Break time in the neighborhoods of Boston

Many law students may be traveling home to spend their winter break with family and friends. But for those who have some time around Boston after finals end or before classes (or lawyering lab) starts back up, consider taking some time to explore the different neighborhoods in Boston. First, let’s start with the South End which is accessible by the BU shuttle. The South End is home to a number of different cafes and restaurants. The area itself is surrounded by endless rows of beautiful red stone apartment buildings. The day after finals end might be the perfect time to enjoy the first substantial breakfast you have likely had in a while. Aquitaine and Metropolis are two of my favorite brunch spots in all of Boston and they are conveniently located within a couple of blocks of each other in the South End. If you are in the mood for Italian food, you can’t go wrong with Giacomo’s in the South End (or their North End counterpart).

Jamaica Plain is only about three miles from the BU Law campus but unfortunately, there is no easy way to access this vibrant neighborhood by public transportation. However, located right off the Stony Brook T stop on the Orange Line, Sam Adams Brewery is a fun stop any time you find yourself in “JP.” Take the “party trolley” to Doyle’s Cafe after doing a brewery tour and enjoy some of their famous onion rings. If you feel the need to walk off some of the food (and beer), the Arnold Arboretum funded by Harvard University is a great area to walk around during this surprisingly mild weather we are having. Jamaica Plain is also home to the always active Center Street which has a number of locally owned small stores and restaurants.

The North End is known for its endless amount of Italian restaurants. If you are looking for some of the more reasonable dining options or just have trouble arriving at a decision of where to go, consider checking out Al Dente on Salem St. or Panza on Hanover St. Regina Pizzeria’s North End location is also very affordable and I consider it one of the best pizza places in all of Boston. ¬†Also, if you’re planning ahead and are in the mood for some laughs after finals, getting some discount tickets to the Improv Asylum located on Hanover St. is a great way to spend a night in this neighborhood. Of course, no trip to the North End is complete without a cannoli for desert from Mike’s Pastry and Modern Cafe, the two historic North End rivals.

Finally, the Seaport district located close to South Boston may not be the best place to walk around during the cold bitter winter but there are a few spots to escape the ocean wind. The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) has really creative and interesting art exhibits along with fantastic views of the waterfront. The ICA also offers free admission every Thursday from 4 to 9pm. If museums aren’t your type of thing, take the silver line a little further and visit the Harpoon Brewery. Harpoon’s German-style beer hall welcomes visitors to buy a flight of fresh Harpoon beer and pair that with a pretzel and choice of dipping sauces (go with the IPA sauce, you won’t regret it). n your visit, you can also take a tour of the Harpoon facility. The Seaport is also home to fantastic restaurant options including Legal Seafood Harborside and the Daily Catch. My personal favorite in this area, Lucky’s Lounge, is a little bit more off the beaten path but offers great traditional pub fare.

If you happen to be in Boston for any time over break or want to keep these options in mind once the Spring semester starts back up, every neighborhood in Boston offers great food and entertainment options. These options are not exclusive and are just the highlights of four of my favorite neighborhoods to visit. Please share any of your own favorite spots in the comment section.


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