Wander List: Boston
Beautiful and historic Boston had always been on my short list of cities to visit and explore. A few weeks ago, my husband and I finally made a trip up to Bean Town to catch a Red Sox game during their final series of the season with their celebrated rivals, the Yankees.
Baseball aside, this iconic New England city definitely offers lots of great sights and landmarks to fall in love with —although being inside Fenway Park was pretty awesome in and of itself!
This city totally won me over. Dare I say, it even gave NYC a run for its money… but I then again, I know better than to say things like that! ;)
Below are a few of my favorite spots around Boston!
[ Stay & See ]
The Verb Hotel - We chose this cool, music-themed hotel for a few reasons. It’s located literally a stone’s throw from Fenway Park and within walking distance from tons of great restaurants, bars & Newbury St. The rooms were spacious and, since I’m a sucker for well-designed spaces, I loved all the inspired little details throughout. A great addition to the Back Bay/ Fenway neighborhood for sure!
1271 Boylson St.
Boston Public Library - This place is pure heaven. There's just something about an old library that makes my heart flutter every time. The center courtyard was a lovely surprise. It’s the perfect spot to spend an afternoon getting lost in a good book.
700 Boylson St.
Public Garden & Boston Common - Boasting the title of America’s first public garden and the first public park respectively, a stroll through and around these two adjacent green spaces is a must, especially in the fall.
69 Beacon St.
Piers Park - Love sunsets? Love skyline sunsets even more? This is the place. The end.
Fenway Park - The oldest ballpark in the MLB is definitely worth a visit, if for the history alone. In fact, the Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood has lots of great bars and restaurants, which always equal a good time in my book!
4 Yawnkey Way
Beacon Hill - If a picture-worthy, historic neighborhood with charming cobblestone streets and gorgeous rowhouses is what you’re looking for, this one definitely delivers and then some!
[ Shop ]
Olives & Grace - This darling little shop sells gifts, art and small-batch food items from independent makers from all over the country. A store after my own heart!
623 Tremont St.
Follain - A lovely beauty store that thoughtfully curates hard-to-find skincare, hair care and cosmetics from over 30 U.S. brands.
53 Dartmouth St.
Flock - This boutique carries lots of great clothes, shoes & accessories from brands like Free People, Alternative Apparel and Chaser, along with lesser-known fashion names.
274 Shawmut Ave.
Farm & Fable - Vintage cookbooks, cookware and other delightful kitchen goods make this lovely South End shop totally worth a visit.
251 Shawmut Ave.
Johnny Cupcakes Boston - Not a bakery, but a clothing brand featuring limited-edition designs with a major cult following.
279 Newbury St.
Bodega - A little hard to find, but well worth the hunt. The clever storefront from which it gets its name also makes it super incognito. If you’re a sneakerhead, you cannot skip a visit.
6 Clearway St.
Gracie Finn- Perfect place for the paper goods junkie! Lots of great gifts, too.
18 Union Park St.
Hudson Boston - Inspiring array of unique home & gift items.
12 Union Park St.
SoWa Open Market - Fresh produce, home goods, artwork, food trucks… Do I really need to keep going beyond food trucks? This place is a must for Sunday Fundays!
460 Harrison Ave.
[ Eat & Sip ]
Coppa Enoteca - This charming corner restaurant serves the most amazing Italian small plates and pasta that’s made in house (the only way it should be, in my opinion). A definite must.
253 Shawmut Ave.
Eastern Standard- Get the Old Cuban cocktail. You're welcome. Oh, and the food is amazing, too!
500 Commonwealth Ave.
Island Creek Oysters- Great oysters, unique cocktails and a nice, bustling ambiance when there’s a Red Sox game happening at nearby Fenway Park.
500 Commonwealth Ave.
Union Oyster House - Located right on the historic Freedom Trail, the oldest restaurant in America has certainly has an ambiance that just can’t be duplicated. Sit at the oyster bar and chat it up with the oyster shuckers, grab some cold ones and take in all that history---along with some amazingly fresh Massachusetts oysters.
41 Union St.
Myers + Chang- Specializing in fresh, modern versions on Taiwanese and Southeast Asian street food, this lively restaurant is perfect for grabbing a few bites and beers with friends. Everything on the menu is served tapas style so you can choose a few dishes to share.
1145 Washington St.
Giacomo’s Back Bay- We got a lot of local recommendations to try this traditional Italian joint, so try it we did. We left very happy—and full.
431 Columbus Ave.
Tatte Baker & Café- A great place to grab brunch or a cup of coffee and a decadent pastry. Their brownies really do make life worth living.
South End Buttery- This is a great place to grab an al fresco brunch on a nice day. Just make sure to call for reservations if you want premium outdoor seating.
314 Shawmut Ave.