The Ultimate City Guide to Boston

Hi guys! As you know, this is my husband’s 3rd season with the Boston Red Sox. Boston has truly become a city we cannot wait to move to every year for baseball season and both Drew and I feel so lucky to call it home!

I am SO excited to share this post with you because I have been culminating information for you guys since we first moved to Boston a few years ago. I really wanted to make sure that this guide contained enough helpful information for someone who has recently moved to Boston full-time and also for athlete families who are visiting Boston for sporting events.

Boston has such rich American history but is also an amazing blend of cultures, and I'm never without something fun to do or something new to explore! It’s extremely walkable, which is how I’ve discovered many of my favorite spots I’m including below!

Where to Sweat:

  • Barry's Bootcamp
  • SoulCycle
  • Flywheel/FlyBarre
  • B-Tone
  • SLT
  • Corepower Yoga
  • Turnstyle
  • Title Boxing
  • EverybodyFights
  • Exhale
  • Pure Barre 

Where to Pamper:

  • Belle Santé Day spa
  • Marc Harris salon
  • Drybar
  • Exhale spa massage
  • Mandarin oriental
  • Miniluxe

Where to Shop:

  • Newbury Street (tons of amazing boutiques!)
  • Prudential Center
  • Copley Square
  • Chestnut Hill (It’s a short drive outside the city but has a lot of the bigger box retailers you won’t find elsewhere ni the city!)
  • Sneaker junkies
  • Crush boutique
  • Max & Riley (just outside the city)
  • Pawsh dog boutique
  • Fitness Hub
  • Lit Boutique
  • Intermix
  • Rag and Bone

Where to Explore:

  • Come to a game at Fenway Park! (shameless plug… ☺ )
  • Explore the Seaport area and grab a drink on one of the gorgeous rooftops
  • See a movie outdoors at Hatch Shell
  • Walk the Harborwalk, the Greenway or Boston Commons
  • Wander the Boston Public Market or the South End Open Market
  • Check out JFK Presidential Museum & Library, Mapparium, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art, or Otis House

Where to Stay:

  • Mandarin Oriental Boston - In the heart of Back Bay, connected to the Prudential center
  • Hotel Commonwealth - Right next to Fenway Park. Traditional, upscale hotel. 
  • The Verb Hotel - Also adjacent to Fenway, retro-chic boutique hotel. Fun for parties
  • The Liberty Hotel - High-end hotel with upscale restaurant and cool bar. 
  • Colonnade Hotel - Back Bay hotel with rooftop pool. 
  • The Lenox Hotel - Located in a historical building from the 1990s, traditional hotel, centrally located to Newbury St, shops and Fenway.
  • The Langham Boston - Historic, high-end hotel, located in the Financial District. 
  • Sheraton Back Bay - Located in the heart of Back Bay, connected to the Prudential Center shopping mall!
  • Hilton Back Bay - Located just across the street from the Sheraton and adjacent to the Prudential Center shopping mall!
  • The Taj hotel - Beautiful, traditional hotel located next to the Boston Commons park and across from Chanel on Newbury st. 
  • The Four Seasons Hotel - Located in Back Bay next to the Boston Commons park. 

Where to eat:


  • Stephanie’s on Newbury (good for lunch too)
  • Sonsie
  • Cafeteria Boston
  • Tatte Bakery & Café
  • Explorateur (good for lunch too)
  • Mother Juice!


  • Flour Bakery + Cafe
  • Dig Inn (obsessed with this spot!!)
  • Pret A Manger (quick)
  • Au bon Pain (quick)
  • Eataly
  • Sweet green (quick salad)
  • By Chloe - Cute vegan restaurants from creative desserts and air-baked fries
  • Honeygrow Fenway - similar to sweetgreen (quick)
  • Pressed Juice (Get the Pressed Freeze)


  • Island Creek Oyster Bar
  • Select Oyster Bar
  • UNI Boston
  • Oishii Sushi
  • The Ghost Walks!
  • Legal Harborside (Rooftop lounge is awesome)
  • Committee
  • Lola 42
  • STRIP by Strega
  • Strega Waterfront
  • Aria Trattoria
  • Capo
  • Lincoln Tavern and Restaurant
  • Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar (try the coconut marg!)
  • Yvonne’s
  • Ruka
  • PABU Boston
  • O Ya
  • Mooo….
  • Bar Mezzana
  • Saltie Girl
  • Scampo
  • Sorellina
  • Citrus & Salt - fun place for the girls
  • Buttermilk & Bourbon
  • Eataly rooftop - Terra
  • Snappy Sushi
  • Basho
  • Alden & Harlow
  • Ristorante Fiore
  • The Beehive
  • Barcelona Wine bar
  • Banyan Bar + Refuge
  • Toro
  • Met Back Bay
  • Legal Sea Foods
  • Committee
  • Giacomo’s
  • Lucca
  • Lolita's
  • Mike’s Pastry (for Dessert)

Restaurants Open Late! Of course, an MLB wife’s city guide would not be complete without spots for our 4th meal of the day… the late night post-game meal: 

  • Lolita's
  • Barcelona
  • Uni
  • Red Lantern
  • Eastern Standard
  • The Ghost Walks
  • Empire
  • Committee
  • Earls 
  • Toro 
  • Lola 42 
  • Committee 


Comment below and let me know what your favorite Boston spots are!