Summer Travels: Exploring Boston

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How is it already August!? I feel like summer has gone by so quickly! (That could also be because I recently got promoted and I’ve been spending almost all of my time at work.) I’m sad to see summer coming to an end, but I’m so happy I was able to squeeze in a few trips. The most recent being my vacation to Boston and Nantucket. My sister, Emily, goes to grad school in Boston, so my dad and I decided to go visit her for a few days. After that, all three of us continued the vacation on the island of Nantucket. I had never been to Boston or Cape Cod, so I was extremely eager to see the cities.

One of my favorite spots we found was Tatte Bakery & CafΓ© located in Harvard Square. My dad and I had passed this place and I immediately knew I wanted to check it out. Later that day, Emily recommended it, saying I would love it. Dad and I went the next morning for breakfast. It was absolutely adorable. If my aesthetic was a bakery, it would be Tatte. And it was delicious! I had poached eggs and dad had a breakfast sandwich. And I’m still thinking about the almond milk latte I downed.

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How pretty is that shot of the city? Downtown Boston is absolutely beautiful! The city is so historic and there are so many cool places to see. Some of my favorites were the Freedom Trail, Boston Public Market, Harvard University and Downtown Crossing. Dad and I spent a whole day walking the Freedom Trail. It was so neat to see all of the historic places, from cemeteries with headstones dating back to the 1600s to the location of the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Boston Public Market is also at the top of my list because I’ve never seen a place with so many things that I love. It’s basically an indoor farmer’s market. I went out of my comfort zone and bought lunch from an Israeli food stand and it was one of the most delicious things I’ve ever tasted! Dad also got some apple cider donuts, which he said were incredible. I was even able to get dairy free hot chocolate from the Taza Chocolate Bar (since it happened to be a little chilly in Boston).

I know I don’t need to talk too much about Harvard. It’s old, it’s all brick and it’s gorgeous. I loved taking in the scenery of the campus. Another place I loved was Downtown Crossing. Obviously. A street full of amazing retail stores? How could I not? My favorite was Primark. I had never been to a Primark before. I didn’t even know we had Primark here in the U.S., but I fell in love. So many cute things for such low prices! (Pants from Primark will be featured later in my Nantucket blog.)

A few more places I recommend in Boston are:

  • The North End – Anywhere you eat here will be the best Italian food you’ve ever had! We ate at Limoncello (but I’ve been told it doesn’t even matter which restaurant you choose since they’re all so good). If you’re not allergic to dairy and grains (unlike me) Mike’s Pastry is a MUST for dessert. The best cannolis in town (according to the line going down the block and my family).
  • Christopher’s – Delicious American/bar food! It was the first place dad and I ate and I wasn’t expecting much, but it definitely surprised me.
  • FoMu – This place made all of my dreams come true. The. Best. Dairy. Free. Ice. Cream. Ever. I haven’t had mint chocolate chip ice cream in years and it’s my absolute favorite. FoMu made all my dreams come true with mint chocolate chip ice cream made from coconut milk. I need FoMu to come to Florida ASAP.
  • Legal Sea Foods – Finding words to describe this restaurant is going to be so hard. I tried scallops for the first time while at Legal Sea Foods and it was one of the best choices I’ve ever made. I then ordered scallops twice after this at other places, and they couldn’t even compete. If you’re ever in Boston, you have to get dinner here!! Your life will change and seafood will never be the same.

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Overall, I had a wonderful time exploring Boston. It’s an experience that I think everyone should have since it’s so historic. The architecture is insanely pretty, the food is delightful and the shops are spectacular (I’m honestly shocked I didn’t do more damage to my bank account on this trip haha).

I hope you all enjoyed reading about my travels to Boston. If you go, be sure to let me know if you try any of these spots! And keep an eye out for a post on my time in Nantucket. I hope you have a great last month of Summer!

Yours truly,

Katie