Insider’s Guide to Boston’s Back Bay

With its upscale shopping, trendy boutiques and art galleries, exceptional restaurants, and prime location along the Charles River, the Back Bay neighborhood stands out as Boston’s most fashionable district.

We can’t get enough of this historic city and home to our properties, One Back Bay and The Arlington. Read below for our favorite destinations and recommendations in Boston’s Back Bay!

Boston Public Library
Hit the books and gaze upon the epic John Singer Sargent mural at the Boston Public Library, where the labyrinthine 1895 structure, with its central courtyard and fountain, is one of the best places spend an afternoon getting lost. Located at 700 Boylston Street.
Bacco’s Fine Foods and Bacco’s Wine + Cheese
Conveniently located next to each other, Bacco’s Fine Foods and Bacco’s Wine + Cheese is the area’s one stop shop for fresh ingredients, gourmet meals, and the best variety of wines and cheese. Whether you’re grabbing a meal on the go or preparing an elegant dinner party, Bacco’s has everything you need. Located at 31 St James Avenue.
Trinity Church
Designed by Henry Hobson Richardson and dedicated in 1877, Trinity Episcopal Church has since been admired as a masterpiece of American architecture. Located at 206 Clarendon Street.
Newbury Street Shopping
Walk along the mile-long strip of 19th century brownstones and find some of the best shopping and eateries Boston has to offer!
Emerge Spa & Salon
From the fireside lounge to the rooftop garden, this five story day spa and salon offers more than your average facial, you’ll want to spend the whole day in this relaxing space on Boston’s most fashionable block. Located at 275 Newbury Street.
Barbara Krakow Gallery
While specializing in Post-War paintings, sculpture, prints, and works on paper, Barbara Krakow Gallery also showcase the biggest names and hottest trends in today’s Contemporary art market, making this gallery’s exhibitions a must see. Located at 10 Newbury Street.
Commonwealth Avenue Mall
Historical monuments, tree-lined paths, and ample green space make this grand avenue the perfect escape from busy city life. Watch the season change amongst the rows of trees, which are particularly spectacular in December when they glisten with Christmas lights. Located at 484 Commonwealth Avenue.
Mapparium at The Mary Baker Eddy Library
This unique exhibit at The Mary Baker Eddy Library allows you to literally step inside the world of 1935. Explore the three-story, stained glass globe and discover different perspectivea of the world through rich presentations filled with lights and music. Located at 200 Massachusetts Avenue.
Parish Café
Craft cocktails, excellent beer selection, and mouthwatering sandwiches designed by the city’s best chefs have made Parish Café a favorite among locals since 1992. Located at 361 Boylston Street.
With an exceptional wine list and fresh take on classic French food, it’s no wonder the Troquet has become a staple in Boston’s fine dining scene. Located within the Theater District, Troquet makes for the perfect pre-theater meal and post-theatre nightcap. Located at 140 Boylston Street.
Charles River Esplanade
This charming park along the Charles River is the perfect place to escape the city while remaining in the city. Whether you want to go for a jog, read a book under a tree, or rent a sailboat for the afternoon, the esplanade has so much to offer the whole family.
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