When Boston comes up in conversation, we think of the Boston Red Sox and Paul Revere. While we can’t escape its history, we can include it in the many wonderful places to see in Beantown. Many think Boston is the oldest city in North America because of when it was founded (1630). It’s not. The oldest city in North America is St. Augustine, Florida, founded in 1565 by the Spanish. Yet, we can’t discount the history that makes Boston the cradle of liberty. Aside from the beautiful Faneuil marketplace and The Freedom Trail, there are a ton of restaurants and bars as well as hotels to check out. There are many museums as well. Yet, for this blog, I am going to talk about some of the other wonders of Boston.
If you are going to visit Boston, the heart of the city is the Back Bay neighborhood. Although it has many important sites to visit, such as the Boston Library and Fenway Park, there are also some unique spots. A great shop to visit that is misleading is the Bodega. On the street, it looks like a convenience store. However, the Snapple machine in the back opens up to a hidden store that features high-end clothing and sneakers. Another cool spot to explore is the Granary Burying Ground. I know it’s a cemetery, but you’ll find some of the oldest graves here. There are actually six cemeteries to visit, including King’s Chapel and Copp’s Hill. You’ll see the graves of Anne Sexton, Paul Revere, Samuel Adams and more. If you’re a foodie, I haven’t forgotten about you.
Boston has a diverse menu of restaurants. You’ll find everything from Ethiopian to Greek as well as fine dining to comfort food. One joint known for comfort food that is taken to another level is Stillwater. Chicken-fried ribeye anyone? If you have a sweet tooth, Captain Jackson’s Historic Sweet Shop is calling your name. The shop is named after Newark Jackson, who operated a chocolate shop in the 1740s in Boston’s North End. You’ll learn how chocolate was made in colonial times as well as maritime history. And for those looking for an underground dining destination, No Relation is the place. It’s located in the back of Shore Leave in the South End section of the city. Enjoy omakase plates and a prix-fixe of 14 dishes in this tiny (nine seats) sushi bar.
Boston has a number of off-the-beaten-path places to visit, whether you’re in the mood for adventure, food or history. There is always something to do no matter the time of year or budget.