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Boston’s Finest

Boston’s Finest

One of our absolute favorite places on the East Coast is the historic, seaside city of Boston, Massachusetts.  There are so many great neighborhoods to explore, and maybe even find your next apartment!  Here’s a little insight into a few of Boston’s finest ‘hoods:

North End

Strolling through the North End of Boston, you can expect to develop an appetite instantly as the mouth-watering smell of Italian cuisine surrounds you.  Indulge in some true comfort food, then walk it off with some of the awesome attractions this neighborhood has to offer.

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What To Do

Freedom Trail tour
Exploring the North End is a little bit like stepping back in time and enjoying a historic walking tour along the Freedom Trail will surely make you feel connected to the past.  Historic sites that fall within the North End include the Paul Revere House, the Old North Church and the Copp’s Hill Burial Ground.

Where To Dine

Lunch
Blink and you might miss the little hole in the wall that is Galleria Umberto so keep those eyes peeled!  Try to arrive by 11:30 to avoid a line, then treat yourself to a couple of square slices and a few arancini balls.

Dinner
Switch things up and taste the other local flavor: seafood!  The Daily Catch is another great find along Hanover Street where you’ll want to arrive early, but locals and visitors alike swear that it’s worth the wait.  It may sound like an obvious choice but you’re best bet is to sample the killer chowder and lobster rolls.

Dessert
If you’re anything like us, the first thing you you want to get your hands on when you’re in Boston is a rich and crunchy cannoli.  While Mike’s Pastry is certainly a crowd pleaser, we suggest you check out Maria’s Pastry for a slightly lesser know but at least as delicious treat; what the heck, try them both and call it research: no judgement here.

Where to Stay

With such a stunning location, keep in mind exactly what it is you’re paying for: the view!  The Battery Wharf Hotel is a waterfront stunner, complete with an expansive fitness center and spa, maritime museum and a bar/bistro onsite. Bonus: They’re pet-friendly!

Stay a Little Longer

If you’re already living in Boston or are planning to move there soon and want to live in the North End, Apartminty recommends checking out Avenir Apartments.  Some highlights of living in this community include having a number of shopping, dining and outdoor market options, as well as great convenience to public transportation.  Residents here enjoy a smoke-free living environment, updated finishes, rooftop deck, fitness center and onsite parking and bike storage.  grab one of their one bedroom or two bedroom floorplans before they’re gone!

Keep in Mind

Parking is not exactly a dream here, so be prepared to build that expense into your rental budget, get yourself familiar with public transportation options and start breaking in your walking shoes!  Also, you can go ahead and leave your skinny jeans at home, they will not be your friend by the end of the weekend.

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Chinatown

If you’re looking to get right into the action of the city, Chinatown is a pretty good place to start! Bustling with residents and visitors, you can expect to do some fast-paced and fun shopping for both trinkets/novelty items and more traditional imports.  Come equipped with your appetite and an adventurous spirit and you just might discover a new favorite food!

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What to Do

It’s easy to paint Chinatown as a touristy destination that happens to serve some amazing food, but there is quite a bit more to discover beneath the surface.  One of the best ways to do this is to treat yourself to a Chinatown Market Walking Tour.  This 3.5 hour adventure will guide you through a traditional barbecue shop to sample meats, into an herbal pharmacy where you’ll discover the yin and yang properties of different foods, and you’ll even visit one of the oldest traditional Chinese bakeries to sample tasty moon pies.  The cost is $69pp and includes a Dim Sum lunch at the end of the tour!

Where to Dine

It’s hard to go too wrong here, but the options can be overwhelming.  A trip to Chinatown would be incomplete without sampling Hot Pot, which is just as much a style of dining as it is a type of cuisine.  Check out Shabu-Zen for an authentic experience where a pot of boiling broth is placed in the center of the table and each diner briefly dips meats and vegetables into the pot.  The combination of the flavorful broth combined with the savory sesame dipping sauce is truly mouth-watering!  Balance the heat with a refreshing watermelon smoothie and you’ll be in flavor heaven.

Where to Stay

The Downtown DoubleTree by Hilton is your best bet for a central location just steps from Chinatown and the lively Theatre District.  The hotel also offers an onsite restaurant and Starbucks, use of the adjacent YMCA and easy access to public transportation.

Stay a Little Longer

Make this neighborhood your home with one of the luxurious apartments at The Kensington.  Right in the heart of Downtown, residents here enjoy access to a rooftop pool, yoga studio, fitness center and dog spa (yes, it’s pet-friendly!).  The apartments themselves boast hardwood floors, Energy Star appliances, washer/dryer in-unit and ample closet space.

Keep in Mind

If you’ve ever visited the Chinatowns in San Francisco or even Chicago, understand that this may not be the shiny, brightly lit neighborhood that you might expect.  If you’re willing to accept Boston’s Chinatown for exactly what it is, you’ll be in for a lot of fun and one very full belly!

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South End

The South End has seen some real growth over the last few years and has become the home of some impressive new apartment communities and some fantastic new restaurants (sensing a theme here? Mmhmm, we love us some food).  Tremont Street serves as one of the major hot spots in the area where, despite the rapid growth, most shops and restaurants are still owned and run by the locals.  Enjoy the architecture of the beautiful brownstone buildings as you stroll through this residential area.

