How To Impress a First-Timer in Boston

February 27, 2014

Whenever a friend or relative from out of town announces they’re coming to visit, the question immediately pops into your head: how are you going to show them a good time in the city?! Fear no more, Bostonians. We’re giving you a rundown of some great places to take your guests to give them a true Boston experience, no freedom trail or duck tours allowed.

Morning: Start the day grabbing coffee in the North End from an authentic Italian cafe, such as Caffe Lil ItalyVittoria Caffe, or Caffe Paradiso. The charm of the neighborhood and the abundance of gelato and cannolis are sure to impress your visitor. After that, there are tons of historical sites in the area, such asThe Old North Church and Paul Revere House. A visit to Boston isn’t complete without a little history!


Afternoon: Within walking distance of the North End, Faneuil Hall provides a ton of great options for lunch. It’s especially fun if the weather is nice and the street performers are out, and you can even do some shopping at any of the many boutiques surrounding the landmark. We recommend checking out Saus,Hillstone, or Boston Chowda Co. for lunch. Boston is a walking city, so after you eat, walk it off in the Common or even go ice skating.


Evening: Take the T to the other side of the Charles and treat your guest to a nice night out in Boston’s beautiful neighbor Cambridge. Restaurants such asVeggie GalaxyBorder Cafe, and Hungry Mother are highly-rated and in great locations for sightseeing. Cambridge’s American Repertory Theater is currently performing the new musical Witness Uganda andgetting rave reviews, playing shows every night at 7:30 PM. If theater isn’t your thing, check out some live music at T.T. The Bear’s or stop into one ofCambridge’s best bars.


With these suggestions, your guest will have a great first visit to Boston and you’ll have a good time eating and sightseeing with them!