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Restaurants in Boston’s Back Bay

Do You Have a Favorite Back Bay Restaurant?

Besides having a favorite restaurant you may have a favorite Boston NEIGHBORHOOD to eat in, but we won’t get into that debate here. There are so many good eats to choose from it’s hard to narrow it down. We created the ultimate Back Bay Restaurants List from the top listings in:

Related: Back Bay’s Nightlife

Boston’s Top Back Bay Restaurants in Alphabetical Order

Click on the restaurant names to go to their websites.

Abe & Louie’s

Fine Dining/Reservation Recommended
793 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 536-6300
Cuisine: Steak, American
Cost: Average
Highlights: Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating

Asta

Fine Dining
47 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
(617) 585-9575
Cuisine: French
Cost: Average is $70 for two people
Highlights: Serves Alcohol

Atlantic Fish Company

Fine Dining/Bar
761 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 267-4000
Cuisine: Seafood
Cost: Average is $40 for two people
Highlights: Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating

Bistro du Midi

Fine Dining
272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 426-7878
Cuisine: French
Cost: Average is $70 for two people
Highlights: Known For Inviting atmosphere, Takeout Available, Serves Alcohol,Outdoor Seating

Capital Grille, The

Fine Dining
900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02115
(617) 262-8900
Cuisine: Steak/American
Cost: Average is $70 for two people
Highlights: Old-school steak house, Serves Alcohol, Private Dining Area Available

Casa Romero

Casual Dining/Bar
30 Gloucester Street, Boston, MA 02115
(617) 536-4341
Cuisine: Mexican
Cost: Average is $40 for two people
Highlights: Delivery, Takeout Available, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating

Da Vinci Ristorante

Fine Dining
162 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 650-0007
Cuisine: Italian
Cost: Average is $40 for two people
Highlights: Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Gluten Free Options, Private Dining Area Available

Davio’s

Fine Dining, Bar
75 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 357-4810
Cuisine: Steak, Italian
Cost: Average is $70 for two people
Highlights: Serves Alcohol, Kid Friendly, Gluten Free Options

Deuxave

Fine Dining
371 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
(617) 517-5915
Cuisine: American, French
Cost: Average is $70 for two people
Highlights: Takeout Available, Notable Wine List

Dig Inn

Quick Bites
557 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 904-3711
Cuisine: American
Cost: Average is $25 for two people
Highlights: Breakfast, Takeout, Brunch, WiFi, Outdoor seating

Grill 23 & Bar

Fine Dining, Bar
161 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 542-2255
Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
Cost: Average is $70 for two people
Highlights: Serves Alcohol, Private Dining Area Available

Kings Boston

Casual Dining, Bar
50 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02115
(617) 266-2695
Cuisine: American, Bar Food
Cost: Average is $25 for two people
Highlights: Takeout Available, Full Bar Available, Live Music, Wifi, Vegan Options, Kid Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Craft Beer, Gastro Pub, Serves Cocktails

Legal Sea Foods

100 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 266-7775
Cuisine: American, Seafood
Cost: Average is $150 for two people
Highlights: Takeout Available, Serves Alcohol, Private Dining Area Available,Gluten Free Options, Kid Friendly

Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar

Casual Dining/Bar
271 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 369-5609
Cuisine: Mexican
Cost: Average is $40 to for two people
Highlights: Serves Alcohol

Mistral

Fine Dining
223 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 867-9300
Cuisine: French
Cost: Average is $70 for two people
Highlights: Wine, Private Dining Area Available

Ostra

Fine Dining, Bar
1 Charles Street South, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 421-1200
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Seafood
Cost: Average is $70 for two people
Highlights: Takeout Available, Serves Alcohol, Live Music, Raw Food

Parish Cafe

Casual Dining/Bar
361 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 247-4777
Cuisine: American
Cost: Average is $25 for two people
Highlights: Takeout Available, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating

Piattini

Casual Dining/Wine Cafe
226 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 536-2020
Cuisine: Italian
Cost: Average is $40 for two people
Highlights: Takeout Available

Select Oyster Bar

Fine Dining
50 Gloucester Street, Boston, MA 02115
(857) 239-8064
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Seafood
Cost: Average is $70 for two people
Highlights: Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating

