Boston Travel Guide

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Boston was one of the spots on our list that I was dying to visit. When I asked y’all on Instagram what to do in Boston and where to eat, I got so many tips! It was awesome! And for those of you planning to go, here is my Boston travel guide to help you plan your trip!

Before I dive in, I have to say thank you to everyone who sent me recommendations! I felt like we had a list of the best places to eat in Boston that was a mile long! We also knew exactly what to do in Boston before we got there. It was so incredibly helpful! Thank you all!

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Where to Stay in Boston.

There are 2 choices of where to stay in Boston as far as I’m concerned. The first is in the heart of Boston proper and the second is across the river in Cambridge. We opted to stay in Cambridge for a taste of something different. Cambridge is only 2 miles away from the main sites in Boston and is easily accessible by public transit and Ubers are plentiful.

We stayed at the Charles Hotel which is right in the center of Cambridge and just a few minutes walk away from all the bars and restaurants. It had the cutest New England decor and is also home to 3 restaurants and a bar. If you missed my Instagram stories, the bathroom design was a complete dream – white subway tiles, beautiful countertops, and a large shower.

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Where to Eat in Boston.

Since we were only there for 2 days, we weren’t able to make it through even a fraction of the list of best restaurants in Boston. However, here is what we tried and I’ll also share the places you recommended below!

Lolita.

Lolita is a must for everyone. It’s Mexican food with a tequila bar inside and it’s absolutely delicious. Seriously, it was one of the best meals. They served grapefruit shaved ice as an aperitif and cotton candy with the check so you know it’s good. I’d recommend making a reservation as soon as possible though because this place is in high demand! There was a line around the block before it even opened!

They just opened a second location in Fort Point but I’d recommend Back Bay if you can make it there!

Henrietta’s Table.

This is located in Cambridge inside the Charles Hotel. It had one of the most experimental menus I’ve seen in a while in the best way – it was so refreshing. The chef has a skill for putting together new and exciting flavor combinations and we were all really impressed. Matt and I traveled to Boston with another couple and this was a perfect place to kick off the weekend for dinner!

Benedetto is an Italian restaurant across the hall from Henrietta’s and although we didn’t get to go there, the ambiance looked amazing! Think market lights, all the carbs, and a romantic vibe!

Tatte Bakery

Whether you’re stopping in for breakfast/brunch or something sweet, you have to at least walk into Tatte. There are a few locations in the city but we went to the one in Cambridge since it was close to the Charles Hotel. We all did a little sharing and there wasn’t a single bad dish. Not to mention that it’s extremely Instagram worthy – it’s definitely one of the most instagrammable places in Boston!

Island Creek Oyster Bar

If you love oysters, Island Creek Oyster Bar was one of the seafood places that was most recommended to me from you guys! As a vegan-ish gal, I had to ask everyone else at the table if they would recommend it and they said yes! It’s right next to Fenway Park so if you’re looking for a place to grab a bite before or after the game, this is a great option. It’s pretty classy so don’t get the impression it’s a dive bar or a pub. They definitely have some nice wines and their oysters come with a bit of class. Their selection of hot sauce is pretty impressive too – quite a few unique brands. Definitely makes the list of places to eat in Boston!

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Faneuil Hall is a great spot if you’re looking for a food hall with a bunch of options in one spot. It’s quick, packed, and has some of the most traditional Boston foods like clam chowder and lobster rolls. We stopped here for lunch on Friday to grab a light bite since we only had a few hours until dinner. It’s right in the city so it’s worth a walk through even if you aren’t hungry!

Now, since we only had a few days in the city, I’m also going to share the other food recommendations in Boston that I got! I added what kind of food each was where people told me! The list is pretty long but the places in italics will probably be the first places we visit once we visit Boston again!

Empire (Asian fusion)
Mikes Pastry (Cannolis)
Athens (Baklava)
Blackbird Doughnuts
Stephanie’s on Newbury (Brunch)
Sofra (Brunch)
Sonsie (Brunch)
Cafe Luna (Brunch)
Zinnekans (Waffles)
Oleana (Mediterranean)
Sarma (Mediterranean)
Kava (Greek)
Brown Sugar (Seafood)
Neptune Oysters (Seafood)
Row 34 (Raw)
Sweet Cheeks (BBQ)
Life Alive (Vegetarian)
Clover Food (Vegetarian)
Coppa
Clink
Ward 8
La Panetteria
Brico
Haven
Frenchie
Mr Bartley’s Burger Cottage
Chloe
Locontes
Barcelona
South End
Boston Burger Company
Toro
Eastern Standard
Bootleg
Lola 42
Temazcal
Buttermilk and Bourban
Russel House

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What to do in Boston.

There are so many things to do in Boston and I’m sure things change with the seasons! It’s just one of those magical cities that you know you want to go back to before you even visit. As you’re planning your trip, here are some of the things that we loved that I couldn’t leave out of a Boston travel guide!

Boston Opera House.

I’m not an opera fan but the Boston Opera House was gorgeous. The Book of Mormon happened to be playing here while we were in town and we got an amazing deal on tickets (they were only $40). We looked for seats that had an obstructed view and they weren’t that bad! The play was so funny but definitely not for children and also not for anyone who isn’t into religious humor. I didn’t really know what the play was about before we went and was definitely caught off guard during the first song!

Boston Public Library.

The Boston Public Library was one of the places I wanted to go most while we were planning our trip to Boston. I loved Bates Hall! I saw a photo on Instagram and knew that I needed to go! It was stunning! We also caught a concert in the courtyard while we were there. The library is also close to Lolita in case you wanted to plan to eat right after or before!

Shopping on Newbury Street.

The best shopping on Newbury Street is also by the library so this is a great place to at least walk down the street. There are a bunch of shops and major retailers and it’s worth a visit even if you’re just waiting for your table to open up at Lolita’s!

Boston Public Garden.

I felt like there were historical monuments everywhere in the city (which I loved!) and the Boston Public Garden was no different. There is a small pond going through the garden as well as swan boats that you can take. We ended up walking through this after following the Freedom Trail for a bit!

Freedom Trail.

If you love history, follow the Freedom Trail around Boston for a bit! You can take a formal tour or do a self-guided one. We opted for the self-guided tour because time was limited. It was still fun to read through everything and learn more about our history!

Fenway.

That’s right! You know that going to a baseball game at Fenway Park had to make this list. The reason we planned a trip to Boston was so that Matt could check the Red Sox stadium off his list. The “Green Monster” as it’s called was definitely a treat! The fans have enthusiasm like no other stadium I’ve been to aside from a game we went to in Japan! It was definitely something to enjoy.

Duck Boat Tours.

This was one of the things that came recommended to us by a few people! We didn’t have enough time to take a tour but saw several passing us as we walked the Freedom Trail and they looked good!

Are you planning a trip to Boston? Was my Boston travel guide helpful? Let me know!

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  1. That’s right! You know that going to a baseball game at Fenway Park had to make this list. The reason we planned a trip to Boston was so that Matt could check the Red Sox stadium off his list. The “Green Monster” as it’s called was definitely a treat! The fans have enthusiasm like no other stadium I’ve been to aside from a game we went to in Japan! It was definitely something to enjoy.

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