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Hey guys! I'm a Montrealer going to spend the weekend in Boston w/my girlfriend to do a bit of tourism...

Any tips or suggestions regarding what to do there, places to eat, etc?

Thanks!!!
 

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i went to school in boston, and go there every now and then for visits. these are some of my favorite places to eat (you will notice that they tend to be on the more collegiate level, but all are veeeeery top notch)...

barking crab (seafood)
mr. barlett's (burgers)
joe's american bar and grill
ana's taqueria
sicilia's pizza
ankara cafe (only to try the frozen yogurt)
fire and ice (cool atmosphere/experience. and good food)

addresses should all be pretty easy to find on yelp or menupages

oh, as for things to do....
visit harvard and/or MIT (my alma mater) campuses and museum of science. also the kenmore square area (around fenway park). im sure there is more, but i cant think of it off the top of my head.
 

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Massachusetts native here, although I haven't lived there in 12+ years.

In Boston... (you did say you were going to be a "tourist!")
North End (walk the Freedom Trail, stop at Mike's Pastry on Hanover St for a cannoli)
Boston Commons and Public Garden
Fenway Park (home of the Red Sox)
Chinatown
Harvard Square (Cambridge)
Boston Trolley tour http://www.trolleytours.com/boston/
Other historic tours: http://www.historictours.com/boston/

Just in case you are interested in cars ;)
Larz Anderson Auto Museum (oldest car collection in the US)
http://www.larzanderson.org/Topics/Topic.cfm?TopicName=Home&CFID=1460709&CFTOKEN=21619894

And if the arts are of interest:

The new Institute of Contemporary Art on the waterfront
http://www.icaboston.org/

Museum of Fine Arts on the Fenway
http://www.mfa.org/

Also on the Fenway, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum:
http://www.gardnermuseum.org/

Controversial Frank Gehry building at MIT
http://web.mit.edu/facilities/construction/completed/stata.html

Bank of America Pavilion, also on the waterfront (great venue for performances)
http://www.livenation.com/venue/getVenue/venueId/496

More things to do:
http://www.boston.com/thingstodo/?p1=GN_ThingsToDo

Since I haven't lived there for a while I wouldn't know what to recommend for restaurants.

Outside Boston:
Historic Lexington and Concord
Rockport and Gloucester

Is that enough?!
 

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More ideas...

  • Walk Commonwealth Ave and see the old brownstones (particularly between the Public Garden and Mass Ave)
  • Shops, restaurants and galleries on Newbury St
  • Prudential and Hancock towers

By the way, Boston is a terrific city for walking. And/or take the T (subway).
 

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And more ideas...
  • Beacon Hill (old Boston architecture) and Charles St (architecture, shops, restaurants)
  • Kennedy Library

All of this reminiscing is making me want to take a trip back there!
 

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attam and a5liz - Thanks! That's awesome. I will take a look at all of that with great interest, and will report back on my trip as I get back.

Thanks!
 

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Grew up in Rhode Island but lived in Boston a couple of years, my wife went to school (BC) there and thats where we met...we visit frequently so
as far as dining we recommend getting a reservation (quickly) at
Terra Mia in the North End (if Italian is what you like) on Salem St (small restaurant...great service/food) - we were there 3 wks ago - excellent
They do not serve dessert but a great place for that is Cafe Vittoria on Hanover one block over...trust me.
Enjoy.
 

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Live here in Boston with my girlfriend.....

The above recs are good as far as sightseeing is concerned BUT for dinner....

Go to Oceanaire( great place for seafood )
Uni( some of the best sushi ever )
Dali ( for tapas....the best duck....)
33 Restaurant and Bar
Stella


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Yes guys I went, and I followed many of your tips! I'm sorry I haven't reported back yet as I had a crazy week and my gf started law school out of town, so we haven't had the chance to sort our photos and report on the trip. I'll try to do so next weekend.

We did, however, have a blast - Boston really is a nice city.
 

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The trip!

Here's my report back guys - I owe you at least that for the nice suggestions you gave me.

First off, on the way from Montreal, we stopped at the New Hampshire liquor store (a classic!) We then headed to our hotel in Medford. Cheaper hotels, great transportation to the City. So on Saturday we walked the Freedom Trail and saw some nice spots. We were too late at the Naval Base to visit the USS Constitution and the other WWII battleship, but we saw the canon being fired, which was a nice experience.

During the walk, we DID stop at Mike's Pastry for a canolli. It was me and my gf's first cannolli WORTH THE WAIT! Thanks, a5liz!

We also we lucky to book a reservation at Terra Mia. My gf's meal was out of this world, but mine was just ok. Still a good experience. Cafe at Vittoria afterwards as well! Thanks, A5orBust!

Our walk in Charlestown was beautiful and perhaps the nicest area we've seen. That was a very charming neighborhood! We also liked North End, Faneuil Hall, Boston Commons and all the other sightseeing spots along the Trail.

On Sunday, we did the aquarium, walked the financial district, crossed to the southern part (where we did stop at Barking Crabs for some seafood - NICE! Thanks attam! Then, we drove around to Newbury and the Prudential tower before heading off to walk around Harvard.

Great weekend! Two conclusions came out of our weekend.

1- 2 days AIN'T enough to enjoy Boston, we'll come back next year.
2- It's actually one of the few US Cities where I would definitely live. It is super nice!

Thanks to all of you for your nice suggestions. Our next trip will be to Washington, D.C.!
 

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Wow, you covered a lot of territory in two days! Glad you enjoyed it! And I hope it wasn't too hot and humid while you were there. For future reference, spring and fall are the nicest times in Boston.
 
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