakes is not your average bakery. In fact, it’s not a bakery at all. Boston native Johnny Earle created one sweet street wear brand here in the Hub, and now serves up his highly sought-after, limited-edition cupcake-themed graphic tees exclusively at his boutiques. Open M-Sa 11 am-8 pm, Su 11 am-7 pm. 279 Newbury St., 617.375.0100.
APPAREL: MEN ALTON LANE
Retail man-cave that takes the hard work out of looking good. Custom fittings at the showroom, includes beer and use of technology that scans your body measurements. Open M-W 11 am-8 pm, Th 10 am-8 pm, F 9 am-7 pm, Sa 9 am-6 pm, Su 11 am-6 pm. 91 Newbury St., 888.800.8616.
BALL AND BUCK
This local retailer only sells American-made products for style-conscious men. Includes a complete Ball and Buck product line, and other exclusive brands. Open daily 11 am-8 pm. 144 Newbury St., 617.262.1776.
APPAREL: WOMEN DECEMBER THIEVES
Exclusive and hand-crafted items are the name of the game at Boston-based jewelry designer and artist Lana Barakat’s store. Find her own Lazuli line, as well as pieces by other emerging designers. Open M-F 11 am-7 pm, Sa 10 am-6 pm, Su noon-5 pm (South End closed M-W). 88 Charles St., 617.982.6802.
Effortlessly chic styles of California’s fashion scene. Rich textures, colors and prints define this brand’s free-spirited womenswear and accessories. Open M-Sa 10 am-9 pm, Su 11 am-7 pm. 800 Boylston St., 857.233.5989.
Irish-born O’Leary began this San Francisco-based clothing company, which is renowned for its cutting-edge knitwear and California aesthetic. M-Sa 10 am-7 pm, Su 10 am-6 pm. 49 Charles St., 617.535.9144.
Browse artisan-made, spagrade beauty products that are free of synthetic chemicals, including local producers, like Indie Lee and Dr. Dandelion. Open M-Sa 11 am-7 pm, Su noon-5 pm. 53 Dartmouth St., 857.284.7078; 65 Charles St., 857.233.5211.
Born-and-raised Boston beauty company Fresh offers top-quality skin care and cosmetics made from natural ingredients like soy, sugar and black tea. Open M-Sa 10 am-7 pm, Su noon-6 pm. 121 Newbury St., 617.421.1212.
BOOKS & MEDIA BRATTLE BOOK SHOP
Longest continuously operating antiquarian book store in Boston. The Brattle houses used and rare book, from antique tomes to bestsellers, as well as maps and prints. Open M-Sa 9 am-5:30 pm. 9 West St., 617.542.0210.
Import and domestic, independent and major label CDs and vinyl at this Boston-born music destination. Check out the selection of T-shirts, shoes, posters and pop culture essentials. Hours vary by location. 332 Newbury St., 617.236.4930; North Market, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 617.248.9992; 36 J.F.K. St., Cambridge, 617.491.0337; 100 CambridgeSide Place, Cambridge, 617.577.1297.
TRIDENT BOOKSELLERS & CAFE
Hide away in this cozy half-bookstore, half-café with an extensive selection of magazines, unusual titles and bargain books. Café serves “perpetual breakfast,” lunch and dinner. Open daily 8 am-midnight. 338 Newbury St., 617.267.8688.
DEPARTMENT STORES BARNEYS NEW YORK
The Manhattan institution’s New England outpost spotlights the best of haute couture like Lanvin, Givenchy and Diane von Furstenberg as well as edgy looks from new designers. Open M-Sa 10 am-8 pm, Su noon-6 pm. Copley Place, 100 Huntington Ave., 617.385.3300.
This Irish shop features trendy looks as one of Europe’s largest clothing retailers—from cropped tops to men’s slipon sneakers to housewares. Open M-Th 8 am-9 pm, F-Sa 8 am-9:30 pm, Su 10 am-9 pm. 10 Summer St., 617.350.5232.
FARMERS MARKETS BOSTON PUBLIC MARKET
The space hosts 35 farms, fisheries and other food producers from across the commonwealth. Booze connoisseurs should make for Hopsters Alley. Open M-Sa 8 am-8 pm, Su 10 am-8 pm. 100 Hanover St., 617.973.4909.