Sonsie

Casual Dining/Café/Reservations Recommended
327 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02115
(617) 351-2500
Cuisine: American, Cafe
Cost: Average is 440 for two people
Highlights: Breakfast, Gluten Free Options

Sorellina

Fine Dining, Bar
1 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 412-4600
Cuisine: Italian
Cost: Average is $70 for two people
Highlights: Serves Alcohol, Private Dining Area Available

Stephanie’s on Newbury

Fine Dining/Bar
190 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 236-0690
Cuisine: New American
Cost: Average is $40 for two people
Highlights: Breakfast, Takeout Available, Serves Alcohol

Top of the Hub

Fine Dining/Bar
800 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199

Cuisine: New American, Seafood
Cost: Average is $70 for two people
Highlights: Wine and Beer, City View, Private Dining Area Available

Trident Booksellers & Cafe

Café/Casual Dining
338 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02115
(617) 267-8688
Cuisine: American/Cafe
Cost: Average is $25 for two people
Highlights: Breakfast, Takeout Available, Serves Alcohol, Live Entertainment, Private Dining Area Available

Uni

Fine Dining
370a Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
(617) 536-7200
Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
Cost: Average is $70 for two people
Highlights: Takeout, Serves alcohol

What is your favorite Back Bay Restaurant?

Let us know and we’ll add it to out list.

The Boston Dining Scene 2017

Boston Dining is Trending in 2017

According to Tasting Table:

For anyone who’s eaten one too many meals at Legal Sea Foods or Bertucci’s (not that there’s anything wrong with that), the restaurant scene in Boston these days may feel unrecognizable. From Ana Sortun’s empire spreading out in Cambridge to all-day gem Juliet in Somerville to Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer’s new hot spot, Little Donkey, Boston’s dining scene is thriving. All eyes may have been on Washington, D.C. and L.A. in 2016, but food lovers would be wise to watch Beantown next.

Travel and Leisure also Agrees:

…Beyond the brownstones, Boston is far from conservative, especially when it comes to food. With more than 50 institutions of higher education, this is, after all, a place that runs on youth and new ideas. And right now the Boston area has flavors you won’t find anywhere else in the U.S.: some of the most inventive Japanese food in the country; James Beard Award–winning charcuterie; and eastern Mediterranean food of a refinement that draws chefs from around the land to study it. The best part? These restaurants are all in the hands of chefs who have helped one another grow and fostered kitchens where people rise though the ranks. That’s just how Boston rolls.

Boston Dining Options

So many to choose from…

Boston Eater suggests 38 restaurants to try. Here’s what they have to say:

This elite group of 38 must-try restaurants is meant to cover the city of Boston and a little bit beyond while spanning multiple cuisines and price points, collectively satisfying all of your restaurant needs.

What is your favorite Boston Restaurant?

Are you a regular at a local restaurant or bar? Are you from out of town and have a “must eat at” place when you visit? Pleas share your recommendations. We’re always looking for new places to try.

Cheers to 2017!!!

Thanksgiving Dinner in Boston

Book Your Thanksgiving Day Reservations NOW!

Don’t feel like cooking this year? Have a crowd to feed? Give yourself a break and make a reservation instead. Check out this list of restaurants taking Thanksgiving reservations.

These places fill up fast, so make your reservation early!

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Boston Hotels offering Thanksgiving Dinner

Boston Harbor Hotel

Thanksgiving brunch and dinner in 3 different venues and at 4 different price points.

Taj Boston Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet

A Thanksgiving dinner buffet that offers a large array of mouth-watering options in an elegant ballroom overlooking the Public Garden.

Precinct Kitchen + Bar

Thanksgiving dinner in its sophisticated dining space at Loews Boston Hotel, former home to the the Boston Police headquarters.

Parker House

The original creator of Parker House rolls and Boston cream pie, offers a lavish Thanksgiving Buffet (including vegetarian options).

Millennium Bostonian Hotel’s North 26

Thanksgiving Prix-Fixe Dinner at one of the most delightful restaurants in the city, North 26 offers a modern, sophisticated dining experience.  They offer both an afternoon and evening Thanksgiving menu.

