Forgo the soulless online registry in favor of this family-owned baby wonderland, where a turquoise door leads to all the quirky cotton onesies, ultra-modern cribs, and baby carriers your little angel will ever need. 58 Clarendon St., Boston, MA shoptadpole.com.
Want a meal to match your ideal summer day—unpretentious, nourishing, and simply delicious? State Road has the breakfast for you, from the rustic mushroom toast with a fried egg to the hearty lemon-ricotta pancakes with blueberry coulis. stateroadrestaurant.com/.
Always looking for the Next Big Jean, owner Leah Eckelberger offered hot brands like Oligo Tissew, Those Are Mine, Farmer, and Drifter (as well as frank opinions on your derriere) before anyone else. 524 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 2215, jean-therapy.com.
Want a style that stops traffic? Book an appointment with Eva Mustafai. She handles her scissors with race-car-driver precision, and will find a cut that flatters your face and has lift and movement. 118 Newbury St., Boston, MA 2116, salonevamichelle.com.
Chef Jody Adams continues her exuberant exploration of the foods of France, Italy, and southern Spain. Who needs the hassles of monetary conversion and translators when you can take a culinary armchair tour on the banks of the Charles? Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA .
Day in and day out, all year round, the most dependable source for high-quality fresh flappers and crustaceans. And the frozen fish stock is excellent for making your own soups at home.
This is a perennial, and while you might be able to get more booze for your money elsewhere, you'll not get the ambience, service, and joie de vivre that accompany every martini here. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 15 Arlington St., Boston, MA .
Lean prime ground sirloin stuffed with your choice of cheddar, Swiss, American, Boursin, or blue cheese and tomato, pepper, onion, mushroom, bacon, or spinach. Served on an onion roll with a salad, it goes for $3.50. Inman Square, Cambridge, MA .
We were one more Creed song away from slitting our wrists when Chauncey's self-titled debut—loaded with swerving melodies, bending rhythms, and emotional truths—revived our faith in rock 'n' roll. Not to mention in the Boston music scene.
Three years in a row? Really? Yet after scarfing down the fig and almond serpentines and ridiculously good chocolate cookies at Sofra, the bakery/mezze bar that Kilpatrick opened last year with chef Ana Sortun, we once again have to tip our hat—and loosen our belt. One Belmont St., Cambridge, MA 2138, .
Help yourself to a second pint of Scottish beer while you tuck into house-made lamb haggis and neeps at this laid-back pub. 2 Perkins St., Jamaica Plain, MA 2130, thehavenjp.com.
Charged by the government with illegally importing endangered species—two ocelots and one mountain lion, found stuffed and mounted in the Hamperses' house last spring.
Enjoy the selection—from the classical quality of Baker to the stark modernism of Jay Spectre; and the style—the four separate showrooms show off the talents of the store's designers. the Mall at Chestnut Hill, Newton, MA .
We love following this local chainlet's build-it-your-way burger with the velvety frappe, offered in a handful of classic varieties like black-and-white, creamsicle, and malt. 16 North St., Boston, MA 2115, uburger.com.
What can we say? The four-course prix-fixe dinner ($15), which changes every month, is unmatched for quality, style, creativity, and sensitivity to patrons. 45 School St., Boston, MA .