HOME CASA DESIGN
For those with an eye for upscale, contemporary design, the showroom here offers a plethora of aesthetically pleasing options for both home and office. Open M-F 10 am-6 pm. 460 Harrison Ave., 617.654.2974.
JEWELRY SIDNEY THOMAS JEWELERS
Sidney Thomas Jewelers delves further into the luxury market than its predecessor Ross-Simons, offering clients a concierge-style experience and a broader range of brands, including Roberto Coin and Charriol. Open M-Sa 10 am-9 pm, Su 11 am-8 pm. The Shops at Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., 617.262.0935.
Charming shop that specializes in antique, estate and custom jewelry, from engagement rings to cameo brooches and elegant necklaces. Watch repairman on premises. Open M-F 11 am-6 pm. Sa 10:30 am-5 pm. 142 Newbury St., 617.267.7371.
LEATHER RICK WALKER’S
Rick Walker’s has everything from “Western wear to biker gear,” like cowboy boots from Lucchese or hats and accessories from the likes of Stetson. Also find vintage designs. Open daily noon-7 pm. 306 Newbury St., 617.482.7426.
OUTLETS ASSEMBLY ROW
Somerville shopping destination with 50 upscale outlets, including Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH and Brooks Brothers Factory Store. Exclusive dining options, a movie theater with IMAX screen and more. 340 Canal St., Somerville, 617.440.5565.
WRENTHAM VILLAGE PREMIUM OUTLETS
Find discounts of 25 to 65 percent off at this outdoor village-style outlet center 35 miles from Boston, with stores like Michael Kors and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th. Open M-Sa 10 am-9 pm, Su 10 am-6 pm. 1 Premium Outlets Blvd., Wrentham (exit 15 off I-495), 508.384.0600.
You might walk right past this shop that caters to an ultra exclusive audience interested in one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories—a convenience store and a secret entrance are part of the gimmick. Open M-Sa 11 am-6 pm, Su noon-5 pm. 6 Clearway St.
Design your own pair of Chuck Taylor All-Stars here. Huge selection of Converse gear, including lines like Jack Purcell, One Star and Star Chevron. Open daily 10 am-7 pm. 348 Newbury St., 617.424.5400.
SHOPPING CENTERS CAMBRIDGESIDE
Waterfront shopping center boasts more than 120 brand-name stores and restaurants. Open M-Sa 10 am-9 pm, Su noon-7 pm. 100 CambridgeSide Place, Cambridge, 617.621.8666.
Posh offerings at this luxury designer mall include Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York, Chanel and Tom Ford. Open M-Sa 10 am-8 pm, Su noon6 pm. 100 Huntington Ave., 617.262.6600.
FANEUIL HALL MARKETPLACE
This marketplace has been a vendor market since Colonial days. Today, find numerous stores, pushcart vendors and historic and modern restaurants. Open M-Sa 10 am-9 pm, Su noon-6 pm. Financial District, 617.523.1300.
Upscale shopping mall featuring select brands including Aritzia, Johnny Was and Shinola. Hungry shoppers stop by Eataly Boston, Bar Boulud or others. Open M-Sa 10 am-9 pm, Su 11 am-8 pm. 800 Boylston St., 617.236.3100.
SOUVENIRS PROSHOP POWERED BY REEBOK
Destination for official NBA (Adidas-branded) and NHL (Reebok-branded) team apparel with special focus on the Celtics and Bruins. Open M-Sa 10 am-5 pm, Su 11 am-5 pm; also open during games. TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, 617.624.1500.
RED SOX TEAM STORE
Local owner ‘47 Brand purveys licensed professional and collegiate sporting apparel and notable near-perfect-fit caps. Red Sox gear and autographed Fenway Park seats available. Open daily 9 am-5 pm. 19 Yawkey Way, 617.421.8686.
SPECIALTY FOODS BOSTON OLIVE OIL COMPANY
This family owned store seasonally imports and bottles on site more than 60 varieties of the highest quality, unfiltered, extra virgin olive oil and finest-aged balsamic vinegar. Open Su-F 11 am-6 pm, Sa 11 am-7 pm. 253 Newbury St., 857.277.0007.
