North End:

A side­ways look at Bos­ton’s Ital­ian neigh­bor­hood

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EAT

The North End owns Ital­ian-Amer­i­can din­ing the same way Martin Scors­ese owns Ital­ian-Amer­i­can movies, but there are al­ter­na­tives: Nep­tune Oys­ter is a seafood afi­cionado mag­net; Aragosta Bar + Bistro of­fers New Eng­land cui­sine with a Mediter­ranean twist; Tenoch takes the torta to new heights. Aragosta 3 Bat­tery Wharf, 617.994.9001, aragostabistro.com Nep­tune Oys­ter 63 Salem St., 617.742.3474, nep­tu­neoys­ter.com

Tenoch 3 Lewis St., 617.248.9537, tenochmex­i­can.com

SHOP

The serendip­ity of a leisurely North End stroll is sure to re­veal some­thing un­ex­pected. Go for a browse around Shake the Tree (global cook­books, unique jew­elry, etc.) or Wil­liam Carlton Work­shop (vin­tage-style caps crafted on early 1900s ma­chines). Shake the Tree 67 Salem St., 617.742.0484, shake­thetree­boston.com Wil­liam Carlton Work­shop 148A Salem St., 415.622.7534, wc­work­shop. big­car­tel.com (Clock­wise from top) Ward 8; espresso at Caffe Dello Sport; Wil­liam Carlton Work­shop win­dow; fire­side cock­tail al fresco at Aragosta, Bat­tery Wharf Ho­tel.

DRINK

Im­merse your­self in soc­cer cul­ture over Ital­ian espresso at Caffe Dello Sport, where ha­bit­ual use of the greet­ing “sig­nore” is en­cour­aged. The Liv­ing Room hosts reg­u­lar com­edy and board game nights, and gastropub Ward 8 strikes a well­judged bal­ance be­tween late drinks and din­ing. Caffe Dello Sport 308 Hanover St., 617.523.5063, caffedel­losport.us The Liv­ing Room 101 At­lantic Ave., 617.723.5101, the­liv­in­groom­boston.com Ward 8 90 N. Wash­ing­ton St., 617.823.4478, ward8.com

PLAY

Har­bor­walk—Bos­ton’s net­work of wa­ter­front paths—is still grow­ing, and the North End sec­tion is a lesser-known high­light. Ex­hale Spa of­fers a sun­ny­day yoga class in the open air. For more chuck­le­some pur­suits, head over to Im­prov Asy­lum, and unleash your in­ner ar­ti­san at North Ben­net Street School. North Ben­net Street School 150 North St., 617.227.0155, nbss.edu Im­prov Asy­lum 216 Hanover St., 617.263.6887, im­prova­sy­lum.com

Ex­hale Spa 2 Bat­tery Wharf, 617.603.3100, ex­halespa.com

For more things to do in the North End go to where­trav­eler.com

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