8 Great Summer Dates in Boston   Recently updated !

Before you agree to meet that cute guy from Tinder, or see that pretty girl from OkCupid, plan the best date possible this summer! Here’s 8 Great Summer Dates in Boston for the best spot to have fun and enjoy the sun. These are cheap, outdoor date ideas that will sweep her off her feet a bit more than your usual Netflix-night-in. Bring on the romance with these incredible date ideas!

 

1. Boston Pedal Boats on the Charles River

Take advantage of the humidity by pedaling around the Charles River in a couples paddle boat! This cute, fun idea can be cheaply rented for either 30 min or an hour. Check out the amazing views of the city from your boat, and after walk along the Esplanade to Harvard Square for a date-night to remember. Wednesday through Friday, take full advantage of this adorable first-date activity.

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2. The Bleacher Bar at Fenway

One of the hottest spots in Boston, the Bleacher Bar is located right below the bleachers in center field of Fenway Park. Eat, drink, and watch the game without paying premium prices for Fenway Park tickets for a one-of-a-kind baseball experience and an even more unique date night.

 

3. Shakespeare on the Common

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company has performed free fully-staged productions of Shakespeare plays on the Boston Common since 1996. Bring your date to a fantastic performance of King Lear from July 22nd to August 9th this summer! This will be Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s 20th season of Shakespeare on the Common, so it would be a shame to miss this incredible opportunity to show-off your artistic side to an unsuspecting date! After, go get some ice cream or walk around the Common at night for a romantic and fully-entertained evening.

 

4. Kayak and Sail on the Charles

Since 1946, Community Boating Inc. offers sailing and kayaking on the Charles River from 10:00AM to 5:00 PM seven days a week. Take an adult sailing class with your date, or just plain impress them with your kayaking skills this summer! With a fantastic view of the city, the Charles River is a definite destination spot for outdoor activities for you and your date.

 

5. Boston Bike Tours and Rentals

Go on a bike tour with your date with Boston’s Urban AdvenTours! Take a city view tour, or a night ride with your date around Boston or Cambridge, offered everyday. This amazing outdoor date idea is definitely one to take advantage of, so use this fun and active date to kick off a fantastic date night!

6. Harvard’s Arboretum

Go on a romantic walk throughout the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University! With a plethora of plans and flowers to brighten up your day, this date idea will definitely have your date smiling ear-to-ear. This free, outdoor activity is open everyday and is a great precursor to a perfect date night.

 

7. Fenway Park Walking Tours

Bostonians are definitely reverent of their historic Fenway Park, so take your date on a unique walking tour of the best place on earth! This one-hour walking tour will be a great start to a great evening with your significant other; not only do you get to ogle at the perfection that is Fenway, but your date will appreciate your deep love of all things Red Sox.

8. Boston Harbor Cruises

With 329 weekday departures, Boston Harbor Cruises are a great way to get to know the city and your date! Go for a whale watch, take a ferry to the Cape, or get on a dinner cruise!


10 Freshest Farmers’ Markets in Boston

Celebrate National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month 2015 by visiting some of the best farmers’ markets in Cambridge and Boston! Eat healthy this week by getting organic fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets in your neighborhood. Not only can you find some of the freshest produce in the state, but also you can find the best the handmade baked goods and sandwiches around. See how tasty being a vegetarian can be and check out the top 10 freshest farmers’ markets in Boston for your favorite healthy ingredients.

 

1. The Boston Public Market

Find the largest selection of fresh fruits, veggies, and produce along the Rose Kennedy Greenway and in Dewey Square Plaza on the Greenway across from South Station this summer from May to November. These two seasonal farmers’ markets offer everything from eggs, meat and poultry to flowers, plants, and to-go lunch options. Boston Public Market Association, as a non-profit, is dedicated to bringing the healthiest and most organic produce to Bostonians through the 30 or more vendors offered. Visit these locations on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays this summer on your commute home!

