Kaitlin Madden

Correspondent

  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Kaitlin Madden is a Forbes Travel Guide correspondent who covers Boston. Madden is a magazine editor by day and likes to spend her free time doing the same thing she does at work: writing. Her work has appeared on Refinery29, CNN, MSN, AOL and Mediabistro, and in Michigan Avenue, Chicago Social, New England Home, Design Bureau, Gannett Newspapers and more. She also writes a blog called Lux & Concord. After living in New York City and Chicago, she is now a born-again Bostonian.

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    What’s Boston’s dining scene like?

    The Boston dining scene is expansive, with, quite literally, something to satisfy every taste and budget. So where to begin on your quest to explore the city's restaurants? Narrowing it down by neighborhood will help.

    • South End. If you're looking for trendy restaurants with eclectic menus, designer decor and low lighting, you'll find them in the South End. The neighborhood is home to some of the city's hottest restaurants, including Toro, Coppa, The Beehive, B&G Oysters, The Butcher Shop, Cinquecento and more. If you're dining in this 'hood, be sure to make a reservation. It's not uncommon for walk-ins to wait an hour or more.
    • North End. This historic, character-laiden neighborhood is the stuff postcards are made of. Tucked along the cobblestone streets and brick rowhouses, you'll find some of the city's most romantic restaurants, 99 percent of which will be Italian (the North End is Boston's answer to Little Italy), and small.
    • Seaport/Fort Point. In the city's newest "it" neighborhood, you'll find restaurants that are bright, shiny and new. What Seaport restaurants lack in typical Boston charm, though, it make up for in cutting-edge menus, harbor views and rooftop bars. Legal Harborside, Drink, Blue Dragon and Morton's Steakhouse are all popular destinations.
    • Back Bay/Kenmore. These neighborhoods, known for shopping and Fenway Park, respectively, are also home to some of the cornerstone restaurants in the city's dining scene. Places like Stephanie's, Sonsie, and Eastern Standard are perennially packed.
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    What are the best stores for designer clothes in Boston?

    Boston offers a number of designer shopping experiences that you won’t find anywhere else.
    Alan Bilzerian, on Newbury Street, is known not just locally, but around the world, for having a unique, meticulously curated selection of ultra-high-end and haute couture European and Japanese labels like Comme des Garcons, Yohji Yamamoto, Ann Demeulemeester, Oliver Theyskens and Issey Miyake.
    Louis Boston, however, is arguably Boston’s best-known shopping Mecca. The historic store, which started selling luxury clothing in 1925, carries a wide variety of designer labels, like Proenza Schouler, Marni, Balenciaga, Victoria Beckham, Roland Mouret and Haider Ackermann.
    Of course, there are also plenty of great department stores in town that offer top-notch  designer selections. Copley Place is home to Neiman Marcus and Barney’s New York, while next door, in the Prudential Center, you’ll find Saks Fifth Avenue. Drive a short distance from the city center, to the Mall at Chestnut Hill, for Bloomingdale’s.
    Happy shopping!
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    What are the best clothing boutiques in Boston?

    No matter what neighborhood you're shopping in, you'll find clothing boutiques in Boston with unique selections, personality and, most importantly, style.
    Strolling around Beacon Hill? Try Holiday, Crush, Moxie or Wish, all of which feature new and contemporary designers and styles. And definitely don’t miss North River Outfitter. It may sound like a sporting goods store, but this preppy boutique features designers like Tory Burch, Joie, Lilly Pulitzer, Milly, Nanette Lepore and more. It’s also got a great selection of menswear and a quirky assortment of home décor.
    Newbury Street, also known as the epicenter of Boston shopping, is home to some of the city’s best-known boutiques. Alan Bilzerian is a world-class shopping experience, stocking a one-of-a-kind selection of haute couture and hard-to-find European and Japanese designers like Ann Demeulemeester, Comme des Garcons, Yohji Yamamoto,Oliver Theyskens and Issey Miyake. For another only-in-Boston experience, be sure to check out the “leggings bar” at Boston-based designer Daniela Corte’s eponymous shop.
    Even South Boston has great options for shopping. Stop by Ku De Ta on West Broadway for casual contemporary labels like Free People, Joe’s Jeans and House of Harlow, or for a more upscale experience, head to Louis Boston in the Seaport, one of the city’s most famous shopping destinations.
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    What are the best clothing boutiques in Boston?

