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A Foodie Goes to Boston

Updated: May 8

On a recent trip to Boston, I discovered endless great restaurants and food destinations. From luxury dining to fruit smoothies or lunch on the run, there’s lots for a foodie and wine lover to enjoy. Boston is a very walkable city, with friendly hospitality at every corner. Stroll and eat your way through America’s history as you enjoy every bite!


My Top 5 Picks: (Or 6!)


Café Nero A great spot to start your day with the perfect cappucino and a pastry or mini-quiche. Plus snacks like chocolate-covered coffee beans in case you need more caffeine on the go.


Chowder, Caesar Salad + Sam Adams @The Bell in Hand

The Bell in Hand Boston’s oldest tavern, since 1795, where you can enjoy a hearty clam chowder, Caesar salad and Sam Adams brew for a great lunch. “Keep Calm and Eat “Chowdah”, as they say in Boston!



Union Oyster House America’s oldest restaurant, since 1826. Daniel Webster’s favourite spot for fresh oysters. He drank brandy with them and rarely had fewer than half a dozen plates. If you can only pick one spot for a lobster roll, this is it. Succulent chunks of lobster on a toasted bun, with a side of fries and another Sam Adams, or a selection from a great wine list.


Faneuil Hall Marketplace Known as “The Cradle of Liberty’, today it’s a hub of quick food kiosks and retail shops. A great spot to pick up a variety of easy meals, either healthy or decadent.


Joe's American Bar & Grill For "The Ultimate Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich". And it was! Great service in comfortable surroundings. Huge servings!


Koy’s Korean Fusion. For a modern twist, try delicious Asian-inspired dishes. A good wine list complements the fare. Or you can share a “group cocktail” with friends, served in a fishbowl.

The Ultimate BLT + Sam Adams @Joe's


As a wine lover and Sommelier, I was delighted to discover Federal Wines and Spirits, in Boston’s North End. Over 8000 bottles in their cellar! A dazzling selection of fine wines and over 300 single malt scotch whiskies to choose from. Excellent service. I was privileged to have a private tour of their extensive cellar, which is a wine-lover's dream.


It’s worth it to pick up a guide book before you go, especially if you only have a few days to visit. I used “Boston” by Cameron Spence, @moonguides. Moon.com

Bostonians are a friendly bunch, happy to share tips about their city. It makes a great getaway, for a weekend or a week. Enjoy!



Jane Staples, Wine & Food Writer, Accredited Sommelier

Photos, Jane Staples