SPIRITS & WINE BAUER WINE & SPIRITS
Below street level on Newbury Street, this little liquor store has been around since 1960 and is not only well-stocked with some amazing deals, but the resident wine experts are usually available to answer any vexing questions. Free deliveries in Boston with $100 orders. Open M-Sa 10 am-11 pm, Su noon-8 pm. 330 Newbury St., 617.262.0363.
SPORTS & YOGA APPAREL CANADA GOOSE
If you’re going to battle through a blizzard on the way to the city’s bountiful selection of shows, restaurants and boutiques, you may as well look fantastic doing it—visit the Prudential Center’s new Canada Goose flagship for parkas, accessories and more. Open M-Sa 10 am-9 pm, Su 11 am-7 pm. 800 Boylston St., 617.982.0320.
This cornerstone of the sneaker world sits on the corner of Newbury and Exeter streets. Look your best on and off the field, court or track with the newest in premium Nike running, training, basketball, football, soccer and sportswear product, with footwear, apparel and equipment for men, women and children. Services include run analysis, styling, bra-fitting and more. Open M-Sa 10 am-8 pm, Su 11 am-7 pm. 200 Newbury St., 617.267.3400.
Reebok’s global flagship store offers custom-made and personalized products as well as yoga, bootcamp and crossfit classes. If you like to wear your city with pride, there’s no shortage of gear designed with Boston in mind. Open M-F 9 am-7 pm, Sa 9 am-5 pm, Su 11 am-4 pm. 25 Drydock Ave., 617.772.0267.
BARBER SHOPS ROOSTERS MEN’S GROOMING CENTER
Half a dozen barbers treat men to grooming, skin care and relaxation at this new South End rendezvous. A dozen or so services run the gamut from precision cut, shampoo, massage and hot towel treatment to a simple neck trim. Open M-W 10 am7:30 pm, Th 10 am-8:30 pm, F 10 am-6:30 pm, Sa 8 am-5 pm, Su noon-5 pm. 518 Tremont St., 857.305.3106.
BEAUTY & PERSONAL CARE BOSTON CENTER FOR FACIAL REJUVENATION
Based on Newbury Street in the Back Bay—and with a second location in Brookline— this excellent practice specializes in state-of-the-art plastic surgery as well as innovative non-surgical treatments. Procedures available include Botox, Tummy Tuck, CoolSculpting and Juvederm. Boston office hours M-Th 9 am-5 pm. 69 Newbury St., 617.450.0070; 1 Brookline Pl., 617.735.8735.
Give way to an innovative approach to beauty and skin care at Elizabeth Grady. Services include skin care, waxing treatments, makeup consultations, nail treat- ments, massage therapy and microdermabrasion. Hours vary by location. 69 Newbury St., 617.536.4447; 1 Winthrop Square, 617.259.1000.
Show a little love for your lashes at this boutique beauty care hot spot. Services include everything eyelashand eyebrow-related, from extensions to tinting, waxing and hydrafacials. Open M-W 10 am-7 pm, Th-F 9 am-8 pm, Sa 10 am-6 pm, Su 11 am-6 pm. 129 Newbury St., 617.247.1871.
PYARA SPA AND SALON
Merges Ayurvedic philosophies with modern day, plant-based Aveda products. Treatments range from a botanical resurfacing facial to a meditative chakra balancing massage. Open M-F 8 am-10 pm, Sa 8 am-8 pm, Su 10 am-6 pm. 1050 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 781.270.9200.
SKIN SPA NEW YORK
One of New York’s top stops for skin care and beauty treatments also calls Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood home. Services include anti-aging treatments, custom facials, massage and laser hair removal. Locals love the membership program, but à la carte services are the go-to for travelers. Open M-F 10 am-9 pm, Sa-Su 10 am-8 pm. 284 Newbury St., 617.236.1444.
