Best things to do in Boston

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Locals’ favourite places

Here’s your definitive guide to the best parks, restaurants, landmarks and local spots, all according to locals

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1. Fenway Park
4 Yawkey Way
298local recommendations
Perry
Perry says “Fenway Park. Hallowed ground to baseball purists, this cozy, quirky park has been the Boston Red Sox...” ·
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2. Beehive Restaurant
541 Tremont St
120local recommendations
Marla
Marla says “Great food, excellent brunch. Live music on several nights of the week. Nice interior - gets very b...” ·
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3. Life Alive Organic Cafe
765 Massachusetts Ave
120local recommendations
Joan
Joan says “Exceptionally good Vegan & vegetarian. FR Fresh Juices, Highly recommend their signature dish 'God...” ·
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4. Top of the Hub
800 Boylston St
87local recommendations
Sarajane
Sarajane says “The fancy restaurant in this building is a big tourist attraction. However, I suggest you don't go ...” ·
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5. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Ave
258local recommendations
Perry
Perry says “The original MFA opened its doors to the public on July 4, 1876, the nation’s centennial. Built in C...” ·
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6. Toro Boston
1704 Washington St
89local recommendations
John
John says “Interesting and busy American themed Tappas Food and very lively bar with a full liquor license. Al...” ·
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7. J.P. Licks
659 Centre St
86local recommendations
Manuel
Manuel says “There are several JP Licks in MA, but this is the original, where all started. Excellent place to st...” ·
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8. Jamaica Pond
104local recommendations
Perry
Perry says “Jamaica Pond has a path all the way around the pond. Walk or run it (1.49 miles). Rent a boat. Sit ...” ·
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9. Boston Common
139 Tremont St
207local recommendations
Brooke
Brooke says “Great place to relax and have a picnic. Walk through the Boston Garden with beautiful flowers and s...” ·
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10. Flour Bakery & Cafe
1595 Washington St
82local recommendations
Steph
Steph says “My favorite breakfast/bakery joint in Back Bay / South End by well-known chef Joanne Chang. She beat...” ·
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11. City Feed and Supply
672 Centre St
79local recommendations
Lori
Lori says “There are two City Feeds in JP, we are nearer to the one on Boylston Street. They have great coffee ...” ·
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12. Harvard University
221local recommendations
Perry
Perry says “Harvard University was founded in 1636, making Harvard is America's oldest institute of higher learn...” ·
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13. TD Garden
100 Legends Way
78local recommendations
Tom And Marissa
Tom And Marissa says “The Old Boston Garden: catch a Celtics game, a Bruins game, a show, a concert, a convention, a circu...” ·
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14. Toscanini's Ice Cream
159 First St
73local recommendations
Joan
Joan says “Knock out ice cream made on the premises by Gus Toscanini Great Coffee, too. Voted Best Ice Cream ...” ·
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15. 1369 Coffee House
1369 Cambridge St
78local recommendations
Monta
Monta says “The coffee is not bad. The pastries are decent. Bill likes the muffins here because they don't come ...” ·
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16. Oleana
134 Hampshire St
76local recommendations
Shiyi
Shiyi says “James Beard award-winning restaurant serving Mediterranean-inspired local food. Gorgeous outdoor pat...” ·
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17. Charles River Esplanade
Charles River Esplanade
82local recommendations
Kemi
Kemi says “The short walk to the Esplanade is worth the experience. On the way there you will experience the ic...” ·
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18. Ten Tables
597 Centre St
67local recommendations
Manuel
Manuel says “It is perhaps the highest-end fine cuisine available in JP --and Ten Tables arrived even before JP w...” ·
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19. The Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub
472-480 Massachusetts Ave
69local recommendations
Chris
Chris says “An incredibly popular live music venue, the Middle East has big up and coming names fill the house o...” ·
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20. Somerville Theatre
55 Davis Square
83local recommendations
Emily
Emily says “Awesome old theater that shows a mix of blockbusters, timeless classics, bands and indy films. Beer ...” ·
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21. Mike's Pastry
300 Hanover St
67local recommendations
Stay Alfred
Stay Alfred says “This Italian dessert mecca in the North End serves up the finest homemade old-school Italian sweets ...” ·
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22. Tres Gatos
470 Centre St
66local recommendations
Susie
Susie says “Tapas and wine bar....Many guests have really liked their experience at Tres Gatos. About 15 minute ...” ·
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23. Flour Bakery
190 Massachusetts Ave
63local recommendations
Shiyi
Shiyi says “Flour is not only known for their amazing pastries (sticky buns!), but also serves great grab & go f...” ·
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24. Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
306 Northern Ave
56local recommendations
Jennifer And David
Jennifer And David says “Great beer! "The Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall, in Boston's Seaport District, offers a full selection ...” ·
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25. Union Square Donuts
20 Bow St
61local recommendations
Scout
Scout says “Epically delicious donuts. You will never crave another donut after you've tasted these. Named Bosto...” ·
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26. Boston Public Library
700 Boylston St
109local recommendations
Angela
Angela says “The Copley Square BPL has gorgeous murals, sculptures & architecture on the Dartmouth Street side. T...” ·
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27. Redbones Barbecue
55 Chester St
55local recommendations
Meredith And Robin
Meredith And Robin says “Redbones serves up authentic Southern barbecue including Memphis and Baby Back ribs, pulled pork and...” ·
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28. Ula Café
284 Amory St
58local recommendations
Vasili
Vasili says “If you need some caffeine to start or maintain your day, I highly recommend coming here. Also in the...” ·
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29. Samuel Adams
30 Germania St
73local recommendations
Perry
Perry says “With over 30 distinctive, award-winning styles of craft beer, Samuel Adams offers discerning beer dr...” ·
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30. Bella Luna & The Milky Way
284 Amory St
58local recommendations
Lori
Lori says “This is a great place for a sit down family dinner. They also have a very cool indoor Bar, and a nic...” ·