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Top Choice Church in West End & North End

Old North Church

Longfellow’s poem 'Paul Revere’s Ride' has immortalized this graceful church. It was here, on the night of April 18, 1775, that the sexton hung two lanterns from the steeple, as a signal that the British would advan…
Top Choice Museum in West End & North End

Museum of Science

This educational playground has more than 600 interactive exhibits. Favorites include the world’s largest lightning-bolt generator, a full-scale space capsule, a world population meter and an impressive dinosaur exh…
Top Choice Seafood in West End & North End

Neptune Oyster

Neptune’s menu hints at Italian, but you’ll also find elements of Mexican, French, Southern and old-fashioned New England. The daily seafood specials and impressive raw bar (featuring several kinds of oysters, plus …
Top Choice Italian in West End & North End

Pomodoro

Seductive Pomodoro offers one of the North End’s most romantic settings for delectable Italian. The food is simple but perfectly prepared: fresh pasta, spicy tomato sauce, grilled fish and meats, and wine by the gla…
Fashion & Accessories in West End & North End

William Carlton Workshop

Like something out of another era, this old-timey hat shop is littered with artifacts and antiques (including a sewing machine that is actually used to make the hats). The headgear – some of which is custom-made – i…
Shoes in West End & North End

Converse Flagship Store

Occupying the ground level of the Converse world headquarters, this flagship store has a sweet selection of its classic sneakers, including some true originals. Look for a handful of styles with Boston themes – 'Exc…
Bar in West End & North End

Caffè Paradiso

Some regulars here are so dedicated that they organize their business calendars so they don't miss their spot at the counter. The bartender masterfully minds the espresso machine and pours neat cognacs with efficien…
Arts & Crafts in West End & North End

North Bennet Street School

The North Bennet Street School has been training craftspeople for over 100 years. Established in 1885, the school offers programs in traditional skills like bookbinding, woodworking and locksmithing. The school’s on…
Planetarium in West End & North End

Charles Hayden Planetarium

Housed in the Museum of Science, the planetarium boasts a state-of-the-art projection system that casts a heavenly star show, as well as programs about black holes and other astronomical mysteries. Watch out for lat…
Cinema in West End & North End

Mugar Omni Theater

For total IMAX immersion, check out the space-themed and natural-science-oriented flicks at the Museum of Science’s theater. A sweet sound system will have you believing you’re actually roving around Mars or being a…