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one day in boston

one day in boston

Even though I grew up outside of Boston, I didn't go into the city much as a teen. So whenever my friends come to visit, it's always a nice opportunity for me to also be a tourist with them.

We started off near Back Bay station, then walked through Copley Place and Prudential Center, making our way to Newbury Street. From there, we headed towards Boston Common.

Boston Common

Boston Common

It was a really sunny day and lots of people were out and about. There were even more people out than normal because it was the day before the Boston Marathon.

From the Common, we walked to Quincy Market/ Faneuil Hall.

Quincy Market

Quincy Market

We walked through Faneuil Hall and picked up a quick lunch. I remember going there as a kid and loving it, but as an adult, not so much. It's very touristy and the quality is not great. But, if you want a fast-food-style meal or snack, then it would be good. If you're a food snob (like my friend), then you should probably head to the North End, famous for its Italian bakeries and restaurants.

The North End

The North End

From Quincy Market, the North End was a 10-ish minute walk. Eventually, we ended up at Cafe Vittoria and soaked it its famous ambiance. My friend also picked up a famous cannoli at Modern Pastry.

Modern Pastry

Modern Pastry

From there, we took the green line from Haymarket station to Park Street, then transferred to the red line to get to Harvard Square.

Chess Player in Harvard Square

Chess Player in Harvard Square

We walked around here for a bit and my friend even played speed chess against this snazzy guy pictured above. Once it got dark, we met my brother for a really good seafood dinner at this place called The Hourly Oyster House. We ate raw oysters, clam chowder, the boil, crab cakes, and lobster pot pie. No one left hungry.

If you end up taking the same route we did and walking from Back Bay through the Common to the North End, it will take about an hour. If you stop and take pictures, it'll take longer than that, plus you might want to shop on Newbury Street or grab something to eat.

Highs: Boston Common, Cafe Vittoria, Harvard Square

Lows: Faneuil Hall Food (Avoid)

Here's a short Instagram story video of our day:

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