Boston is a compact, little treasure trove of a city seeped in rich history and academia. You will find urban beauty here the likes of which other cities can only dream of, so, use their fantastic pubic transit system, and explore all the different neighborhoods that this city has to offer, or walk walk walk in any direction- you will find gold.
Coppa was hands down my favorite spot while working in Boston. This adorable, dark-wood little Italian restaurant in the South End serves up inventive Italian small plates created by James Beard Award-winning Chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette. The staff could not possibly be friendlier, and absolutely every single thing on this select menu is spot on. Pop by for a quick wood-fired pizza or seasonal pasta between shows (The Huntington's Calderwood Pavilion is very close by) or make it a destination one night while working at A.R.T or Commonwealth Shakespeare or any of the other theatre companies in town.
253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118 HOURS: Mon- Thurs 12PM- 10PM Fri 12PM- 11PM Sat 11AM- 11PM Sun 11AM- 10PM coppaboston.com
You're in Boston. You must do seafood, and B&G Oysters may not be the cheapest option in town, but it's a fantastic spot to get perfect oysters, a damn find chowder, as well as many other delicious local seafood menu items. Also located in Boston's sexy South End neighborhood, enjoy their patio area when the weather is fine or slide up to the white granite bar for a glass of chardonnay and some fruit of the sea.
550 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116 HOURS: Mon- Thurs 11:30AM- 10PM Fri 11:30AM- 11PM Sat 12PM- 11PM Sun 12PM- 10PM bandgoysters.com
You can walk past Delux Cafe dozens of times without ever noticing it. This bar's completely unadorned outside is then starkly contrasted with a bright, boisterous, glorious interior that will instantly make you smile. This neighborhood dive has defied the rise of expensive cocktail bars in the South End and provides the option of uber-casual, dirt cheap (cash only) food and drink in this part of town. This is an ideal spot for a larger group of people. Their booths are big, and it's all order from the bar so as casual and easy as it gets. Definitely bring your business here.
100 Chandler St, Boston, MA 02116 HOURS: 5PM- 1AM DAILY
Eastern Standard, on the other hand, is a beautifully appointed, beautifully staffed, upscale bar very close to The Huntington Actor Housing where you will find yourself on many a night. Almost 12 years old, this happening restaurant in Kenmore Square hosts a huge bar area where excellent cocktails and oysters rule the day. Come here late to enjoy a snack if you're peckish or use this as a cast decompression zone- but try to stick to weekdays because weekends here can get quite crazy indeed.
The Beehive is a mammoth subterranean complex of restaurant, bar, and jazz club located right next to The Hungtinton's Calderwood Pavilion. It can be overwhelmed by bodies on a weekend, but find a good weekday night to go with your cast, and you will be deeply satisfied by this menu of classic cocktails and comfort food. With a Bohemian decor and a kinetic energy within its bustling walls, this place is open late and will make you want to stay late, too.
Wired Puppy Coffee is not so much a sit and linger coffee shop, although they do have a few tables to offer, but this conveniently located, subterranean Newbury Street spot is perfect for a coffee on the go. With a single cup brew bar and great espresso, this joint is worth popping into on a cold walk.
250 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116 HOURS: 6:30AM- 7:30PM http://www.wiredpuppy.com
Render Coffee is the perfect place to go for work or book reading. With killer coffee and a relaxed staff, there is a constant buzz in this coffee house, and it creates the perfect atmosphere for focusing. It can sometimes be tricky to snag a table on a weekend morning, but, once you do, sit back, learn some lines, or responding to some emails.
563 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118 HOURS: Mon- Fri 7AM- 7PM Sat- Sun 7AM- 6PM rendercoffeebar.com
Pavement Coffeehouse is conveniently located close to The Huntington's actor housing, and this large cafe clearly caters to the plethora of college students attending nearby Boston University. However, let that be a comfort to you, because when you want to get some work done, sometimes there is nothing better than a large coffee shop full of folks doing the exact same thing- lattes in hand.
1096 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215 HOURS: 7AM- 8PM DAILY pavementcoffeehouse.com *Location closest to Huntington Actor Housing.
Flour Bakery and Cafe
With 6 locations all over town, Flour Bakery and Cafe is clearly a Boston favorite. Started by Taiwanese Baker/ Chef Joanne Chang, Flour's commitment is to freshness and community involvement however and wherever possible. These delectable morals are each and every one made with so much time and care and they are absolutely, utterly, sinfully delicious. Use them as a morning snack or a mid day pick me up. It will be worth it.
30 Dalton St, Boston, MA 02115 HOURS: Mon- Fri 6:30AM- 8PM Sat 8AM- 6PM Sun 8AM- 5PM * Closest location to The Huntington's Calderwood Pavilion. 131 Clarendon St, Boston, MA 02116 HOURS: Mon- Fri 6:30AM- 8PM Sat 8AM- 6PM Sun 8AM- 5PM * Closest location to Huntington Actor Housing. flourbakery.com
South End Buttery Market
The South End Buttery restaurant and bar is an exceptional place for dinner and a cocktail, but I am here to tell you about their to-go Market next door that serves up fresh, high quality bread, sandwiches, and pastries to go, ideal when you are working at Huntington's Calderwood Pavilion. Created in 2005 by two South Enders fed up with the lack of good bakery options in their area, this has grown into an internationally recognized restaurant, market, and small second location, so support this growing local enterprise that has in no way compromised its original mission of providing wildly fresh, delicious baked goods for its community.
314 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118 HOURS: Sun- Thurs 6AM- 10PM Fri- Sat 6AM- 11PM southendbuttery.com
High Tea in the Boston Public Library
This is a treat that is not to be missed. In the gorgeous complex that is the Boston Public Library (complete with John Singer Sargant murals upstairs that must be visited afterwards), they serve a classic British high tea in The Courtyard Restaurant inside. Though pricey ($39), this will be the only meal you will need all day. Layers of savory tea sandwiches of six different varieties will pile in front of you, as well as delicious petits fours like raspberry thumbprints and glazed lemon poppyseed cake, plus scones with preserves, lemon curd, and Devonshire double-cream. All this will go alongside a delicious loose-leaf tea of your choosing, and this will be one of the highlights of your time in Boston.
Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116 HOURS: Mon- Sat 11:30AM- 3PM Sun CLOSED * Reservations can be made online. thecateredaffair.com
Taza Chocolate Factory
You see them everywhere, but those delicious, potent chocolate circles that TAZA Chocolate puts out are made in their factory in Somerville, MA. Go visit the factory while you are working in Boston for an "Intro to Stone Ground Chocolate" which includes a guided tour through the making of their chocolates as well as a tasting. Tours run Tuesday through Sunday at $8 per person, and online reservations are required.
561 Windsor St, Somerville, MA 02143 HOURS: Mon CLOSED Tues- Fri 11AM- 6PM Sat- Sun 10AM- 6PM tazachocolate.com