Top 14 Things To Do and Eat in Boston’s Back Bay

Looking for a Back Bay Food Tour? We LOVE Back Bay, from cozy cafes to trendy boutique shops to beautiful brownstone architecture. If you’re visiting Boston, Back Bay is a must. Our Boston Chocolate tour uncovers fun spots around the Harvard Square area, but on the other side of the river, the posh Back Bay neighborhood in Boston has just as many incredible fun spots to add to your Boston Bucket list! 

Looking for a Back Bay Restaurant or Food Tour? We LOVE Back Bay, from cozy cafes to trendy boutique shops to beautiful brownstone architecture. If you’re visiting Boston, Back Bay is a must. Our Boston Chocolate tour uncovers fun spots around the Harvard Square area, but on the other side of the river, the posh Back Bay neighborhood in Boston has just as many incredible fun spots to add to your Boston Bucket list! 

Here are some our favorite Back Bay restaurants and hidden gems:

 

1

Waffle on A Stick at Bittersweet shop

Address: 257 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116

If you’re looking for a cute coffee shop on Newbury to grab a fun snack or a sweet treat head to Bittersweet Shoppe. They have a charming, vintage- modern atmosphere and a beautiful patio for the sunny weather. You must try their waffle on a stick. Fresh belgian waffle served on a stick. What a fun concept.

Top 14 Things To Do and Eat in Boston's Back Bay

 

2

Café SuSu under Suit Supply

Address: 240A Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116

Speaking about hidden gems, did you know that under Suit Supply there is an espresso bar and cafe? It has beautiful interior decor with velvet covered seats. What a fun place to hideout and sip on a coffee before going on with your shopping on Newbury.

 

3

Krasi for date night – make your own tzatziki dip!

Address: 48 Gloucester St, Boston, MA 02115

Want a fun date night dinner spot? Krasi is on the top of our list. Krasi serves contemporary Greek specialities and wine, and it has the perfect date night decor with an industrial-chic set up. You can make your own tzatziki dip on the table and eat it, which is a super unique and fun experience in Boston.

 

restaurant in boston

 

4

Buttermilk and Bourbon for Fried Chicken and Waffles on the weekends

Address: 160 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

A taste of New Orleans in the heart of Boston, brought to you by celebrity chef Jason Santos. If you want an experience of southern cuisine in the northeast, definitely try out Buttermilk and Bourbon. Their warm honey biscuits are a must, and if you visit on a weekend, they serve chicken and waffles for brunch.

chicken and waffles

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Looking for more date night ideas in Boston? Check out our blog for our top 50 ideas!


 

5

Afternoon Tea!

Have you had afternoon tea at this hidden courtyard in the Boston Public Library? The Boston Public Library is much photographed, especially its Hogwarts style study hall – Bates Room – to its grand marble central staircase – and it is a place to visit in Boston. Serving an elegant classic tea with a twist of New England culinary favorites, they offer a 90 minute afternoon tea experience in the Courtyard of Boston Public Library. Enjoy this elegant dining experience with a beautiful ambience. If you love afternoon tea like we do, check out our favorite afternoon tea spots around Boston here!

library courtyard

 

6

Lady M Crepe Cakes

Address: 304 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115

Looking for a sweet treat to celebrate a special occasion? Lady M has unique crepe cakes with different seasonal flavors to try. You’ll be wowed by all of the layers in these elegant treats.

crepe cake on boston street

 

7

Peruse the brownstone boutiques – Lipstick, Bobble and Lace

Address: Newbury Street

Newbury Street has all the big names in shopping – Zara, H &M, Nike, but if you’re looking for something cute and unique, check out these small boutiques. Lipstick offers fun earrings, and Bobble and Lace offers cute sweaters and dresses.

shoes on a shelf

 

8

Trident Booksellers to Find Cute Gifts

Address: 338 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115

An old favorite in Boston, not only do they have a selection of books, they always have a changing selection of fun games, prints, and tools that are perfect to find cute gifts for friends and family. They also have a cafe upstairs if you’re looking to grab brunch as well, with yummy chicken and waffles!

 

9

Jonquils Bakery for incredible shaped desserts

Address: 125 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116

Check out Jonquils Bakery which opened in 2019 for fun shaped desserts! They create eclectic and beautiful geometric desserts. Their brand pastry chef, Dinara Kasko, was born in Ukraine and studied to become an architect but became interested in baking. Kasako’s main method baking involves using a 3D printer to construct a silicone mold that becomes her breath-taking designs you may not want to eat just marvel at!

 

apple pastry

 

10

Enjoy a concert in the center of Boston

Address: Massachusetts Avenue and Boylston Street, Boston, MA

Berklee College is the best performing arts college in the world, and their own performing arts concert center has so many great concerts.T hey also have a Cafe 939 with lots of up and coming acts. If classical is more  your liking, Boston Symphony offers $25 tickets for guests under age 40. They also host the world-renowned Boston Pops during the summer and holiday season! For many many years we went to the Boston Pops for New Year’s Eve, and it’s always been a magical experience.

 

11

Ramen on a cold day! Try Red White for Vegan Ramen or Santouka Ramen

Addresses:

Red White – 294 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115

Santouka – 66 Hereford St, Boston, MA 02115

Enjoy ramen on a cold day! Line up outside Santouka Ramen for a bowl of hot and hearty ramen. If you’re interested in vegan ramen which isn’t always available in Boston, Red White around the corner offers amazing vegan ramen!

ramen on a tray

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12

Hidden Sneaker Shop

Address: 6 Clearway St, Boston, MA 02115

Vintage Shoe store or Grocery Store? Disguised as a convenience store, Bodega is an ultra modern streetwear and sneaker shop that’s hidden behind a sliding door. Go check it out yourself to discover this hidden store. Then post a photo to the gram and tag us! #otbpfoodtours

 

13

Take the #1 Bus to Cambridge Afterwards

Boston is a really small, walkable city. You can string together a morning in Back Bay with our Saturday afternoon Harvard Square Chocolate Tour starting at 2pm or 5pm or our Central Square Food and Mural Arts Tour on Sundays at 12pm. Instead of having to ride the train to Park Street and transfer to the Red Line, you can also take the 1 bus directly from Massachusetts Avenue @ Newbury Street to the heart of Central or Harvard Square, just a straight shot down Massachusetts Avenue — you’ll cross the bridge by MIT and may even catch a glimpse of them sailing on the Charles. It’s a fun trip to take even if you’ve got no destination, we love our “T”!

 

14

Tour Trinity Church – Immerse in the Architecture!

Address: 200 Clarendon St, Boston, MA 02116

As part of our tours, we tell our guests stories of local architecture. In the Back Bay, Trinity Church is not to be missed. Designed by H. H. Richardson, it is the first of the Richardson Romenesque style and was constructed in the 1870’s. You’ll find a variety of buildings in Boston in this style, most notably those on our Union Square Somerville Food Tour.

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