It’s hard to believe that it’s been a full two weeks since my Boston trip. Seriously, time has been moving at warp speed lately. As I’m writing this post, I’m on a plane to a totally different destination – I’m heading back to DC! But while I’m doing that, I wanted to recap some of the coolest things to see and places to eat in Boston. I adore the city and want to go back ASAP; the northeast is just a really fun place to me.
Things to See in Boston
Boston has a lot of history behind it, and the Freedom Trail is a fun walking trail that connects so many of these historical sights. You can pay to go on a guided tour, but I’d honestly suggest just walking it on your own. The trail is literally marked off by a line of red bricks, so it’s actually really hard to get lost. It’s also just a really great way to see some of the historical highlights of the city, especially if you’re someone who gets really into that type of stuff.
Boston Common/Boston Public Garden
Boston Common is essentially the Boston equivalent of Central Park, and is filled with walking paths and huge trees (plus the occasional food truck). It’s especially pretty when all the leaves are changing. Right across the way is the Boston Public Garden, which is filled with statues and fountains and, of course, plants. Both are just really lovely to walk through if you’re fancying a walk outside.
Beacon Hill is a gorgeous neighborhood in Boston, filled with brick wall townhouses and decorated door stoops. It’s also home to Acorn Street (where I took all of the pictures for this post!), which is this lovely and highly-photographed cobblestone side street. If you haven’t noticed a theme in all of these places to visit in Boston, this is also a great place to walk.
Feel like embracing your inner Elle Woods? (I’m always embracing mine, haha.) I was in Boston to tour law schools, so naturally Harvard was on the list. However, even if you’re not specifically touring the school, Harvard is an absolutely gorgeous campus. And Cambridge is also just a cool place to hang out. Between the architecture and the layout, it’s got a solid UK vibe to it. I felt like I was back in Oxford again – basically a dream come true for my nostalgic self.
Places to Eat in Boston
Honestly most aesthetically pleasing bakery I’ve ever been to. If you don’t go here for the great coffee and even better food, go here for the bomb Instagram you’ll inevitably get. Seriously though, the pastries here will blow your mind. There are multiple locations all over Boston – Beacon Hill, Fenway, and Cambridge, to name a few – so you have no excuse not to make this bakery a stop in your day.
Located in Somerville (which is somewhat between Boston and Cambridge) is this little European-inspired café called Juliet. It’s an adorable little breakfast place with some delicious options. My favorite part of this place, however, is their business model. Like actual European restaurants, service is included in the cost of the food and the serving staff makes an actual full hourly wage instead of the ridiculous American system in which we expect wait staff to make basically all of their earnings on tips. Great food and a system that actually supports their staff? Sign me up.
Union Square Donuts
If you didn’t already know, I love donuts. If I had to pick a food that I could eat as much of as I wanted and never gain weight, donuts are the obvious choice. So naturally, I have to try any unique donut shop I can find in a city. Union Square donuts comes up with all sorts of interesting flavors (I had a pumpkin spice one, because I’m #basic) and offer a ton of vegan options as well.
I think this restaurant originated in New York, but they now have a Boston location as well. I love myself a good vegan restaurant, and this one definitely earned a spot on my list of favorites. They have a great variety of interesting flavors, and some “healthier” takes on some not-so-healthy items, like air-cooked French fries and beet ketchup (don’t knock it until you try it, seriously). I was feeling pretty lazy on Sunday night and ordered this through Postmates to the hotel, and it did not disappoint.
Hope you enjoyed this little travel guide! It’s been awhile since I’ve traveled somewhere new and I forgot how much I love writing them.