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Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood captures both the history and the urban culture of all that this thriving New England city has to offer.
Established in the early 19th century, Beacon Hill still maintains a historic aura, but with lots to see and do — visitors can stroll down the brick-paved sidewalks, admire the picturesque buildings and homes, and enjoy all the eats, treats, shopping and history that this quaint, Bostonian neighborhood has to offer in a single day.
Charles Street is at the heart of Beacon Hill, and the home of the primary shopping strip of the neighborhood.
For a nice walk, take the Red Line to the Charles MGH stop, and stroll down Charles Street, which stretches between Cambridge Street and Beacon Street. From end to end, the walk is about 15-minutes, but there’s enough along the way to turn it into an all-day affair.
For a quick bite to eat, try Panificio Bakery & Bistro, where you’ll find some local flavor, and everything from Italian baked goods to locally caught lobsters.
Isabelle’s Curly Cupcakes, is another good place for a treat. Visitors won’t be disappointed with their collection of fresh, gourmet cupcakes, which range from triple chocolate, to the more audacious styles key lime!
If you’re looking for a heartier meal, the contemporary Italian restaurant Grotto is a local favorite. A restaurant with a intimate atmosphere, Grotto offers a collection of homemade pastas, and delicious twists on traditional fare, like pan-roasted scallops in truffle oil.
For a complete list of Beacon Hill’s food and dining options, click here.
There are no limitations when it comes to shopping on Charles St., either. In fact, compared to the neighboring shopping strip in Copley Square, Beacon Hill specializes in items that are more one-of-a-kind, with a number of specialty shops.
There are an array of vintage, consignment, antique stores and locally owned boutiques where visitors can find unique items to remember their trip by.
You can find a complete list Beacon Hill’s specialty shops here.
A walk down Charles Street can also be a pristine historical experience.
The Charles Street Meeting House, located on the corner of Charles and Mount Vernon Street, was the site of the third Baptist church in the nation. The neighborhood is also home to the State House, the Vilna Shul Synagogue, and the first public school for African-American children, Abiel Smith School.
Nearby, at 46 Joy Street, you’ll find the newly renovated African Meeting House, a National Historic Landmark that marks the oldest extant black church building in the United States. Visitors can also walk the 1.6-mile Black Heritage Trail, which passes all through Beacon Hill, providing information about Boston’s 19th century African American Community.
For more on all that Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood has to offer, including a complete business directory and daily deals, click here.
Molly Hines is currently a marketing assistant at Argopoint, which is located in Boston’s Beacon Hill.