Boston’s South End & Back Bay
Neighborhood Haunts & Gems
Boston’s vast array of neighborhoods is a diverse and colorful mix of landscape, people, and food. Some of the classics, like the Fenway area, Boston Harbor, or Beacon Hill, are most well-known. However, there are some seriously impressive areas where locals (not tourists) line the streets, along with quaint cafes and little known art galleries.
South End Exploring
The crown jewel of Boston’s hidden gems: the South End. The once destitute area has been brought to life by artistic culinary, design, and business prowess. Stroll the streets to uncover boutique shopping and art, and make sure to take advantage of the area’s dining options. If you’re in the mood to explore some art, check out Lanoue Gallery, Gallery Kayafas, or the Boston Sculptors Gallery (check websites for hours before you visit). A local favorite is the SoWa Artist Guild, which occurs on the first Friday of every month. Three floors of studio space are overcome with art and the artists themselves–who mingle with visitors and one another for great conversation.
If you’re a café and bakery lover, you must stop by The South End Buttery. For fans of Spanish tapas and wine, famous Boston chef Ken Oringer’s Toro is a must for dinner.
Back Bay Cruising
Not to be outdone, Boston’s Back Bay is kind of like the rich older brother to the South End. The neighborhood is famous for sights, shopping, and celebrities–but trust us, it’s worthy of these claims to fame. The best way to experience the famed Newbury Street area is by foot. The strip is lined with so many little spots that it can be hard to fully enjoy it all if you pass through too quickly. Stroll the expensive sidewalks for shopping and coffee galore. Fair warning: this area ain’t cheap.
Additional things to check out in the Back Bay are Copley Square, Trinity Church, Commonwealth Ave, the Boston Public Library, and the Boston Public Gardens. After a day of cruising around, indulge in a plate from the special late-night menu at Lucca Back Bay.