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.
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.
Giacomo’s North End Restaurant. 355 Hanover St., 617-523-9026
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.
Pho Pasteur. 682 Washington St., 617-482-7467
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.
Union Oyster House. 41 Union St., 617- 227-2750
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.
Sweet Cheeks. Fenway Triangle, 1381 Boylston St., 617-266-1300
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.
The Paramount. 44 Charles St., 617-720-1152
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.
Black Ink: 101 Charles St, 617-723-3883
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.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace: 1 Faneuil Hall Square, 617-635-3105
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.
Bodega: 6 Clearway St. No listed phone number.
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.
Crush Boutique: 131 Charles St. 617-720-0010
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.
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.
Boston Children’s Museum: 308 Congress St., 617-426-6500
The MFA is one of the world’s great art museums, with over 450,000 works, including extensive collections of Ancient Egyptian, French Impressionist, 18th- and 19th-century American and Japanese art.
Museum of Fine Arts Boston: 465 Huntington Ave., 617-267-9300
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.
Museum of Science Boston: 1 Science Park., 617-723-2500
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.
New England Aquarium: 1 Central Wharf., 617-973-5200
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.
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library: Columbia Point, 617-514-1600
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.
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.
Mass General: 55 Fruit St., 617-726-2000
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!).
Fenway Park: 4 Yawkey Way, 877-733-7699
Visit this Boston landmark to watch Celtics and Bruins home games, or to see concerts and shows. TD Garden is just a ten-minute drive from John Jeffries House Hotel.
TD Garden: 100 Legends Way, 617-624-1050
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
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