This summer my long time friend Alicia moved to Boston. It takes a lot of bravery to pick up your life and move across the country away from all your friends and family. I am so proud of her embarking on this new adventure. This fall, once she was settled in I took the first opportunity to go out and visit her.
Prior to my trip I did a ton of research and made numerous lists. But when it came down to it I decided to scrap the lists and just enjoy my time with Alicia and let her show me around. I plan to make many trips out to see her. Knowing that, I have plenty of time to tick down my lists of places to see and visit, so there is really no reason to rush it.
Since we decided to make like tumble weeds and just explore the city without a real plan, I have decided to put together a few posts focusing on the different districts within the Boston area, which compiles of the places we discovered along the way. Today we will be talking about the time we spent in the Seaport district.
Located on Boston’s waterfront, just across from downtown and not far from the airport, the Seaport District is one of Bostons hottest neighborhoods. The Seaport District has a significant place in American history as it was the site of the Boston Tea Party. Now the area is filled with museums, shops, galleries and eateries making the Seaport District one of the centerpieces of Boston’s revitalized waterfront.
Dining in the Seaport:
Caffè Nero is an Italian-influenced coffeehouse company headquartered in London, England. Founded in 1997 by Gerry Ford, currently the company runs more than 1000 coffee houses in eleven countries: the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Poland, Cyprus, Croatia, Turkey, the UAE, Oman, and the United States.
As soon as you enter this coffee shop, you feel this homey, laid-back vibe. The atmosphere welcomes you to treat yourself nicely, to relax like you’re at home. The rustic-industrial setting is warm, inviting. There are plenty of cozy places to curl up and sip on a cup of coffee while diving into your newest book or catching up on some work.
The baristas are friendly and helpful and always willing to offer a suggestion or guide you through their menu if you are struggling to make a decision. Everything about Caffe Nero is on point and the food is simply mouthwatering. Caffe Nero also serves salads, sandwiches, fruit bowls, all-day-breakfast items (oatmeal, muffins, croissants, granola) along with some delectable desserts. When ordering, let the barista know whether you plan to have it there or to go. If you’re sticking around your drink will come in a white mug with the Caffe Nero logo on it. Perfect for catching the ultimate cafe pic for your ‘gram.
Tatte Bakery and Cafe, founded in 2007 has grown into a local powerhouse in the greater Boston area. This local hotspot is French tradition meets Middle Eastern ingredients. It’s easy to understand why Tatte is often filled to capacity with guests, with its unmistakably Parisian aesthetic of black-and-white subway tile and antique apothecary table repurposed into a pastry counter, it’s hard to choose between eating your food or spend an hour taking pictures.
Tatte’s Parisian aesthetic underscores the French-Israeli menu that’s enthralled the city. Owner Tzurit Or bakes in the French tradition with Middle Eastern ingredients. If this is your first time at Tatte, step outside your comfort zone and try something new, you wont be disappointed.
Drinks, food and live music! Cisco Brewers brings a slice of Nantucket to the Seaport featuring its award-winning craft beer and wine, and more. The 14,000 sq. ft. outdoor pop up beer garden showcases features Cisco Brewers’ extensive portfolio of beers, hard ciders, wines, frosé and coolers.
Old-world China meets sleek modernity at this trendy club-like complex with multiple dining rooms. For those looking to grab a bite Empire offers a delicious pan-Asian menu with dumplings, buns, pot stickers, teriyaki, pad thai, udon, and sushi. Looking for one of their cool cocktails? Grab your friends and order the Big Kahuna, Serving four or more, The Big Kahuna at Empire in Boston is the ultimate party drink for a night out with friends, made with Grey Goose, fresh watermelon juice, mint and ginger.
Pastoral ARTisan Pizza + Kitchen + Bar:
Artisanal Neapolitan pizzas & pastas turned out in airy, rustic-chic surroundings with a full bar. Thrillist said it best- The wood-fired Neapolitan pies maintain a devoted fandom, partially thanks to chef-owner Todd Winer’s homemade cheeses, as well as toppings like fennel sausage, veal meatballs, and fernet-honey. The friendly vibe and European wine list all mean you can have your date night and eat pizza, too—especially on the curbside patio.
This one-of-a-kind dining experience brings its signature blend of energy, passion and simple, always made-from-scratch fare. This iconic restaurant features a fun and lively atmosphere, and is open for brunch, lunch and dinner, as well as late-night hours. Pink Taco’s menu features local, farm fresh ingredients, always made from scratch.
Serving elevated pub fare City Tap offers 60 craft brews on draft (4 on nitro) and 40 by the bottle, from local breweries favorites from around the world. Diners can enjoy brick oven pizzas, hand-made burgers, addictive wings, and hushpuppies. Be sure to try their espresso martini, or head out to their patio to enjoy their wonderful fire pit lounges!
Things To Do
Boston Harbor Walk:
Miles of harbor-side path encircling Fan Pier, perfect for walking, running or cycling. A near-continuous, 43-mile linear park along Boston’s shoreline, the Harborwalk connects Boston’s waterfront neighborhoods to Boston Harbor and each other. Nearing completion, it stretches from the Neponset River in lower Dorchester to Constitution Beach in East Boston via Charlestown, the North End, Downtown, Seaport, South Boston and Dorchester.
Seaport Common is a green space and gathering spot for taking in all the surroundings have to offer. Located next to District Hall, the Common is home to events throughout the year—from tree lightings to boot camps to ice sculpting. With more in the works, this is a park to keep a close eye on.
The Seaport offers a unique pop-up shopping experience to get some retail therapy unlike anything you have ever experienced.
Boston has so much to offer, as I wrote this post I was shocked at how much I did in this area when it seamed that I spent the least amount of time there. I can’t wait to share more neighborhood gems with you all over the next few weeks. Think I missed something? Let me know so I can be sure to make a visit on my next trip.
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