Our Favorite Boston Neighborhoods

By Jessica Russo


While Boston isn’t a big city, its personality definitely changes between neighborhoods. From the modern restaurants of the Seaport to the historic gems of Beacon Hill, here are the top 6 neighborhoods to visit in Boston.


Back Bay

Vibe: Upscale touristy--you’ll probably spend most of your time here.
What to see: Newbury Street, Copley Square, Boston Public Library, Prudential Center

Stroll by high-end stores on Newbury street and treat yourself to lunch at a chic outdoor cafe--Back Bay is the upscale type of touristy.

North End

Vibe: Traditional and historic--Freedom Trail and Boston’s “Little Italy!”
What to see: Paul Revere House, Paul Revere Statue, lots of Italian restaurants

If walking the Freedom Trail is making you hungry, stop to eat in the North End. Find streets lined with inviting Italian restaurants, pastry shops, and wine bars. Locals and tourists agree on one thing: Mike’s Pastry makes the best cannoli around (but expect a line).


Beacon Hill

Vibe: Quaint and elegant--every street looks like a postcard.
What to see: Boston Common, Acorn St, Charles St

This adorable neighborhood is the Boston you’ve always dreamed about. Think: narrow cobblestone streets, brick row houses, gaslit street lamps, and old shopfronts.

Seaport

Vibe: Modern and fun--recently developed area with trendy bars and restaurants.
What to see: Harpoon Brewery, Fan Pier Park

This has become an “it” spot for dining and nightlife. Enjoy fresh seafood at a cool restaurant, then hit a bar or brewery!

South End

Vibe: Young, artsy, and progressive--galleries and gay bars, galore!
What to see: SoWa Art + Design District

The South End has recently become a hip haven. Head there in the morning and hang out at a craft coffee shop, then check out the art galleries that are sprinkled throughout the streets.


Downtown/Waterfront

Vibe: Touristy and buzzing--historic sites and pretty views.
What to see: Faneuil Hall, New England Aquarium, Boston Harborwalk, Old State House, Boston Massacre Site

Okay, so this area is a bit touristy and commercial, but there is so much to see and do -- you shouldn’t miss it. Nestled in between the Seaport and the North End, this area is packed with sites you’ve read about in history books.

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