A Weekend in Boston

From the streets, to buildings and pubs, Boston has a distinct European feel. It’s slower pace makes for a perfect weekend away if you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of New York. The incredibly friendly Bostonian’s will also take you by surprise.  From NYC the 4 hour train trip is a nice way to pass through the surrounding states and admire the mansions of Connecticut.

Accommodation

Nine Zero – A Kimpton Hotel
A very trendy hotel right near Boston Common, in walking distance to great restaurants with extremely friendly staff and a great bar.

XV Beacon
Also close to Boston Common, slightly more luxurious (and expensive) with each room having their own fireplace.

Cafes & Restaurants

Flour Bakery and Café
A great spot for breakfast or lunch with multiple locations around the city. Who knew a grilled cauliflower sandwich could taste so good.

Sportello
A very casual setting with comfort Italian food. Quick and easy if you are looking for a relaxed night out. You can also head downstairs to the hugely popular bar Drink to finish off the night.

O Ya
A high-end Japanese restaurant which gives Morimoto and Nobu a run for their money. The only difference is that, like most spots in Boston, the setting is understated. Each dish comes bite size, which explains why they recommend ordering 12 dishes between two people. A seat at the bar is a great place for watching the action. The Tea-Brined pork ribs are a must.

Neptune Oyster
A tiny seafood bar found on happening Salem Street. No matter what time of day you visit there will almost always be a line out the door. Be patient if you want to experience their infamous lobster rolls.

Milk Bar Bakery
Newly opened in Harvard Square and the only one you’ll find in the city, this is the master work of Christina Tosi and owned by the Momofuku group.

Tatte Bakery & Café
Again there are multiple locations around the city, but the one in Cambridge across from Harvard is particularly good. Great for ears dropping on students arguing over their latest assessments.

Activities

See a Sports Game
If there’s one thing the Bostonian’s are known for (other than their Ivy league schools) it’s sport. This is home to the Boston Red Sox, The New England Patriots and The Celtics. TD Garden stadium is where you can catch an NBA game and it’s conveniently located in the centre of town. Fenway Park is also that of Legend and only just down the road. You can buy last minute tickets from StubHub (but the prices will be jacked up).

Boston Common & The Freedom Trail
This is the oldest public park in the United States. In the warmer months you can give the infamous swan boats a go and in winter you can enjoy ice skating at the Frog Pond (which is pleasantly not busy compared to Central Park’s rink). You can also start The Freedom trail from here, which is a 2.5 mile (4km) red brick path which passes 16 locations significant to America’s history.

Harvard University & Harvard Square
Located in Cambridge, just a quick ride from the centre of town, you’ll get to walk through one of the most famous Colleges in the world. You’ll quickly understand why the tuition fees are so high, with the grounds being equally as beautiful as they are grand. With great cafes, restaurants, boutiques and of course, merch stores, you’ll find plenty to do in the surrounding Harvard Square area. To finish, take a walk along Charles River where you’ll spot the Harvard rowing Boathouse.

Bodega
This is a ‘need to know’ kind of place. From the outside it looks like a dingy old corner store selling paper towel and canned goods. It isn’t until you walk through to the back that you find one of the trendiest sneaker stores in the country.

Places we’ll be going back for…
Toscanini Considered by many the best ice cream in America.
Saltie girl Fried lobster and waffles, say no more.
Juliet A euro-style cafe & restaurant in Cambridge.
Row 34 A casual setting known for beer and lobster rolls.

Need to know
If you are an international (and look under the age of 30) you’ll need to bring your passport out when going for drinks. The state of Massachusetts requires bars to refuse international ID cards such as driver’s licenses.