a citizen's guide to Boston Back Bay

where history meets modern vibes

Get ready to dive into the heart of Boston with a stroll through Back Bay. Picture this: rows of stunning Victorian brownstones, each one a slice of history, standing tall amidst the city buzz. It's a neighbourhood where old-school charm meets modern cool. From jaw-dropping architectural gems to lively streets, Back Bay is where the past and present vibe together perfectly. Let’s go explore!

Boston Back Bay architecture

Boston Back Bay’s architecture is an interesting mix. Originally a residential haven, Back Bay's skyline evolved around 1890 to include commercial buildings. Now, it's a lively mix of historic homes and modern offices, blending the best of both worlds.

Victorian Brownstones: These beauties are the best-preserved examples of 19th-century urban design. Wander down streets lined with these historic homes and soak up the timeless elegance.

John Hancock Tower: Standing tall as Boston's tallest skyscraper, this sleek, glassy giant offers stunning views and a modern contrast to the area's historic vibe.

Prudential Center: Another skyline standout, perfect for shopping, dining, and epic city views.

Trinity Church: A stunning piece of architecture right in Copley Square, it’s a feast for the eyes and a peaceful spot to take a break.

get artsy in Back Bay: music, books, and more

Back Bay isn’t just about beautiful buildings – it’s a cultural playground too! From music to architecture, there's something for everyone. Here’s where you can soak up the artsy vibes and get your cultural fix.

Berklee College of Music: The ultimate musical hotspot. Swing by for live tunes and feel the rhythm of this legendary music hub.

Boston Architectural College: An architectural paradise. Perfect for design buffs and anyone who loves cool buildings.

Boston Public Library: More than just books! Check out the gorgeous Dartmouth Street entrance and soak up some history and culture.

shopping and dining

Ready to shop 'til you drop and eat like a king? Back Bay’s got you covered!

Newbury Street: at the doorstep of our new citizenM Boston Back Bay hotel, this iconic spot is packed with cool boutiques and high-end shops. Whether you're window shopping or splurging, you’ll find something unique. Don’t miss Summer Sundays when the street goes pedestrian-only – perfect for a relaxed stroll.

Boylston Street: Shop, eat, and soak up the vibes! Filled with shops, restaurants, and bars, Boylston is also the finish line for the Boston Marathon. Shop ’til you drop, then refuel with some tasty eats.

Must-Try Restaurants:

  • Luke’s Lobster: Seafood cravings? Satisfy them with Maine-style lobster rolls, fresh and delicious.

  • Atlantic Fish Company: A Boston staple since 1978, serving up the freshest seafood daily. Perfect for a feast fit for a king.

outdoor activities

Back Bay isn’t just about buildings and shopping – it’s packed with amazing outdoor spots too! Here’s where you can get your nature fix and enjoy some fresh air:

Boston Public Garden: A 24-acre oasis in the city. Famous for its swan boats and vibrant flowerbeds. Perfect for a stroll, a romantic picnic, or some people-watching.

Back Bay Fens: 100 acres of winding paths, beautiful gardens, and historic landmarks. Ideal for a morning jog or a chilled afternoon walk.

Arnold Arboretum: A 280-acre botanical garden at Harvard. Explore plant collections, hike trails, or just relax in the serene landscape. Nature lovers, this one’s for you.

Rose Kennedy Greenway: A five-mile linear park with gardens, art, and open spaces. Great for a scenic walk, bike ride, or lounging on the grass with a good book.

Charles River Esplanade: Stretching along the waterfront, this spot is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Bike, run, or soak up the views. In warmer months, kayak or sail on the Charles River. The perfect place to unwind and enjoy Back Bay’s natural beauty.

where to stay in Back Bay

After a day of exploring, unwind at our brand-new citizenM Boston Back Bay hotel, right at the entrance to Newbury Street. It’s the perfect spot to base your adventures, with stylish rooms, comfy beds, and all the tech you need. Plus, you’re just steps away from all the shopping, dining, and cultural hotspots. Whether you're looking to hit the trendy boutiques, savour delicious seafood, or soak up some history, everything is right at your doorstep. Book your stay and experience Back Bay the citizenM way!

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