Happy Wednesday! Thank goodness we’re halfway through the week. I’m definitely still feeling nostalgic from my Boston trip two weeks ago. You can read Boston Itinerary Part 1 here! This guide will recap our final two days — if you’re looking for outfit details, scroll down to the bottom!
We began our morning in Kendall Square, right next to MIT. My younger brother wanted to sit in on a class at the school, and so we selected another location of Tatte Bakery (as mentioned in Part 1!) for breakfast. The food impressed us yet again! From Fridays-Sundays, they do a more full-scale brunch, so we ordered green shakshuka (so yummy!) and an almond croissant. The challah that came with the shakshuka was incredible!
As my younger brother left to go sit in on his class, I decided to take a walk across the Harvard Bridge over to Boston. From there, I meandered through the streets — the houses and apartments are gorgeous to look at! The sun was shining too, so my spirits were high. It felt like a truly wonderful day! I made it all the way to Newbury Street and the Prudential Center before turning around and heading back to MIT.
After meeting back up with my family, we took the T into Boston and headed toward Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. Faneuil Hall is historically interesting and part of the Freedom Trail. There’s a historical archive below and shopping vendors above. Quincy Market is also historically significant and filled with stands of all different kinds of cuisine. There also was a #BOSTON art piece outside to support the Boston Marathon runners! I will say that Quincy Market is a bit commercial, and the food really didn’t appeal to us for lunch, though it’s worth peeking in just to see.
We headed across the street instead to the Boston Public Market, an indoor market that mostly sells unprepared food. However, there are a few casual restaurants inside. We opted for Bon Me, a Vietnamese staple of the city which since starting as a food truck, has only flourished. We got a chicken plate with rice and veggies — such a refreshing and healthy choice!
Outside is Union Oyster House, the oldest restaurant in Boston. Though we didn’t eat there, it’s such a quaint area to look at. There is also the New England Holocaust Memorial across the street made of a collection of glass rectangular buildings with the concentration camp numbers of all the victims etched into the walls. This was especially moving for me, as I’m in a Holocaust class this semester.
Boston Public Gardens
We then took the T took the Boston Public Gardens, which are breathtakingly beautiful. It’s a sprawling green field, complete with a stunning bridge and little lake. It had such a romantic vibe and has to be one of my favorite places!
From the gardens, it’s a short trek to Acorn Street and the other remaining cobblestone streets. They are a must-see! Just imagining horse and buggies having to make their way over these bumpy avenues is so amazing! The surrounding area is also cute, and I was marveling at the sincerity of everything around me.
It was nearing dinnertime, so we made our way to the Prudential Center, an inside mall that houses Vineyard Vines, Sam Edelman, Kate Spade, Polo Ralph Lauren, and so many others!! Inside is also where Eataly is located. Eataly is one of my favorite places to stop in New York, and trying it in Boston was also delicious! It’s a fully operating Italian market, with smaller restaurants inside. We sat at the Pizza and Pasta restaurant. I love getting the La Stella — it’s a deconstructed pizza with arugula and oh-so yummy. The mozzarella balls also look scrumptious!
We finished off the night at Toscanini’s, arguably the best ice cream in the city. Extra rich and creamy, this ice cream warranted a line almost out the door. There are a lot of unique flavors too! I’m still dreaming about the grapenut raisin flavor I got — it was like an oatmeal cookie rolled into ice cream and quite delicious.
We had just enough time for breakfast on our last day and decided on Tatte Bakery once again in Harvard Square (so good!). If we would have had more time, we probably would’ve gone to Alden & Harlowe, and I recommend checking it out as an option if you do! I ordered ricotta toast and jam with a latte — a bitter sweet ending for a truly wonderful trip. We packed our final things and were off to the airport!
I really couldn’t have asked for a more fun week — or better people to spend it with.
What’s your favorite part about Boston or where do you wish you could go in Boston? Comment below!