Best of Boston 2016

We researched more than 300 categories to bring you the finest Boston has to offer. Ahead, our indispensable guide to living well in the city right now.


Photograph by Jim Brueckner

It’s finally here. No, not the Green Line Extension (that may never come), but our 43rd annual Best of Boston issue. We spent the past year tirelessly researching more than 300 categories, from haircut to trivia night to clam shack, to bring you the finest Boston has to offer. Ahead, our indispensable guide to living well in the city right now:

Restaurants & Food

Remarkable ramen, next-level seafood po’ boys, and the city’s finest Viet-Cajun cuisine.


Edgy jewelry, rare vintage finds, and MIT-engineered hair care.


An urban spa getaway, a kid-approved party planner, and the city’s makeup-bag savior.

Neighborhood Bests

Top spots to eat, drink, shop, and chill close to home.


Funky festivals, cutthroat trivia nights, and adventurous, ambitious art.


Cocktails at the movies, burlesque at the gym, and brunch behind a bookstore.

Cape & Islands

The best of the Cape, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket.


Best of Boston Weddings

Statement-making cakes, farm-to-table catering, and 100 percent guilt-free bling.

Best of Boston Wellness

The city’s top fitness and wellness experts.

Best of Boston Home

Elegant tableware, luxe French linens, and one seriously tricked-out closet system.


Readers’ Poll 2016 Results

Thousands of you took part in our annual Best of Boston Readers’ Poll. Here’s who you voted the Best of Boston.