What are the best neighborhoods in Boston?

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Melanie Nayer

Boston is divided up into neighborhoods, each one of them with a unique personality. Spend a day exploring the various Boston neighborhoods you're sure to find one that fits you best.

Seaport/Waterfront: This area of Boston is fast becoming one of the most talked about in the city. The Seaport area is home to some great new restaurants, including Ming Tsai's newest place, Blue Dragon. Stop into the Institute of Contemporary Art and peruse the latest exhibitions from local artists, including paintings, sculptures and short films. If your schedule fits, the ICA is free to guests every Thursday from 5 to 9 pm. The Seaport district is also where you'll find the ferry boats to Provincetown in Cape Cod. 

North End: Boston's North End, also known as Little Italy, is where you'll find the city's best Italian restaurants and cafes. Come here for dinner or mid-afternoon coffee and pastry. While you're here, make sure to stop by the Old North Church and Paul Revere's House.

Beacon Hill: Home to the Boston Capitol Building and Suffolk Law School, Beacon Hill is one of the oldest and most expensive neighborhoods in Boston. Take a walk through the cobblestone streets and admire some of the city's famed landscaped garden boxes and historical homes. Stop into No. 9 Park or Mooo for a star-rated dinner while you're here.

South End: The South End is one of the trendier neighborhoods of Boston, and home to some of the city's newest restaurants. You'll also find some great boutiques and in the summer, one of the largest farmer's markets in the city.

Back Bay: Boston's Back Bay is home to shopping, bars and restaurants galore! Newbury Street and Boylston Street is where you'll find most of the action. Be sure to visit Forbes Five-Star Mandarin Oriental, Boston and the Four Seasons Boston while you're here.

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