Words and photographs by Hui Jun Ng
Boston, one of the oldest cities in the United States, is so charmingly beautiful. Every street and every corner has something so alluring that it is indescribable.
Here are some recommended activities and places for you to visit in Boston: A freedom trail that covers 16 significant historical sites, a well-known seafood restaurant that sells Boston’s best clam chowder, a café that has collaborated with 13 other top chefs, a bustling local marketplace that opens till nighttime and a shop that sells amazing cupcakes. I only spent a few days in Boston but memories of it will be etched in my mind, forever.
Atlantic Fish Restaurant
Rated as Boston’s number 1 clam chowder, the cup of delicious soup (USD$5) certainly deserves its title. Do try the popular Lobster Ravioli (USD$25) served with shitake mushrooms in basil creamy sauce, it is guaranteed to make you go wow. Take note that these two items listed are small in portion and fairly impossible for sharing.
Unfortunately, not all dining experiences are always perfect – our Lobster Feast for two (USD$85) failed to impress. The seafood was sandy and stale, nearly inedible. It might have been just my unlucky day for many people have raved about how Atlantic Fish had been their best seafood experience. While our last dish spoiled the overall dinner, the classy ambience and friendly service made it up. The manager kindly gave us a discount after we lodged a complaint.
761 Boylston St,
Boston MA 02116, United States
Tel: +1 617 267 4000
Sun to Thu: 11.30am – 11.00pm
Fri & Sat: 11.30am – midnight
The Parish Café has a very fascinating concept. It has a long list of sandwiches created by Boston’s most famous chefs, whereby each sandwich is then uniquely named after the chef. There are no qualms about the quality and quantity of the sandwiches at Parish Café.
Each sandwich comes with a large amount of fresh and flavoursome ingredients. The Parish Chicken Sandwich (USD$11.95) is of course, created by the owner and chef of The Parish Café itself. It boasts baked buttermilk chicken alongside with cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, Romaine lettuce, tomatoes and homemade spicy mayo sauce. The L’Espalier (USD$18.95) is a delightful creation of Frank McClelland, the chef and owner of L’Espalier restaurant; crabmeat is served on top of a toasted brioche with sliced avocado, mango and salted greens.
361 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116, United States
Tel: +1 617 247 4777
Sun: 12.00pm – 2.00am
Mon to Sat: 11.30am – 2.00am
You have not been to Boston if you did not make a trip down to Quincy Market. The variety of food available is overwhelming but that’s the fun part. From American to Asian to Italian, you basically have every single cuisine in this food haven. But since you are in Boston, do make an effort to cover all the local delicacies such as clam chowder, fish & chips, lobster pie and lobster rolls.
Do bear in the mind that the place is massive yet finding a seat is tough due to the insane crowd. I can assure you that just one visit is simply not enough.
4 South Market Street
Boston, MA 02109, United States
Sun: 11am – 6pm
Mon to Sat: 10.00am – 9.00pm
Like its name implied, Sweet is indeed sweet. Nothing can go wrong in this cute, spacious interiors that serve mouthwatering pretty cupcakes (USD$4.25 each). All the batter, filling and frosting used in preparing the cupcakes are made from scratch so do not worry about substandard desserts.
Unsurprisingly, Sweet has been awarded “Best Cupcake” by Improper Bostonian for 3 consecutive years. Sweet cupcakes are constantly coming up with new designs e.g. democratic and republican logo cupcakes in lieu of the elections last year & even edible stylish stilettos for a fashion event. Vegans would be pleased to hear that vegan cupcakes are on sale every Monday. I particularly love the French-Toast cupcake; moist and delectable with a maple syrup aftertaste.
49 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115, United States
Tel: +1 617 247 2253
Mon and Tue: 11.00 am – 8.00pm
Wed to Sat: 11.00am – 9.00pm
Sun: 11:00am – 9.00pm
The American Revolution began in Boston and this 2.5 miles Freedom Trail will bring you to 16 different historical sites, ranging from museums to burying grounds. Each site is unique on its own and plays an important role in the history of America. You can book a guided tour or purchase a guidebook and navigate around at your own pace.
The last site is Bunker Hill Monument, a 221-foot granite obelisk. It takes 294 steps up to reach the top and another 294 steps down back to the bottom. People who lack stamina should not try this. Do be cautious while climbing because the staircase is very narrow and steep. The entrance is free of charge and you get to enjoy the bird’s eye view of Boston from above.
99 Chauncy St #401
Boston, Massachusetts 02111, United States
Tel: +1 617 357 8300
About the writer
Hui Jun Ng is a Media and Communications student at RMIT University, Melbourne. She loves indulging in good food and traveling. She is part of a media productions group called CUTXPACE Productions and they recently completed a promotional video for Melbourne Art Show. You can follow her adventures in Melbourne here.