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Boston Neighborhood Guide

October 30, 2018 / Boston
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There’s no denying that Boston is a New England cultural hub—home to 4 major sports teams (and more than a few championships), this sports town is also the birthplace to the American Revolution and filled with a rich history. With 23 neighborhoods in Boston proper, as well as many others that aren’t technically in Boston, there’s no end to the places to explore. You just have to decide what you’re looking to experience.

Here are 6 neighborhoods you can’t miss while visiting Boston, plus the top 5 bars and restaurants in each (based on Uber trip data for most frequently selected food and drink destinations in each neighborhood, from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017).  


Fenway

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Home to the Boston Red Sox and famous Fenway Park, this area is the perfect mix of new and old. From fresh and creative eateries to tried-and-true bars that line Landsdowne Street (making this a great place to go out at night), you’re right in the mix of what’s happening. It would be remiss not to mention the Fens, the park land in Fenway which is how this area got its name. Best from spring to early autumn, walking the Fens is a nice escape in the middle of the city. There are also a couple of art museums that really set this neighborhood apart as a cultural hub.

5 most popular bars and restaurants in Fenway
(based on Uber trip data)

  1. Yard House
  2. Landsdowne Pub
  3. Cask N Flagon
  4. The Baseball Tavern
  5. Island Creek Oyster

Back Bay

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In the heart of Boston, Back Bay is home to some of the most picturesque brownstones you can imagine. Don’t miss a walk along the Charles River on the Esplanade or a winter evening stroll down Commonwealth Avenue, with the tree-lined street lit up for the holidays. This is a walking neighborhood, so wander down Boston’s major shopping promenade: Newbury Street. From boutiques and galleries to sidewalk eateries and bars, it’s a picturesque area that you can’t miss.

5 most popular restaurants & bars in Back Bay
(based on Uber trip data)

  1. Lolita Cocina and Tequila Bar
  2. Club Cafe
  3. Abe & Louie’s
  4. Stephanie’s on Newbury
  5. The Brahmin

North End

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A piece of Italy in Boston, the North End is Boston’s Italian neighborhood with the Freedom Trail, lined with historical markers, weaving right through it. You’d be missing out if you didn’t eat here or try a cannoli at one of the famous bakeries then visit the Old North Church, where Paul Revere started his famous midnight ride. To relax, stop by Christopher Columbus Park and look out on the harbor.

5 most popular restaurants & bars in the North End
(based on Uber trip data)

  1. Bricco
  2. Neptune Oyster
  3. Mike’s Pastry
  4. Trattoria Il Panino
  5. Regina’s Pizzeria

Cambridge

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While you can’t “pahk the cah in Hahvahd Yahd”, you can and should visit the neighborhood that Harvard calls home. Go from the Charles River near MIT (where you’ll get great views of Boston’s skyline) through the streets filled with beautiful homes, and end up at Harvard Square. The 3 major squares in Cambridge— Harvard, Central, and Kendall—are all home to an array of bars and restaurants where you can indulge.

5 most popular restaurants & bars in Cambridge
(based on Uber trip data)

  1. Little Donkey
  2. Border Cafe
  3. Russell House Tavern
  4. Alden & Harlow
  5. Lamplighter Brewing Company

Beacon Hill

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Home to America’s most photographed street (Acorn Street), Beacon Hill is home to the gilded State Capital that overlooks the Boston Common. This is a great spot to start your day. Grab a coffee on Charles Street and meander through the cobblestone roads that have many photo ops.

5 most popular restaurants & bars in Beacon Hill
(based on Uber trip data)

  1. Cheers
  2. The Tip Tap Room
  3. Beacon Hill Pub
  4. Tatte
  5. The Paramount

Charlestown

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As Boston’s oldest neighborhood, it’s no wonder the Freedom Trail ends here at Bunker Hill and overlooks the city. It’s one of the more local-feeling neighborhoods that doesn’t have a bustling nightlife but has an irresistible charm. It’s also home to the Charlestown Navy Yard, one of the oldest in the US, where you can still board a vessel from the 1700s‚ the USS Constitution. Head here around sunset to watch the sun go down over Boston.

5 most popular restaurants & bars in Charlestown
(based on Uber trip data)

  1. Warren Tavern
  2. Pier 6
  3. Tangierino
  4. Monument Restaurant and Tavern
  5. Brewer’s Fork

From the countless historical monuments to museums and foodie culture, you’re sure to find something that makes you want to come back to Boston again and again.