If you are planning a tour of Boston, we recommend that you take a look at this list of the coolest neighborhoods in Boston, so you know what you can plan to do in different areas of the city, what are its most famous attractions and make the most of your visit to one of the most spectacular cities in the United States.
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Named after the lighthouse that once stood on top of the hill to warn the city of any invader, Beacon Hill is one of Boston’s oldest neighborhoods. This area of Boston has exclusive shops and restaurants on Charles Street, cobblestone streets and architecture that reflects an earlier colonial era.
Beacon Hill is a neighborhood where rich families, professionals and students live, and this area of the city is popular for its brick houses, lamps and gardens. Beacon Hill was home to many famous Americans, including Robert Frost, Louisa May Alcott and Sylvia Plath. Beacon Hill is very close to Boston Common, the first public park in the country and the most important in the city.
What to do in Beacon Hill
You can start the day by having breakfast at Paramount, a great restaurant to have a good time. Then, after breakfast you can explore Freedom Trail. We recommend starting with Boston Common, visiting the Massachusetts State House and visiting the ancient tombstones of Granary Cemetery.
At lunchtime you can visit the Public Garden, then go shopping and buying antiques in Charles St. Once there you can appreciate the architecture of Louisburg Square and visit the Museum of African American History.
Beer lovers should visit Tip Tap Room and sample its 40 types of artisanal beer, and wine aficionados can visit Bin 26 Enoteca, where they can dine and finish their visit to Beacon Hill.
The North End is Boston’s oldest residential neighborhood. This neighborhood has an area of 234 acres, most people who live in this neighborhood Italo American, for this reason the best Italian restaurants in the city are in North End.
Here you can walk its cobblestone streets, enter small general stores and see the Italian festivals and processions held in North End during the summer months. The neighborhood is a vibrant place and Hanover Street is one of North End’s main tourist attractions.
One advantage of living in the North End is that you can eat at some of Boston’s best restaurants, plus it’s close to the North Station and the boardwalk.
What to do in North End
Visiting the Museum of Science and seeing dinosaur bones, butterflies and programming robots and researching alternative energies is something you should do if you’re in North End. At lunchtime, you can enjoy a pizza at the famous Galleria Umberto restaurant or enjoy a delicious fish at Neptune Oyster.
If you are exploring North End, then you should visit Paul Revere’s House in North Square and go shopping in Hanover St. and then cross the Paul Revere Mall to Old North Church, one of Boston’s most important churches.
After a full day tour of the North End, the best way to end the day is to have a drink at the Caffe Vittoria.
Charlestown is a neighborhood located on the north side of Boston, located on the banks of the Mystic River and Boston Harbor. It is a very important area of Boston which houses places of interest such as the USS Constitution, the Bunker Hill Monument and the Charlestown Navy Yard.
The Freedom Trail also passes through Charlestown. Most Charlestown residents are young professionals, immigrants and most of the Boston’s Irish population. Charlestown is a vibrant neighborhood and has several restaurants and bars, in this neighborhood is located Warren Tavern, the oldest tavern in Massachusetts, said to be one of the favorite places of George Washington and Paul Revere.
What to do in Charlestown
Crossing the Charlestown Bridge from North Station or ferrying from Long Wharf to the Charlestown boardwalk is something you can do in this amazing Boston neighborhood.
If you are visiting this area of Boston then you should go to Charlestown Navy Yard, which includes there you will see incredible the USS Constitution. If you are looking for a place to have lunch, we recommend you enter one of the restaurants located in Pier 6, there you will have incredible views of the Boston Harbor and the skyline of the city.
After lunch, you can explore the old, narrow streets of the neighborhood, with its 19th century colonial-style houses, take amazing photos and then visit the Bunker Hill monument. Once there you can visit the Bunker Hill Museum. In the evening, you can dine at the famous and delicious Navy Yard Bistro & Wine Bar, and end a great day exploring Boston.
South Boston is home to Boston’s largest working-class community, and today the neighborhood is rapidly expanding into the Seaport and Fort Port areas. This Boston residential neighborhood is one of the most coveted areas by students as it is very close to downtown.
Throughout South End you will find local bars, markets and restaurants. South End is home to Dorchester Heights, a national park, and the historic hill where George Washington’s army used cannons to drive the British out of Boston in 1776.
What to do in South End
South End is one of Boston’s most vibrant neighborhoods and is famous for hosting the Boston theatrical mile. Its discotheques are very popular among locals, also has many restaurants where you can taste the best of international and contemporary cuisine.
In South End, you can also visit Chinatown, then attend a show in the Theater District and then party at Underbar, one of Boston’s trendy nightclubs.
Cambridge, which stretches along the north bank of the Charles River, is an independent city with two of the most famous universities, Harvard University and the MET. Cambridge also has some historical points of interest and countless artistic and cultural attractions. Near Harvard Square are some of the city’s most famous restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
What to do in Cambridge
The first thing you should visit in Cambridge is Harvard University. Take a tour of its historic campus and then visit one of its excellent museums, such as the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology or the Harvard Art Museum.
After visiting the Harvard University campus, we recommend lunch at Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage or Clover Food Lab. Once you’ve visited one of these great restaurants, then check out the Longfellow National Historic Site and visit Mount Auburn Cemetery, a large cemetery where you can enjoy unique vegetation.
In Cambridge, at night, the cultural offer is unlimited, you can enjoy live music, cinema or theater.