In the early 80’s Boston’s South End was considered to be one of the most dangerous areas around. As a result, some not-too-neighborly characters started moving in to capitalize on the cheap rent.
Over the years, the area has become increasingly gentrified as young and upscale families have moved in, enjoying the red-brick, bow-front townhouses that date back to the 1800’s. The area also features some of Boston’s best restaurants, boutiques, and design stores.
The go-to streets for the best food and shopping in Boston’s South End are Tremont, Shawmut and Washington.
It is believed that the best café and bakery in the area is located on Washington Street. Flour (1595 Washington St., Boston MA) is known for its “transporting” chocolate macaroon but also features a variety of delicious pies, cakes, tarts and sandwiches. Locals rave about the sticky buns in particular.
In the mood for more of a meal? You should check out B&G Oysters. The shellfish are not drowned in chowder and it is the perfect way to taste the food that Massachusetts is known for.
The SoWa (South of Washington) area is worth a jaunt as you will find some of the best contemporary art galleries in this neighborhood. There is also a great Farmers Market.