Top 10 Things To Do in the South End Boston – Food Tour
Here are our top 10 things to do in Boston’s South End.
1. Sundays are for SoWa Open Market!
SoWa open market is legendary and has grown to include an incredible number of booths that showcase art and collectibles. There’s wonderful food trucks as well as amazing music flowing through. Fun for locals and visitors alike to be inspired, the entry into the market is free. Please remember that the market is only open seasonally from May to October, and also it is open from 11am-4pm so not all night. They also offer a Winter Festival and a Vintage market that run other times of the year, so check the website before you go as to what’s open.
2. First Fridays
One of our favorite things to do is to wander through the art galleries in SoWa. Every first Friday year round from 5-9pm, you can meet the artists in their studios and get inspired. Afterwards, make sure you eat dinner in one of our favorites restaurants in Boston. We’d love to take you on a Boston South End food tour!
3. Jazz at Wally’s
Do you like live music? Wally’s is one of the oldest family owned and operated jazz clubs in the world! And it being so close to Berklee, there’s a TON of local talent. Founded in 1947, these folks are the real deal and are definitely a “training ground” for big careers.
4. Go for a Dive at Delux Cafe, or Feel Like a Regular at the Franklin Cafe
If a divey spot is more what you have in mind, check out the tiny Delux on Clarendon. Just be sure to bring cash with you, as they don’t accept anything else.
Less of a dive but very much a neighborhood joint is The Franklin Cafe — which happens to be nestled between Formaggio and The Buttery. Strike up a convo with the bartender or your fellow patrons and you’ll feel like you’re right at home.
There’s also Anchovies. Tag us at #otbpfoodtours and let us know which of these you lie the most. You may just hear a thick Bahhstahn accent – how do you like them apples?
5. Volunteer to be an Usher at the Calderwood Pavilion
If you love seeing live shows, there’s nowhere better. We have been ushers for the last 6 years at Calderwood Pavilion, and we’ve seen so many incredible performances.
6. Check out the most instagrammed house in Boston at 140 Worcester St
Have you seen our list of the Most Instagrammable Places in Boston? Well, the South End is definitely on this list!
7. International Poster Gallery
Decorating a new apartment or looking to be inspired? Right on Harrison is this gallery with really cool original vintage posters from around the world.
8. Check out the OG Flour and Myers + Chang
South End restaurants are aplenty, from the South End Buttery (yummy cupcakes!) to Estragon (one of our favorite tapas places!) You may be familiar with Flour from our Harvard Square Chocolate Tour — we visit the Harvard Square location which is where Joanne Chang went to undergrad. But one of her original Flour restaurants was in the South End. She also has a restaurant there called Myers + Chang that she and her husband own together. In fact, some of the Most Romantic Restaurants in Boston are in the South End.
9. Wander around Tremont Street, Shawmut Ave, and Worcester Square
There’s just wonderful retail and surprises and pretty doorsteps and lovely parks in this area. You can just put on your walking shoes and take a stroll. Maybe grab a cozy cup of tea while you’re at it and wander. Deep breaths are encouraged.
10. Try one of our favorite Boston pizza at PICCO
And a yummy ice cream afterwards. PICCO stands for pizza and ice cream company. Another one of our favorite spots is to listen to live music at the Beehive. Other famous restaurants here include: The Gallows, Frenchie, B&G Oysters, Coppa Enotecca, and Toro.
So that’s our round-up of our Top Things To Do in Boston’s South End. What did we miss?
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