FITNESS BURN FITNESS STUDIOS
This boutique gym is shaking up workout routines with innovative sweat sessions that keep your body guessing with a multitude of physical challenges. Combining strength training, cardio and flexibility, the classes here are sure to “burn” in the best way. Class schedule and registration available online. 867 Boylston St., 617.651.3625; 547 Columbus Ave.
CORE DE VIE
Full-service lifestyle center focusing on balancing the mind and body. Offers Gyrotinic, Pilates, yoga classes, massage and acupuncture treatments. The boutique proffers athletic wear and UMI skin care products. 40 Charles St., 617.720.0411.
While the classes and training of this private mind-and-body facility are members only, nonmembers can indulge in the Spa at Equinox, which offers facials, massages, body treatments and waxing. Call for appointment. 131 Dartmouth St., 617.578.8918; 225 Franklin St., 617.426.2140; 4 Avery St., 617.375.8200.
The ethos here is simple: move well, eat well, be positive. Kettlebell training programs are this studio’s bread and butter, but there are group classes and personal training, too. Scheduling and registration online. 477 Harrison Ave., 617.936.4346.
Boxing great George Foreman brought the art and intensity of boxing to Bostonians in 2013. Now with two locations, the gym delivers a holistic fitness philosophy with time-tested training methods and high-intensity workouts. Open M-Th 5 am-9 pm, F 5 am-8 pm, Sa-Su 8 am-4 pm. 15 Channel Center, 857.250.4140; 1 Federal St., 857.990.3108.
This indoor cycling studio offers an intense cardio experience aboard a high-tech bike for 45 or 60 minutes. Climb, race and sprint while you listen to “Flybeats” and find your rhythm. Sign up online. 800 Boylston St., 617.300.0388.
NORTH END YOGA
Drop in and take a class for $16. Owners Alicia Orr and Alessandra Miele have more than 10 years of combined experience as yoga students and teachers, and they offer
some 30 classes each week at their studio. 256 Hanover St., 617.227.9642.
PETER WELCH’S GYM
This authentic boxing gym focuses on fostering the qualities of elite boxers: strength, speed, balance and stamina. But you don’t have to be a pro to workout here, just come ready to sweat in a no-nonsense atmosphere. Open M-Th 5:30 am-9 pm, F 5:30 am-8 pm, Sa 8 am-4:30 pm, Su 9 am-1 pm. 371 Dorchester Ave., 617.936.8939.
This popular franchise has been transforming bodies across the nation with toning, isometric movement routines that emulate the art (and intense workout) of ballet. Schedule and registration available online. 350 Newbury St., 617.247.5360.
Cate Brinch’s cycle studios were some of the first to open in Boston, back in 2011. Today, the boutiques are candle-lit, state-of-the-art and designer implemented, in order to put a focus on relaxation and well being. Schedule online. 9 Newbury St., 617.366.9670; 18 Union Park St.
Swet Studio hosts a variety of classes intended to raise your fitness level and provide relaxation. Whether you choose an aerial yoga, barre or meditation class, you are sure to have a challenging yet rejuvenating experience. Schedule and registration online. 480 Tremont St., 617.670.0631.
THE HANDLE BAR
This large indoor cycling studio features low-lit, music-driven classes where you can clip in and spin away some calories. Walk-ins welcome. Single class: $24. 141 Dorchester Ave., 617.451.1270; 1336 Boylston St., 857.239.9789; 1030 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617.714.3367.
Part dance party, part workout, the high-intensity, rhythmic cardio classes here are 55 minutes of endorphin-inducing fun. To tone it down a bit, try the Flow class featuring vinyasa yoga. Class schedule online. 699 Boylston St., 617.603.2522; 181 Massachusetts Ave.
Drop in for a class for $18 and get your flow on. Yinyasa, yin, heated core and even hip hop yoga classes are available, and all experience levels are welcome. Class schedule available online. 364 Boylston St., 617.375.9642; 1032 Commonwealth Ave., 617.277.9642.
Aveda Lifestyle Salon offering services including cuts, color, keratin treatments, botanical therapies and airbrush tanning. Private hair services room for those requiring privacy for religious reasons. Open M-F 10 am-10 pm, Sa 9 am-10 pm, Su 10 am-8 pm. 800 Boylston St., 617.423.1350.
