Locals Share the Best of Boston

Photo: Bostonmagazine.com

Photo: Bostonmagazine.com

Big cities mean tons of options, which unfortunately can also mean too many options when you’re pressed to find the best. When you want insight into the top spots a city has to offer, you turn to the locals. So to share the best gems of Boston, we’ve assembled the A-team of insiders: some of our favorite Krrb sellers and local bloggers with knowledge on where to go and who to see. Let’s meet the team!

Tori Cruice

Tori Cruice of Made By New England is a lifestyle blogger who writes about living a happy, healthy and well balanced life in New England. (TC)

Ryan Reid

Ryan Reid of R.M. & Company is an interior designer who also sells some of his fantastic finds right in his Krrb corner. (RR)

Jessica Klein

Jessica Klein of Oh, I Design is a Beantown-based interior designer, founder of Oh, I Design Studio and a blogger that focuses on interior design, photoshoots and event styling. (JK)

Alyssa Loring

Alyssa Loring of Feathers and Stripes is a lifestyle blogger who shares all of her favorite Boston (and beyond) finds with her readers. (AL)


Emily Geaman Fanning of Shell Chic’d is a style and travel blogger focusing on all things New England! Follow along with her for the inside scoop on all things Boston related! (AF)

Macarons and a hot cup of coffee at Thinking Cup. Photo: Yelp.com

Macarons and a hot cup of coffee at Thinking Cup. Photo: Yelp.com

1. Where do you go to a enjoy lazy cup of coffee and people watch?
TC: The Thinking Cup in the North End is one of my favorite spots to enjoy an iced coffee or warm vanilla ginger latte. The best seats in the house are definitely located right up front near the windows. Located right on Hanover Street, there is always something, or someone to watch! When they open the windows in the warmer months, it’s the spot to be.
RR: Love sitting on a Sunday morning at Trident Cafe on Newbury Street to take a long time and people watch with a book.
JK: The Thinking Cup on Newbury St.
AL: Anywhere on Newbury Street, especially on a nice day!
EF: I want to say Tatte Bakery, as it’s one of my absolute favorite places in the Boston/Brookline area, but it has become so popular and crowded that it doesn’t really work for a lazy cup of coffee anymore! It sounds ridiculous to claim Starbucks, but the outdoor seating at the location on Newbury Street is a gem when it comes to people watching—worth it for that alone!

2. What’s your best burger spot in the neighborhood?
TC: Wheelhouse Burger on Broad Street! I don’t eat red meat, but they offer ground turkey as a substitute for all of their burger patties. YUM! Unfortunately, they are only open Monday through Friday for breakfast and lunch. Probably a good thing, if you ask me!
RR: Matthew and I are both Vegetarian but the best veggie burger is Veggie Galaxy in Cambridge in central.
JK: I love Shake Shack!
EF: Bartley’s Burgers in Harvard Square!

The assortment of natural products to try at Follain. Photo: Providerpower.com

The assortment of natural products to try at Follain. Photo: Providerpower.com

3. After an exhausting day, where do you go locally to recharge?
TC: The gym! I am a huge fan of working out to recharge and clear my mind. I’m so impressed by how many gyms there are in Boston and active everyone is. Just in my neighborhood there is an Equinox, Repulic Fitness, Boston Sports Club, Fisique, Barry’s Boot Camp, Pure Barre, Exhale…the list goes on! Right now I’m on a big Tabata kick, which is a high intensity 30-minute workout that definitely recharges you!
RR: Love to walk along the riverwalk along boston harbor from Fort Point to Long Wharf.
JK: Follain (even if it’s just to peruse). The smell alone will re-energize you.
EF: This doubles as a date idea, but my husband and I love evenings spent at Coolidge Corner Theater. The small theaters feature huge, comfy reclining seats and they also have a bar. Kicking back with a glass of wine and a good movie? Now that’s a way to close out a long day.

4. The forecast calls for a rainy afternoon. Where do you while away the hours?
TC: Snuggled up on my couch with my husband, puppy, and a bottle of wine.
RR: We are from Salem so we love to walk around the Peabody Essex Museum or head up to essex to do some antiquing.
JK: Head to Museum of Fine Arts or the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Enjoying a DIY dinner at Shabu-Zen. Photo: Yelp.com

Enjoying a DIY dinner at Shabu-Zen. Photo: Yelp.com

5. If you’re meeting friends for a night out, where is your destination of choice?
TC: We love Envoy, a chic hotel with an amazing rooftop bar that just opened in the Seaport District this past spring. The views of the city are incredible. I’m also a fan of Trade, for a lively drink after work with friends.
JK: Typically when I am meeting my friends, it’s all about food. ;) My favorites are Bar Lola for tapas and Shabu-Zen for hot pot.
AL: I’m a big fan of Sonsie, a restaurant at the end of Newbury Street, which is walkable to some great bars, like Bar Boulud in the Mandarin Oriental.
EF: Dinner? Barcelona– a tapas restaurant and wine bar. Just drinks? The Charlesmark, and whether you like sweet cocktails or not, you must at least try the Gummy Bear Martini.

6. You want to spend as little money possible but still have a good time. What do you do?
TC: Take a tour of the Harpoon Brewery! The tour itself is only $5 and it includes a beer tasting. I’ve done this with big and small groups, but I recommend getting there earlier in the day, as it does get busy. The tour lasts about one hour, which gives you plenty of time to hang out in their beer hall after and enjoy their delicious freshly baked pretzels.
RR: Head to a museum. ICA has a free night same thing with the MFA. Nothing better than free culture.
JK: Grab a coffee at Tatte Bakery, and stroll through Beacon Hill and the Boston Commons/Public Garden. It’s one of my favorite pastimes.

The view from the Prudential Skywalk Observatory. Photo: Visionsoftravel.org

The view from the Prudential Skywalk Observatory. Photo: Visionsoftravel.org

7. And for fellow travelers, what one place is a must-see on a tour of the city?
TC: Fenway Park! There is nothing like a baseball game in Boston. If you’re catching a game, there are so many bars and restaurants near the stadium, like The Bleacher Bar, located in Fenway itself. If you’re in town when the Sox aren’t play, Fenway offers daily tours of the Green Monster that you can book in advance. It’s definitely work making the trip out to Fenway for a ballgame!
RR: The skywalk of the Prudential Tower has the best views of the city. Will look different on a sunny day or see the illuminated city at night. Would be a great start to see what to do and have a gameplan for the day.
AL: Many people know that Boston is a history-rich city, and one of my favorite activities to do with family and friends from out of town is a Duck Tour. Many cities have them, but none are set up as well as Boston is with the Charles River. You’ll learn about so many different historical events, too, from sports wins at the old Garden to a molasses spill way back when.
EF: All of Beacon Hill. I may be bias, but I promise you that its one of the most charming neighborhoods in the country.

We hope you’ve been inspired to discover the best of Boston! If you have any other local favorites (with some insider perspective), let us know in the comments!