Fort Point: Future Boston Takes Shape by the Water

A neighborhood guide to fast-growing Fort Point

Carved out from a reclaimed sliver of old wharves and warehouses adjacent to the Seaport District, Fort Point is now one of Boston's grooviest and most unique neighborhoods—and it's attracting more buzz by the minute.

The Yotel hotel has just arrived, with its funky cabin-style rooms and Sky Lounge, Mastro's Ocean Club now looks across the water from the northern curve of the Harborwalk and retail spaces are popping up like blooming algae in a summer pond.

Local artists are well established here, and well-heeled urbanites are also moving in, so there's a distinct smart-yet-salty, endlessly creative neighborhood vibe. Head down and become part of the scene as the Fort Point story unfolds.

Sportello

Where to Eat in Fort Point

Standout restaurant Sportello on Congress Street—Barbara Lynch's superlative take on casual Italian dining—is a recommended first stop on the local circuit, which is getting bigger and more eclectic by the minute.

Lolita Cocina just moved in, aiming to build on the success of the marvelous Back Bay location; Bon Me is best known for its consistently excellent fleet of food trucks serving "fun Asian cuisine," but here they've gone brick-and-mortar; and Blue Dragon is an Asian gastropub —tapas-style menu; great selection of craft beers—from superstar East-West fusion maestro Ming Tsai.

Mayhew Wine Shop

Find the New Retail in Fort Point

A boatload of new retail is heading to Fort Point, but for now interior design rules the salty roost.

Birch & Willow specializes in unique, whimsical lighting and screens; Chimera's selection of lamps, lights and suchlike is extraordinary. Fans of the grape will love Mayhew Wine Shop—check out their "Oddball Reds" and excellent selection of exotic ciders.

Street stickers

Discover the Hot Bars in Fort Point

Red bricks, basement drinks, the spirit of Sinatra—you'll be forming your very own Rat Pack after a visit to Lucky's Lounge, where you can wolf down some graham cracker calamari to throwback live music.

Yotel's Sky Lounge & Rooftop Terrace takes you 12 floors above street level for a casual get-together with the stellar Boston skyline and Committee puts a Greek twist on the cocktail and liquor menu, offering flights of ouzo and the "Committee Mule," a spicier version of its Muscovite cousin.

Boston Children's Museum

Things to Do in Fort Point

Captain Don is the master, commander and saline genius behind Come Sail Away Now, a great choice for harbor tours and private charters of up to 12 friends. All the action takes place aboard Tupelo Honey, an elegant 31-foot-sloop.

Want to take your seamanship the extra mile? Look no further than Black Rock Sailing School, which offers a variety of courses for salty dogs-in-the-making—and it's a far less piratical option than Black Beard Sailing School which, we confess, does not actually exist.

Boston Children's Museum is a wonderland for kids, with its science playground, Japanese house, construction zone and Harry Potter-inspired Wizarding Day.