Flights to Boston (BOS)

Boston is a potent mix of American history, working-class traditions and cutting-edge chic.
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What to do in Boston

Stroll around Rose F. Kennedy Greenway

A Red Sox game is the ultimate Boston experience, even if you’re not a baseball fan. Settle in for a few innings at Fenway Park, the oldest stadium still in use in the country, and join the hyper-enthusiastic fans atop the ‘Green Monster’, the iconic green wall that overlooks left field.

4 Yawkey Way
Massachusetts
02215
+1 877 733 7699
boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/ballpark

Take a tour of the Freedom Trail

A huge number of formative events in American history took place in Boston and most of them can be seen on the Freedom Trail, a 4km self-guided tour that takes in everything from Boston Common to the site of the Boston Massacre to the Paul Revere House. Pick up a guide at the Visitor Information Centre or download the app.

Visitor Information Centre
147 Tremont Street
MA 02118
+1 617 357 8300
thefreedomtrail.org

Stroll around Rose F. Kennedy Greenway

Go for a walk along Boston’s mile-long stretch of green parks that were formerly an highway (moved underground a few years back), and check out the lush gardens, fountains, sculptures and welcoming public spaces (with free Wi-Fi to boot). Food vendors and farmers’ markets make regular appearances.

185 Kneeland Street
Massachusetts
02111
+1 617 292 0020
rosekennedygreenway.org

Stroll around Rose F. Kennedy Greenway

Even if classical music isn’t usually your thing, a trip to stunning Symphony Hall for a performance by the Boston Symphony Orchestra is an exquisite experience. It dates back to 1861 and was designed by a physicist to have perfect acoustics. World-class musicians perform here from autumn through spring.

301 Massachusetts Avenue
Massachusetts
02115
+1 617 2661492
bso.org

Go shopping around Beacon Hill

Check out the chic boutiques of Beacon Hill, which are set in this historic neighbourhood of quaint federal-style houses, brick sidewalks and gaslight streets. You can find eye-catching gifts, camping gear, designer clothes and classic New England souvenirs all in a radius of just a few blocks. One of the best boutiques in the neighbourhood is Good, located on Charles Street – start there.

Good
133 Charles Street
MA 02114
+1 617 722 9200
shopatgood.com

Go kayaking on the Charles River

The Charles River is famous for its rowers, but you can paddle down it in your very own kayak. Rent one for an hour or two, and get in a workout while you sail past Boston’s gorgeous trees, parks and skyline views.

1071 Soldier's Field Road
Massachusetts
02134

Where to eat in Boston

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Legal Sea Foods (Seafood)

One of Boston’s best and most beloved chains, Legal Sea Foods has a number of locations dotted throughout the city (you can even find it at Boston Airport). Whichever one you end up in, make sure to sample the fresh seafood, particularly the excellent and varied oysters.

1 Seafood Way
MA 02210
+1 617-530-9000
legalseafoods.com

Tavern Road (International)

The industrial chic Tavern Road is a combination of lounge and modern dining room, with a great late-night menu of small plates. During the day, you can grab lunch to go from their adjoining takeout joint, TR Street Foods, and eat it in the spacious dining room.

343 Congress Street
MA 02210
+1 617 790 0808
tavernroad.com

Erbaluce (Italian)

Chef Charles Draghi was at the forefront of the 'vegetable movement', creating dishes that use fruit, veggies and herbs as a base rather than meat or dairy. Erbaluce, with a menu that changes nightly, offers Italian fine dining that eschews heaviness for subtlety and bright flavours.

69 Church Street
MA 02116
+1 617 426 6969
erbaluce-boston.com

Caffe Paradiso (Italian)

Boston’s North End is a traditionally Italian neighbourhood and Caffe Paradiso is one of its landmarks: an old school, family-run bakery and cafe that’s been around since 1962 and can claim the best cannoli in Boston. Breakfast on a couple of these, along with an espresso, and you’ll be fuelled for a day of sightseeing.

255 Hanover Street
MA 02113
+1 617 742 1768
caffeparadiso.com

Beantown Pub (International)

Stop at the well-located Beantown Pub at the edge of Boston Common for a lunch of sandwiches named after famous patriots such as Paul Revere. Locals will point to the fact one of the USA’s Founding Fathers, Sam Adams, is buried within view, at Granary Burying Ground.

100 Tremont Street
MA 02108
+1 617 426 0111
beantownpub.com

B&G Oysters (Seafood)

One of Boston’s best-loved chefs, Barbara Lynch, is behind B&G, a modern oyster bar in the South End neighbourhood. It does delightful versions of New England dishes like lobster rolls and fried clams, as well as offering up more than a dozen varieties of oysters.

550 Tremont Street
MA 02116
+1 617 423 0550
bandgoysters.com

Places to stay in Boston

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XV Beacon

Seriously luxurious, this hotel has a Beaux-Arts exterior that dates back to 1903 and modernist, individually designed rooms that come with their own fireplaces and canopied beds. In addition to its great location in Beacon Hill, the XV Beacon offers guests a chauffeur-driven Lexus to ferry you around downtown.

15 Beacon Street
MA 02108
+1 617 670 1500
xvbeacon.com

Nine Zero

A Kimpton property, Nine Zero is a funky hotel in downtown Boston with plenty of attractive and quirky amenities like an in-house yoga channel on the TV, and even the loan of a pet fish to keep you company. The hotel also provides bikes for you to use.

90 Tremont Street
MA 02108
+1 617 772 5800
ninezero.com

Lenox Hotel

The Lenox underwent a major refurbishment in 2014 and this Back Bay property is now even more luxurious and definitely more modern. It’s the service that stands out here, as well as the excellent location, and it’s a good choice for business travellers, too.

61 Exeter Street
MA 02116
+1 617 536 5300
lenoxhotel.com

Ames Hotel

The Ames is very design-driven, with a minimalist look that makes an interesting contrast to Boston’s old-world appeal. The rooms have oak floors, high ceilings and big windows with views of the Boston skyline – very sleek, very chic and very comfortable.

1 Court Street
MA 02108
+1 617 979 8100
ameshotel.com

463 Beacon Street

Seriously luxurious, this hotel has a Beaux-Arts exterior that dates back to 1903 and modernist, individually designed rooms that come with their own fireplaces and canopied beds. In addition to its great location in Beacon Hill, the XV Beacon offers guests a chauffeur-driven Lexus to ferry you around downtown.

15 Beacon Street
MA 02108
+1 617 670 1500
xvbeacon.com

40 Berkeley

Located in Boston’s trendy South End, there are good value, simply adorned rooms for anywhere from one to four people at 40 Berkeley. Somewhere between a hostel and a hotel, it’s ideal if you're on a budget. A couple of the rooms have private bathrooms, and there’s free Wi-Fi and shared spaces with couches and a fireplace.

40 Berkeley Street
MA 02116
+1 617 375 2524
40berkelely.com

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