So Alaina’s Boston Weekend Guide: Day 2

*This guest post is brought to you by Alaina, who writes her own amazing blog, So Alaina. If you missed Alaina’s Boston Weekend Guide: Day 1, be sure to read it {here}.

Day two should be spent how many great days in the city are spent: shopping.  Divide the day between Back Bay and Beacon Hill, where there’s more shopping than any girl could ever desire to do.  If you’re up for it, it’s not difficult to walk from one neighborhood through the Common [Boston’s version of Central Park, only much smaller] to the next.  Start the day in Back Bay, where everyone – locals and tourists alike – know the best shopping is on Newbury Street.  Grab a coffee and muffin at any of the coffee shops on the street and walk toward the park.  Duck in and out of each store.  From locally owned stores to major designers and shoes and bags to home decor, you’ll find everything your heart could desire on Newbury Street.  If you’re ready for a lunch break, stop in for a bite at Stephi’s on Newbury [Mindy Kaling has said it’s her fave lunch spot in town!] or Cafeteria, both of which have lovely patios if the weather is right and great menus that please everyone.

day commonIf you’re ready to walk lunch off, head right through the Common to Charles Street, the heart of Boston’s upscale Beacon Hill neighborhood [otherwise, take a $5 cab ride].  From Crush to my personal favorite, Black Ink, to Good, you will find scads of locally owned and one-of-a-kind filled with goodies to take home to your friends when you brag about everything you saw in Boston.  Find a few side streets to wander down and marvel at the exquisite houses filled with beautiful things [Secretary of State John Kerry lives here!].  You can see the Charles from the right streets and hide from the noise of the city for a while.

day two.north endFor dinner on day two, there is only one place I can send you, and letmetellyou it is literally my favorite place in the city.  Dinner in the North End is my absolute favorite thing to take visitors to, because I have yet to take anyone who hasn’t been completely blown away.  The North End is what you might call Boston’s Little Italy.  Only it’s not even really that little.  You will be transported to Rome, with Italian music blasting from coffee shops, where old men are sitting outside talking animatedly while smoking cigars.  Make reservations somewhere if you want, or wander Hanover Street reading the scores of menus from restaurants until the perfect aroma from the calls your name.  Each eatery is a little more savory than the one before, and the North End is home to all price points.  From surprisingly affordable but incredibly authentic like Saraceno’s to fabulously high end but still incredibly authentic like Strega, and dozens of places in between, you can find exactly what your wallet and taste buds are craving.  After dinner, stop in any of the gelaterias selling gelato out of their windows to satisfy your sweet tooth.

*A note from KiKiMac: are you drooling yet? Stay tuned for day 3!



{All images via So Alaina}


3 thoughts on “So Alaina’s Boston Weekend Guide: Day 2

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