Things To Do in Beacon Hill

things to do in beacon hill

Beacon Hill holds a special place in my heart. It was the first neighborhood Chris and I lived in when we first moved to Boston almost five years ago. It was where we spent the first year of the coronavirus pandemic. It was where we lived when we got our first dog. And it was where we first lived together. Even though we no longer live in the neighborhood, it’s an area of the city I visit frequently and love exploring when friends and family are in town.

With its charm, history, and convenience to the rest of the city, Beacon Hill is one of my favorite areas to recommend if you’re going to be visiting Boston. And while there are plenty of travel guides out there with things to do in this quaint neighborhood, there’s nothing better than getting recommendations from someone that has lived there to make your trip even more memorable. If you’re planning your trip to Boston, make sure to add these Beacon Hill spots to your itinerary!

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Things To Do in Beacon Hill

Where to Stay in Beacon Hill

The Whitney Hotel – With views of the Charles, The Whitney Hotel is a sophisticated boutique hotel with all of the luxuries of a high-end hotel and the comfort of home.

Beacon Hill Hotel – Newly renovated, the Beacon Hill Hotel is officially re-opened! Located just around the corner from the Public Garden and the Boston Common, the hotel is extremely convenient to the rest of the city. I’ve heard good things about their restaurant, too!

The Liberty – This jail-turned-hotel is located in the heart of Beacon Hill and is filled with history from its past life. Each corner of this hotel is posher than the next and with stunning architecture, it’s one of my places in Beacon Hill.

Where to Eat in Beacon Hill

For how small the Beacon Hill neighborhood is, there are so many delicious places to eat! Whether you’re looking for somewhere to get breakfast or are planning to meet friends for a drink, here are the best places to eat in Beacon Hill.

Breakfast & Brunch

Tatte Bakery – A Boston staple, Tatte is known for its delicious pastries and coffees but they also have the best breakfast and lunch options. The Beacon Hill location is small so if you want to sit inside, get there early! They also have outdoor seating available and you’re right around the corner from the Public Garden if you want to have a little picnic.

The Paramount – This diner-esque breakfast spot is one of the most popular places to grab breakfast in the city! The food is absolutely delicious and perfect for nursing a hangover on a Sunday morning.

Beacon Hill Books & Cafe – Newly opened, the cafe within Beacon Hill Books is a darling spot for brunch or afternoon tea. Make sure to make reservations!

Lunch & Dinner

Figs – The best “high-end” pizza place! I love that this spot has a cozy, quaint feel to it that’s more upscale compared to your typical pizza place. The prosciutto and fig pizza is to die for!

Moo… – A modern steakhouse with the best cuts of meat! Love the ambiance. Perfect spot for celebrating a special event.

Tip Tap Room – If you love a good piece of meat or even a skewer, add this spot to your list! All of their entrees feature unique ingredients and the espresso martini is made with a brûlée topping.

Upper Crust – If you’re looking for delicious pizza but don’t need the frills, Upper Crust is a favorite. The pizzas on their menu are named after famous Boston spots and are all so delicious. Right now, my favorite is the Nashville hot pizza.

Bin 26 Enoteca – I could write an entire book on how delicious every dish from Bin 26 is. If you’re looking for a pasta dish you’ll be talking about for weeks, make sure to add this spot to your itinerary.

Harvard Gardens – One of my favorite spots in the South End, Harvard Gardens is your typical pub but they have a killer espresso martini and I am obsessed with the buffalo chicken stuffer pretzel (think of it as a salty calzone).

Coffee, Cocktails & Quicks Bites

Anna’s Taqueria – Located along Cambridge Street, Anna’s Taqueria has the best authentic Mexican food! It’s super casual so I recommend it as a quick lunch spot, late-night snack, or for take out (love doing this and bringing them to eat along the Charles River).

The Sevens Alehouse – If you’re looking to immerse yourself into the community of the South End and enjoy a night out like a local, The Sevens is the perfect bar to do just that. This no-frills pub has all of the cold beer and bar eats you could dream of.

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Blank Street Coffee – Originating in New York, Blank Street Coffee is officially in Boston! With two locations in Beacon Hill, it’s convenient to grab something to drink to enjoy while shopping. You can never go wrong with their cold brew but their iced pistachio latte is also delicious!