 

2. Harvard Farmers’ Market

On Saturdays from August 15th to October 31st, check out this non-profit farmers’ market in Cambridge! This will be their tenth year selling local produce with one of the biggest crowds around, not only offering fresh fruits and veggies, but spices, jams, and even herbs. Harvard Farmers’ Market brings soup to the elderly and supports local women’s shelters to help support a healthier and better Cambridge community. Offering outdoor entertainment from musicians and chefs alike, Harvard Farmers’ Market is truly one of the best places to find amazing food and people in Boston. So bring your dog for a walk to Harvard Square and check out this amazing farmers’ market!

 

3. Egleston Farmers’ Market

Saturdays from 10:00AM to 2:00PM in the JPNDC Lot at the Amory Brewery Complex is Egleston Farmers’ Market, supplying Jamaica Plain and Roxbury families with healthy, fresh, and organic produce. This all volunteer, community-led market gives both Jamaica Plain and Roxbury communities a chance to socialize and come together to enjoy locally grown food. Not only do they offer a summer and fall market, but an indoor winter farmers’ market once a week as well. They host events, performances, and even offer and create unique recipes!

 

 

 

4. Copley Square Farmers’ Market

Along St. James Ave., Dartmouth St. and Boylston St. on Tuesdays and Fridays, get everything from beef to biscotti at Copley Square Farmers’ Market. With over 35 vendors, Copley Square offers an amazing selection of local and organic produce. Are you craving Danish pastries, orchard apples or a flower arrangement? If you are, then Copley Square is the place for you. Go stop by Copley Square for unique and fresh food options your family will love.

 

5. Union Square Farmers’ Market

Everyone raves about Union Square Farmers’ Market for their ciders, fresh produce, local cheeses, teas, and friendly service! Most of the best produce is gone after the morning rush, and the live music and varied selection of foods and drinks attracts crowds of people on Saturdays from 9:00AM to 1:00PM, open through November. Though smaller, Union Square Farmers’ Market offers everything from mushrooms to hand-raised plants. Make the trip to Union Square, it’s always inexpensive and tasty!

 

6. Dudley Town Common Farmers’ Market

Since 1998, Dudley Town Common Farmers’ Market has offered some of the best produce every Tuesday throughout this season. This affordable option for Dudley and Dorchester residents is on the smaller side, but offers some of the freshest local fruits and veggies around. Check out this little gem in Dudley Town Common from 3:00PM to 7:00PM on Tuesdays!

 

 

7. Boston Medical Center Farmers’ Market

On Fridays from 10:30AM to 1:30PM in Menino Pavilion during August, Boston Medical Center has a farmers’ market both indoors and out! Selling mainly fruits and vegetables, this is a great option for you to stop by after a doctor’s appointment for a healthy snack! bostonmedicalfarmers'market    

 

 

8. Charlestown Farmers’ Market

Mainly produce from Stillman’s Farm and Greenhouses, Charlestown Farmers’ Market offers Stillman’s organic fruits and veggies on Wednesdays from 2:00PM-7:00PM. A family destination, this farmers’ market has amazing flower arrangements and some great fresh produce that you can use for every dinner recipe. On Main St. and Charleston St. in Charlestown, MA, this farmers market is worth the drive. charlestownfarmers'market

 

 

9. Kendall Square Farmers’ Market

Go and visit Kendall Square on Thursdays from 11:00AM to 3:00PM to find an amazing cheese selection and fresh, local produce from the seed. A frequent spot for college student shoppers, this market sells everything from ice cream to jewelry! Go check out Kendall Square for an affordable and savory shopping experience!

 

10. Medford Farmers’ Market

Check out this sustainable market on Thursdays from 3:00PM to 7:00PM behind City Hall Mall in Medford. This market sells an assortment of wine, cheeses, pasta, poultry, and even maple syrup! Right behind City Hall, this market brings the community together through community events and concerts while promoting healthy living and sustainable farming. Be sure to visit Medford Farmers’ Market on your day off!