Opened in 1994 by Bostonian Gretchen Monahan. Services include customized facials, designer haircuts, nail treatments, massage and make-up application using only the best brands. Open M-F 9 am-8 pm, Sa 8 am-6 pm, Su 10 am-6 pm. 10 Huntington Ave., 617.266.6166.
Nick Penna’s hair salon is unpretentious, has won a variety of awards and is one of only 12 salons in the U.S. to have the interactive L’Oreal Professional Hair Color Center. Open Tu 9 am-6 pm, W-Th 9 am-9 pm, F 9am-8 pm, Sa 8:30 am-6 pm. 11 Newbury St., 617.236.0020.
Located in the historical Jewelers building in Downtown, salon offers up glamor and charm with services like cuts, blowouts, conditioning treatments, color and foil. Open Tu-Th 10 am-7 pm, F 10 am-6 pm, Sa 10 am-4 pm. 333 Washington St., 617.742.7951.
SALON MARIO RUSSO
Long established in this city, this upscale salon offers haircuts and coloring, scalp treatments, straightening and bridal services. Open Su-Tu 10 am-6 pm W-F 10 am-8 pm, Sa 9 am-6 pm. 9 Newbury St., 617.424.6676; 22 Liberty Drive, 857.350.3139.
“Rock star hair warrior” Sandy Poirier has been featured on MTV’s Made and TLC’s Miami Ink and regularly styles celebrities. His Boston salon, Shag, offers specialized cuts, color and styles geared toward an edgier crowd. Open M 11 am-7 pm, Tu-W and F 11 am-8 pm, Th 11 am-9 pm, Sa 9 am-6 pm. 840 Summer St., 617.268.2500.
SPAS BELLA SANTE
Candlelit rooms, finely made robes and immaculate surroundings are all part of the experience at this local favorite. Relax and renew with services like the Blueberry Smoothie Facial or the Coconut Oil Massage with Dry Brushing. Open M-Th 9 am-9 pm, F 8 am-9 pm, Sa 8 am-6 pm, Su 9 am-6 pm. 38 Newbury St., 617.424.9930.
At Boston’s W hotel, locals and visitors alike find New York’s famous Bliss Spa and, accordingly, flawless skin. Signature treatments include the Triple Oxygen Facial and Blissage 75 massage. Open daily 9 am-9 pm. 100 Stuart St., 617.261.8747.
THE SPA AT MANDARIN ORIENTAL
This spa lives up to its fivestar status, boasting tranquil lounges, vitality pools and more. Emphasis on Asian philosophy and Traditional Chinese Medicine, influencing massage treatments and signature spa therapies. Reservations required. 776 Boylston St., 617.535.8820.
WELLNESS ALOHA MASSAGE
Since 1997, Bostonians have been relaxing here with customized and specialty massages, from deep tissue and Swedish to traditional Hawaiian Lomi Lomi. All treatments use natural and organic oils. Available W-F 12:30-6:30 pm, Sa 8 am-1 pm. 45 Newbury St., Suite 333, 978.771.5590.
BALANS ORGANIC SPA
Scientist and wellness professional Marie Aspling opened the city’s first 100 percent organic spa. Treatments here run the gamut, from organic skin care and massage to nutrition counseling and even flotation therapy, and work in tandem to provide clients with overall well-being. Open M noon-5 pm, Tu-F 10 am-8 pm, Sa 9 am-5 pm, Su 11 am-5 pm. 216 Newbury St., 617.424.1500.
Services nourish both the mind and body and range from body treatments to acupuncture, yoga and Core Fusion classes. Therapeutic massage includes deep flow, Thai stretching and shiatsu. Open M-F 6 am-9 pm, Sa-Su 7:30 am-8 pm. 28 Arlington St., 617.532.7000. Map 5, F4; 2 Battery Wharf, 617.603.3100.
Everybody loves a great massage, and one of the best in town is available right here in the Back Bay. Featuring Swedish as well as Lomi Lomi (Hawaiian) techniques. Based in Copley Square, but visits are available. Hours by appointment. 581 Boylston St., 617.207.6010.