Floria Pizzeria – Easy take-out pizza for those cozy nights in. Obsessed with their sweet potato fries! Always ask for extra cheese on your pizza.

1928 Beacon Hill – This is a new restaurant featuring traditional American dishes. The space has a fun 1920s vibe to it and is great for a full meal or for a quick drink!

Kured – One of my favorite spots in Beacon Hill! If you love a cheese board as much as I do, you have to stop into Kured. They offer both pre-made cheese boards but you can also build your own, which is so fun.

Clink – Located on the first floor The Liberty, Clink is situated in an old jail cell and features the original bars and cells. A truly unique experience and it has the most delicious cocktails!

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Things To Do in Beacon Hill

Nichols House Museum – This 1804 Federal townhouse was home to Dr. Arthur Nicols and his family in the late 1800s, as well as home to multiple generations of family members through 1960. Now a museum, this historic home gives visitors a look into the lives of the Nichols family members and what life on historic Beacon Hill from the mid-19th to mid-20th century was like.

Museum of African American History – Tucked away from the main traffic of Beacon Hill, the Museum of African American History is located on the back side of the neighborhood. The museum represents life in the 18th and 19th centuries, where Black communities organized and advanced the cause of freedom. 

Boston Athenæum – While I have not yet been, the Boston Athenæum is at the top of my list of things to do this year! As one of the oldest independent libraries in the United States, the library has so much to offer. From various programs and exhibits to tours, make sure you add this spot to your itinerary.

Acorn Street – Acorn Street is one of the most famous streets in the United States and one of the most photographed streets in Boston. Giving visitors a look into colonial Boston, this cobblestone street was once home to 19th-century artisans and tradespeople.

Walk Along the Charles – Walking along the Charles River is one of my favorite things to do in the city. With beautiful views of the city and plenty of grass, it gives some relief from the grind of city living. If you’re visiting, take a walk along the Charles, picnic in the grass, and stop by the Owl’s Nest for a cold beer!

Explore the Historic Neighborhood – Beacon Hill is one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in the city and it has so much history. I can’t recommend walking around and exploring everything the neighborhood has to offer, especially with a cup of coffee in hand! Soak in the architecture, pop into the stores, and chat with the locals.

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Shops to Visit

Gus & Ruby – Gus & Ruby is one of my favorite shops in the city! With a plethora of unique cards and paper goods, small trinkets, and other goods from local makers, no matter who or what you’re shopping for, I promise you’ll find it here.

Rouvalis Flowers – This flower/plant shop is a Beacon Hill staple. I love popping in for a fresh bouquet of flowers and even if you’re visiting and don’t want to make a purchase, it’s very Instagrammable!

Blessing Barn Beacon Hill – Where are my antique lovers at?! Blessing Barn’s Beacon Hill location is an absolute favorite of mine. Perfectly curated, you’ll find everything you didn’t think you needed in here from antique camera gear to trinkets to give your mantel a refresh for the new season ahead.

Crush Boutique – This women’s clothing boutique has so many incredible pieces! Featuring brands like AGOLDE, LoveShackFancy, Rails, Z Supply, and more, no matter what you’re shopping for, you’ll probably find it at Crush.

Whitney + Winston – Crush Boutique’s sister shop, Whitney + Winston features clothing for littles, some women’s wear, and trinkets for the home.

Beacon Hill Books & Cafe – If you’re on Instagram or TikTok, you’ve probably seen this viral four-story book store located in the heart of Beacon Hill. I am here to tell you it’s even more amazing in person. Whether you love reading or not, Beacon Hill Books is a must-visit!

Credo Beauty – Located along Charles Street, Credo has purchased the Follain brick & mortar locations so now there’s a Credo in Beacon Hill! Stop in for all of your favorite clean beauty products and give some new products a try.

East Coast Ivy Boutique – Another fabulous clothing boutique in the neighborhood! East Coast Ivy has so many fun pieces, no matter what season it is. I personally love stopping in when I’m looking for a fun, trendy piece!

Covet – Shop sustainably and consign clothes you no longer wear at Covet! With a great selection of pre-loved pieces, you’re sure to leave with at least one item. In addition to their Beacon Hill location, Covet also has locations in Back Bay and Southie.

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