Boston has been my home for over 4 years now and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know this city. Full of culture, history, excitement, beautiful brownstones & delicious restaurants, Boston really has it all. Being a true walking city, I always suggest that you put on some comfy shoes and go explore! For that reason, I’ve broken down my favorites by neighborhood.
Mistral– this French themed restaurant can be a bit pricey for dinner (truffle lobster mac n’ cheese, worth all $45!), but their brunch is more affordable. And this spot is so adorable. Great special occasion spot. Food never disappoints.
Douzo– my favorite sushi in the city! (also great for take out)
Atlantic Fish– one of my favorite seafood spots, as they serve a wide variety of fresh, wild caught fish and offer it prepared any way you like (be adventurous and try the “chef’s special”!). Has a cute outdoor area for summer!
Beehive– my go-to brunch spot & visitor spot in the South End. They’ve got a jazz brunch with large plates to share. Drinks, food, music, vibe- all spot on! And those frites…so good!
Toro– tapas restaurant with a bumpin’ vibe. Great spot to go on a date or with friends.
Stella– great food, not too pricey, trendy vibe. Also good for happy hour/sit at the bar to eat.
Picco– delicious pizza! If you don’t feel like heading up to the North End for Reginas (see below), I recommend Picco. Their dough is just perfect every single time!
Barcelona – next door to Picco, Barcelona is a trendy, fun spot with Spanish tapas & delicious cocktails. It’s a great place to go on a date night or with friends. Be sure to try some Cava!
Giacomos– favorite neighborhood Italian spot. warning: cash only, but that’s okay because it’s inexpensive & delicious (and they offer $17 bottles of wine every night- what a steal!)
Legal Harborside– the 1st floor dining room is an ideal spot to take out-of-towners; you can sit by the water, eat fresh caught seafood & enjoy a fun, trendy environment. This one has also has a big roofdeck with killer waterfront views. My go-to summer spot!
By Chloe– welcome, new kid on the block! Their vegan menu is full of faux-burgers, salads, air fried fries and a whole slew of delicious pastries. It’s the perfect post-yoga spot to grab lunch with gal pals.
Neptune Oyster– warning: you will have to wait. This small, charming joint holds about 20 people and averages a 2+ hour wait. Insider tip: Arrive at 11am, put your name in and go explore the North End/Waterfront/Quincy Market area. When your name is called by 1pm, you will have worked up an appetite for that delicious lobstah roll. Yummmm.
Regina’s Pizzeria– hands down THE BEST pizza in Boston. Maybe anywhere outside of Italy. I kid you not! There’s a reason people wait in the middle of January when its 0 degrees for an hour. So worth it. (the Mediterranean is my fave!)
Bricco – solid, good ole fashioned, delicious Italian food. Sitting at the bar is always fun here. Oh, and they make a mean dirty martini!
Mike’s Pastry – ask any local and they’ll debate Mike’s vs Modern for the best cannoli in town. I’m biased towards Mikes, but I suggest you grab one of each and decide for yourself!
Sarma– the best Mediterranean that I’ve had in Boston (Coming from a pure blooded Mediterranean, this is huge!) A tapas style restaurant, Sarma is a great place to go with 4-6 people so you can try a variety of dishes & share. We especially loved the layered hummus and lamb sliders.
Fugakyu: My favorite sushi restaurant in Brookline. It’s affordable, got a good ambiance (sit by the sushi bar or downstairs in a private booth) and always tasty. The seafood is really fresh & the rolls consistent.
Improv Asylum, North End- my favorite winter activity! This amateur, improv comedy show is the best $25 and 2 hours you ever spent. It’s hysterical & conveniently located in the North End. So grab some Italian & see the show. Perfect evening!
Boston Library, Back Bay- More than your average library, the Copley location is HUGE and full of history, architecture & character. During warmer months, they have lunch & live music in the courtyard. Plus, tours are free. A must see!
Duckboat Tours, Back Bay- Touristy? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely. I’ve done 3 myself (1 solo!) and they’re all different, yet equally fun. This is a great way to see the city, especially for you first timers. You even get to steer the boat! Hint: you can often find discounted tickets on Groupon or Living Social. I highly recommend this.
Museum of Fine Arts, Back Bay- This is my go-to spot for a rainy day activity. The museum has many feature artists on rotation and has artwork ranging from contemporary to ancient Egyptian.
Museum of Science, Back Bay
Sailing Lessons, Seaport
North Shore (Gloucester/Rockport/Marblehead)