Neighborhood Guide: South Boston
As a city, our neighborhoods have so much unique character that really set them apart. From local shops to restaurants, there is always a new street or square to explore. I feel like Boston has really hit its stride in the last few years with public art exhibitions, interesting festivals, and so many new restaurants. It’s always been a great place to visit and live, but these days Boston’s really having a moment!
First up, let’s explore the best of South Boston.
I’ve lived in Southie for five and a half years now, and it’s incredible to think back to when I first moved in to the neighborhood. There have been so many changes in such a short time!
Just across the bridge from downtown Boston, South Boston is a neighborhood filled with interesting shops, corner stores, and beautiful beaches that are seriously underrated. We’ll be covering Fort Point and the Seaport area in a separate post, since there’s so much happening in those parts of South Boston!
Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar – Although the wait can be long, it’s well worth it! Delicious margaritas (love the Coco and El Jefe), yummy tacos, and ceviche. Enjoy a drink or dinner and feel like you’ve been whisked off to Tulum thanks to the neat wooden bar and exposed beams. They don’t take reservations, but if the wait is long, hop over to Lincoln for a drink and Loco will call you when your table is ready.
Paramount – There’s no two ways about it: I love the Paramount. People don’t always agree — the order-then-sit process doesn’t work for everyone (although at dinner, you sit and order!), but the food is always on-point. I love their chicken sandwiches, eggs, salads (the BBQ Southwestern is so good) and of course, their pancakes. They also make an amazing Arnold Palmer.
Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant – If you are a 20-something and single, this is the place for you! I am always amazed at how packed Lincoln is, no matter the time or day. Even if you are not 20-something or single (like me!), it’s still a fun place to grab a drink (great bar menu) or a bite. I also love that they offer café seating open to the outdoors.
Tasty Burger – When the urge for a milkshake and fries strikes, you’ve got to feed it! This small Tasty Burger take-out counter takes me back to being on the Hull boardwalk as a kid. Nothing fancy, but who doesn’t love the classics?
American Provisions – This is one of my favorite go-to’s when I am craving a treat, delicious lunch, or coffee. The food is always consistent and they offer a great selection of local and artisan products, plus a selection of wine and craft beer. I could eat the Farmhouse sandwich everyday (the bread is the best!) and their iced lattes are delicious. Bonus points for nice staff!
Lawn on D – One of Boston’s coolest new “it spots”, the Lawn on D is an outdoor interactive space featuring special events like concerts and a winter ice maze. They often have food trucks and currently host a Thursday lunch break series featuring free concerts from Berklee College of Music’s Summer in the City program.
Castle Island – When you visit Southie, make sure to include Castle Island and Pleasure Bay. The green lawn surrounding the old fort makes the best spot for an afternoon picnic, and I love to walk around Pleasure Bay for picturesque views and a nice breeze. Plus, if you have a hankering for a hot dog or fried clams, you must visit the famous Sullivan’s.
Thomas Park – the tree-lined streets surrounding Thomas Park are some of my favorite, and the hike up the hill is well worth it for the amazing view of both the city and the beach.
Artists for Humanity – We love this organization that provides under-served youth with opportunities to collaborate with innovative and creative artists. AFH hosts many interesting events and fundraisers, including yoga classes and their annual Greatest Party on Earth.
South Boston Yoga – If you’re into yoga, the South Boston Yoga studio is a great place to visit. First of all, it’s the largest yoga studio in Boston! They offer some really interesting classes like aerial yoga and meditation. I have also heard amazing things about candlelit yoga at Radiant Yoga.
Covet – Shopping consignment can really be a hit-or-miss, but Covet always surprises me with interesting pieces.
Neatly Nested Decor – We love visiting this adorable shop for home inspiration and to pick up small gifts. Owners Danielle and Marta have a great eye and it is so fun to see how they re-paint and give old furniture a new look.
Image credit: 1/Castle Island, Natalie Chassaigne Kurtzman, 2/, 3/Thomas Park, Natalie Chassaigne Kurtzman, 4/Thomas Park, Natalie Chassaigne Kurtzman, 5/ Neatly Nested, Laura Chassaigne