    No matter what neighborhood you're shopping in, you'll find clothing boutiques in Boston with unique selections, personality and, most importantly, style.
    Strolling around Beacon Hill? Try Holiday, Crush, Moxie or Wish, all of which feature new and contemporary designers and styles. And definitely don’t miss North River Outfitter. It may sound like a sporting goods store, but this preppy boutique features designers like Tory Burch, Joie, Lilly Pulitzer, Milly, Nanette Lepore and more. It’s also got a great selection of menswear and a quirky assortment of home décor.
    Newbury Street, also known as the epicenter of Boston shopping, is also home to some of the city’s best-known boutiques. Alan Bilzerian is a world-class shopping experience, stocking a one-of-a-kind selection of haute couture and hard-to-find European and Japanese designers like Ann Demeulemeester, Comme des Garcons, Yohji Yamamoto,Oliver Theyskens and Issey Miyake. For another only-in-Boston experience, be sure to check out the “leggings bar” at Boston-based designer Daniela Corte’s eponymous shop.
    Even South Boston has great options for shopping. Stop by Ku De Ta on West Broadway for casual contemporary labels like Free People, Joe’s Jeans and House of Harlow, or for a more upscale experience, head to Louis Boston in the Seaport, one of the city’s most famous shopping destinations.
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    What are the best bars in Boston?

    That depends on what kind of bar you’re looking for.
    • If it’s a casual scene and a good party you’re after, head down to the Faneuil Hall area, where you’ll be able to enjoy a large concentration of good-time bars within a few blocks. A few places to start: Ned Devine’s, Sissy K’s or the Bell in Hand.
    • For something swankier, but more low-key, try The Oak Bar in the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. The elegant space features soaring ceilings with wood-molding, sparkling, low –lit chandeliers and tufted leather bar chairs, all of which do a good job of making The Oak Bar feel like it’s from a different, more refined, era.
    • If you’re looking for a craft cocktail, check out Drink in Fort Point Channel. There, mixologists will whip you up a concoction based on flavors you like or how you’re feeling at the moment. If that’s too much of a risk, order something from their pre-existing drink menu. The Hawthorne in the Hotel Commonwealth is another great option for creative cocktails.
    • For a dive with style, head to Deluxe in the South End. Think walls covered in vintage records and ephemera, Christmas lights all year long, and bathrooms covered in graffiti. Note: Deluxe is cash only.
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    What is public transportation like in Boston?

    Though Boston has one of the oldest public transportation systems in the country, it’s also considered to be one of the finest, at least according to U.S. News and World Report, which ranked the Hub’s public transit as fourth-best in the country. Here are your options for getting around on the MBTA, or “the T” as it’s called by the locals.
    Subway/Train: Boston's subway system is comprised of four lines, designated by color.
    The red line runs from Cambridge on the city’s northwest side, to Braintree on the south side. Popular stops along this route include Harvard Square, UMass Boston and South Station.
    The orange line connects Forest Hills, a neighborhood in the Jamaica Plain area Southwest of the city, with Oak Grove, in the northern suburb of Malden.  Among the stops this train makes: Ruggles Street (on the South Side of Northeastern University), North Station (under the TD BankNorth Garden) and Back Bay Station (across the street from Copley Place, a popular shopping destination)
    The green line runs east-to-west, and is convenient to many of the universities in the area, including Boston University, Boston College, Northeastern University and the many schools in the Fenway area.  It’s important to note that the green line breaks off into branches that go in different directions, so be sure to check out the MBTA website before embarking on your trip to make sure you get on the right train.
    The blue line runs from the center of the city to neighborhoods to the northeast. This route is a common one for travelers, as the train stops at Logan Airport. You can also take the blue line to Boston’s aquarium.
    Bus:  Chances are, if you want to go somewhere in Boston, there is a bus that will take you there. The city has dozens of bus routes connecting any and all points of interest and neighborhoods. Check out the map and plan your trip, here.
    Commuter Rail/ Boat: Boston is surrounded by a comprehensive commuter train system, which connects suburbs in all directions to downtown Boston. Train schedules can be found at mbta.com. That’s right, Boston also has commuter boats that offer three different routes between coastal suburbs and downtown harbors. It’s a nice way to get to work, but it’s also not a bad way to see a bit of the Massachusetts coast line on a budget. Tickets for the commuter boat are only $8.