Top things to do in Back Bay

Top Choice Seafood in Back Bay

Saltie Girl

Here's a new concept in dining: the seafood bar. It's a delightfully intimate place to feast on tantalizing dishes that blow away all preconceived notions about seafood. From your traditional Gloucester lobster roll…
Top Choice Library in Back Bay

Boston Public Library

Founded in 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 …
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 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 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 Latin American in Back Bay

Puro Ceviche Bar

Serves up delightfully modern yet still authentic Latin American fare in its funky downstairs digs, where exposed brick walls are covered with bold murals. Choose between six types of ceviche, six kinds of tacos and…
Top Choice Live Music in Back Bay

Red Room @ Cafe 939

Run by Berklee students, the Red Room @ Cafe 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 …
Gifts & Souvenirs in Back Bay

Topdrawer

Travelers! Here is a store full of things you need, even if you didn't realize you needed them. Everything from plush fold-up slippers (perfect for the chilly airplane) to fabulous, functional daypacks and travel po…
Seafood in Back Bay

Mooncusser Fish House

This elegant spot pairs an old-fashioned concept (the `fish house') with thoroughly modern presentations of local seafood, from bluefish to swordfish and everything in between. The dishes are understated, showing of…
Seafood in Back Bay

Luke's Lobster

Luke Holden took a Maine seafood shack and put it in the middle of Back Bay (and other places around Boston), so that hungry shoppers could get a classic lobster roll for lunch. The place looks authentic, with weath…