Monta's Guidebook

Hello there! I'm in my mid 30s, married, zero kids, one very needy cat named Reggie. My husband and I don't travel enough because... we hate to admit it, we're horrible at taking time off. When we ... read more
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Things to do in Boston

120 local Airbnb hosts recommend

There is always a crazy wait here, and it's vegetarian, but it is really tasty. If you're feeling weighed down by greasy food, this is a great option. Don't be scared off by the line out the door, ... read more

78 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The coffee is not bad. The pastries are decent. Bill likes the muffins here because they don't come with paper wrappers on the bottom (less work). It's super close to our place too.



Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 134 Hampshire St·Map·Hours·Website·

76 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is Monta's personal favorite. You must make reservations in advance because they book up. It's great for a fancy date night.


Flour Bakery

Food SceneBakeries
$$· 190 Massachusetts Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

63 local Airbnb hosts recommend

I feel obliged to put this on the list because it's such an institution and people from all over love it (Joanne Chang has a cookbook), but honestly, the other places are just as good. I often thin... read more

61 local Airbnb hosts recommend

THE BEST DONUTS. EVER. Try the caramel bourbon donut... and have their coffee- it's from Counter Culture.


The Druid

Drinks & NightlifeBars
$$· 1357 Cambridge St·Map·Hours·Website·

55 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Fish and Chips! Live music! I like their fish chowder. It's a very, Irish Pub.

54 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Casual, "Road side" style Indian place. Place your order at the counter and receive your food on a metal tray. Grad students love this place. It can get very loud and crowded. Also, I'm not the big... read more

45 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The homemade flavors are great and the icecream is not TOO sweet. I prefer this place over JP Lick's and Toscanini.

35 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great cozy bar with music. I really like their fried chicken sandwich.

37 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Amazing coffee if you're willing to wait. (They do pourovers, it's not Starbucks) The pastries are okay.

130 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Have some time for a swan boat ride? On your way to or from Newbury Street? This park is a nice place to take a break. Not to be confused with Boston Commons,... which is big and not as nicely kept.

30 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A coffee shop that also serves amazing sandwiches. This is a local Cambridge chain. There's one on Mass Ave towards MIT, and also another on Mount Auburn.


Veggie Galaxy

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 450 Massachusetts Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

29 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great for vegans and the like. Vegetarian/Vegan/Gluten free diner. Even if you don't have these dietary restrictions, the food is great!

29 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you are a glutton for punishment, you should really try the Hell Fries! They're really spicy though, no kidding. I'm Thai and I think it's unbearable. Decent sandwiches. A good lunch spot. Try t... read more

34 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Monta's favorite wine store. Unpretentious, knowledgeable staff, interesting wines.

26 local Airbnb hosts recommend

It's an indoor market, with eats from the local area. Union Square donuts, Sweet Lydia's (I love their marshmallows), Q's Nuts, Jasper Hill Farm cheese, etc, etc.



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$$$· 1682 Massachusetts Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

26 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Fancy Italian, but oh so good. You'll need advance reservations,... or show up really early for seats at the bar.



Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 1193 Cambridge St·Map·

27 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Comfort Southern food... need I say more?

28 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Small, cute "Italian" food place. Not traditional Italian food, but more... contemporary? I like their pasta and their pizza is even better. They also do a great brunch. This is a small place, so t... read more

63 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Come see another H.H. Richardson gem- the Trinity Church! Right next to it is the John Hancock building, which is one of my faves (it's a parallelogram, so depending on which angle you look at it, ... read more

71 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Harvard just renovated this museum. The collection is great if you don't have time to make it out to the MFA. I personally like the lobby for having a cup of tea and much needed rest if you want so... read more

28 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Okay, this place used to be the bomb. But then they renovated and changed up their menu. Now it's a bunch of exotic burgers that come with tater tots on the side. They were known for their extensiv... read more

62 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is a must visit! Especially for geological nerds (they have a huge mineral room with amazing samples) and botanists. The glass flower exhibition is absolutely stunning and worth the admission ... read more

23 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great cocktails. Bill and I always somehow end up really drunk when we go here... Great burger. Good for foodies.

25 local Airbnb hosts recommend

As a good friend puts it, this place plays films, not movies. You won't find your latest blockbuster here, but perhaps something more obscure and interesting.

83 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Seriously, save yourself some time. Take a look, but don't waste your time here. It's such a tourist trap.


730 Tavern

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 730 Massachusetts Ave·Map·Website·

20 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is a solid bar with lots of basic bar food choices. It gets loud... and sometimes it can be very bro-y

20 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Extensive draft beer, amazing sandwiches by all the Boston chefs, pub feel... very American without being overly so.


Cafe Sushi

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 1105 Massachusetts Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

18 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is our favorite sushi place! The rolls are good, but their odd nigiri choices are even better. There's always a wait and line here, so try to call ahead or make a reservation.

19 local Airbnb hosts recommend

(Location is in Harvard Sq) Now that it's freezing outside, get yourself a cup of hot chocolate! The cups are small, but the chocolate is so dense, trust me, stick to the small cup. :-) They also h... read more