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Local's Guide to Boston

New England + A Local’s Guide to Boston

We moved to Boston a year ago this week, and I can’t believe it somedays! This city has so quickly become our home, and I’m thankful for everyone who has loved us as we made a pretty big life transition!

Today I thought I would share some of our favorite places in Boston in order to celebrate this great city.

Local's Guide to Boston

Places to Eat in Boston


Zumies in Charlestown: Grab a quick cup of coffee and a pastry! It’s a great spot for an on-the-move breakfast.

B.Good: It’s a great place for lunch and breakfast, especially for healthy options. Love their Kale Crush Smoothie!

If you’re just looking for coffee:

Cafe Nero

Dunkin Donuts

Peet’s Coffee

The Thinking Cup

Monument in Charlestown


Vinoteca Di Monica: This has the best brunch with only $3 mimosas and bloodys! Which is really cheap in Boston!

Monument Charlestown: Also a gem, with really good huevos rancheros!


Dig Inn:  This is the number one recommendation I have for a quick, filling, and healthy lunch! It’s only in Downtown Crossing and on Bolyston Street by Copley Square!

Sweetgreen: If you live in NYC or Atlanta, you probably already know about Sweetgreen. Not everyone knows about them, and honestly they’re so good!

YO Sushi: THIS IS SO GOOD. I went with my co-workers and the food is delicious. You need to go. Trust me.

ReelHouse in Boston



Locos South Boston: This has the best tacos! So good!

Boston Burger Company: They have such great and different burgers! Be sure to try their milkshakes, but a warning you’re probably going to want to share!

Pier 6: This is a great restaurant in Charlestown! It’s got the best view of the city, and their seafood is delicious! Don’t worry, they have plenty of other food too!

Reelhouse Boston: Another great spot, you’ve got to check it out at night! It’s right on the water and has got beautiful vistas of the city. You can take a water taxi or Uber. If it’s a nice night out splurge for the water taxi!

Hard Rock Cafe: This may seem  little touristy, but the food is delicious. Also the memorabilia is so cool. If you’re visiting Boston or hosting people, doing some touristy things is so fun!


Acorn Street in Beacon Hill, Boston

What to Do in Boston

Freedom Trail: This is such a fun and free activity! It’s just over 2 miles, and brings you through some of the most fun parts to the city.Start in the Boston Commons and make your way to the Charlestown Navy yard! Be sure to bring some cash, there are some really great historical places that sustain on mainly donations

The Charles River Esplanade: This is such a beautiful part of the city, walking along the river and getting to spend time outside is one of my favorite ways to spend an afternoon. We’re actually looking at kayaking the Charles River!

Newbury Street:This is the shopping street in Boston. There is a great mix of local, regional and national brands on the street, and you should stop in at Ben & Jerry’s for some ice cream if you’re there when it’s hot out!

Beacon Hill: If you’re by the Public Garden, you should walk over to Charles Street and the Beacon Hill area. It’s such a quaint area to just walk around in, and you’ll get plenty of famous Boston brownstone photos! Acorn Street is also over there and honestly such a great place to see.

Harvard Square & Cambridge: Walking around Harvard Square is also beautiful! Walk around Harvard’s campus, check out the amazing bookstores, and then just wander around Cambridge. It’s a beautiful area, especially in the fall!

SoWa:  A flea, craft and farmers market in one, SoWa is a way to spend time in the South End! Check out local vendors, and eat some amazing foods!

Seaport/Fort Point: This is such a cool area, the fastest growing in Boston-proper actually! The harbor walk is beautiful, and you can stop by Harpoon Brewery when you’re over there!

Night Shift Brewing:  This is easily our favorite place to hang out, whether with friends or just the two of us! It’s kind of a local secret, and it is normally packed when we go! I would show up in the early afternoon, as it gets really busy as you go on! The have a great food truck there, but you can also bring in your own food. It’s also dog-friendly, so you can bring your canine best friend.

Getting Around in Boston

Y’all skip the car! Parking is so hard to find and really expensive, so it’s best to just walk or the the T! The T is the subway, and it’s super easy to use. We have our guests get 7 days passes if they’re going to be here longer than one day. It’s cheaper than buying a lot of day passes, and you can get on any bus or subway you need!

Uber and Lyft are also really popular, so if you can’t/don’t want to walk use them!


This is my big list! If you ever have any other questions or want recommendations please feel free to reach out!

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  • I’ve been to Boston a couple of times and I enjoyed it a lot! It’s a pretty great city. If I ever go back, I will have to check out some of these places. Also for desert, you can’t forget Mike’s pastries. They have great canoli’s.

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  • Sydney Power

    This is awesome!! I would love to travel and visit boston!

  • Kristine Circenis

    Boston has been on my list of places to go for a while now! I’m saving this post and will definitely be consulting it once we get there.

  • awe this makes me miss boston!! I love it there!

  • Love this little guide! That sushi looks delicious.

  • Audrey Knizek

    The seaport sounds lovely. I love any place that’s by the water.

  • Miss ALK

    Ah we have a B. Good in Burlington! I’ll have to try it! 🙂

    xoxo A

  • I love the Freedom Trail- but it’s DEFINITELY worth doing the tour, otherwise you’ll miss out on the best bits of history.

  • I wen tot Boston for the first time exactly a year ago today! I absolutely fell in love. I am a NY gal and have always been to NYC (and..I can’t stand it!). I love Boston so much more because it is less populated & so so so clean!! I definitely recommend the Freedom Trail for anyone going for the first time xx

  • Cat

    Boston is on my US City Bucket List! Bookmarking this article for future trip planning 🙂

  • Now I need to get to Boston – love it there. Hardrock does really have some awesome food – and now I’m craving a burger haha!

  • My boyfriend & I have been thinking about going to Boston soon, so this is perfect! Keeping this handy for when we visit 🙂

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  • Ash Neverson

    So much to do and so much to eat! I’d love to visit someday!
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  • This is a perfect guide to Boston! I should plan a visit soon.

    Diary of a Debutante