Beacon Hill Bistro at Beacon Hill Hotel

Family style Thanksgiving Day feast crafted by Chef Daniel Gursha.  In addition to traditional herb-brined turkey, they offer all of your family favorites including roasted acorn squash, green bean casserole, and smashed Yukon potatoes.

Cafe Fleuri at the Langham Hotel

Cafe Fleuri is know for its lavish Thanksgiving buffets offering a wide range of traditional and innovative Thanksgiving specialties at the Thanksgiving, Carvery, and Seafood buffet stations.

Boston Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Dinner

The Merchant

60 Franklin Street in Downtown Crossing

Choose from a prix-fixe 3 course Thanksgiving menu – or order items a la carte.  $55/person.

Beat Brasserie – Cambridge

Beat Brasserie’s 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Americana has quickly become a new tradition.   Featuring traditional Thanksgiving foods (and some with a twist), libations and live country, Americana and bluegrass music all day long, this holiday at Beat is perfect for the whole family!

Bistro du Midi’s Provençal Thanksgiving

Celebrate Thanksgiving over-looking Boston’s Public Garden. The Thanksgiving Prix Fixe menu is $75 per person for three courses. Executive Chef, Josue Louis has put together an exceptional menu featuring traditional thanksgiving fare as well as some Provencal favorites. A children’s menu for is available for $32 per child. They are taking reservations for both floors from 1PM to 7:30PM.

Hampshire House

12:30pm-4:00pm

Spend Thanksgiving on historic Beacon Hill at the Hampshire House.  Guests may choose from three course plated menu including a choice of appetizer, a choice of entree, and dessert sampler.  Appetizers range from Harvest Pumpkin Bisque to Autumn Salad.  Entrees include Oven-Roasted Turkey, Char-grilled Salmon Filet and Filet Mignon. Dessert sampler includes a miniature cranberry apple crumble tart, a petit cinnamon cheesecake, a pumpkin pie and a pecan triangle.

$65 per person excludes tax, gratuity and alcoholic beverages.

Legal Seafood

It’s said that the first Thanksgiving featured shellfish and fish.  So enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving, or opt instead for the special turkey dinner.  They serve turkey breast with sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, gravy and cranberry sauce ($24.95 per person and $8.95 for children 12 and under)  Reservations are recommended and private dining rooms must be reserved in advance.

Top of the Hub

Panoramic Boston views from the 52nd floor of Prudential Center provide a sensational backdrop for Top of the Hub’s Thanksgiving dinner. 

Offering a 4-Course Prix-Fixe menu with delicious selections, including a traditional Misty Knoll Farms Vermont Turkey, priced at $75 per person. In addition to the Prix-Fixe menu, each guest will receive complimentary admission to the Skywalk Observatory, located on the 50th floor.

Hours for the Thanksgiving holiday will be from 11:00AM – 8:00PM, with performances by the Marty Ballou Trio from 4:30PM – 8:30PM.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (617) 536-1775.

More Thanksgiving Dining Options

We know we didn’t list them all. If you know of another great place to make Thanksgiving dinner reservations let us know. We’ll add it to the list!

Boston’s North End Restaurants

What are your favorite North End Restaurants?

The North End is Boston’s oldest Neighborhood. A one-square-mile waterfront community close to Faneuil Hall, The Freedom Trail, and The Old North Church. It isn’t dubbed Boston’s “Little Italy” by accident.

Top Picks for North End Restaurants

Some say the North End is THE place to eat in Boston. We know there are many great establishments to choose from all over the city, but our “Little Italy” does have an amazing selection of restaurants. 

There are over 100 restaurants, bakeries, and cafes to choose from and most of them are Italian. No matter what you are craving, you are sure to find something here you will love.

Hanover Street is the main street in the North End. It’s a good place to start. Sip espresso, enjoy some gelato, shop at boutiques, check out a bakery…the possibilities are endless.

After that, venture out onto some side streets and be sure to check out Salem Street, which runs parallel to Hanover. Discover a butcher, fish markets, flower shops, more bakeries, don’t forget the liquor stores, and much more.

Here is a list of a few of our favorite North End Restaurants:

 Regina  Pizzeria

Voted the #1 Pizza in Boston. Their website states “North End Brick Oven Pizza since 1926.”

