Boston, Massachusetts is one of the oldest cities in the United States, a fact you can feel while exploring every famous site and cobblestone alley. While Beantown, as it’s called here, played a significant role in America’s history, today the coastal city has something to offer every type of traveler. It’s just a matter of determining which area of the city best fits your interests. Here are our travelers’ top seven favorite Boston neighborhoods.

Back to Basics in Back Bay

The classiest, most sophisticated and oldest neighborhood in Boston is the perfect spot for architecture fans, joggers and garden lovers. The Victorian brownstones that dot Back Bay’s cobbled streets are some of New England’s best preserved examples of 19th-century architecture. Fill a lazy weekend wandering around the green spaces of Boston Common, exploring the Boston Public Gardens, and window shopping on Newbury Street. The Charles River Esplanade is popular with joggers and visitors who want to explore the city by canoe or kayak. Refuel with margaritas, tacos and tapas at the popular Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar before turning in for the night at the stunning Fairmont Copley Plaza. “The hotel is historic, stylish, [and] beautiful,” said a TripAdvisor traveler. “Walk around … the ground floor and admire the ballroom, the beautiful ceilings, [and] the decorations.

Jamaica Plain for Beer Lovers

Jamaica Plain is the perfect headquarters for beer lovers. The neighborhood is home to the famous Samuel Adams Brewery, a popular stop along the Boston Brewery Tour, and historic pubs like Doyle’s Cafe, which one reviewer described as a “friendly neighborhood Irish tavern”. Another popular Jamaica Plain destination is the Ula Café, a rustic spot serving up delicious and hearty breakfasts and baked goods. One TripAdvisor traveler said the cafe “seemed to be very committed to their neighborhood, and their pride showed in the quality of the food.” Book a room at the Taylor House Bed & Breakfast, where you’ll have a perfect view of Jamaica Pond.

Love Pizza? Check Out North End

Boston’s Little Italy, the North End is a popular destination for pizza lovers. There are even pizza-themed tours taking visitors to the city’s most popular and historic eateries. Food isn’t the only star of the show here. North End is the oldest neighborhood in the city and is home to historic sites like the Paul Revere House, the U.S.S. Constitution and The Old North Church. The Battery Wharf Hotel is located right in the middle of all the action. “. . . It’s near the heart of Boston’s Italian district so if you’re into Italian food you’re in luck,” said one TripAdvisor traveler.

Sports and Arts in Fenway/Kenmore

Home to Fenway Park and The Boston Pops, this neighborhood is a popular destination for sports fans and arts aficionados. Outdoors lovers will enjoy the wilds of The Fens nature reserve, while stargazers will love the view from the Boston University Observatory. When it’s time for dinner, travelers say you have to head to Deuxave. This hip restaurant is a popular hangout for Boston’s top chefs. Try the lobster gnocchi; you won’t be disappointed. The classy Eliot Hotel is a historic home base for exploring Fenway/Kenmore. “The vintage charm of this old hotel takes you back in time,” said one traveler.

Relax in South End

Home to more than 30 parks, South End is popular with visitors who want to be near the sights but away from the crowds. Begin your day with a walk down the neighborhood’s brownstone-laden streets and then pop into the Boston Center for the Arts to catch an avant-garde art show. Afterwards, grab a slice of that Boston Cream Pie everybody’s always talking about at Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe. Get some shut-eye at Loews Boston Hotel, a spot that many guests call “the best hotel in Boston.”

Exploring Downtown and the Water

Nothing beats the Boston waterfront,” wrote one reviewer. Located near the city’s Financial District, this neighborhood is within easy walking distance to some of the city’s top sites, including the historic Faneuil Hall Marketplace, the massive New England Aquarium and the famous Freedom Trail. Of course no visit to Boston is complete without a taste of its famous clam chowder. The appropriately named Boston Chowda serves the famous soup along with lobster rolls and crabcakes. The nearby Harborside Inn is the perfect place to stay during your Waterfront explorations. Built in 1846, this former shipping warehouse has been renovated into a hip boutique lodging that one traveler described as “a gem of a hotel”.

Get Your Knowledge on in Cambridge

Technically its own city, Cambridge has been a long-time haven for intellectuals, scholars and academics. It’s home to two of the world’s most renowned academic institutions, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as a variety of unique cafes and bookstores. Explore the collections at the Harvard Museum of Natural History then head over to Toscanini’s, home to what the New York Times calls “the world’s best ice cream”. Try the salted hazelnut and Belgian chocolate milkshake. Complete your Cambridge experience at the Harvard Square Hotel, a small-but-stylish property located near the Charles River.

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