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fan
01-10-2012, 02:37 AM
i just booked a last minute trip to see friends in boston this weekend. squeal! so excited. so what is there to do? we're 3 late 20's fun lovers - but not partiers. We all love walking around new cities, people watching, art museums (modern and earlier, not contemporary), good food, shopping, and culture.

Would love your ideas people!

Thanks!

jeffisjeff
01-10-2012, 02:54 AM
My husband and I had dinner here over Christmas break:

http://www.ticoboston.com/

It was really yummy and a fun, young atmosphere (we felt a bit old :P).

overedge
01-10-2012, 03:46 AM
i just booked a last minute trip to see friends in boston this weekend. squeal! so excited. so what is there to do? we're 3 late 20's fun lovers - but not partiers. We all love walking around new cities, people watching, art museums (modern and earlier, not contemporary), good food, shopping, and culture.


If you love art museums, your life will be incomplete without seeing the Museum of Fine Arts and/or the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum - which are within a few blocks of each other at the Museum T stop (trolley/public transit).

vesperholly
01-10-2012, 07:37 AM
Duck boat tour!! I loved it.

Stormy
01-10-2012, 03:17 PM
Duck boats unfortunately don't run during the wintertime...they start again in March. But I second the museums, and the Prudential Center for people watching and shopping. Walk up and down Newbury Street for lots more good shopping.

Aceon6
01-10-2012, 04:18 PM
For museums, try the Fan Pier/JFK loop and do the Institute of Contemporary Art and the JFK museum. There are many good places to eat, and if the weather's nice, you could walk to the new convention center. The Auto Show is there this weekend.

eta, I know you said you didn't like contemporary art, but the attraction at ICA is the building itself and the view of the harbor.

zaphyre14
01-10-2012, 06:08 PM
If the weather's good, get a copy of Robert McCloskey's "Make Way for Ducklings" and follow the route the ducks take from the Charles River to the staues in the Public Garden.

Or walk the Freedom Trail around all the historic sites of the American Revolution.

Ajax
01-10-2012, 08:11 PM
Definitely take a walk in Boston Common and on Newbury Street. The latter is the upscale shopping street of Boston but a lot of the buildings are historical brownstones and it's very pleasant to walk through. Tons of people watching there!

I wouldn't do the Freedom Trail unless you have a particular interest in American history. But do walk through Beacon Hill (the main drag is Charles St but all the side streets are beautiful as well) which is the oldest area of Boston with gorgeously-preserved buildings. Once you're done in Beacon Hill you can also go for a walk by the Charles River on the Esplanade.

Harvard University has free student-run campus tours which are a lot of fun. The students give you tons of insider info about the school and you get to see inside buildings that are not open to public. I recommend this to all Boston visitors but I heard somewhere that the Occupy protest in Harvard has caused the tours to be shut down. You might want to check first.

Have dinner at the Eastern Standard: http://easternstandardboston.com/
Amazing food all the time and the cocktails are fantastic as well. Might be good to have a reservation.

I have tons of restaurant recommendations, if you can tell me what kind of you like then I can try to give you a few more :)

fan
01-10-2012, 08:22 PM
i love all types of food, but only eat vegetarian/fish (or kosher meat in kosher restaurants). love asian, italian, mexican (which we dont have really in toronto)...

znachki
01-10-2012, 08:39 PM
Have dinner at the Eastern Standard: http://easternstandardboston.com/
Amazing food all the time and the cocktails are fantastic as well. Might be good to have a reservation.

Eastern Standard was on my bars to go to list, along with Drink http://www.drinkfortpoint.com/

Ajax
01-11-2012, 06:36 PM
i love all types of food, but only eat vegetarian/fish (or kosher meat in kosher restaurants). love asian, italian, mexican (which we dont have really in toronto)...

Hmmm... There's a very good Asian restaurant called the Island Hopper, it's near the intersection of Mass Ave & Commonwealth Ave in Boston. A good Mexican restaurant, if you don't mind taking the subway red line to Davis Square, is Tu y Yo. Very authentic and tons of delicious food. Border Cafe in Harvard is Tex Mex and always crowded but has a super fun atmosphere. If you want seafood, you can't go wrong with the Legal Sea Foods chain of restaurants, they have them all over Boston. Yes they're a bit touristy but they're popular for a reason: the food is excellent and I think worth the price.

znachki, Drink is definitely amazing.

Links:
http://www.islandhopperboston.com/
http://tuyyo2.com/somerville.htm
http://www.bordercafe.com/

znachki
01-11-2012, 06:40 PM
znachki, Drink is definitely amazing.

It used to be that I looked for the best/nearest coffee places whenever I went anywhere - or Starbucks if nothing else. Now it's cocktails.

fan
01-11-2012, 07:46 PM
thanks everyone! keep em coming...

skamper23
01-11-2012, 08:23 PM
If you like Italian Food head to Hanover st. in Boston's North End! I've tried about 4 different places on that street and haven't been disappointed yet. They a have wonderful bakery .... Mike's Pastry shop! Hanover st. is a quick walk from Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market area. Union Bay Oyster House is always good too!

Ajax
01-13-2012, 05:19 PM
If you like Italian Food head to Hanover st. in Boston's North End! I've tried about 4 different places on that street and haven't been disappointed yet. They a have wonderful bakery .... Mike's Pastry shop! Hanover st. is a quick walk from Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market area. Union Bay Oyster House is always good too!

All of those are super touristy though, they will have huuuuge lines on weekends.