Top 4 Crepes to Crave in Boston

The French classic, the crepe, has become an international trend and staple among urban city dwellers. These four crepe places are the best in Boston for their sweet, savory, super, and sometimes gluten-free crepe options. Sweet crepes, or dessert crepes, are the most popular for their frequent use of Nutella, another European fad. Savory crepes, or lunch crepes, are filled with cheese, meat and vegetables. Super-sized, vegetarian, or gluten-free options are also usually offered at any amenable crepe establishment. Make sure to try out these mouth-watering top 4 crepes to crave in Boston on your lunch break!

 

The Paris Creperie

Located in Coolidge Corner, the Paris Creperie offers an array of breakfast and savory crepes with the freshest ingredients, as well as smoothies and a full café. Try a Nutella chocolate drink with your savory or sweet crepe at their food truck in Brookline. The Paris Creperie even caters graduations and weddings alike!

Mr. Crepe

Check out Mr. Crepe in Davis Square! Mr. Crepe offers gourmet savory and sweet crepes, super-sized and vegetarian options, as well as a full bakery! Try their salads or homemade granola parfait. You can’t go wrong with gluten free and vegetarian options, not to mention their espresso bar! 

Tuna crêpe with baby spinach, fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella & Dijon dressing #summer #healthy #yummy

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Neighborhoods Coffee and Crepes

This artisan coffee and crepe place uses ingredients and coffees from all over the world, using their venue to support initiatives and charities locally and abroad. These breakfast, savory, and sweet crepes will go fantastically with their unique teas and coffees from around the globe. Try a special daily pairing of coffee and crepe in the store!

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Crispy Crepes Café

These authentic French crepes, pastas and salads on A Park Drive definitely hit the spot. They offer everything from sweet to savory, super-sized to vegetarian options. A sweet crepe is a perfect desert after filling yourself with their homemade pasta, so a trip to Crispy Crepe Café is undoubtedly worth the walk.


Top 5 Best Cold Brew Coffee Shops in Boston

The newest coffee craze has caffeine addicts searching for the best cold brew for their morning commute. Cold brew, cold press, or Toddy coffee is made differently from normal iced-coffee. Through different methods of steeping and filtering, cold brew is never heated and has a higher concentration of caffeine when compared to normal iced-coffee. Cold brew is sweeter, less bitter, and is increasingly popular among Boston coffee shops. Go check out this trend at these cafes near you!

 

1. 1369 Coffee House

Awarded “Best Iced Coffee of Boston” in 2013 by Boston Magazine, 1369 Coffee House is one of the best cold brew coffee bars in Boston because it provides crisp and smooth cold brew every morning to their iced-coffee customers. With locations in Inman Square and Central Square in Cambridge, 1369 not only provides regulars with a home-away-from-home atmosphere, but also strives to give back to the Cambridge community through volunteering and support. Never selling roasted coffee over a week old, 1369 truly provides the most fresh and satisfying cold brew in Boston. Our personal favorite, 1369, sells mouth-watering pastries and even offers a specialty drink called the “growler,” a 64-ounce jug of cold brew refillable at your convenience. They even deliver to locals in Cambridge!

2. Thinking Cup

A step from the Boston Common, Thinking Cup offers cold brew daily made from Oregon’s exclusive “Stumptown Coffee.” With locations in the North End and the Back Bay as well, Thinking Cup not only provides great coffee but also a variety of teas, breakfast, pastry, and lunch options.

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3. Pavement Coffee House

Named “Top 20 Coffee Bar in America” by USA Today, Pavement Coffee House sells cold brew in over four locations across Boston. With their newest location opening up at Fenway, Pavement Coffee House’s homemade bagels and breads only enhance the homely atmosphere and exceptional coffee blends already standard at every Pavement coffee bar

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4. Dwelltime

Another gem located in mid-Cambridge, Dwelltime offers a variety of cold brew blends for the coffee enthusiast. Try out the Hacienda, Santa Rosa, and Nitro at Dwelltime; or why not try a cold brew tea instead? Dwelltime also sponsors and displays local artists and charities, supporting not only your caffeine addiction but your creativity as well.

