This past Saturday morning while strolling around Boston, I couldn’t help but spend a few hours in one of my favorite neighborhoods, Beacon Hill. As one of the oldest & most historic neighborhoods (I have this thing for history)… oh, and one the most picturesque (it’s my dream ‘hood), it makes for quite the residential and tourist destination.
Therefore, for all you locals & travelers looking to check out this small stretch of Boston history, filled with Federal-style row houses, cobblestone roads, gaslit streets (I think you get it…), I’ve provided a guide for dining, shopping, drinking & some good ole wandering:
But first, coffee.
You know, Beacon Hill residents must love their caffeine with the amount of coffee shops that can be found on Charles Street. Here’s the newest spot on the block to get your day started…
Tatte Bakery & Cafe – 70 Charles St.
With latte in hand, it’s time for the ladies to hit the shops. Sorry, boys… I’ll admit, there’s not much for you here.
First up is my all time favorite:
December Thieves – 88 Charles St.
The owner, Lana Barakat, has curated a collection of unique pieces by emerging designers from near and far. I’d say it’s the perfect place to pick up a birthday gift for a friend or you know, for yourself too.
Up next is my latest obsession:
Second Time Around – 82 Charles St.
Now, I know they have locations all over Boston, but I was first introduced to the consignment shop when window shopping in Beacon Hill just a few weeks ago. I’m all about bargain hunting and you know, if I can get a Valentino dress for 70% off, I’m gonna do just that.
And for those looking to go full on Carrie Bradshaw on these cobble stone streets (I don’t recommend wearing heels though), here’s a few other honorable mentions:
Holiday Boutique – 53 Charles St.
Flat of the Hill – 60 Charles St.
North River Outfitters – 122 Charles St.
And lastly, the cutest stationary store of all time… plus, an adorable store sign to boot!
Black Ink – 101 Charles St.
Now, for the important stuff. I knew you were going to ask. Where to grab a bite to eat? I’ll admit, I haven’t had a chance to scope out this neighborhood’s dining scene too much, but here’s where Zagat suggests:
Mooo Restaurant – 15 Beacon St.
No. 9 Park – 9 Park St.
Fig’s – 42 Charles St.
Fin’s Sushi Grill – 240 Cambridge St.
And if you just need a quick snack, who could turn down a store completely dedicated to… yes, nuts.
Fastachi – 83 Charles St.
Now, don’t think I forgot spots for you to wet your whistle… C’mon now!
Since opening their doors in 1933, The Sevens Ale House has been serving up drinks for Beacon Hill locals or just those walking on by in need of a beer. Located at 77 Charles St., when entering this dive bar, grab a booth and cozy on up, it gets crowded!
Okay, I’ll admit it… sometimes it’s just not beer o’clock for me yet and I need something a bit more… nutritious.
If you’re in the same boat, make a pit stop at Pressed, for yup, cold pressed juice. I had one this past Saturday and while originally I thought it was a bit pricy ($10 for 16 fl oz.)… it came in a cute glass bottle that I can now re-use… oh yeah, and it was delicious too… so scratch that original pricey statement.
Pressed – 120 Charles St.
Ok, so about that stroll….
Even though I left it last, if there’s one thing you do in Beacon Hill, it’s explore the amazingly beautiful side streets. Residents might not be too pumped I’m suggesting this, but really, you’ll be missing out on a glimpse of perfectly preserved history.