The best restaurants in Boston include classic New England taverns, authentic Italian bistros, Vietnamese noodle houses, and innovative hubs for New World cooking. Check out our Boston restaurant guide and plan your visit meal by meal.
Giacomo’s North End Restaurant
Just a mile away from John Jeffries House, Giacomo’s a leader among the bevy of exceptional Italian restaurants in the historic North End neighborhood. Enjoy northern Italian staples such as their chicken parmesan, or try one of their New England-inspired dishes such as spicy seafood zuppa di pesce. Entrees from $15.
Located on a quiet corner in nearby Chinatown, Pho Pasteur is a Vietnamese standout in Boston. This is the neighborhood hotspot to indulge in warming rice noodle soup and fresh spring rolls. Entrees from $9.
New England has exceptional seafood, and Union Oyster House has been capitalizing on the local bounty since 1826, making it the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the U.S. Guests can indulge in oysters and famous clam chowder in the same booth that late President John F. Kennedy did.
Located in the Fenway neighborhood, Sweet Cheeks is one of the best barbecue restaurants in Boston. Head over for craft beers and heaping platters of sauce-smothered brisket and St. Louis pork ribs. Entrees from $18.
Located in our own Beacon Hill, The Paramount is a local institution and classic American diner. Keep it simple with a Western omelette, or go big with some Texas-style French toast at this walkup-counter gem. Breakfast from $8.
New England is famous for its East Coast style, and shopping in Boston includes global brands and local ateliers that embody the elegant dress code. The city is also home to a thriving design scene, where new faces are rethinking what it means to dress like a Bostonian. Check out our Boston shopping guide for recommendations ranging from the city’s most iconic shopping districts, to more off-the-beaten-path shops.
This adorable greeting card and stationery shop is self-described as a “design laboratory,” and has outposts in Beacon Hill and Cambridge. Stroll over and peruse unique stamps, handmade ceramics, cards and more.
Newbury Street is Boston’s most famous street for luxury shopping and window shopping, and it’s the place to be and be seen in Boston. Lined with red-brick townhouses, it is Boston’s take on Fifth Avenue, with stores from local designers interspersed amongst labels like Kate and Jack Spade, Marc Jacobs and Chanel.
Another essential landmark for shopping in Boston, Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a historic collection of buildings, some dating to the 1740s. Head here for restaurants, bars, and shopping—whether at global retail stores like Ann Taylor or local boutiques like Boston Tote.
This place is literally a hole in the wall, but that’s what makes it so cool. Enter through a secret door disguised as a vending machine at a fake convenience store, and discover one of the city’s freshest, most contemporary hat and shoe distributors.
Another Beacon Hill gem for our guide to shopping in Boston, Crush Boutique is a colorful and contemporary local proprietor of women’s fashion and accessories. Find brands like Lolo and BB Dakota here.
Many of Boston’s museums rank among the world’s top cultural institutions, filled with impressive collections of priceless art, mind-bending scientific innovations, and marine wildlife. Here is our guide to some of the best museums in Boston.
The Children’s Museum
Boston’s Children Museum, which opened in 1913, was the world’s second museum devoted to children (only Brooklyn’s is older). Over a century later, it continues to excite young visitors with a science playground, a three-story hanging climbing structure, a construction zone (inspired by the Big Dig), and an art studio.
This Boston museum is a local landmark with a number of unique attractions including a planetarium, IMAX theater, and a host of interactive exhibits. Visitors can catch a show, find out what they would weigh on Mars, watch man-made lightning, and visit a uniquely curated gift shop during their visit.
A spiral walkway circles the massive central tank at the beloved New England Aquarium. Visitors can make friends with a world of sea creatures on their way up the walkway and stop off at the penguin exhibit on their way down.
This historic library is also the official museum of President John F. Kennedy. Visit to explore vast collections of relics from the Kennedy family, as well as other American artifacts like the Ernest Hemingway collection. Senator Ted Kennedy’s official library is next door, with a full-scale reproduction of the U.S. Senate Chamber.
Since its founding in 1630, Boston has played a central role in American history. It is home to some of the world’s leading commercial, education, political and financial institutions. Little wonder, then, that Boston landmarks can be found on nearly every corner of our compact, walkable city. These are some of our favorite places to visit in Boston.
Beacon Hill was where Boston’s very first well-to-do residents built their stately homes, and is where the gilded State Capitol stands today. Walk the Freedom Trail and stroll the cobblestone streets lined with red-brick townhomes before venturing to Boston Common or the North End.
Mass General Hospital
One of the best hospitals in the country, Mass General attracts patients from around the globe for world-class healthcare. Located on the border of Beacon Hill and the West End, the hospital is less than a five-minute walk for guests staying at John Jeffries House.
Home to the illustrious Boston Red Sox since 1912, Fenway Park is America’s oldest professional baseball park and the epicenter of the city’s pride for sports. Head over to see the iconic Green Monster and Yawkey Way during your visit in the spring, summer, and into October (if the team secures a spot in the Playoffs!).
Located adjacent to the Boston Common—the country’s oldest public park—the Boston Public Garden is the nation’s first public botanical garden. Its lush, manicured landscapes are beautiful in every season. Don’t miss the iconic statue of George Washington or the famous swan boats, in warm months. Boston Public Garden: 4 Charles St., 617-635-4505