Idyllic moss-covered brownstones, red brick sidewalks, and picture perfect boutiques…a day in the Boston South End, just a short walk from downtown and the Back Bay, is more than an Instagram opportunity thanks to the thriving culinary and shopping scene in the neighborhood. Start your day by grabbing a cup of coffee and a flaky chocolate croissant at Cafe Madeleine and eat outside at one of their tables or enjoy a moving breakfast while you walk through the neighborhood.

Spend the morning shopping the Boston South End’s eclectic home and design boutiques, like Olives and Grace, Hudson, and Sault New England before stopping for lunch at Frenchie. Sip wine and dine on one of their tartines with a side of fries on their sun-lit back deck. Caffeinate with a latte at the South End Buttery, a favorite filming spot of big screen movies (like Spotlight) and a beloved neighborhood cafe, before you continue your day. The South End’s art community is thriving, so don’t miss galleries like Adelson Arts, Ars Libri, and Jules Place for eclectic collections across multiple mediums.

Dinner options are endless in the Boston South End; start with a aperitif, perhaps a spritz aperol, at Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer’s homage to casually delicious Italian food, Coppa, before making the tough choice between handmade pork filled dumplings at Myers & Chang or Spanish tapas at Toro. Pro tip: if you choose the latter, go early because tables fill up quickly and order the delicious corn dish, Maíz Asado con Alioli y Queso Cotija. If Greek food is more your game, try to snag a seat at the popular restaurant (and for good reason) Kava Neo-Taverna, where feta wrapped in phyllo dough and zucchini chips are served along lightly grilled octopus. Finish your day with a scoop or two of vegan ice cream at FoMu or an after dinner drink at the always-bustling Stella.  Photo by @southendboston.