Glow Guide to BOSTON
There's tons of charm and history packed into Boston, Massachusetts. As one of America's oldest cities, there's lots to explore, see, and eat! Beantown has colonial history, beautiful gardens, and charming pockets all around. From the North End, to the South Bay, to Cambridge, there's lots of energy and things to explore throughout the city. The Boston Commons and Charles River are exceptionally special during the warmer months-- a place to revel and relax.
The food scene is on point here-- Bostonians definitely love to eat and that's clear. There are tons of indulgent eats around, but luckily there are some great spots to offset it with some lightness too. With tons of colleges and universities, Boston an intellectual hub and international center of higher education and medicine-- lots of goodness to absorb from the people you meet here.
WHERE TO STAY:
Taj Hotel Boston // This hotel is located in the best spot in the city, right off of Arlington and Newburry. With access to the stunning Boston Commons gardens, and easy access to lots of great shopping and restaurants. The hotel has wonderful service, old-charm, great high-tea, and Sunday brunch
Nine Zero // If you're looking to get more of a downtown Boston experience, this boutique hotel is great. More of a modern, and younger vibe
Ostra // Seafood done to perfection, every dish is more excpetional than the next here. This spot is great for a fancy night out, a place to bring the parents, or for some foodie bliss
Giulia // This cozy restaurant in Cambridge has some incredible pastas and spirited Italian food
Neptune Oyster // BEST lobster roll, possibly ever. The oysters are incredible, along with the rest of the whole menu. This place doesn't take reservations, so you should go ahead a few hours, put your name down, and expect to get your table about 4 hours later!
Tatte Bakery & Cafe // This beautiful bakery/cafe houses some of Boston's best eats, from fresh salads, to sandwiches, quiches, perfect brunch, and their famous tarts, baked goods, cookies. Every city should have this spot.
Mike's Pastry // BEST cannolis and Lobster claw in Boston. There's a reason this place always has a line! Definitely get a cannoli-- pistachio, chocolate chip, or hazelnut-- ricotta filling, and don't leave without trying their Lobster Claw
Quincy Market // Woah, it's food overload here! This long market-hall houses tons of food stands from purvayers and restaurants all over the city. You can get the city's well-known bagels, lobster rolls, cannolis, pretzels, and oysters in one fell swoop.
Trattoria di Monica // This little gem in the North End has homemade style Italian food to perfection-- pastas, carpaccios,insalatas, crostinos
The Paramount // This is restaurant with history, American bistro-style food done right. Their breakfast is top notch too.
O Ya Sushi // OMG. This is a special experience. This is the type of meal that you remember. Thoughtful dishes, impeccable execution, in Japanese style and flavor. Definitely a splurge but worth it.
Pressed Boston // There are lots of juice spots, but Pressed is doing it just right. Their juice paletas, smoothies, avocado toast, and fresh-pressed juices are on point and seriously tasty. They've taken juice to another level, be it through their juice paletas or even light snacks.
Caffe Vittoria // This old-school spot in the North End is the first Italian cafe in the area, with some seriously strong Italian coffee, fresh cannolis, Italian desserts, and perfect gelato. The affogato in the move here.
Thinking Cup // This is where you can find Stumptown Coffe in Boston, along with great pastries, fresh-pressed paninis, grilled cheeses, and bagels. They even have a make-it-yourself grilled cheese menu which is really fun.
Jugos // Awesome juice spot that has great chia pudding, wellness shots, smoothies, and smoothie bowls, good spot if you're looking for a detox
Sarma // This spot brings you Turkish and Middle Eastern flavors in a modern way. Think lamb kofte sliders, seven layer hummus, and halva caramel
Sofra Bakery // Here you can find high-quality pastries and dishes made with a middle eastern twist. Think rosewater, za'atar, orange blossom, and traditional middle-eastern style foods and pastries done in a modern and unique way. This bakery is in Cambridge.
Pizza Regina // If you're into doughy-style pizza, this famous spot in Little Italy is for you
Toro // Toro doesn't take reservations and always has a wait, and for good reason. Here you can find Spanish tapas deliciousness elevated to a whole new level-- go with a few people so you can try it all!
AREAS / SHOPS:
Haymarket // This centuries-old outdoor market brings Boston some of the freshest produce and fish around.
Charles Street // This street right off of Beacon Hill houses lovely high-end shops, markets, and eateries
Boston Commons Park // This park is really one of the best things about Boston. During Spring, Summer, and Fall, enjoy the beautiful greenery, trees, nature, water, parks, and more
North End // One of the best part's of Boston is Little Italy-- there's tons of authentic eateries, cafes, old buildings to lust after
Fresco's // Lovely flower shop
Newburry Street // This is where you want to get your shop on in Boston. The street is beautiful itself lined with trees and beautiful old buildings
Cambridge // The college hub of Boston with tons of great cafes and good energy
SPA / WORKOUT / YOGA:
Back Bay Yoga // Beautiful and peaceful yoga studio in the heart of the city with great teachers
Core De Vie // You can find Pilates, Gyrotonic, Cross Core, Power Plate, and Massage here-- very small classes and individualized attention
Skoah Spa // This natural skincare spa is clean, bright, and white
Photography by: Tara Sowlaty