From intimate Italian restaurants in the North End to chic upscale bistros in the South End, Boston’s dining options are as varied as its neighbourhoods. To enjoy views of the city over a classy meal, take the elevator in the Prudential Center up to the Top of the Hub. For Jewish bagels and delis, head to Brookline, especially to Zaftig’s in Coolidge Corner. The Newbury Street area is home to some unique coffee shops offering vegetarian dining options, including the Other Side Café, Trident Booksellers and Espresso Royale. But no trip to Boston would be complete without seafood. Try the famous clam chowder at Legal Sea Foods—served at presidential inaugural balls—or any of the smaller seafood restaurants on the waterfront or in the South End.


New England is home to many microbreweries, and Boston is the hub to try many of them. The most popular is, without a doubt, Boston’s own Sam Adams; you can tour the brewery and sample some of their exotic varieties at the factory in Jamaica Plain. For the beer connoisseur, try the Sunset Grill in Allston, which brags 112 beers on tap as well as excellent margaritas, or Boston Beer Works near Fenway Park. Cross Brookline Avenue to the Cask’n’Flagon, where you can enjoy a pint while you cheer on the Red Sox in the shadow of the Green Monster.