If you’re new to Boston, you’ve probably already heard about all the tourist-y spots the city has to offer (think Fenway Park and Cheers). But when you live here, you’re probably looking for something a bit more personal to explore and call your own. Here are some places around Boston that you won’t see on the likes of TripAdvisor. Tourists may not visit them, but as a local, you’ll truly treasure these 5 Boston spots.
Find Tranquility Downtown
One of the most common complaints about the Kendall Square area is that it’s crowded and bustling. Sure, you can find all kinds of awesome food and killer boutiques, but can you find a place to take a breather? Turns out you can! The roof of the Cambridge Center parking garage is actually a beautiful garden with winding walkways, a picnic area, and beautiful plant life. Just look for the entrance with the simple sign ‘Roof Garden,’ and make your way to the top.
Summertime Entertainment – Free
Are you a fan of classic movies? How about sunsets in the summertime? The Boston Harbor Hotel combines the two for evenings of zero-cost entertainment every Friday between mid-June and early September on the terrace of the Rowes Wharf Sea Grille. You don’t even have to buy any food or drinks — though if you do, you won’t regret it.
Sometimes, we all need a little bit of extra panache in our lives. For a Bostonian in the know, that urge for something glamorous means it’s time for a visit to Cuchi Cuchi, named for the famous Charo. The interior of Cuchi Cuchi is designed from floor to ceiling to evoke the models and pinup girls of decades past, and the food is as exotic and heady as the venue itself.
Stock Up Without the Big Box
If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to get everything your Boston apartment is missing, skip Wal-Mart and head over to China Fair in Newton. You’ll find everything that the big-box stores offer plus an incredible variety of international and other unique kitchen, party, and even restaurant-quality goods at prices that might have you going home with more than you intended.
The Most Insane Place to Telecommute From
We all know the lure of telecommuting is that you get to work in your pajamas and wolf down pints of Ben and Jerry’s while you process reports. But what if you could, for a few bucks, spend a day hooked into light-speed WiFi in an environment filled with active, energetic people, saunas, a world-class set of climbing walls, a weight room, and a whole lot more? Think your productivity would jump if you could take a break by scaling a 50′ fake boulder? It’s called Brooklyn Boulders’ Active Collaborative Workspace, and it’s as amazing as it sounds.