5 Great Tips For Your Back Bay Itinerary
Boston’s Back Bay offers unique entertainment, luxury living, and stunning architecture at every turn. No wonder the bustling neighborhood – lined with Victorian brownstones, trendy restaurants, and stylish boutiques – is the Hub’s main attraction for visitors the world over.
But with so much to do, guests spending only a few days in this picturesque locale may find an itinerary helpful.
We spent a weekend afternoon visiting merchants at The Shops at Prudential Center and Copley Place, and on Newbury Street, Boylston Street and the lively cross streets in between to create a brief guide to some of our favorite Back Bay gems from our jaunt.
And, while advice-seekers shouldn’t be limited to only these suggestions while in this divine district, we’re confident this roadmap won’t disappoint.
5 WAYS TO MAKE A DAY OF THE BACK BAY:
1.) DINE & SIP
Let the Back Bay take you on a culinary adventure around the globe. Here’s what’s on the diverse menu:
Authentic French cuisine served at Huntington Street’s Brasserie Joe and Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental Boston offer a delightful dining experience with an intimate, sophisticated ambiance a la Paris.
Enticing Japanese delicacies from Newbury Street’s Itadaki are dished out in portions perfect for sharing, along with an impressive selection of Japanese beer, whiskey, and sake. On weekends, they also serve American brunch items.
Local seafood and traditional American fare from Precinct Kitchen + Bar at the Loews Boston Hotel on Berkeley Street won’t disappoint. Flavors are savory and sourced from nearby farms and exceptionally fresh fish will leave you feeling lucky to be by the Atlantic.
Gourmet Italian desserts like gelato from Newbury Street’s Amorino come in heavenly flavors like Banana del Brasile, Organic Sicilian Citrus and Dulce de Leche. And, their tasty morsels like crepes, macaroons, and waffles give good reason to leave room for dessert.
2.) UPDATE YOUR WARDROBE
With brands like Diane von Furstenberg that helped shape the fashion world and locally founded Ministry of Supply innovating the way clothes are made,you’ll have no trouble finding new threads on Newbury Street. Looking for luxurious lingerie? Check out Copley Place boutiques like Intimacy and Wolford. And don’t forget to visit the Shops at Prudential Center’s more than 50 boutique shops.
3.) PAMPER YOURSELF
Treat yourself to a makeover at Salon Acote or Camille Albane on Newbury Street. These luxury salons allow patrons to pamper themselves with services like spa treatments, hair styling, expert make-up application, and waxing.
4.) BAG IT UP
Accessories to complete your look can be found in the Back Bay, too. Shop L.K. Bennett London in Copley Place not only for clothing and designer shoes, but also an awesome selection of handbags. Longchamp on Newbury Street is a favorite for both men and women. With chic handbags and clutches, fine leather goods like wallets and expertly crafted luggage, finding a great look in the Back Bay is in the bag.
5.) BRING IT ON HOME
Before heading home, shop super stylish showroom The Shade Store on Newbury Street. Their contemporary home décor – including ultra cool shades, blinds and drapery that’ll transform your place – is a great way to bring some of the Back Bay home with you.
Interested in getting great deals while you shop and dine? Go to BostonBackBay.com for information on Back Bay Night Out, a quarterly shopping and dining extravaganza with exclusive deals, exciting events, and unique experiences to help you make the most of your night out in Back Bay.This is a paid partnership between Back Bay Association and Boston Magazine's City/Studio