Where to Shop and Eat in Southie’s West Side


Illustration by Steven Stankiewicz

That new Starbucks on Broadway getting all the neighborhood nostalgics up in arms? Just the tip of the iced mocha. Thankfully, the transformation of South Boston into a shopping and dining destination goes far beyond chain lattes, with a slew of worthy recent arrivals. Sure, you can still raise a pint at Whitey’s, but now there’s a craft distillery, a home-goods store, two upscale consignment shops, and plenty more. Meaning you might want to caffeinate up and get a move on: There’s a lot of new ground to cover.



Neatly Nested (Photograph by Gregory Perko)

1. Neatly Nested

Under a charming striped awning you’ll find interior designer Danielle Platzer’s four-month-old home-décor shop. New items (Seawicks candles, Scents & Feel linens) share floor space with vintage finds, giving the place an appealingly homey vibe. Especially clever is the grab-and-go gallery wall, stocked with framed Etsy prints.

373 W. Broadway, 609-923-4459, neatlynesteddecor.com.


Dew Luxe (Photograph by Gregory Perko)

2. Covet and Dew Luxe

For a wardrobe revamp on the (relatively) cheap, check out one of South Boston’s new resale spots. At Covet, former lab scientist Hanadi Hamzeh offers curated racks of well-priced duds from Robert Rodriguez, Rory Beca, and more, with retro gems thrown in for good measure. Over at the consignment boutique Dew Luxe, helmed by lifelong Southie resident Michaela Bavis, the main attraction is the shoe wall, which displays Ferragamo boots and Chanel heels, among other treasures.

Covet, 395 W. Broadway, 617-268-1100, covetboston.com; Dew Luxe, 36 A St., 617-315-7531.

3. Social Wines

Chris Schutte and John Libonati’s welcoming, dog-friendly store is already known for its selection of vinos from small, family-owned wineries—check the color of the price on the tag to find organic (green) and New England (red) bottles. Also available: an array of craft brews—Idle Hands, Rising Tide—in a newly expanded beer room.

52 W. Broadway, 617-268-2974, socialwinesbos.com.


Pretty Reckless (Photograph by Gregory Perko)

4. Pretty Reckless

Jaimie likes girly, boho looks. Jess prefers edge. To showcase their divergent sartorial tastes, the Sparks sisters opened Pretty Reckless at the intersection of West and East Broadway. They seek out indie brands (like made-in-L.A. Groceries) and rarely reorder items, so there’s little chance you’ll show up at Foodie’s in the same outfit as someone else.

485 E. Broadway, 617-765-8881, prettyrecklessboston.com.

5. MyBike

This bike shop is anything but ordinary. Yes, LeRoy Watkins III repairs steeds of every stripe and sells Fuji cycles and indoor spinning gear, but he also offers a concierge service to pick up your beleaguered ride and drop it off après tune-up, as well as long-term bike rentals.

391 W. Broadway, 617-202-9720, mybike.com.

6. Grand Ten Distilling

Using a German still and Quabbin Reservoir water for proofing, Matt Nuernberger and Spencer McMinn produce small-batch spirits in a one-time foundry. The flagship Wire Works gin is now a local watering-hole standard, but the duo is constantly experimenting with flights of fancy. To wit: a barrel-aged, cacao-nib-infused version of their chipotle-pepper Fire Puncher vodka.

383 Dorchester Ave., 617-269-0497, grandten.com.


7. Lincoln Tavern and Restaurant

This cavernous former department store, swathed in exposed-brick and tin ceiling work, turns out wood-fired pizzas until 1 a.m. nightly.

425 W. Broadway, 617-765-8636, lincolnsouthboston.com.

8. Stephi’s in Southie

Mac ’n’ cheese lovers, rejoice! With the opening of this third outpost, comfort-food queen Stephanie Sokolove has brought her gooey-good version to South Boston.

130 Dorchester Ave., 617-345-5495, stephisinsouthie.com.

9. KO Pies

Meat pies are the calling card of this down-under joint, but expats will also find a taste of home in the sweets selection: Lamingtons, Maltesers, and Tim Tam ice cream.

87 A St., 617-269-4500, kocateringandpies.com.