Stroll Boston's Historic South End

Charming Victorian row houses, serene parks and cultural draws make this a top neighborhood destination

Stroll Boston’s South End to take in the charming Victorian-style row houses—the largest such district in the nation and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Playgrounds, parks, art galleries, shops and restaurants add to this diverse neighborhood’s appeal.

EAT 

Boston Chops South End lives up to its “urban steak bistro” billing with chic interiors. SRV (Serene Republic of Venice) specializes in Venetian-style bar snacks and has a great patio, while Southern Proper’s pickles, hot sauces and bourbons salute North Carolina. 

SHOP 

Pick up South End kitchen towels and Fenway Park map blankets at Gifted. The International Poster Gallery has collectible poster art, and nonprofit More Than Words offers used books and poetry slam, and empowers youth in foster care. 

SEE 

The SoWa Art + Design District is the city’s creative hub, a hive of studios, restaurants and galleries. Sculptural gems include the Harriet Tubman Memorial, depicting the famous abolitionist, while a stroll around Union Park offers views of the signature residential red-bricks. 

PLAY 

For great live music in a dinner-jazz basement, join an eclectic crowd at The Beehive. Around the corner, the Cyclorama, home to the Boston Center for the Arts, is astir with events. Wind down in Shore Leave’s luxuriant green booths with a knockout Tiki cocktail.

Mike Hodgkinson
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