5. Café Nero

At three different locations in the Boston area, Café Nero offers cold brew in conjunction with handmade sandwiches, salads, and specialty drinks. The all-Italian coffee bar prides itself on their quality Italian blends and roasts since 1997. This family-run café serves local produce and freshly-made sandwiches daily; perfect for your lunch-break and mid-morning snack.

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Best Breweries in Boston (that you might not know)

Everybody knows the Samuel Adams and Harpoon Breweries that have revolutionised the craft beer scene in the last decades. But there is more to the craft beer and brewery scene in Greater Boston! Let’s take a look at the best breweries in Boston that you might not know…

1. Cambridge Brewing Company

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Very popular locally and established in 1989, the Cambridge Brewing Company focuses on high quality craft beers. They were the first commercial brewery in America to produce a Belgian beer. Their menu  is seasonally driven and they always make sure to use local and fresh ingredients. They often use beer in their menu and recipes.

2. Trillium Brewing

Fort Point Channel, Boston,

Trillum Brewing is a family owned and operated brewery. Trillium’s mission is to  bring creative and flavourful beers to their customers. The specialised in brewing delicious IPAs and special sour beers made from local malt and hops. If you go there be sure to try their Trillium farmhouse ale. Beware, they don’t serve food. One of the best breweries in Boston.

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3. Night Shift Brewing

Everett, Massachusetts

Night Shift Brewing was founded in 2012 by a trio of friends with a shared passion for nocturnal home-brewing. Their goal is to brew memorable and innovative beer. Their brewery offers guided tours, bottle sales, growler fills. We highly recommend the Whirlpool. Even if they don’t serve food they have you are always welcome to bring your own. Food-trucks are also often stopping by the Brewery.

4. Mystic Brewery

Chelsea, Massachusetts

Best  Breweries in Boston (that you might not know)

This  brewery follows old-school brewing methods to create its range of well-known Belgian-style ales. They focus on using local fruits and yeast strains and incorporate them into their brews. They are really famous for their “Cycle Saisonnier” series, which offers a new style each season. No food served there so bring your own.

5. Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project

Somerville, Massachusetts (not open to the public)

Founded seven years ago by husband-and-wife team Dann and Martha Paquette, this proudly quirky tenant brewer  makes unusual takes on traditional saisons and Belgian tripels and quads. Inspiration can come from anywhere: vintage German postcards, The Book of Saints, even a tree full of decaying baby dolls….Talking about that be sure to try the Baby Tree, a Belgian-style quadrupel! 


5 Best swimming pools in Boston

The summer weather is here to stay. Why not go for a swim ? For you we gathered the 5 best swimming pools in Boston.

1. Zesiger Center at MIT

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MIT’s Zesiger Center is allowing non-students to use its pools and believe us these are super nice ones (one is 50 meters with a one meter diving board, the other is 25 yards with six lanes). The Zesiger Center also offers programs including women’s only swim and recreational diving. A single non-student day pass is $15.

2. Mirabella Pool

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Run by the city itself, the Mirabella pool is a very popular summer pool right by the harbor in the North End. In the summer, the pool fills up quickly with  kids and sunbathers—so if you want to swim laps we advise you come early morning. Pay $15 once (or $3 for a day pass) and swim all summer season! One of the best swimming pools in Boston.

3. Cambridge Family YMCA

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If you are looking for another inexpensive pool the Central Square YMCA is made for you. Even though this basement pool is pretty old school,and has a weird 20 yard length, it has three lanes and is ideal for regular swimmers. Monthly memberships are $45-55 depending on age (alternately $20 for a week pass or $10 for a day pass).

4. Wang YMCA of Chinatown

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Another YMCA pool, the Wang YMCA is home to a 25 yard pool with five lanes and has a complete aquatics program schedule, including lap swim times. Membership runs $49 monthly for adults over 30 and $31 monthly for those 18-29. You can also choose to get a free 3-day guest pass if you just want to try it out.

5. Equinox Sports Club

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If you are looking for a fancy and expensive pool, the Equinox Sports Club would probably be the best pool for you. This elite club is home to a luxurious 25 yard pool with individual lanes set up. As you can expect the membership and other rates are a bit pricey. A Membership costs $175 a month and swim sessions run between $39 for a semi-private half hour and $85 for a private hour. One of the most renown and best swimming pool in Boston.


