Insider's guide to Boston, Massachusetts
Posted on Friday 27 April 2012
in United States of America, Boston
By Sophia Choice
With nearly 400 years of history dating back to before the United States was an established nation, Boston, Massachusetts, is a hub for classic American pastimes. As the home of the oldest Major League Baseball team in the country, the Red Sox, Boston is one of the few places where Kiwis can grab a hotdog and a pint of beer while sitting in the classic historic landmark, Fenway Park. Despite its centuries-old history, the city is a booming metropolis with one of the best culinary and art scenes in the world. After booking a stay at one of the many Boston hotels downtown, Kiwis should hop on the train (known as the T) and explore this wonderful town.
Discover Boston's art scene
The Institute of Contemporary Art is located on the beautiful southern harbor, just outside of the bustling financial district. Perched precariously over the cool Atlantic Ocean, the small museum hosts an incredible private collection with works by renowned artists including self-portraitist Cindy Sherman and graphic designer Shepard Fairey. The sleek exterior of the museum is a work of art itself, designed by award-winning architectural firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro. With seamless transitions between the indoor and outdoor space, the building gives Kiwi visitors the chance to enjoy the Boston harbor before, during and after they walk through the gallery spaces.
Grab a pint at a local brewery
Just a five-minute stroll down the street is the Harpoon Brewery, which offers tours and free tastings every day. Established in 1986, the brewery has managed to make their IPA the most popular small craft beer in Boston. During HarpoonFest in May, Kiwis can celebrate a New England summer with live music, crisp pints of ale and authentic Boston fare provided by numerous vendors.
Taste a bit of Paris in the heart of college town
After having a few pints in the seaport, Kiwis need only take a short bus ride to Brookline to visit the tiny hole-in-the-wall bakery, Clear Flour Bread. Ranked as the best bakery in in the city for five years in a row by Boston Magazine, Clear Flour hasn't moved from its original location for more than 20 years. Owned by Christy Timon and Abe Faber, who met and eventually fell in love when Timon was running a catering business out of the small shop, this bakery only turns off its ovens four days out of the year and produces the best baguettes and croissants outside of France.
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