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What to Do

On the first Friday of every month, the SoWa Artists Guild opens its doors to the public from 5-9 PM. Pop in to peruse the artwork and mingle with fellow art lovers.  Any other night of the year, head over to Wally’s Cafe to unwind with some live Jazz; there’s someone playing 365 night a year!

Where to Dine

Lunch
When in this neighborhood take Guy Fieri’s advice and stop into Blunch for a spectacular sandwich.  Take a second to get over the name, then take a peak at their menu here.

Dinner
Why taste just one thing when you can have it all? Well, almost. We love tapas style dining and you just can’t go wrong with Toro.  This sustainable, green restaurant serves up Barcelona Style small plates and fabulous cocktails; this season, we’re looking forward to tasting the “Honey Badger” and the “Yoga Pants”.  Seriously.

Dessert
In our book, French pastry tends to take the cake and Cafe Madeleine is no exception.  Head over in the morning for coffee (and maybe an almond or ham and cheese croissant for breakfast) and pick up a lemon tart or fraisier for after dinner: they close at 7pm.

Where to Stay

Take full advantage of the charm of this neighborhood by staying in a Bed and Breakfast such as the Encore.  Here you will receive personalized service and recommendations, as well as a generous continental breakfast. Plus, the Innkeeper Reinhold writes just about the cutest responses ever to their Trip Advisor reviews.

Stay a Little Longer

If you’re planning a trip to Boston in the future, then consider checking out the brand new Troy apartment community, which has already gaining attention for its commitment to eco-friendly practices.  The apartments feature wood floors, custom cabinetry and closets, in-unit laundry and even a Nest Learning Thermostat.

Keep in Mind

Parking here can be a little bit of a nightmare, so be prepared to travel/live carless or pay to park.  Also, be forewarned that any money you might save on your hotel can easily be spent when one’s ever-tempted eyes are bigger than one’s stomach in this foodie paradise.

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Seaport District

The Seaport District has evolved from a few businesses, parking lots, and a restaurant or two into one of the hippest areas in Boston. Take a stroll along the Boston Harborwalk to get a glimpse of the Boston Harbor and the various sculptural artwork along the way. Also known as the “Innovation District”, Seaport has blossomed into a thriving neighborhood filled with popular art galleries and museums, delicious restaurants, excellent hotels, and state of the art apartments.

What to Do

While you’re in the Seaport District two places you must visit are the Boston Children’s Museum and the ICA Boston. Take the kids to the Boston Children’s Museum filled with tons of hands-on exhibits and a 3 story climbing structure. The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston is an eclectic combination of cutting edge art from a variety of genres and also hosts entertainment events like jazz concerts and festivals.

Seaport District: ICA Boston

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Where to Dine

Lunch

The Flour Bakery is a popular hotspot in Boston and the Seaport location is no exception. You’ll fall in love at first bite with their delicious selection of salads and sandwiches. Make sure you save room for some of their delicious pastries after your lunch!

Dinner

Enjoy a window seat at Legal Harborside Floor 1 and watch the cruise ships and boats go by as you enjoy the fresh catch of the day. The grilled swordfish and the lobster roll are local specialties. Floor 2 (formal dinner) and 3 (cocktails and sushi) offer a different ambiance in case you’d like to experience all 3 floors of the Legal Harborside Restaurant.

Dessert

If you have a sweet tooth like we do, head over to Molly Moo’s after dinner to enjoy over 36 flavors of ice cream. Try the ice cream stuffed cannoli or the cookie sandwich with their assortment of flavors and you’ll be on cloud nine.

Where to Stay

The Seaport Hotel Boston is the premier destination for visitors to the Seaport District. These sophisticated, modern rooms feature free WiFi, marble bathroom floors, and lush pillow top mattresses. Bonus: Some rooms come with spectacular views of the Boston Harbor!

Stay a Little Longer

The loft style apartments at 381 Congress Lofts are a perfect blend of historical architecture with contemporary finishes. These pet friendly studio and 1 bedroom lofts feature exposed wooden beams and bricks combined with stone counter tops and stainless steel appliances making them one of the most desirable locations in Boston. The rooftop common area offers splendid views of the Boston skyline, Boston Harbor, and more!

Keep in Mind

Also in the area are two very well visited landmarks including the Harpoon Brewery and the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. The Harpoon Brewery is the largest specialty brewer in New England and hosts tours, tastings, and the popular Octoberfest festival every fall. During the summer months, head to the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion to catch some of the biggest names in concert at their outdoor amphitheather.

Seaport District: Legal Harborside Floor 1

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Now tell us, what are some of your favorite things to do, see and eat in Beantown?

About The Author

Madeline

As a renter herself with a keen interest in Psychology, Madeline understands the emotional journey of apartment hunting and the joys of apartment living. This combined with her experience in the multifamily industry has given her some unique insights into the mind of both the renter and the property manager and has helped shape the content she creates and shares here everyday. In her spare time, Madeline can be found re-arranging her apartment, cuddling with her kitties, singing and dancing in the kitchen or whipping up a plant-based meal.

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