Treats and Travels

Sweet life, treat life

24 Hours in Boston: A Guide to the Best Food and Adventure in the City

It’s almost cheating to write about 24 hours in your own city, isn’t it? Although, if I’m being totally honest this felt like much more pressure. When you see something every single day, you can become blind to the little things that make it so majestic.

Luckily, I didn’t always live in Boston and so while some of the regulars might roll their eyes at my recommendations, I think it has that perfect blend of lived-in knowledge and tourist sparkle. Yes, tourist sparkle. That’s what we’re calling it now.

In a new series, I’m calling “24 hours in” we’re starting with my home—Boston. I’ve carved out a day of delicious food and adventure for you to appreciate the best place on the East Coast. 😉

Morning: Start your day at Blackbird Donuts & Sally’s Sandwiches

There are so many breakfast places I could recommend and all of them would be delicious. But if we’re assuming you’re on the go and don’t have time for a sit-down, then starting your day at this dual breakfast stop on Tremont is perfect. You’ll have your choice of donuts or sandwiches (or both!). I always get the chocolate glazed cake donut or The Gallows if I’m in a sandwich mood. Have you ever had a sandwich involving a hashbrown that wasn’t amazing? You can’t go wrong—Sally’s won Best of Boston for a reason!

Mid-Morning: Fenway Park

Next up, head to the famous Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. (as if I needed to tell you that) Take a tour of this historic stadium and learn about its rich history. And, if you’re lucky, you may even catch a game! Speaking as someone whose only fond memories of baseball are leaving the stadium, this is a fun one to see, whether you’re a fan or not. The energy of the stadium is contagious and you’ll have a blast.

fenway park

Afternoon: Stroll towards the Boston Common via Newbury Street

I’ve walked this street more times than I can count, and it never gets old.

Newbury Street is one of Boston’s most iconic shopping destinations, known for its high-end boutiques and trendy cafes. It’s a shopping mecca, but it’s also just a fun place to walk around. As you make your way down the street, you’ll be surrounded by the city’s rich history and beautiful brownstones. It truly is a one-of-a-kind area.

Once you make your way to the Public Garden and Boston Common, enjoy the stroll! In the summer you can catch a ride on the Swan Boats and in the winter there’s ice skating.

Mid-Afternoon: Aquarium

One of my favorite things about the Aquarium is that even if you aren’t going in, you can still feel a part of the experience by seeing the seals through the glass outside the Aquarium. If you have the time, going inside is worth a visit. It’s small, but the penguins and Myrtle the Turtle (who has been there since I was a kid!) make for a fun hour or two. Don’t forget to check out the giant ocean tank, which houses over 600 species of sea creatures.

Early evening: Coffee & Dessert at Cafe Vittoria

This is my absolute favorite cafe in the whole city. With decor that feels like it’s straight out of your favorite Hallmark movie, it’s absolutely perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up. Cozy and inviting, try to grab a table by the window so you can watch people strolling by in the North End. Don’t forget to grab a pastry. They get theirs from the famed Modern Pastry down the street and it’s delicious. I recommend the chocolate cake.

Evening: Dinner at Barcelona Wine Bar

You might have thought we’d be heading to the North End for dinner, but I have something better in store for you. While the North End does have some good restaurants, they’ve become harder to find over the years as many of the restaurants are geared toward tourists. So, we’re heading back over to Tremont street for dinner at Barcelona Wine Bar. A tapas-style restaurant that is going to ruin every other dining experience for you because it’s that good. They also have a few Syrahs, so if you’re a fan of syrah wine (and like me, can never find it at a restaurant) you’re going to love this place.

After dinner drinks at The Beehive

If you still have a little energy left, head next door to The Beehive, a funky jazz bar that serves up great music and cocktails. It’s a fun way to end the evening and wrap up your 24 hours in Boston.

This city has so much to offer and I hope this guide inspires you to visit and make some memories of your own. Have fun!

Leave a Reply