After our jam packed few days in New York we headed on a bus to Boston. Our week there was much more chilled than NY and we were staying with some lovely family friends. We were staying in the South End of Boston which is a seriously nice neighbourhood.
We had a lot of fun wandering around exploring the cute little independent shops (like Olives and Grace who I had been following on Instagram for a while) along with deli's and cafes. We did have a little bit of a culture shock with some of our shopping experiences. I guess we must be 'reserved' Brits because we found some of the staff in various shops pretty full on - they certainly know how to do the hard sell!
Because we didn't cram in quite as many things each day as we'd done in New York I've decided not to do a day by day account but rather share what we got up to under different headings. If you have a trip planned to Boston I would seriously suggest trying these places out!
PLACES WE ATE
Coppa - This little Italian restaurant had great reviews. We went there for drinks and nibbles one afternoon and sat out on the sidewalk (see how American I have got?). The arancini and boquerones were pretty spectacular.
The Beehive - We went here on the first night we arrived and it was so much fun! Except I got ID'd at the bar and nearly wasn't allowed in as I didn't have it with me! They had a great band playing live jazz - which was totally the sort of jazz I love and the delicious cocktails were a winner in my book!
South End Food Trucks (SOWA) - I think food trucks are one of my favourite ways to experience great food. I just love the relaxed vibe. We were lucky that while we were visiting one of the car parks in the South End was overtaken with loads of great food trucks! I know we do have some but I hope food trucks become more of a thing in the UK.
DeLux Cafe - This was a great local place with a relaxed and friendly vibe and fun kitch decor.
Legal Sea Foods - Great seafood is a given in Boston and this place did great clam chowder! Lots of other yummy seafood on offer too.
Union Oyster House - We didn't go this time, but if you are into oysters you should go and sit at the oyster bar and eat them here! It's super popular but such a fun vibe.
Mikes City Diner - If you want a proper American breakfast full of eggs, pancakes, grits etc and frankly more than you could ever eat then Mikes is the place to go - it is a proper traditional American diner and such a fun experience.
PLACES WE VISITED/WANDERED
Beacon Hill - This is a historic neighbourhood in Boston, full of beautiful houses and is a lovely area to wander around, with lots of cobbled side streets and huge brownstones. Definitely worth wandering around and seeing if you can sneak a peek in some of the windows.
Marshfield - We also spent a couple of days at the beach about an hour south of Boston reading, taking long walks on the beach, eating yummy food and generally just relaxing. We lucked out with the weather those two days and got a little bit of a sun tan. I decided to brave the water and went for a quick swim - and I mean REALLY quick...it was soooo freakin cold, I think I lasted about 3 minutes.
Boston Common - one thing I love about Boston is how walkable it is. You can explore so much of the city by foot. On one of the days we walked all around the centre including Boston Common which is a beautiful park and also the fairly new Rose Kennedy walkway. The city, in my opinion seems to have a great mix of high rise buildings and interesting architecture interspersed with lots of green space.
Harvard - Just a short train ride away we visited the beautiful grounds of Harvard. It has such a great atmosphere and is just like you have seen in all the films. Beautiful buildings and it was fun watching lots of students and their parents being taken around on tours.
Institute of Contemporary Art - I think this is one of my favourite galleries in the world. It is not huge but it's the perfect size for me based on the amount of time I like to spend in a gallery. It is an interesting building with incredible views over the waterfront and in the summer they have gigs and all kinds of interesting things going on in their outdoor space, over the years I have seen some great exhibitions here (One time I visited there was a Shepard Fairey exhibition that was amazing!) . This time sadly half the exhibition space was closed but I still really enjoyed looking around the exhibition that was there.
PLACES WE SHOPPED
We didn't really do much shopping on this trip but we did visit a few cute places while we were wandering around. Olives and Grace is a cute little shop in the South End with super friendly staff. Newbury Street is a really nice place to go shopping, lots of high end shops and also lots of chains that we have in the UK. We also visited Davids Tea. We are not that big into tea but if you are then this is the place to go...you can get all sorts of loose tea here - more types than you can ever imagine - only go in if you are willing to sniff almost every type of tea they have though before buying anything. Also just wandering around the South End you will find lots of cute little boutiques and quirky shops. Definitely worth exploring.
If you have any plans to visit Boston I hope these recommendations help and if you don't, totally add it to your travel wishlist! We had such an amazing time and now I am itching for more travel adventures. We will probably have to wait until next year and after quite a few city breaks since we have been married we are thinking somewhere more remote for our next trip and maybe somewhere in the UK!
I hope you're all having a great Tuesday and have lots of summer adventures planned!