Boston for a weekend: according to locals


Whether you’re heading to Beantown to catch a fly ball at Fenway Park on Opening Day or simply to catch some rays of sunshine, the city comes alive in the springtime – and we’ve got the Localeur locals’ lowdown on how to eat, drink and play all weekend long.


  • Start Your Day Right: Pavement – Fenway

    Egg and bacon sandwich on bagel

    “From seasonal offerings, such as their cayenne ginger ale and fresh-squeezed lemonade to year-round favorites including their many espresso beverages, you can't go wrong at Pavement. My favorite breakfast is their lox bagel sandwich. I love to sit with this delicious meal, an iced chai and a magazine – pure relaxation.” – as recommended by Boston local Sarah Parker Cotham

  • Start Your Day Right: Blackbird Donuts – South End

    Close up of chocolate donut

    “How can you resist creations like potato skin, salted pepper lemon and pepperoni pizza doughnuts? Blackbird Doughnuts' flavors are constantly changing, so you'll never know what you'll find next time you stop in the charming subway tile-lined shop.” – as recommended by Boston local Nicole Taggart

  • Start Your Day Right: Tatte Bakery and Cafe – Cambridge

    Large plate of cinammon rolls

    “A sweet tooth’s dream, Tatte knows how to serve up an excellent cup of coffee paired with the most delicious homemade treat you ever did get your hands on. Be sure to try a savory quiche, turkey panini or buttery cream cheese croissant with your cappuccino. You won’t regret it! While the Brookline shop was their first, there are now four additional outposts around Boston and Cambridge.” – as recommended by Boston Localeur Rachel Ski

  • Date Night Options: Bricco – North End

    Gourmet food on plate with garnish

    “If you’re in search of a nicer night out, an extensive wine list, top-notch service, and the most out-of-this-world wild boar ragu, Bricco is for you. And during warmer months, the open floor-to-ceiling windows allow in a warm breeze.” – as recommended by Boston local Georgina Castellucci

  • Date Night Options: Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks – Fenway/Kenmore

    Large ice bowl with oysters and lemon

    “Sit at the bar at Eastern Standard and watch the bartenders craft specialty cocktails while you enjoy a bite from their great bar menu (oysters, steak frites and a rotating day-of-the-week special). My favorite is the grilled cheese… can something so simple be so good? Yes. Yes it can.” – as recommended by Boston local Amanda Fredericks

  • Date Night Options: Liberty Hotel – Downtown

    Interior of four story hotel lobby

    “This former prison-turned-swanky-hotel is one of my favorite spots in Boston… my favorite thing to do at Liberty Hotel is grab a seat at the hotel bar on the main floor – or a spot on one of the plush couches or armchairs – to enjoy a drink, a bite, and people watch. My favorites: the skinny fries, the veal sliders and a cocktail simply known as The Beacon. It’s not on the menu anymore, but the bartenders will know how to make it.” – as recommended by Boston local Amanda Fredericks

  • Where to Grab a Pint: The Lansdowne Pub – Fenway

    Beer on table outside Fenway Park

    “Known for its Friday- and Saturday-night parties, this neighborhood pub can surprise you with its great food and huge beer selection. If you like acoustic musicians, trivia night, live-band karaoke, cover bands or DJs, the Lansdowne Pub has something for you… it’s a great go-to for dinner with your family or drinks with your friends.” – as recommended by Boston local Ben Hamilton

  • Where to Grab a Pint: Sweet Caroline’s – Fenway

    Large pepperoni pizza on stand at bar

    If you're looking for a local Fenway favorite with incredible pizza and inexpensive beer, this is the place for you. Sweet Caroline's sells $4 enormous slices of pizza! Take a 20-inch pizza and cut it into fourths – that's your slice of pizza! They always offer cheese, pepperoni, and the Sweet Caroline (prosciutto, fig jam, and carmelized onions), but also feature a flavor of the day. Some of the best flavors are the Green Monster, BBQ Bird, and The Fenway. This place is a great end to any day! – as recommended by Boston Localeur Sarah Parker Cotham

  • Sunday Funday: ZuZu – Cambridge

    Tapas platter with chips and bread

    “If your party is just looking for a mediocre brunch spot, don't bother coming to Zuzu, because this venue is phenomenal … you’ll be blown away by everything on the menu. Even their drinks are amazing, like the SOB mimosa, a strawberry, orange, and banana smoothie coupled with champagne. Another cool thing about Zuzu is that it becomes a club at night and connects with The Middle East next door, which means that, technically, you never have to leave!” – as recommended by Boston local Chelsea Marrs

  • Sunday Funday: Aquitaine Boston – South End

    Plate with eggs toast and potatoes

    Aquitaine's South End location is lively and fun. With a French-inspired menu of breakfast and lunch favorites, plus tasty cocktails, this is a favorite of mine. My go-to: the croque magret (grilled cheese with duck confit). – as recommended by Boston Localeur Amanda Fredericks