Top things to do

Top Choice Library in Back Bay

Boston Public Library

Dating from 1852, the esteemed Boston Public Library lends credence to Boston’s reputation as the Athens of America. The old McKim building is notable for its magnificent facade and exquisite interior art. Pick up a…
Top Choice Church in Back Bay

Trinity Church

A masterpiece of American architecture, Trinity Church is the country's ultimate example of Richardsonian Romanesque. The granite exterior, with a massive portico and side cloister, uses sandstone in colorful patter…
Top Choice Park in Back Bay

Charles River Esplanade

The southern bank of the Charles River Basin is an enticing urban escape, with grassy knolls and cooling waterways, all designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. It stretches almost 3 miles along the Boston shore of the Ch…
Top Choice Mexican in Back Bay

Lolita Cocina

This spicy little Mexican number is full of surprises (which we won't ruin for you). We will reveal that the menu is packed with unusual and enticing Mexican fare that does not disappoint: lobster enchiladas, charre…
Top Choice American in Back Bay

Courtyard

The perfect destination for an elegant afternoon tea is – believe it or not – the Boston Public Library. Overlooking the beautiful Italianate courtyard, this grown-up restaurant serves an artfully prepared selection…
Top Choice Live Music in Back Bay

Red Room @ Café 939

Run by Berklee students, the Red Room @ 939 has emerged as one of Boston's least predictable and most enjoyable music venues. It has an excellent sound system and a baby grand piano; most importantly, it books inter…
Top Choice Bakery in Back Bay

Flour

Joanne Chang's beloved bakery is taking over Boston. This outlet – on the edge of Back Bay – has the same flaky pastries and rich coffee that we have come to expect, not to mention sandwiches, soups, salads and pizz…
Italian in Back Bay

Salty Pig

With prosciutto, pâté,rillettes, testa (head cheese), sanguinaccio (blood sausage), porchetta (pork shoulder) and more, you'll feel like you're in one of those cultures that eats every part of the animal. The 'Salty…
Art in Back Bay

International Poster Gallery

This niche gallery stocks thousands of vintage posters from around the world. Thousands. The posters span the globe, with themes ranging from food and drink to travel to political propaganda. They are all there for …
Seafood in Back Bay

Luke's Lobster

Luke Holden took a Maine seafood shack and put it smack-dab in the middle of the Back Bay, so that all the hungry shoppers could get a classic lobster roll for lunch. The place looks authentic, complete with weather…