Laura and I just hopped over to Boston (my college stomping grounds) for a dear friend’s wedding. We didn’t have too much time for exploring, but there are a few spots in Boston that are always worth a visit.
Favorite Things: Brownstones, gardens, lobster rolls, and cannolis.
Accomodations: Boston is the most expensive city to rent an Airbnb in. Nevertheless, airbnb is still cheaper than the hotel options. Book early, watch out for holiday weekends and student move in dates/graduation.
Neptune Oyster – Boston is surprisingly not all that great for lobster rolls. Neptune, however, is a massive exception. They do both a warm buttered one and a chilled mayo, both are mouth wateringly good. Seriously just get both. The rest of their food is good as well, and even though they are always busy (expect at least a 30 min wait), the service is very friendly.
The Paramount – This is an all day breakfast spot that’s been around since the 30s, and for good reason (yes they do lunch and dinner food too). Again, expect a 30 min wait minimum, and that’s if you go early. They cook a mean egg, and the french toast is dreamy.
Tres Gatos – If you find yourself in Jamaica Plain and hungry, this is a great option. Yummy spanish tapas and a solid brunch as well. You’ll need a dinner reservation on weekends. If you go for brunch don’t skip the English Muffin Bocadillo.
Eastern Standard – A long time favorite in Boston. They are on top of their drink and food game, and the place is always buzzing. Giant bistro feel, but the staff makes it feel warm and personal.
Anna’s Taqueria – To this day, one of the best burritos I’ve ever eaten.
Brown Sugar Cafe – Really solid Thai food at a really reasonable price.
Loyal Nine – This was where the wedding was held, so we didn’t eat the usual menu, but the space is lovely and the food they prepaired for the wedding was outstanding. It’s also a fave spot for our friends who actually live in Boston. (It’s in Cambridge technically). Great wine selection as well.
Mike’s Pastry – Famous for a reason. I go with the classic ricotta or chocolate ricotta, but there’s quite a plethora of flavors to choose from. TREAT. YO. SELF. Cuz your worth it, and so are these cannolis.
Boston Public Gardens – A peaceful oasis in the middle of the city, the Boston Public Gardens are green and serene and have charming lakes filled with cute little swan boats. If you feel the need to walk down Newbury St, the south side of it will lead you directly into the gardens.
Beacon Hill – On the north west side of the Boston Public Garden is Charles St. and Beacon Hill. Charles St. has shops and restaurants, but if you want to see the best of the beautiful borwnstones and gaslit brick streets Boston has to offer, miander up the streets of historic Beacon Hill.
Fenway Park – I mean, if you’re a baseball fan of any sort you can appreicate that the green monster is one of the oldest stadiums still standing. Not a Sox fan myself, but I still enjoy a game here.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum – One of my all time favorite museums. Not only does it house John Singer Sargent’s El Jaleo, but the building is spectacular. Boston itself is a very pretty city, but this museum is next level.
The South End – Also a charming area to walk around. Lots of coffee shops, cute stores, and restauratns. Generally charming streets. Boston is smaller than one might think, so you can see a lot, even in a day. Enjoy!