My Boston Favorites…

I get SO many requests from you guys for recommendations for places to eat, see, shop and visit while in Boston so I decided to start a Pinterest board mapping my most favorite spots in my fair city for you to reference while visiting! I’ll be updating it all the time this year so bookmark it (or follow me) to see my picks!

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Have any personal Boston favorites? Peruse the list and leave a comment and I’ll add them!


  1. Erin,
    Market at the W Hotel has closed!

    Right next to Island Creek is my absolute, can’t go wrong, good for all occasions-Eastern Standard Kitchen. Great burger, and even better service.
    My all time favorite in the city.

  2. Something about not being able to keep up with labor costs….that was the official response from Jean-Georges…

  3. Glad to see some of my favorites on there! Exhale, Island Creek, Sportello, Lolita… No Flour Bakery, though? The Fort Point location is the best. Also, have you been to Cutty’s in Brookline Village? Epic sandwiches and handmade bagels with homemade cream cheese on Friday and Saturday mornings.

  4. No JP love for your old neighborhood? Salmangundi (not food, but thats ok)? Dogwood Cafe? Ten tables? Canto 6? City Feed and Supply?

  5. I second Jillian’s mention of Cutty’s – it’s truly epic. Even if it doesn’t make it onto the list you should give it a try next time you’re in Brookline.

  6. Great list, Erin!

    For your consideration: The MFA, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Harborwalk, Rose Kennedy Greenway + Greenway Open Market, Sam Adams Brewery

  7. Great list! I would second Flour (best BLT’s in the world, plus everything else!), and would add Drink and Blue Dragon in the seaport, Bergamot in Somerville and Hungry Mother in Cambridge. I haven’t been yet, but hear O Ya is beyond awesome for sushi.

  8. Love all of this – I was married at Mistral, in the Salon, so it holds a VERY fond place in my heart. Doesn’t hurt that the bar is amazing, too. Marathon Sports on Boylston (& Mass Ave/Porter Sq area in Cambridge, Newton, etc) is fab for sneaker rec’s.

  9. Hi Erin,
    This is a great list! Thanks! You should check out my sister’s floral design company, Spruce Floral, if you don’t know it already.

  10. Boston Beer Works near Fenway Park and on Canal Street for the best local beer in town. I may be biased though ;)

  11. Thank you for putting The Urban Grape on there!! Forgot to ask how you liked the Educated Guess and the Atteca? Your new-to-me yellow lamps are perfect on my desk!

  12. Hi Erin, Just moved back to Seattle after 4 years in Boston. I found Washington Square Tavern, near Cleveland Circle, on the Green C line, a very consistent restaurant. The north end is great, do not eat there, you can do pasta at home. The south end buttery is good. I like to walk around the boston common and then walk charles street. If you come to seattle let me know and I can send you to super secret parks :).

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  14. Mare…pricey but worth it.
    I will check out some of the restaurants when I’m there next week for work.

  15. Do you ever go to Sycamore in Newton? It’s my favorite when I’m in town for business and stay at the Newton Marriott. Last time the chef/owner even came out to chat. Amazing things going on there. Not Boston proper, but I love it!

  16. I used to live in the South End and still go back for The Buttery, Franklin and for old school diner food at Charlie’s.

  17. LOVE DRINK! It’s our absolute favorite. And no wonder- it won best Cocktail Bar in America at this years International Cocktail Association meeting. And I love seeing Waban Kitchen on there. Newton has turned into this city chock-full of awesome restaurants in the last year. But have you tried Waban Kitchen’s big-sister, 51 Lincoln? The food is always amazing, and with $1 oyster Tuesdays, it’s a great date nite. Along with Sycamore in Newton Center. Ask for Scott, the bartender with the bacon tie.

  18. Oh, also, check out Carrie Nation on Beacon Street in downtown Boston. The restaurant part is fine, but if you go all the way through to the back, and up the stairs, there’s a fantastic speakeasy in the back. Music can get a little loud, but the cocktail menu is great.

  19. I second Bergamot – amazing cocktails – and also recommend Dali Restaurant & Tapas across the street for a kitschy, fun tapas dining experience. Great for a group! Also The Butcher Shop on Tremont St is great for charcuterie and wine.

  20. SoWa Vintage Market, Sundays Year Round starting Feb 2nd. The map shows only SoWa Open Market (Arts + Farmers, May-October) …Antiques + vintage are found in the Year Round SoWa Vintage Market.
    It’s the coolest collection of fashion, jewelry, accessories, furnishings, art, decor + objects at affordable prices around town.
    Great Map!

  21. A little late to the game on this and I’m a bit (okay totally) biased but if anyone’s looking for lovely lingerie check out Forty Winks Lingerie in Harvard Square. We’re all there to help find each and every one of you something that fits perfectly and that makes you feel beautiful. Don’t worry about scheduling an appointment…just come visit! XO

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