Foodie's guide to Boston
Boston, known for its local specialties — including fresh seafood, local apples and artisan honey — and home to Samuel Adams beer and the ever-so-loved Taza Chocolate, is a food lover's paradise!
Enjoy a few days in Boston exploring the sights, sounds and amazing food it has to offer. This East Coast city not only offers some of the best seafood you'll ever taste, but it is a foodie mecca for small-batch, artisan-made products.
Where to stay
If you're looking for a hotel in pretty much an ideal location, check out the Nine Zero Hotel. Located in the heart of downtown Boston and across from Boston Commons, this boutique hotel is surrounded by some of the city's best restaurants, shops and theaters. A short walk from Beacon Hill, you can stroll and admire the Federal-style homes for a perfect after-dinner walk.
The hotel is pet-friendly, and there is a daily wine hour in the lobby where you can meet other guests, get some great restaurant recommendations from the concierge or just relax after a long day of shopping on Newbury Street.
What to do
Whenever you're in a city for a couple of days, scouting out a local food tour is the best way to start exploring. Food tours range from a quick two-hour pub crawl to a full five-hour tour of a local neighborhood. Check out Boston Foodie Tours, led by local Bostonian Audrey and her team of foodies. Whether it's a tour of Faneuil Hall and North End (Little Italy) or a tour of Beacon Hill and Back Bay, you'll taste a variety of treats and get your workout in since you'll be walking approximately two miles on each tour.
Don't want to go on an official tour (although we definitely recommend it)? Scout out the ever-so-popular food trucks in the city, and take a few hours to walk around and taste their offerings. The trucks are incredibly diverse, and some of our favorites are:
- Bon Me: Grab the classic Bon Me sandwich and sip on spicy ginger lemonade.
- Clover Food Lab: Organic and vegetarian items made from scratch. Try the chickpea fritter.
- Roxy's Gourmet Grilled Cheese: Any of the grilled cheese sandwiches will amaze you!
Where to eat
Looking to treat a special someone to a six-course fine-dining experience? No. 9 Park with chef Barbara Lynch is the place to check out. Not only will you get treated like royalty, but the food is sublime. Don't miss the prune-stuffed gnocchi with foie gras, almonds and vin santo, a very popular dish.
Poe's Kitchen at The Rattlesnake Bar and Grill is the restaurant to stop at for a late-night treat. The kitchen is open until 1:30 a.m., meaning you can get the wild boar burrito or jalapeño fried chicken before you head to bed after one-too-many drinks in the city.
Have a sweet tooth? Make it a travel resolution to stop by all four Flour bakeries. There are various locations throughout the city with complete menus including breakfast, salads and sandwiches, as well as sweet treats like cookies, tarts and cakes. Our personal favorite? The sticky buns are drenched in sticky caramel and toasted pecans.
If you're a history buff who also loves food, Union Oyster House is the oldest restaurant in Boston and the oldest restaurant in continuous service in the U.S., open to diners since 1826. Be sure to order a bowl of the clam chowder served with corn bread.