“Welcome to Boston’s Original Pizzeria!” For over three generations, Regina’s delicious brick over pizza has been inspired by the love of good food and the special pride of the Polcari Family.

If you really like pizza–I mean REALLY love pizza, check out the North End Pizza Tour. Enjoy a walking tour of historic Boston, taste pizza from three popular pizzerias, and learn some Boston history from a knowledgeable guide.

Mike’s Pastry

Mike has 50 year of experience in baking. His comprehensive knowledge of traditional Italian baking techniques and recipes have been gathered from all over Italy (and the world). He specialized in traditional Italian pastries, biscotti, cakes, torrone, cookies, pies, squares, gelati, and marzipan.

Check out his website for more information.

Modern Pastry

Modern Pastry is a family owned and operated Italian Bakery. Three generations of innovative master chefs utilize over 150 years of “Old World” Italian recipes, methods, and experience. They offer:

  • Imported goods
  • Hand-made cookies
  • Traditional Italian cakes and pastry
  • Fresh baked pies
  • Custom and wedding cakes

Ristorante Limoncello

Ristorante Limoncello is a very amazing, but often overlooked gem.  You will find authentic dishes such as squid ink fettuccine, veal saltimbocca, and chicken Parmesan. Don’t forget to try the meatballs– a family recipe and cost only $5.

Located on the Freedom Trail, just a few doors down from the Paul Revere House in North Square.

Terramia Ristorante

According to their website:

Carla Gomes Agripino opened Terramia Ristorante in 1993 with executive chef and Salerno native, Mario Nocera. Terramia transformed old world classics into new world masterpieces. You won’t be disappointing with this great twist on Italian.

The Daily Catch

A Sicilian-Style Seafood & Pasta restaurant. The Daily Catch’s North End location is the original one founded in 1973.  With only twenty seats, you are guaranteed fast, efficient service and fresh seafood! Classic dishes and weekly specials keep bringing people back.

Let us know where you love to eat in Boston’s North End.

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If you are planning a trip to enjoy Boston’s North End Restaurants and other attractions consider staying in a short-term apartment rental rather than a hotel. You can experience one of Boston’s most culturally diverse historical neighborhoods like a local and have all the conveniences of home in one of our gorgeous apartments. We have several locations spread out throughout the city to choose from. Give us a call today and start planning your next trip to historic Boston. (877) 795-4387

The Ultimate Boston Pub Crawl

Fall is the PERFECT time to plan the Ultimate Boston Pub Crawl.  Grab some friends and head out to these historic and iconic establishments! Cheers! (literally–don’t miss this one!)

Click on the titles to go their websites!

Cheers

Visit the bar that made the TV show famous and where everyone knows your name.

The original Cheers was established in 1895 and is still located in the Beacon Hill neighborhood at 84 Beacon Street. The replica location opened in 2001 in Faneuil Hall at the Quincy Market.

Take the Norm Burger Challenge! If you can finish the Norm Burger, you’ll earn a place in their hall of fame for all to share in your glory!

Hint: If you go to the website and enter your contact info you will get 15% off your next purchase in-store or online.

Green Dragon

The Sons of Liberty met here so often that the Green Dragon was called the “Headquarters of the American Revolution.”
The Green Dragon was established in 1654 so it is technically the the oldest historic bar in Boston. It is currently located on a small side street near Faneuil Hall.

Union Oyster House

Located at 41 Union Street (right on the Freedom Trail), The Union Oyster House is a national landmark and noted for being America’s oldest restaurant. The building dates back to Pre-Revolutionary days, and started serving food in 1826. The stalls and oyster bar are exactly where they were when Daniel Webster was a customer. 

Black Rose

According to their website: For the past 40 years, The Black Rose has been Boston’s premier Irish pub and restaurant. Located in the heart of Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall and steps from the city’s celebrated waterfront, The Black Rose has been serving up perfect pints of Guinness and traditional Irish fare 365 days a year since 1976.

It’s a beloved Boston institution, prompting the Boston Globe to call it “The Fenway Park of Irish pubs.”

I’ll Just Stick to Beer, Thank You!