5 things to do on Memorial day in Boston

Memorial Day honors those who died in wars defending our country and our freedom. Memorial Day also marks the unofficial beginning of summer in Boston. For many people it means having a long week-end. Are you looking for things to do on Memorial day in Boston? We’ve got you covered!

1. Massachusetts Military Heroes Garden of Flags

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Memorial Day was created to honor veterans that died serving in the military. What would be a best way to show your respect than visiting Boston Common’s Garden of Flags? Every year, the Massachusetts Military Heroes organization plants a Garden of Flags – 37,000 of them – in front of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Boston Common to commemorate each of the Massachusetts service members who have given his or her lives to defend the United States since the Revolutionary War. Flags will be put in place on Wednesday, May 20 starting at 1pm and remain through sundown on Monday, May 25.

2. Shop the Memorial Day sales

Memorial day in Boston

f you love to shop, don’t miss Boston’s Memorial Day Weekend deals. Because Boston’s summer really only lasts for about 2 months, summer things get put on deep discount sale by this week-end ! Looking fo the best places to shop in Boston? Take a look at our article.

3. Visit the Museum of Fine Arts

Memorial day in Boston

Why not visit one of Boston’s most notorious museum on this Memorial day? The Admission at the Museum of Fine Arts on Memorial Day is free from 10am – 4:45! Be careful though, it might be quite packed…

4. Head to the beach  . . . in or near the city

Memorial day in Boston

It looks like Memorial day in Boston is going to be a sunny day. What a wonderful day to go to the beach! So throw your swimsuit and towel into a bag, put on some sunscreen, and check out beaches in Boston. If you’re committed to going to the Cape, avoid the traffic by taking the ferry to Provincetown from Boston.

5. Visit America’s first garden cemetery

Memorial day in Boston

Although Memorial Day started as a remembrance of those who died in military service, it is also an occasion for remembering others who have departed. The most beautiful spots in the Boston area for doing this is without a doubt  Mount Auburn Cemetery. There you will find flowering trees and flowers, exquisite statuary and sculptures filling the 175 beautifully landscaped acres.


5 Date ideas in Boston

Spring again! As the weather is getting nicer everyday some couples start to realize that the rough winter might have taken a toll on their recent dates and romantic nights. No problem! We gathered for you 5 classic and affordable date ideas in and around Boston.

1. Visit an Art Museum

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston Diller Scofidio + Renfro Architects

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
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Boston is home to many Arts Museums that your date will certainly love like the Institute of Contemporary Art or the Museum of Fine Arts… Don’t forget that the ICA is free on Thursdays from 5-9pm. One of the classic date ideas in Boston!

 2. Laugh at a Comedy Show

nicks comedy club

There are many comedy shows and clubs in Boston. If you are looking for a classy (but pricy) place to have a cocktail while watching some of the stars of Boston’s comedy scene, Nicks comedy stop is probably your best bet. If you are just looking for a free show we recommend Improv Boston and their free open mic nights!

3. Cocktails and oysters at the Hotel Commonwealth

Eastern Standard Restaurant

Eastern Standard Restaurant

First, go to Black bay and get a delicious cocktail at Eastern Standard. Then, once you’ve worked up an appetite, head across Hotel Commonwealth’s lobby into the award winning Island Creek Oyster Bar for some of Boston’s best bivalves (oysters average $3/each). Some of the classiest date ideas in Boston!

4. Walk the Esplanade to Harvard Square

Harvard Square In Boston

For a date that’s easy on your wallet but still really romantic, go for a walk along the Esplanade and head towards Harvard Square.  There are often different festivals going on in the Esplanade around the holidays. It also offers one of the best views of Boston. Reward yourselves with a drink and snack at one of many Cambridge’s restaurants.

