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The South End: 5 Must-Visit Boston Neighborhoods, Part V

March 13, 2017 28 Comments

Welcome to the final installment of my tour of Boston! I’ve been lucky to live here for over 8 years now, and I’ve fallen in love with each of the 5 neighborhoods that I’ve featured on my tour of Boston. Today, enjoy the South End; then continue your tour of Boston with my posts on Back BayDowntown BostonBeacon Hill, and the North End, and let me know which neighborhood was your favorite!

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5 Must-Visit Boston Neighborhoods:

South End

Like Back Bay, the South End was constructed over marshlands in the mid-19th century, and it’s now the largest preserved collection of Victorian row homes in the United States. On your tour of Boston, you’ll have to walk or Uber here because it’s not served by the T; but it’s worth it for the restaurant scene and picturesque streets. On Sunday, walk down to Harrison Avenue to experience the SoWa Open Market, open from 10 to 4 from May 1 to October 30. There’s a farmers market, handmade goods, food trucks, and seasonal festivities, as well as a vintage market that operates year-round.

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South End

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Bobby from Boston

Must-See Spots in the South End on Your Tour of Boston

SoWa Market

From handmade gifts to antiques, local produce to food trucks, you’ll find it all at SoWa Market—and have an awesome time poking around in the many shops and kiosks. Every Sunday is Small Business Day here—make it a point to visit on your tour of Boston!

  • 460 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118
  • Closest T stop: Back Bay (orange line)
  • Season: Open May to October
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Mohr & McPherson

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Tremont Street

Tremont Street

This street is the heart of the South End. It’s where you can find the majority of restaurants and shops on your tour of Boston.

  • Closest T stop: Back Bay (orange line)
  • Season: All
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Tremont Street

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Union Park

This might be the most beautiful street in the South End, with rows of Victorian townhouses centered around a park. If you only walk down one South End street on your tour of Boston, you might want this to be it.

  • Between Tremont Street & Shawmut Avenue, Boston, MA 02118
  • Closest T stop: Back Bay (orange line)
  • Season: All

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South End

South End Streets to Wander on Your Tour of Boston

Appleton Street
Braddock Park/Pembroke Street
Brookline Street
Claremont Park/Worcester Street
Dartmouth Street
Greenwich Park/Concord Square/W. Concord Street
Newton Street
Rutland Square/Rutland Street
Tremont Street
Union Park

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Barcelona

South End Restaurants to Try on Your Tour of Boston

Barcelona

  • 525 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116
  • Closest T stop: Back Bay (orange line)
  • Meal: Brunch, dinner, drinks

The Beehive

  • 541 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116
  • Closest T stop: Back Bay (orange line)
  • Meal: Dinner, drinks, jazz shows

Douzo

  • 131 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA 02116
  • Closest T stop: Copley (Green line – all branches), Back Bay (Orange line)
  • Meal: Lunch or dinner

Metropolis

  • 584 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02118
  • Closest T stop: Back Bay (orange line)
  • Meal: Dinner

Petit Robert Bistro

  • 480 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02118
  • Closest T stop: Back Bay (orange line)
  • Meal: Dinner

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28 Comments

  1. Reply

    Divya

    March 13, 2017

    I don’t think I can choose a favorite! I’d happily live in any of those places! It WOULD be nice to live near the farmers market though! Boston is so beautiful!

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      Robin

      March 22, 2017

      I used to work right next door to the gorgeous farmer’s market in Copley Square – made for the best Instagram photos allll summer and fall!

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    Rachel G

    March 13, 2017

    I’ve never been to Boston or to anywhere close, really, but I love your photos! The red brick with ivy growing all over the walls–sure seems a picturesque little neighborhood!

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      Robin

      March 22, 2017

      Thank you so much, Rachel! I’m such a sucker for brick and ivy – Boston knows what I like 😉

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    Aishwarya Shenolikar

    March 13, 2017

    I loved Tremont Street and Union Park!! Such beautiful buildings. Loved the architecture! 🙂

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      Robin

      March 22, 2017

      Those are two of my favorite parts of this neighborhood, too! Tremont is so vibrant and bustling, while Union Park is so peaceful in the middle of the city.

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    Kirstie Ganobsik

    March 13, 2017

    These pics make Southie seem so enticing! I remember visiting Boston as a kid, and I’m going to have to pick Beacon Hill as my favorite. I fell in love with the row houses and the history of the place – it’s such a dynamic place to visit.

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    Safaniya Stevenson

    March 13, 2017

    Tremont and Union Park look like beautiful places to have photo shoots! My husband has been to Boston and LOVES it. I need to go. I love the greenery on the sides of the buildings.

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    Rose

    March 13, 2017

    Fantastic! I’ve really enjoyed your entire Boston travel guide series.

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    Anna nuttall

    March 14, 2017

    Boston always look so beautiful. I really would love to visit one day. xx

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    Crystal // Dreams, etc.

    March 14, 2017

    The buildings are so beautiful! I know I’ve read one of your guides already, but I’ll have to go back and read the rest of the posts soon. 🙂

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    Heather with WELLFITandFED

    March 14, 2017

    This is great. I love reading about little neighbourhoods. It can change your whole idea of a state.

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    Karin

    March 14, 2017

    I don’t know Boston at all but after reading your fantastic blog post, it is certainly on my travel list! Thank you for this post !

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    Melissa

    March 14, 2017

    These pictures are gorgeous! I love Boston! All the neighborhoods are so different, I’m not sure I could pick a favorite!

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    Anonymous

    March 14, 2017

    Love the pictures with your tour!! Next time I am in Boston I will have to check out these spots!!

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    Beth

    March 15, 2017

    Boston is a beautiful city! I always say if I was going to live in a city, I would want it to be Boston. I love your photos, they really capture the vibes of the neighborhoods.

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    Ro

    March 15, 2017

    I would love to travel to Boston in the near future! My husband and I love history and would love to explore some of these areas one day!

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    Adriana Renee

    March 15, 2017

    Love this! My sister and I want to travel to every state and we were thinking of going to Boston next and get the east coast going. It looks so pretty!

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    Wendy Sprous | Moments For "Me"

    March 15, 2017

    You’ve done a great job showing some interesting features of Boston! I love looking at architecture of buildings and the the cobble stone sidewalks in this side look appealing! Now I’m not sure where I would want to go in Boston. My favorite place near Boston that I’ve been is Castle Island. It has a nice beach front and beautiful area to walk around. You can even see planes flying there.
    http://www.momentsformeonline.com

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    Ali A

    March 15, 2017

    How pretty? I’m dying to get to Boston; I haven’t been since I was a kid and I don’t even remember it. These pics are gorg!

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    candy

    March 16, 2017

    Love all the details on the buildings with the iron handrails and beautiful green ivy growing. They seem to make it extra special to go shopping and dining out with the way they decorate and draw you in.

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    Mary

    March 16, 2017

    It’s been years since I have visited Boston, but your post has me wanting to go back.

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    Kaycee

    March 16, 2017

    I have always wanted to go to Boston, and I want to go even more so now! I pinned your post for future reference. 🙂

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    Brittany

    March 17, 2017

    I love them all! I love your photos too! They are all so sweet!

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    Molly

    March 17, 2017

    Great guide! I would love to visit Boston one day and these places all sound like fun!

    Molly and Stacie

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    Cheyenne

    March 19, 2017

    We loved Boston! Can’t wait to go back!

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    Danielle

    March 20, 2017

    If I ever find myself in Boston, I’ll have to head to some of these places, they look great!

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    Krysten

    March 30, 2017

    Boston is on my bucket list for places to travel to in the US, so this is super helpful!

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