Check out this list of 13 Amazing Breweries in Boston.

Don’t want to plan your own Boston Pub Crawl?

Join the Freedom Trail Foundation’s Historic Pub Crawl Group Tour.

Need a place to crash after your Boston Pub Crawl?

Stay at one of our centrally located short-term apartment rentals. Have all the conveniences of home as you experience Boston like a local. Call now for pricing and availability. (877) 795-4387

5 Interesting Ways to Discover Boston Outdoors

Have you done all the usual touristy things in Boston? Are you ready for something unique? Check out these lesser known outdoor experiences while you are in Boston. You have the whole rest of the year to stay inside. Get out there!

Discovering Boston Outdoors

Summer isn’t over yet! We know there are tons of lists of all the touristy things you can do in Boston outdoors in the Summer, and those are all very cool (Freedom Trail, Swan Boats, catch a Red Sox Game). But we want to give you something a little more edgy and lesser known. Tell your friends about it and raise your in-the-know factor a few notches.

#1. Boston’s Best Outdoor Dining

Boston OutdoorsBoston Magazine recently published this fantastic article on THE BEST places to eat outdoors in Boston. Every journey must start with nourishment, so check out the list and pick a place to go!

#2. Explore some “secret gardens”

Well, the word “secret” just screams unconventional (or maybe we should whisper it). Either way, you will enjoy discovering these hidden gardens in some of the unlikeliest places. This is one of the best ways to experience Boston outdoors–it’s like a treasure hunt!

#3. Take a Tour of Fenway Park.

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Fenway Park, one of America’s most beloved ball parks. According to their website Ballpark tours are available daily, year-round, during rain, snow and sunshine. Online tour tickets are available and released weekly. Please continue to check this website for up to date access and online sales.fenway park boston outdoors

#4. Urban Bass Fishing Trips on the Charles River

Do you like to fish? What about URBAN fishing? Have you always wanted to try it? Boston Bass Adventures offers one of kind guided bass fishing trips on 8 miles of Boston’s Charles River, all while taking in the amazing Boston skyline. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced anglers welcome!

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#5. Magazine Beach and Swimming Pool.

FREE SWIMMING! You can’t beat FREE! At 15 acres, Magazine Beach is Cambridge’s second largest park. It features a free outdoor swimming pool, soccer and baseball fields, exercise equipment, picnic areas and plenty of parking. This is the jackpot of Boston outdoors!

What do you like to do?

We’d love to hear how you like to spend your time outdoors in Boston. If you are looking for a place to stay while visiting Boston, check out our short-term apartment rentals in every Boston neighborhood.

13 Boston Breweries: Cheers!

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If you are looking for a delicious craft beer and great atmosphere (hey, that rhymed!) look no further. We have the ultimate list of Boston Breweries. Cheers!

Note: Some of these breweries are located a bit outside of Boston, but they are worth the adventure!

Related: Summer Events in Boston

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Boston Brew Tours has fostered relationships with the Boston area’s best breweries. You can tour breweries ranging from nano-breweries to regional large scale breweries.

We want to hear from you…

What is your favorite Boston Brewery?

Summer Events in Boston

Here is your list for a whole summer of fun in Boston! If you know of any additional events please list them in the comments. We hope you have a wonderful and safe summer!

Boston Events Calendar from Boston USA

Boathouse Friday Summer Series

Summer in Boston from the City of Boston

Boston Events, Fairs, and Festivals June 2016

Boston Events, Fairs, and Festivals July 2016

Boston Events, Fairs and Festivals August 2016

The Boston Calendar–Events that Don’t Suck

Boston Event Calendar for July 2016

Summer on the Waterfront

 

Boston’s Beacon Hill Neighborhood

What makes Beacon Hill one of the most desirable and expensive neighborhoods in Boston?

We are going to explore this great area of Boston and find out. Be sure to visit Beacon Hill, or stay in this neighborhood the next time you visit.

Related: Short-term apartment rentals in Beacon Hill

Historic Beacon Hill

A walk through Beacon Hill is like a walk back in time with its Federal-style rowhouses, narrow, gaslit streets and brick sidewalks. The name, “Beacon Hill” is derived from the location of a former beacon atop the highest point in central Boston.

