Beacon Hill’s iconic cobblestone sidewalks, picturesque squares, and brick facades have made the elegant neighborhood synonymous with Boston. A trip to the city isn’t complete without spending time in the European-feeling neighborhood. Here are our favorite things to do in Beacon Hill Boston.

Enjoy a Pastry Break at Tatte or Sweet Cupcakes on Charles Street

Start off your day in Beacon Hill with an iced latte and Tatte’s shakshuka dish, and then stop for a mid-afternoon sugar break (try the Root Beer flavor) at Boston’s Sweet Cupcakes.

Visit Louisburg Square

Beacon Hill is best explored on foot, so take time to wander through the quaint cobblestone streets jutting off from the main Charles Street. Don’t miss the charming Louisburg Square, one of the most expensive residential districts in the United States, ringed with statuesque brick townhouses. Former Secretary of State John Kerry has a home here, and Louisa May Alcott and Charles Bulfinch once lived in houses on the Square.

Dinner on the Hill

For a splurge, make a reservation at No. 9 Park, iconic Boston chef Barbara’s Lynch’s fine dining restaurant next to the State House. At the least, stop into the bar and have one of the perfectly crafted cocktails from the knowledgeable bartenders, like a French 75. Artu, right on Charles Street, offers delicious pastas and charcuterie at sensible prices.

Shop for You…and Your Home

You won’t find any large chain stores in Beacon Hill, but Charles Street is packed with charming boutiques, from the children’s store Red Wagon to women’s wear Dress and French + Italian and North River Outfitters, with items for the whole family. Stores like Good and Quimillie offer both attire and unique items for the home. Pick up natural cosmetics and skincare lines from Fallen and shop antiques at Stephen Score and Twentieth Century Ltd.. For more, check out how to spend an afternoon on Charles Street in Beacon Hill Boston.

Take in Boston History in Two Intimate Museums

The city teems with history-making moments at every corner, and Beacon Hill in Boston offers two important parts of that legacy in the form of the Museum of African American History, which chronicles the immense impact African Americans had on the development of Boston and New England, and and the Nichols House, the original 19th century home of women’s rights proponent Rose Standish Nichols.