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Top Choice Notable Building in Beacon Hill & Boston Common

Massachusetts State House

High atop Beacon Hill, Massachusetts’ leaders and legislators attempt to turn their ideas into concrete policies and practices within the State House. John Hancock provided the land (previously part of his cow pastu…
Top Choice Park in Beacon Hill & Boston Common

Boston Common

The Boston Common has served many purposes over the years, including as a campground for British troops during the Revolutionary War and as green grass for cattle grazing until the 1830s. Although there is still a g…
Top Choice Gardens in Beacon Hill & Boston Common

Public Garden

Adjoining Boston Common, the Public Garden is a 24-acre botanical oasis of Victorian flower beds, verdant grass and weeping willow trees shading a tranquil lagoon. The old-fashioned pedal-powered Swan Boats have bee…
Top Choice Cafeteria in Beacon Hill & Boston Common

Paramount

This old-fashioned cafeteria is a neighborhood favorite. A-plus diner fare includes pancakes, home fries, burgers and sandwiches, and big, hearty salads. Banana and caramel French toast is an obvious go-to for the b…
Top Choice Bakery in Beacon Hill & Boston Common

Tatte

The aroma of buttery goodness – and the lines stretching out the door – signal your arrival at this fabulous bakery on the lower floor of the historic Charles St Meeting House. Swoon-worthy pastries (divinely cinnam…
Top Choice Theater in Beacon Hill & Boston Common

Shakespeare on the Common

Each summer, the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company stages a major production on the Boston Common, drawing crowds for (free) Shakespeare under the stars. Productions often appeal to the masses with a populist twist. …
Cultural in Beacon Hill & Boston Common

Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill

Sponsored by the Beacon Hill Garden Club, here's your chance to get a peek at a dozen of the neighborhood's urban gardens. Hidden courtyards and secret passageways are opened up to visitors to marvel at the beautifu…
Cemetery in Beacon Hill & Boston Common

Granary Burying Ground

Dating from 1660, this atmospheric atoll is crammed with historic headstones, many with evocative (and creepy) carvings. This is the final resting place of all your favorite revolutionary heroes, including Paul Reve…
European in Beacon Hill & Boston Common

No 9 Park

This swanky place has been around for years, but it still tops many fine-dining lists. Chef-owner Barbara Lynch has been lauded by food and wine magazines for her delectable French and Italian culinary masterpieces …
Fashion & Accessories in Beacon Hill & Boston Common

December Thieves

The intriguing window dressing will lure you into this tiny shop, which showcases designer pieces from Boston and abroad. In addition to stylish women's clothing, handbags and jewelry, you'll also find an eclectic a…