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Places in Boston that are off the beaten path?

What are some cool, off the beaten path places in Boston that aren't tourist attractions?  I've been there once before and hit up a lot of the popular places, but I'm looking for ones that mostly only locals know about!

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top answer by

Hi Sarah, 

Some places I love in Boston (Great Boston) are  at Davis Square, in Somerville. There you'll find an Irish pub that is a copy of an Irish pub in Ireland, it's called The Burren. Lots of friendly locals and a rock band playing at the back room will make your night fun. They also open during the day, it's nice to eat outside if it's summer.

I recommend you to explore the area, there's a very nice coffee shop on Elm street and a candle pin bowling with a very nice flat bread pizza just by Davis Sq, called Sacco's Bowl-Haven. Locals love it too!

Also, Border Cafe is a nice place to have a meal. Students from Harvard and others love it. Then you can explore Harvard (lot's of events around the area during summer) and walk to the pedestrian bridge Pedestrian Walk. Sometimes you can find tango dancers on the bridge by the sunset if it's a full moon saturday, it's romantic and beautiful… 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. The Burren (restaurant)
  2. Sacco's Bowl-Haven (attraction)
  3. Border Cafe (restaurant)
  4. Pedestrian Walk (attraction)
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answered by
David from New Hampshire


That's a tough one as it depends on what you are interested in and how far you want to travel. Example, I'd go to Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline for an eclectic place to eat and hang out. However, if you want to hang out by the water go to Carson Beach for a stroll in South Boston. There is so much but it would help if you could provide more specifics.

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  1. Coolidge Corner Theater (attraction)
  2. Carson Beach (attraction)
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answered by
Daniel from Boston

Hey Sarah,

Boston is often full of tourists so if you're looking to avoid them, I'd steer clear of Faneuil Hall and Back Bay. The North End (Italian neighborhood) is also very touristy but you can find some quieter places for locals. I really like Ducali Pizzeria & Bar for a quieter but casual place to hang out that tourists usually don't frequent. 

Most tourists do the Freedom Trail when they visit Boston, but if you're here during good weather, I recommend doing the Harborwalk which is a marked walkway along the harbor. I think it starts in the North End (for sure by the New England Aquarium). You'll see signs for the Harborwalk along the harbor and you can just keep following those signs until you hit Fort Point, which is a new neighborhood in Boston with lots of new restaurants and bars. It's also home to the Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall and the Institute of Contemporary Art. If it's not nice weather, you can still get here easily by taxi or by the Silver Line. 

I'd also recommend visiting East Boston (my neighborhood), especially Piers Park which has an amazing view of the Boston skyline from across the harbor. You can get there via the Maverick Square stop on the Blue Line. If you come to East Boston, definitely check out K O Catering & Pies which specializes in Australian savory pies and they are awesome. And there's also a famous pizza place in Eastie called Santarpio's Pizza.

Hope you get off the beaten path and see more of this cool city!

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  1. Ducali Pizzeria & Bar (restaurant)
  2. New England Aquarium (attraction)
  3. Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall (attraction)
  4. Institute of Contemporary Art (attraction)
  5. Piers Park (attraction)
  6. Maverick Square (attraction)
  7. K O Catering & Pies (restaurant)
  8. Santarpio's Pizza (restaurant)
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answered by
Kathleen from Boston, Massachusetts

If you enjoy walking, I suggest that you check out the lovely city long green space, Emerald Necklace.  Boston's Emerald Necklace consists of an 1,100-acre chain of nine parks linked by parkways and waterways. This linear system of parks and parkways was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted to connect the Boston Common, which dates from the colonial period, and the 1837 Public Garden along the Muddy River and Leverett, Willow, Ward's and Jamaica ponds through the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University to the great country park -Franklin Park

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  1. Emerald Necklace (attraction)
  2. Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University (attraction)
  3. Franklin Park (attraction)
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answered by
Boris from Boston

go to see places in the saburb such as Marblehead

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  1. Marblehead (city)
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answered first by
peter from Downtown Ithaca

1.Concerts at the Berklee College of Music.

2. The MIT Museum in Cambridge.

3. The Cafe Pamplona at the corner of Bow & Arrow, also in Cambridge.

4. The NNo Name Restaurant 15 Fish Pier St.

South Boston.

5. Fort Hill-Highland Park, Roxbury, Boston

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Berklee College of Music (attraction)
  2. MIT Museum (attraction)
  3. Cafe Pamplona (restaurant)
  4. No Name Restaurant (restaurant)
  5. Highland Park (attraction)
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