A Design Lover's Guide to Boston

A Design Lover's Guide to Boston

Tara Bellucci
Jul 5, 2012

Though a natural choice for sports fans and history buffs, there's much of the Hub worth exploring beyond the Green Monster and Freedom Trail. To plan a different kind of visit to New England, read through our Design Destination Guide for the beautiful city of Boston:


Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: A private home turned museum, the Gardner's courtyard is the star, and changes with the seasons.

ICA: Boston's first new museum in 100 years, the glass structure on the Harbor showcases exciting contemporary art.

Design Museum Boston: Exploring the role design plays in everyday life, their current exhibit, Getting There, focuses on travel.


Cambridge Historical Tours: Many visitors have walked the Freedom Trail, but what about the history of Cambridge? Explore Harvard Square and learn things most locals don't even know.

Gibson House: This Back Bay brownstone is unchanged since the Victorian era, giving visitors a snapshot of life back in the 1800s.

Longfellow House: Check out the home of one of America's greatest poets, which also happens to be the same place Washington stayed during the siege of Boston.


SOWA Open Market: Every Sunday from May through October, Boston's artists, artisans, farmers, and food trucks gather to display their wares.

Black Ink: A curiosity shop with walls filled floor-to-ceiling with "unexpected necessities," you'll find it hard to walk out empty-handed.

Ward Maps: Specializing in antique maps and vintage transit signs, there's much history to be discovered in this Cambridge institution.

Sault: Featuring men's clothing and accoutrements, here's where you'll find real New England style, with no whale-print shorts in sight.


Neptune Oyster Bar: Briny bivalves and arguably one of Boston's best lobster rolls, available hot with butter or cold with mayo.

Coppa: Jamie Bissonnette, Food & Wine's Best New Chef 2011, offers up nose-to-tail cuisine with charcuterie and offal ruling the roost.

Tres Gatos: A little tapas joint in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood, they're also a full-service book & music store.

Area Four: Cambridge's tech hub is a booming new dining destination, and Area Four's combination coffeehouse/bakery/bar/oven is not to be missed.


The Liberty Hotel: A former jailhouse steeped in history but upgraded with style.

Royal Sonesta Hotel: On the Cambridge side of the Charles, riverfront rooms offer iconic views of the Boston skyline.

The Charlesmark Hotel: Centrally located in Copley Square, this boutique hotel's chic lounge is a perfect place to unwind.

Please help us out and add to the guide in the comments. What are your recommendations for Boston?

(Images: 1. Shutterstock, 2. Liberty Hotel, 3. SOWA Open Market, 4. Flickr user arndog licensed for use by Creative Commons, 5. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 6. Cambridge Historical Tours)

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