Neighbourhood Guide: Beacon Hill, Boston
Beacon Hill is one of the oldest and most picturesque neighbourhoods in Boston. In addition to rich history, you’ll find beautiful architecture and many fun ways to spend a day. A visit to Boston isn’t complete without exploring this gem of a neighbourhood, so here are a few suggestions for what to do while you’re there.
Stroll through historic cobblestone streets
Beacon Hill is known for its narrow cobblestone streets lined with gaslit street lamps. Wandering through them feels like you’ve suddenly travelled back in time to the days just after the American Revolution. Make sure to check out Acorn Street, one of the most photographed streets in America, and Louisburg Square, home to some of the most expensive houses in the city.
Café by Salon
126 Charles St.; salondesign.us
Café By Salon is a new coffee shop located inside Salon Design, a contemporary design showroom, gallery, and home decor store. It’s a great place to fuel up with a cup of specialty coffee and a freshly-baked pastry while browsing the unique collection of home goods created by designers from all over the world.
40 W. Cedar St.; rouvalisflowers.com
Make your visit to Beacon Hill extra special with a quick stop at Rouvalis Flowers, a family-owned flower shop that’s located on the corner of Pinckney and West Cedar streets. The shop has a large selection of floral arrangements, house plants, and garden accessories. The best thing about this place is the beautiful storefront display that the owners change seasonally. It’s already Instagram famous!
Brunch at 75 Chestnut
75 Chestnut St.; 75chestnut.com
75 Chestnut has a true old-Boston look and feel with dark wooden walls and large windows overlooking one of Beacon Hill’s charming streets. This place is perfect for a weekend brunch with friends or family. Try the Stuffed French Toast or Maine Lobster Eggs Benedict.
10 ½ Beacon St.; bostonathenaeum.org
The Boston Athenaeum is one of the oldest libraries in the United States. Founded in 1807, the Athenaeum is now a members-only library with a book collection that has over 600,000 titles. The first floor of the building is still open to the public, and there you’ll find books, paintings, sculptures, and fascinating rotating exhibits. You can also take a guided tour through the entire building, including the Reading Room on the fifth floor.
The shops on Charles Street
Take a stroll down Charles Street and check out numerous one-of-a-kind boutiques, as well as consignment and vintage shops. It’s a treat just to window shop, or pop in to find unique souvenirs and gifts.
The Nichols House Museum
55 Mt. Vernon St.; nicholshousemuseum.org
The Nichols House Museum, which once belonged to the family of landscape gardener and social activist Rose Standish Nichols, now offers a glimpse into life on Beacon Hill from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries. If you’ve always wanted to peek inside one of Boston’s historic homes, you can do so on one of the museum’s guided tours, which start every hour.