No babel in this Tower, but a vertical, sensible, well-delineated selection of everything you're looking for, whether in the roomful of world music or on that rack of local bands. Can't decide? Ample sampler booths stand at the ready, a necessary pleasure when the staff knows less than it should. 360 Newbury St., Boston, MA .
She spends so much time on your nails you'll think you're her only client for the day. Grimaud pampers you with a soothing hand massage and expertly takes the rough edges off your talons. Most important, her multicoated polishing will take you through a week and then some. 9 Newbury St., Boston, MA .
Soothing taupe walls, oversize art and leopard print carpet make for a swanky ambiance perfect for a night on the town with visiting urbanites from elsewhere. Ken Oringer works magic with bold flavors and unique combinations, and intimate tables allow as much attention to companions as to food. If you feel underdressed for the restaurant, the bar beckons. The Eliot Hotel, 370A Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA .
CBS Scene is perched above the north end zone at Gillette Stadium, allowing fans unrivaled (and yes, unticketed) access to the game-day action. Tailgate among the foam fingers and clouds of Italian sausage smoke, then step inside and watch the instant replay—on some 135 high-def TVs, including one in each booth. 200 Patriot Pl., Foxboro, MA 2035, .
The market boasts a full bar, live music, and an army of booths that showcase locally made goodies including cheese, coffee, honey, and pasta—plus every vegetable under the sun. Our only complaint: It’s not open year round. Adams Park, Boston, MA 02131, roslindale.net/farmersmarket.
The good folks of Cambridge have been keeping a secret: a food-focused Irish pub with soul-soothing shepherd's pie and a spiced burger that lands someplace between meatloaf and heaven. The Druid even has prices that can turn the area's artists into regulars. 1357 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 2139, druidpub.com.
Who needs comfort food when you have comfort drink? Lurking beneath the floorboards of the stiff-backed, black-attired glam scene at the Wonder Bar is a comfortable lounge downstairs. It has enveloping booths and sofas and a TV playing sports du jour. The jazz wafts down from upstairs; the pretense, fortunately, does not. 186 Harvard Ave., Allston, MA .
Estonian beer, caipirinhas with a citrus twist—this swanky underground bar is not your typical Vineyard watering hole. The drinks are fun, the atmosphereis cozy and intimate, and the food (including 10 different burgers) is tasty. Don't miss the photo booth on your way out. 137 Main St., Edgartown, MA atriamv.com.
As 2022’s Year of the Tiger kicks 2021’s Ox into the rearview mirror, we’ll look forward to seeing downtown come vibrantly alive again with firecrackers, lion dancers, booths teaching Chinese calligraphy and crafts, and, of course, some of the most delicious street food of the year. Chinatown, MA chinatownmainstreet.org.
Most bakeries aim for French authenticity, but few this side of the Atlantic succeed as completely as Café Vanille. Choosing between the flaky, airy, and flawlessly textured chocolate croissants and blissful fresh-fruit custard tarts is an exercise in futility: Just take one of each. The setting, an almost impossibly charming little Charles Street storefront, also sports a sunny brick patio, the ideal perch for tucking into a decadent mocha crème-filled pâté à choux while watching all of Beacon Hill stroll past. Now you know what Proust was fussing about. 70 Charles St., Boston, MA frenchmemories.com/.
These are sweet and tender. Boston's just not a city for the barbecued version. 254 Summer St., Boston, MA .
Dry skin. Aging skin. Sun-damaged skin. When your visage—and your spirit—need a boost, there’s no place better than this cozy spa, situated on the ground floor of a Tremont Street townhouse. Offering not one but 11 unique, glow-inducing facials, Étant’s detail-oriented aestheticians make sure no clogged pore, blemish, or wrinkle is overlooked (bonus points for the incredibly soothing upper-body massage). Purchase a pack of six or 12 and make this a habit, not an occasional indulgence. 524 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02116, etant.com.
Brides call Noel McKinnon the "wedding whisperer," a nod to her cucumber-cool poise. Armed with a silky southern accent, individual lashes, and airbrush foundation, she creates flawless looks in a soothing atmosphere—which makes sense considering she's worked with everyone from Miss Universe Olivia Culpo to comedian Amy Poehler. makeup2die4.com.
Let’s face it: Bikini waxes aren’t fun. At best, you’re scraped and chiseled as quickly and painlessly as possible. Enter Bliss, at the W hotel. The experienced (and understanding) technicians start with a soothing rose-and-chamomile cleanser before applying a layer of oil to protect the skin. Then, a signature stripless wax “shrink-wraps” the hair follicles to make removal gentler for more, ahem, sensitive areas. It’s almost blissful. 100 Stuart St., Boston, MA 02116, wboston.com/bliss-spa-boston.
So a pearl may be nothing more than a grain of sand that managed to irritate an oyster. The finished product is way more likely to soothe than aggravate. Shreve, Crump & Low has one of the largest selections of Mikimoto pearls in New England, including the South Sea collection of creamy white and black pearls studded with diamonds and precious gems. 330 Boylston St., Boston, MA .