Boston Neighborhoods Guide: Dynamic & Diverse Urban Enclaves
Are you ready to explore Boston's vibrant neighborhoods? Bostonians are known for the immense pride that they share in their city, and this pride comes to a head in each neighborhood. Boston is made up of 23 official neighborhoods, from the densely-packed areas in the central city to the waterfront districts and streetcar suburbs. Explore our Boston neighborhoods guide to discover the tourist attractions, atmosphere, and special charms of six of the city's central areas:
- Back Bay
- North End
- South End
- West End
- Beacon Hill
- Downtown Boston/Financial District
- Theatre District/Chinatown
Back Bay: Picturesque Homes, Upscale Shopping & Lively Restaurants
Boston's Back Bay is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the city. Charming vintage townhouses, landmark squares, and postcard-perfect streets fill the area – just take a stroll down Commonwealth Avenue or Marlborough Street to see what we mean. The Back Bay is home to several famous attractions, including the Boston Public Library and Copley Square. Shopping here is unparalleled, from the swank boutiques of Newbury Street to the giant Prudential Center mall. The dining scene is one of the best in the city, and Downtown Boston is right next door.
North End: Tourist Heaven, Historic Icons & Old-World Vibe
Boston's North End is a hotbed of top tourist attractions and the epicenter of the city's rich Italian-American culture. If Boston had a "Little Italy" neighborhood, this would be it. Landmarks here are the best of the best: the Old North Church, Paul Revere's House, Freedom Trail, and Copp's Hill Burying Ground. But don't be surprised if your favorite attractions in the area are the mom-and-pop Italian joints pumping out fresh-baked pastries, house-made pasta, and steaming cappuccinos.
South End: Foodie Hangouts, Trendy Art & Victorian Brownstones
Not to be confused with South Boston or South of Boston, Boston's South End neighborhood is vibrant and diverse. Restored Victorian row houses and English-style squares give the neighborhood a rich, historic character. It's a mecca for affluent urban hipsters and gay couples, and its bar and restaurant scene is off the charts. You'll find a huge range of dining and drinking establishments in the trendy South End, including laid-back taverns, family cafes, and farmer's markets.
West End: Boston Sports, Industrial Architecture & Urban Renewal
One a densely-populated neighborhood of Italian, Irish, and Jewish immigrants, the West End is now best known as the home of TD Garden – New England's largest sports and entertainment venue. Here you can catch a game with the Boston Celtics NBA team or the Boston Bruins NHL team, plus top-tier concerts with the music world's biggest acts. On game days, the neighborhood becomes party central for sports fans who pack the area's bars and restaurants.
Beacon Hill: Pretty Row Houses, Steep Brick Streets & Historic Charm
Topped by the shining golden dome of the State House, this historic neighborhood is adjacent to Boston Common. It's one of the loveliest areas of the city, with antique gas lamps, narrow brick streets, and graceful townhouses with Victorian and Federal-style architecture. With a relaxed atmosphere and royal vibe, Beacon Hill beckons to those who appreciate time-hewn charm. Pop into antique shops, vintage boutiques, and tony restaurants while you explore.
Downtown Boston/Financial District: High Rises & Business Hubs
From historic sites to ultra-modern skyscrapers, this central neighborhood includes is a busy epicenter of action. In-between the high-rise condos and offices, you'll find some of Boston's oldest landmarks – including the Old South Meeting House and the Old State House. High-end lunch spots and coffee shops proliferate to cater to the business crowds, as do after-work lounges and pubs. It borders Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, both great places to pick up some Boston souvenirs.
Theatre District/Chinatown: Live Shows, Chinese Culture & Fantastic Cuisine
Perfect for a night on the town, this lively area features several of the city's top venues for live performances: the Boston Opera House, The Charles Playhouse, and the Citi Performing Arts Center. You can enjoy Broadway shows, Boston Pops concerts, operas, ballets, and symphonies. And there are plenty of choices for dinner before the show, including modern Asian cuisine and international fare. Boston's Chinatown is the 4th largest in the U.S., so be sure to check out the herbalist shops, Asian markets, and beautiful Chinese architecture.
Downtown Boston Hotel at Back Bay, Beacon Hill & Theater District
Located in the heart of the city at the crossroads of three different neighborhoods, Revere Hotel is the ideal home base to explore all the places on our Boston neighborhoods guide. We're located just two blocks from Boston Common and Public Garden at the junction of Back Bay, Beacon Hill, and the Theater District. Walk to dim sum cafes in Chinatown and Broadway shows in the Theatre District. Stroll to Copley Square and ride swan boats in Boston Common. Adventuring further? Find easy connections with public transportation nearby and go anywhere in the city – the T Orange Line subway station is just a five-minute walk. When you return, you can relax in a one-of-a-kind hotel inspired by Boston's rich culture and history. Savor fresh local cuisine and unwind on the rooftop terrace. Go for a swim or sleep late in luxe bedding. Discover everything you want for an unforgettable trip to explore the neighborhoods of Boston.