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A Foodie’s Weekend in Boston
Thursday: Arrival and Dinner
Once you arrive, take a taxi or your favorite rideshare app to find your way downtown to your hotel. For a luxury hotel in the heart of Downtown Boston, stay at Fairmont Copley Plaza in walking distance to Newbury Street, the freedom trail and the historic neighborhood of Beacon Hill. For a unique experience in the heart of Back Bay, stay at No. 284 - A Boston Guest House. It’s in a former house, so it’ll feel like you’re truly a Bostonian for the weekend. Boston also has plenty of budget lodging options, from Airbnb’s to the The Revolution Hotel in the hip neighborhood of the South End.
Take a walk to Beacon Hill after you get settled in and take in the beautiful Boston architecture, with historical brownstones and cobblestone streets. Snap a few photos on Acorn Street and check out Beacon Hill Chocolates for an afternoon treat. If you have time, check out the Museum of African American History. Walk towards the Boston Common and visit the Public Gardens for more photo ops.
Relax a little back at the hotel, get spruced up, and head out to dinner for the night. Try the Saltie Girl for dinner, a seafood restaurant that serves classics with a twist. Another great dining option? Head over to Lolita, a hip Mexican Restaurant with gothic decor, velvet couches, and low lighting. There’s a waterfront location in Fort Pointe and a convenient downtown spot in Back Bay. Oh, and you can finish your meal with their infamous cotton candy.
Friday: History, Pasta and Cannoli
Wake up and have breakfast at your hotel, or a nearby bakery. Grab a flaky croissant with a cappuccino from Flour Bakery, or try the avocado tartine from Tatte Bakery. For something more filling, try The Friendly Toast with funky diner-style decor. Check out the shops on Newbury Street for a couple of hours.
From there, you can take the train or grab an Uber to Paul Revere’s House in the North End. There are a number of beautiful churches with stained glass windows, statues and painting ceilings to check out like St. Leonard’s Church or St. Leonard of Port Maurice. You can grab a bite at Boston’s Public Market, and do some shopping in Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
You can walk over to Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park to check out the views and take photos. For dinner, try Carmelina’s, an authentic Sicilian restaurant with exposed brick and an open kitchen. Neptune Oyster is a beloved spot worth waiting in line for; with a raw bar and a cozy space. For a more intimate experience by the waterfront, try Il Molo, a contemporary Italian seafood restaurant. After dinner, visit Mike’s Pastry for cannoli’s (cash only). For a nightcap, you can visit Parla or dance all night long at Irish pub, The Black Rose.
Saturday: A Day in Cambridge
Rent blue bikes and head over the bridge to Cambridge for the day, the home of Harvard University and the best museums and food. Grab a coffee at Black Sheep Bagel Cafe or Blue Bottle Coffee.
Check out the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology or the Harvard Art Museums. Afterwards, you can walk around the Harvard grounds and take photos in front of the infamous John Harvard Statue.
For lunch, you can try authentic ramen at Santouka or grab a burger and a beer at Charlie’s Kitchen. I recommend taking a stroll along the Charles river, and stopping by the Harvard Bookstore for the afternoon. There are also a number of local boutiques that might strike your fancy. For an afternoon cocktail or glass of wine, try Shay’s. Sit on their patio and take in the local surroundings.
For dinner, you can try Russell House Tavern, a bustling tavern with great food, or Alden & Harlow, a swanky spot with rustic-industrial décor and great cocktails. Afterwards, you can see an old film noir at Brattle Theatre.
Have some time to kill before your flight? Stop by Boston’s immigrant neighborhood of East Boston, and visit KO Pies in the shipyard. This is a hidden gem, an Australian joint serving meat and veggie pies with delicious sides. Grab your food to go, and eat at Piers Park down the street.
The views of the skyline Boston are the perfect end to your weekend!
About the author: Meghan Lavin is a food blogger, writer and graduate student at Boston College. Check out Meghan Lavin's Blog and Instagram to see more food-related content.