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If you’ve never been to Beantown, you’re missing out! Replete with universities, full of culture and monuments, Boston is revered as one of the United States’ most historic cities. So, next time you’re getting in your ‘cahr’ and taking the ‘pahrkway’ to some vacation destination, make it the Boston/Cambridge metropolis! And if you’re short on ideas of what to do, here’s a solution…
1. Like thrifting? Like Vintage? Like clothes? Then you can’t miss the Garment District. Despite its name, the Garment District is only a store. Oh, but what a store it is! Located in a funky pink and grey building, this two story establishment is a great place to find unique secondhand swag. The top floor is loaded with vintage and consignment, and the bottom floor is home to the store’s famous $1.50 a pound clothing emporium. Wade through the mountains of clothes, and see if you can’t find a fabulous bargain!
2. You enter a run-down-looking general store, filled with random knickknacks and bags of chips. You go to the Snapple machine in the corner. It magically slides aside to reveal, gasp, a swanky-looking shop! Affectionately called the “secret shoe store,” Bodega is a sight to see. Though you might not find anything among the menswear and Nike Dunks, you might find something for a friend. At the very least, you won’t want to miss seeing this surreal store!
3. Delicious doesn’t even begin to describe the Flour Bakery. Filled with buttery croissants, moist muffins, and savory sandwiches, the Flour Bakery is one of Boston’s best casual eateries. Go to the Farnsworth Street location so that you can get a great view of the harbor as you walk over the bridge from the South Station T stop.
4. Connecting Cambridge to Boston proper, the Mass Ave Bridge is a fun landmark. Crossing this bridge, you’ll be able to marvel at a noteworthy panorama of the city. If it’s nice out, you might even see a few sailboats out on the Charles. Be sure to look down when you walk, so you can measure your steps in Smoots, a measurement created when some MIT frat boys decided to use their friend as a ruler.
5. Far enough down River Street that you might think you’ve missed it, River Gods is a funky little local bar worth venturing to. Decorated with high-backed Gothic chairs, religious regalia, and hanging, colorful butterflies, River Gods is a mix of Renaissance meets 80s Madonna meets fairies. Be sure to look at their calendar to see if you can catch one of their nights of Guitar Hero or Wii competitions!
So, Bostonites and visitors, don’t keep us all in suspense; what are your favorite places in Boston?
Next up? Here’s a clue from They Might Be Giants: “Istanbul was Constantinople/Now it’s Istanbul, not Constantinople.” Was that clue to obvious?