Morning: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and Bostonians sure know how to do it right. From artisan bakeries and bread specialists to French patisseries and buzzing brunch spots, there are endless options of places to start the day right. If there’s one bakery you can’t leave without trying, it’s Flour Bakery, where award-winning pastry chef Joanne Chang treats baking like an art. Best leave the diet at the door.
Afternoon: Spend the afternoon discovering Boston’s most delicious local producers and culinary artisans at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. The hall in downtown Boston encompasses myriad restaurants and stands offering food and snacks to sample and gourmet produce to take home. Don’t leave without exploring the central colonnade, known as Quincy Market, where around 40 vendors cook up a storm of international cuisine, from Italian pizzas and Mexican enchiladas to Asian noodles and Boston ‘chowda’ (otherwise known as chowder) – a must try when in Beantown. Next, venture over to Boston’s historic outdoor market, Haymarket, open on Fridays and Saturdays, to browse Instagrammable spreads of colourful fruit and vegetables.
Evening: Boston is one of the best places on the Northeast Atlantic coast for seafood. For a true taste of Bostonian culture, spend an evening sampling the local fare, known as ‘New England’ cuisine. If there’s just one traditional dish you must try, it’s a hot bowl of Boston’s famous rich, creamy clam chowder. Foodies will also revel in the plentiful supply of fresh-off-the-boat lobsters and oysters, as well as comfort dishes like Boston Baked Beans, which earned the city the nickname Beantown. Wash down dinner with a pint of beer from one of the city’s acclaimed craft beer breweries.
Clam Chowder © iStock: SteveMcsweeny
New england clam chowder © iStock: bonchan