Fathom Favorites : Boston

1. Cornwall's

A classic British pub where you can actually hear yourself speak. They have dozens of beers on tap, like Wachusett Country Ale, Young's Double Chocolate Stout, and Fuller's London Porter.


654 Beacon St.

2. Boston Common and the Public Garden

Boston Common and the Public Garden

The country's oldest park is adjacent to the first public botanical garden in America. Take a ride in one of the whimsical painted swan boats or bring a picnic from nearby Deluca's market. For a special treat, try a North African lemonade at the stand on the corner of Charles and Beacon, where the Egyptian owner uses muddled mint leaves and orange blossom water.

139 Tremont St.
Boston, MA, 02139

3. Newbury Street

Newbury Street

This is the central hub for all things shopping and dining. From traditional chain stores and restaurants to small designer boutiques and cupcake bakeries, you're bound to find something that suites your taste. 

10 Newbury St.
Boston, MA, 02228

4. Stir


Interact and learn from some of the city's best chefs in a cooking or spirit class. Topics range from classic knife skills to lessons on navigating a typical Asian market. The school's shelves are lined with a selection of professional grade cookbooks from around the world, available for perusal and purchase.

102 Waltham St.
Boston, MA, 02118

5. SoWa Open Market

SoWa Open Market

Every Sunday, from May through October, the SoWa markets are buzzing with an award-winning farmer's market, a rotating group of crafters, vintage and antique sellers, and the city's best food trucks.

460 Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA, 02118

6. Island Creek Oyster Bar

Island Creek Oyster Bar

With a stellar cocktail menu designed by famed mixologist Jackson Cannon and irresistible New England classics like crispy oyster sliders by chef Jeremy Sewall, it’s hard to go wrong at this Boston favorite. The real star of the show is the lengthy raw bar menu, which changes daily depending on what’s available from their network of purveyors.


500 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA, 02215

7. Figs


Todd English runs this adorable and intimate wood-fired oven pizza-and-fresh-pasta joint on Beacon Hill’s main strip.

42 Charles St.
Boston, MA, 02114

8. Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro

Local and organic ingredients are the focus of the menu at this modern, yet classic French bistro. For the perfect ending to a wonderful evening have your cocktail at the fireplace bar.

25 Charles St.
Boston, MA, 02114

9. South End Buttery

South End Buttery

Baked goods, Equator coffees and teas, full lunch, and proper dinner is served from this bakery cafe known for its healthy, hearty, simple dishes, and friendly staff. Outdoor seating and a robust brunch menu make this a Sunday morning favorite.

314 Shawmut Ave.
Boston, MA, 02118

10. Flour Bakery

Flour Bakery

Joanne Chang, one of the city’s most beloved bakers, has a degree from Harvard in applied mathematics and economics, and takes a philosophical approach to sticky buns and jam-filled pop-tarts. The entire menu is worth a try. 

1595 Washington St.
Boston, MA, 02118

11. Coppa


The easier to get into and less noisy sister restaurant to Boston’s famous toro. Italian-inspired small plates, pastas, and wood fired pizzas are made from locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.

253 Shawmut Ave.
Boston, MA, 02118

12. B&G Oysters

B&G Oysters

An always packed, cozy neighborhood oyster bar with outdoor seating, a great playlist, and delicious New England-style seafood classics. The rotating list of oysters are sourced from both coasts and their much-loved Maine lobster roll is pretty unbeatable.

550 Tremont St.
Boston, MA, 02116

13. XV Beacon

XV Beacon

Sleek earth-toned interiors, four-poster beds, and stainless steel gas fireplaces decorate the cozy rooms of this 1903 beaux-arts building. A complimentary Lexus is available to make drop-offs and pick-ups around town at specified locations, and the friendly and knowledgeable concierge will always point you in the right direction. 

15 Beacon St.
Boston, MA, 02108

14. The Liberty

The Liberty

After housing some of Boston's most famous criminals, the former Charles Street jail was transformed into a hotel in 2007. Grab a nightcap at Alibi, a cocktail lounge set in the former "drunk tank," or hit up Clink for dinner and drinks among the preserved facades of former jail cells.


215 Charles St.
Boston, MA, 02114

15. Clarendon Square Inn

Clarendon Square Inn

A traditional New England inn housed in a historic brownstone dating back to 1867. Original architectural details like ceiling medallions and molding seamlessly mix with modern materials and finishes. During warmer months, breakfast is served in the garden and evenings can be spent on the rooftop enjoying a soak in the hot tub and views of downtown Boston.

198 W. Brookline St.
Boston, MA, 02118

16. Eugene Galleries

A cornucopia of treasures dedicated to all things paper. Browse the collection of old maps, steel engravings, beautiful vintage travel guides, and postcards dating back to the early 1900s.

76 Charles St.
Boston, MA, 02114

17. Beacon Hill Chocolates

Beacon Hill Chocolates

A vast selection of chocolates sourced from around the world. Flavors range from classics like caramel with nuts and maple cream to more adventurous options like candied bacon caramel and bananas foster. Fill up one of their hand-painted decoupage boxes with your own custom assortment.

91 Charles St.
Boston, MA, 02114

18. Good


Laguiole cheese knives, french rolling pins, local artist Kara Ryan's 'Bonnie Bracelets', and indie mags like Pure Green magazine and Gather Journal are a few of the globally-sourced treasures you'll find at this sweet home goods and accessories shop.

20 Myrtle Street
Boston, MA, 02114

19. Black Ink

Black Ink

A terrific shop filled with an unclassifiable assortment of bits and bobs, ranging from whale-shaped paper clips to whiskey stones to party poppers. Plan on spending a bit of time browsing.

101 Charles St.
Boston, MA, 02114

20. Olives & Grace

Olives & Grace

Emerging artists and small-batch food makers from around the country take center stage at this quirky gift shop. Pick your favorite products from their shelves and they'll package them together to create a one-of-a-kind gift box.

623 Tremont St.
Boston, MA, 02118

21. Hudson


A mix of traditional and modern furnishings can be found at this fabulous home decor shop. Start scheming for a way to shove bright lacquered lamps, vintage Oushak rugs, and nautically themed needlepoint pillows into your suitcase.

12 Union Park St.
Boston, MA, 02118

22. Follain


A Brimfield-sourced double sink serves as this adorable apothecary’s centerpiece and a place to test over 25 U.S.-made natural beauty products (hair, skin, body). Take your hand soap to go in a refillable container so that you can revisit when you need to restock.

53 Dartmouth St.
Boston, MA, 02116