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Visitor’s Guide to Newbury Street

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Centrally located in Boston and perfectly charming, Newbury Street is one of my favorite spots to spend a Saturday morning, strolling up and down its blocks shopping and entertaining the dining options. It’s right in the Back Bay, beside Copley Square, and it stretches all the way from the Public Gardens to Hynes Convention Center. Offering a mix of high end retail, locally owned boutiques, dependable chain restaurants, and classic Bostonian eateries, it is here that you’ll feel the small-city charm of Boston at its finest. Newbury Street is enchanting and you absolutely must see it while you’re here.

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Small cafes are a great place to start, enjoy a handcrafted cappucino while reading the Globe before kicking off a day full of shopping and walking. Try Thinking Cup, Pavement Coffeehouse, Wired Puppy, or Sofa Cafe, for your java fix. Or head to Trident Booksellers and Cafe for a reading selection alongside your coffee!

There is shopping galore available for you on Newbury. If you’re like me, the Second Time Around Consignment shops will be a great place to start. There are also lots of major brand name stores here like Nike, Jonathan Adler, Patagonia, Madewell, and Valentino. You could certainly do lots of window-shopping in the luxury shopping blocks, which are at the Public Gardens end of the street.

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There are lots of lunch options available here, everything from Dirty Water Dough to Patisserie, Sonsie, and Stephanie’s on Newbury. During the summer months there is outdoor seating galore, and all the restaurants spill over onto the sidewalks. It creates an environment of friendly camaraderie and tempting scents all along the street. Or perhaps if tea is your preference, head over to the Taj Hotel for Afternoon Tea on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. It’s an elegant occasion, a tradition for almost a century here. And you would be wise to make a reservation beforehand.

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Beside the shopping and eating and people watching, Newbury Street is a beautiful and historic street. While you enjoy the history of the space, be sure to also check out The New England Genealogical Society which is based here. For a small entry fee you can explore their archives and learn about your family tree!

The restaurant options for dinner are seemingly endless on Newbury Street! On weekends you should consider making a reservation for these popular spots. Some of my favorites are Met Back Bay, Papa Razzi, Trattoria Newbury, and Piattini! But really you can’t go wrong on Newbury, I’ve always had great experiences with the restaurants here! So get out there and explore the offerings.

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Finally, sweets and desserts are essential, as far as I’m concerned. Look no further than Georgetown Cupcake, Sweet, and LA Burdick Chocolates for satisfaction of your sweet tooth!

What do you think? What are your favorite spots on Newbury Street?

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