Essentially Boston

Story By
Devina Wiriadinata

Boston goes by many nicknames — Beantown, The Hub of the Universe, and Tech City, to name a few. Being the home to companies of all sizes, particularly digital startups, Boston is predicted to become the next Silicon Valley. But, dig a little deeper below the surface and you’ll find many reasons why you should visit Boston.


Photos by Kyle Klein, Liberty Hotel, The Verb, Select Oyster Bar, Fox & the Knife, Marliave, Brassica Kitchen + Cafe, MIT Museum, Boston Harbor Cruises, Kindra Clineff



Liberty Hotel

Located at the foot of Beacon Hill, what used to be an old prison facility called Charles Street Jail is now a chic a hotel with 298 re-invented rooms and suites. This architectural gem was built in 1851 by Gridley James Fox Bryant and Rev. Louis Dwight, standing tall and overlooking the view of the Charles River and the city skyline. From blues live music on Monday nights to Saturday yoga classes, there is always something entertaining for everyone.

The Verb

Immerse yourself in Boston’s loud and proud Rock n Roll history while staying in this retro-vibe hotel. Take a trip back to the 60s and 70s while you are lounging around and checking in on their all-music-related collection. Stay in one of their 9 choices of room, from a room with a private balcony area to a room with extra access to the Groove vinyl lounge and the hotel’s vinyl collection. Not a fan of the party vibe? Worry not, The Verb provides complimentary earplugs for you to zone out the crowd.



Newbury Street

This street is the home to numerous upscale retailers, art galleries, and fancy restaurants. You can find basically everything you need within walking distance in this trendy neighborhood. It is truly a must-visit destination for whoever wants to taste a piece of shopping paradise in Boston. The enticing storefronts are the first thing you would easily recognize at this brownstone establishment that has existed since the 19th century. Take a glimpse into one of the shops and you might find something that you would love to take home.

Downtown Crossing

Planted in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Washington, Winter, and Summer street, this crossing is always as busy as it can be. The good news is, a part of Washington and Winter street can only be accessed by walking. Hence, you will definitely have a relaxing shopping experience. Begin with a quick window shopping session or grab what you need from the multitude of shops and retailers in this area that includes major department stores such as Macy’s, Primark, Marshall, and H&M.



Select Oyster Bar

Spend the day at the Back Bay and finish it off by savoring super fresh oysters at Chef Michael Serpa’s Select Oyster Bar. This sleek and arousing restaurant focuses on the freshest seafood, especially the one kind of seafood this restaurant is named after. Go for their Maine lobster salad, seafood bouillabaisse, or simply order the best thing you can order here: their fresh, raw seafood. There might be many good seafood restaurants in Back Bay, but this one manages to stand out from its competitors.

Fox & the Knife

It only took one year for Karen Akunowicz’s Fox & the Knife to be named as one of the best new Italian restaurants in the country in 2019. With a team of master bakers, pasta makers, and an award-winning chef, what could go wrong? Akunowicz spent a year mastering pasta making in Modena, then invented her must-order signature tigelle. Let tigelle be the highlight of your meal, and then order their curly pasta, cheesy focaccia, or aperitivo (snacks and cocktails) to complete the feast.


A blast from the past, Marliave has been around in Boston for more than 130 years and remains the favorite spot for outdoor dining and people-watching in the downtown neighborhood. Henry Marliave, himself a French immigrant from Paris, started this restaurant and this delicious time machine has managed to pull through the ups and downs over the centuries and consistently serves exceptional French cuisine, from escargot to osso buco and a twice-daily oyster happy-hour.

Brassica Kitchen + Cafe

When it comes to dining, chefs Jeremy Kean and Philip Kruta love to play and add some twists. We are talking about a combination of fine dining and a punk-next-door fanciful notion. The result is these ever-changing seasonal menus at Brassica Kitchen + Cafe and the hospitality of an old friend. American classics such as Brassica Burger and country-style fried chicken are the ones you won’t regret trying.



Museums and Art Galleries

You can still get a taste of a Boston-grade education without being accepted into one of the local Ivy League schools. Science, culture, arts, and history, this city maintains marvelous choices of museums and art galleries from which you can learn. Whether it's a lesson in the ancient story of humankind at the Harvard Museum of National History, witnessing the remarkable works of art at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), or even head to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Museum a short distance away in Cambridge.

Sports Day

The Yankees, Boston Celtics, and the most anticipated Boston Marathon are proof that sport truly is a part of the city’s spirit. Catch the atmosphere by attending one of the games along with the vibrant locals. Or, push your luck even further with some preparation and submit yourself to join the annual Boston Marathon.

Whale Watching

A cruise is the way to cut off the rush hour traffic. The journey starts at the edge of the Long Wharf and leads to endless possibilities. From a day trip to the cape, to island adventures, to whale watching. The whale watching is not just memorable but also educational with a certified New England Aquarium naturalist on board.

Boston Waterfront

Inhale the sights, the scent, and the taste of Boston by strolling along the waterfront. The Harborwalk will take you to explore the beautiful shoreline of Boston Harbor, one of the cleanest urban harbors in the world. Take a trip on a rental bike or just simply walk and stop at some of the craft markets and public art displays in the neighborhood.