The area, approximately one-half to three quarters of a mile square, is bounded by Cambridge Street on the north, Somerset Street on the east, Beacon Street on the south, and Storrow Drive on the west.

In 1955 Beacon Hill was made the Historic Beacon Hill District and it was designated a National Historic Landmark on December 19, 1962.

The neighborhood consists of three sections:

  • South slope
  • Flat of the Hill
  • North slope

State House in Beacon HillThe Massachusetts State House is located on Beacon Street and is the home of the Commonwealth’s government. This building has a magnificent gilded dome and is pen to the public. Free tours are offered Monday through Friday between 10am and 3:30pm (reservation is requested.)

The Boston Common is a popular park enjoyed by residents and tourists. It is located just across from the State House.

The Charles Street Meeting House in Beacon Hill is a historic church that was built in 1807. This building was the site for many famous speeches by Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Tubman, and Sojourner Truth. Currently is being used for commercial purposes.

The Nichols House Museum was built in 1805 and renovated in 1830 and is perfect example of a  four-story row house decorated in original furnishings. It was built by architect Charles Bulfinch and gets its name from Rose Standish Nichols, who lived in the house between 1885 and 1960.

Beacon Hill Shopping

Beacon Hill’s main drag, Charles Street, is the best place to start your shopping experience. Many antique stores, unique boutiques, and things you can’t find at big box stores.

Beacon Hill Dining

Some well established anchor restaurants in this area include The Paramount, Tatte Bakery & Cafe, and Ristorante Toscano. But you will find hidden gems, the perfect cup of coffee, breakfast and more.

Related: OpenTable Beacon Hill Restaurants

As you can see, a visit to Boston isn’t complete without a stop in Beacon Hill. There are so many things to do and historical sites it is definitely worthwhile.

Boston’s Amazing Back Bay

Boston’s Back Bay is chock full of amazing architecture, restaurants, shopping, art galleries, and more. Today, along with neighboring Beacon Hill, it is one of Boston’s two most expensive residential neighborhoods.

Learn more about this popular area of Boston and why you should visit!

Back Bay Architecture

Victorian Brownstones. The rows and rows of Victorian brownstone homes are considered one of the best preserved examples of 19th-century urban design in the United States. These regal sentries make the Back Bay famous, and create the vision most people imagine Boston to be.

Boston Public back bay boson libraryLibrary. An architecture marvel in its own right, the Library stands tall on the corner of Dartmouth and Boylston Streets. According to its website, the Boston Public Library has a collection of over 23.7 million items, which makes it one of the largest (and the first) municipal public library systems in the United States.

 

 

Back bay hancock tower200 Clarendon. Previously known as the John Hancock Tower, it is the tallest building in Boston and all of New England. The tower was designed by Henry N. Cobb of the firm I. M. Pei & Partners and was completed in 1976. The next year the American Institute of Architects presented the firm with a National Honor Award for the building.

 

 

 

 

Prudential Tower. This is the second tallest building in Boston and is also known as the Prudential Building or, as locals call it, “The Pru.” It has a 50th-floor observation deck, called the Skywalk Observatory, which is currently the highest observation deck in New England that is open to the public. Definitely worth the elevator trip up!

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Back Bay has one of THE BEST shopping districts in Boston. Newbury Street, Boylston Street and Commonwealth Avenue are lined with unique shops. Keep your eyes open because you may spot a celebrity shopping on these picturesque streets.

Most famous perhaps is Newbury Street, with its numerous chic boutiques and galleries it is a must for anyone new to Boston.

Back Bay Dining

Since Back Bay is one of the most expensive places in Boston, there are many fine dining experiences to splurge on. But the more thrifty traveler can take heart and find reasonable options as well.

Cheap Restaurants in Back Bay

Best Fine Dining in Back Bay

Cafes in Back Bay

Bars in Back Bay

Back Bay Accommodations

The best way to see Boston is to live like a Bostonian. Short-term Apartment rentals are extremely popular in this area and with so many of them nestled in this historical neighborhood you can’t go wrong. In this high-rent district you get more bang for your buck in a furnished apartment. 

Check out these Boston short-term rental options and experience the Back Bay like a local.