5.Take a class together

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Stores like Williams Sonoma offers free technique classes and would be a cute way to spend time together to learn something new about a particular subject but also about your date ! Also, don’t forget to check out coupons websites like Groupon to find cheap classes that would be perfect for date nights like dances classes and more!


5 Best patio bars in Boston

The weather is getting nicer everyday! Get your dose of sunshine (and alcohol) at the best patio bars in Boston.

Daedalus

If you are looking for a classy outdoor drinking spot. Daedalus’s rooftop patio is made for you! Ready with both heat lamps (for the winter) and fans (for the summer) to keep customers comfortable no matter what, Daedalus also offers a number of beers, wines and cocktails, including cairpirinhas, the national cocktail of Brazil. One of the best patio bars in Boston.

Best patio bars in Boston

The Landing

What about having a drink on the wharf? The Landing is Boston’s only fully outdoor patio bar. The Landing serves beer by the bucket as well at its signature fish bowl cocktails—but bring friends.

Best patio bars in Boston

Belly Wine Bar

Are you looking for a comfortable L-shaped patio bar with a full drink menu? If you happen to go there get one of their famous summer cocktails first and don’t forget to get the sweet and spicy duck wings second.

Best patio bars in Boston

Legal Crossing

Best patio bars in Boston

Located in Downtown Crossing, Legal Crossing just launched a 30-person patio. Caution: this place is not made for huge groups and usefully only accept small parties. Legal Crossing is known for its baked oysters, butter poached lobster and its sweet (but powerful) cocktails. Their burgers are also award winning.

The Lower Depths

The Lower Depths’ fame is mainly due to their $1 Fenway Franks. Located just steps away from the Park itself, this classic hangout spots is packed on game nights with  fans taking advantage of the classic beer selection and casual but stylish atmosphere.

Best patio bars in Boston


Top 4 Shopping Spots in Boston 1

Warmer weather means new wardrobes! As we are ditching the sweaters and coats it’s time to go shopping for a summer outfit. What are the best shopping spots in Boston?

1. Burlington Mall

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Burlington Mall is located in the nearby town of Burlington a couple of minutes away from downtown Boston. You can also get there taking the bus 350 from Alewife. The Burlington Mall is a perfect destination if you are looking for large department stores or if you are bargain hunting. Don’t forget to check the Burlington Mall’s deals website before you go to get the latest promotions and coupons available.

2. Cambridgeside Galleria

shopping spots in boston

Cambridgeside Galleria is located a short walk from the Green Line T station. It is the perfect place to hit major mall retailers such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Banana Republic, H&M, J. Crew, TJ Maxx, Apple and many others. Parking at the on-site garage starts at $1.99 per hour and goes up to $20 maximum for five hours or more. Cambridgeside is without a doubt one of the best shopping spots in Boston.

3. Faneuil Hall Marketplace

shopping spots in boston

Faneuil Hall has been an historical center of Boston since 1742, and was the site of the fiery protests that earned Boston the nickname Cradle of Liberty. Today, you’ll find dozens of shops and restaurants, along with some of Boston’s best street performers. Over 70 retailers and 40 office tenants occupy the 200,000 square feet of retail and 160,000 square feet of space on Boston’s iconic mixed use festival marketplace.

4. Copley Area

The Copley area is the perfect place to go shopping. There you will find the Prudential Center and the well-known Newbury Street.

Prudential Center

shopping spots in boston

The Shops at Prudential Center are located within Boston’s most well-known skyscraper. Take the green line to the Prudential stop and explore the 75+ shops and restaurants, including luxury retailers such as Gucci, Kate Spade Saturday, and Saks Fifth Avenue. One of the best known shopping spots in Boston.

Newbury Street

shopping spots in boston

Newbury Street is often referred to as Boston’s most enchanting street. The street is home to an eclectic mix of independent shops and high-end fashion and dining establishments. Newbury Street’s eight blocks are filled with salons, luxury boutiques, and fabulous dining. Boston’s Newbury Street has something for everyone. The street has taken on a life and meaning far beyond its European architectural design. It serves as Boston’s representative of fashion and style, on par with the most exclusive districts of San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.