My Top Boston Recommendations:

Favorite Boston Sites:

  • Walk the freedom trail, link here:
  • Take a ferry out to Spectacle Island (this is only open from May-October!) for great views of Boston and the many harbor islands. On the off season, walk along the waterfront and watch the boats and explore the piers.
  • Visit Boston’s favorite historic neighborhoods, including but not limited to: Beacon Hill, the North End, South End, and Back Bay (this neighborhood will be crowded on marathon Monday, as it’s the location of the finish line!)

Top Activities/Museums:

Top running paths (for those not already running the marathon!):

Restaurants/eats near finish line:

  • Two brunch spots: Stephanie’s & Sonsie on Newbury (both for atmosphere even more than food, but food is usually great).
  • Tied for quick food: Flour Bakery on Clarendon Street & Sweetgreen on Boylston (Sweetgreen is right at the finish line, so will be very crowded)
  • Figs Pizza, Beacon Hill: (a little farther from finish line, but worth it for either pre- or post- race!)
  • 75 Chestnut, Beacon Hill: cozy, cute, delicious food and generous pours

Bars near finish line:

  • Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar: spicy margaritas and upscale Mexican food sound amazing post-marathon
  • The Salty Pig: fun, busy atmosphere with great drinks
  • Back Bay Social Club: fun bar, may be very crowded on marathon Monday as it’s a few blocks from the finish line on Boylston Street
  • Yvonne’s: a little farther from finish line, but great vibe, great drinks, interesting space.

Grocery Stores for last minute food items:

  • Trader Joes on Boylston
  • Shaws at the Prudential
  • Whole Foods on Cambridge Street, Beacon Hill

Let me know if you have any questions or need other recommendations while visiting my favorite city in the world!