Boston :: Eat | Drink | Do

Kelli Nakagama at the Harvard Library in Cambridge.
Harvard Library (one of the largest in the world) and an old church in Cambridge.

Boston is a wonderful city that combines history and big city energy with a charming, approachable feel into a compact space with plenty to do, plenty to see and plenty to eat.  Here are some of my recommendations.

Harvard Library (one of the largest in the world) and an old church in Cambridge.
Harvard Library (one of the largest in the world) and an old church in Cambridge.

Logistics :: First the details.  We visited Boston for five days.  It was enough time to do everything we wanted but another day or two would have been welcome.  We stayed at the Onyx Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel with a free wine hour and boutique-style layout.  Everything is accessible without a car by taking “the T” (Bostonian for subway) or cabs.

Great food, great drinks and a great atmosphere at Island Creek Oyster Bar.
Great food, drinks and vibe at Island Creek Oyster Bar.

Eat :: Oysters are a must in Boston and my favorite meal was Neptune Oyster.  Other favorites were Eastern Standard for American food with a great atmosphere, Island Creek Oyster Bar for delicious oysters and amazing cocktails, Mike’s Pastry and/or Modern Pastry for treats, and Mamma Maria for outstanding Italian in the North End.

The Attention (right) had fennel, purple flowers, tanqueray, violetta and absinthe ($11).
The Attention (right) had fennel, purple flowers, Tanqueray, violetta and absinthe ($11).

Drink :: We skipped the Sam Adams Brewery tour and instead drank with the locals.  The Stoddard had an awesome vibe with a beautiful wooden bar and great late-night eats and cocktails at The Hawthorne still have us talking about how creatively delicious they were.

Boston's Beautiful Beacon Hill.
Boston’s Beautiful Beacon Hill.

Do :: See a sporting event, whether it be Bruins, Celtics or my personal favorite, Red SoxWalk the Freedom Trail (it’s free!) to learn about Boston (and our country’s) incredible past.  Wander through Boston’s iconic neighborhoods like Beacon Hill and the North End.  Shop down Newbury street and visit the Boston Public Library while you’re there.  See the opera, the symphony or a Broadway play.

Harvard is the oldest college in the country, established in 1636.
Harvard is the oldest college in the country, established in 1636.

Take a day trip to Harvard in Cambridge (less than 30 minutes via the T).  Wander around Harvard Yard and have lunch at Russell House Tavern.  It has bar food so good you won’t even realize you’re at a bar.

Boston's Public Library is like an art museum.
Boston’s Public Library is like an art museum.

Next time I visit Boston, I’d love to go sailing in the harbor, have dim sum in Chinatown at Gourmet Dumpling House, eat Japanese ramen at Yume Wo Katare in Cambridge, have pastries at Flour Bakery and imbibe at the speakeasy, Drink.

What are your favorite Boston places to eat / drink / do?  I’d love to hear in the comments!

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