South End

Located just minutes from downtown and the Back Bay, the South End has become one of Boston's most popular neighborhoods. It has attracted a diverse blend of young professionals, families, and a vibrant gay and lesbian population to this Boston Landmark District. You can't miss the South End's renowned Victorian brownstone buildings and homes as you walk along Tremont Street, Columbus Avenue, and Massachusetts Avenue. Some of Boston's finest restaurants, a thriving arts community, and nearly 30 parks also call the South End home.

Experience the South End

The South End is a vibrant center with eclectic art studios, experimental theatres, and independent boutiques and galleries. The beautiful SoWa Art + Design District coexists alongside more modern developments like Ink Block to make the South End a true microcosm of Boston, where history and innovation are in constant conversation.

Lined with brick bow-front townhouses, most of which were built in the mid-1800s, many of the homes here have hidden gardens. Explore it on foot to discover pocket parks, tiny bakeries, and some of the city's best restaurants. The South End and neighboring Roxbury share cultural and architectural histories that blend seamlessly around Massachusetts Avenue. 

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Where to Eat in the South End

  • 600 Harrison Avenue
  • (857) 233-2898

Atlántico is the third restaurant from Chef Michael Serpa and is inspired by the simple seafood restaurants of Spain & Portugal. Showcasing the highest quality local and imported Spanish & Portuguese seafood in an open and airy room. The beverage program features wines of…

  • 550 Tremont Street
  • (617) 423-0550

Located in Boston's historic South End, B&G Oysters is Chef Barbara Lynch's modern take on a classic oyster bar. Outdoor dining is available! See amenities below for more information. .

  • 541 Tremont Street
  • (617) 423-0069

Hugely popular underground bohemian bistro with great food & libations and live jazz, blues, and other entertainment every day of the week. Outdoor dining and brunch is available! See amenities below for more information.

  • 400 Tremont Street
  • (617) 451-1800

Visually stunning of Southern chic with an urban edge, Bootleg Special is a unique modern take on the classic inner-city speakeasies of the French Quarter. With a menu of New American cuisine inspired by bold Southern and rich Asian flavors, we specialize in fresh seafood boils…

  • 1375 Washington Street
  • (617) 227-5011

An urban steak bistro, a casual, yet refined twist for which steakhouses are well-known. Brunch is available!

  • 1415 Washington Street
  • (617) 247-1500

Recently relocating to Washington Street after operating for 20 years on Beacon Street, The Elephant Walk South End offers a unique combination of French and Cambodian cuisine by Chef Nadsa de Monteiro. Outdoor dining is available! See amenities below for more information.

  • 700 Harrison Avenue
  • (617) 266-0443

Estragon Tapas Bar is inspired by the supper clubs and salons of 1930 Madrid. Estragon brings old-world charm and a bohemian flair to the tapas experience. The menu focuses on the fresh and the simple, traversing the entire culinary landscape of Spain, and with an all-Spanish…

  • 560 Harrison Avenue
  • (617) 785-8147

Our offerings are influenced by the Mediterranean Basin's exotic flavors and diverse cultures , including Southern France, Greece, Italy, Jordan, North Africa, and Spain. Marseille is at the epicenter of it all. Chef Robert Fathman created a menu with flavors inspired by the sea…

  • 782 Tremont Street
  • (617) 936-3490

MIDA is a South End Restaurant, inspired by the simplicity of classic Italian dishes. Our menu focuses on many regions of traditional food and culture, using fresh seasonal ingredients.

  • 439 Tremont Street
  • (857) 317-2979

Reunion BBQ, where the sizzle of the smoker meets the warmth of family gatherings. We've mastered the art of serving mouthwatering Southern barbecue, creating a haven for food lovers. Our talented chefs blend time-honored recipes with innovative techniques, using only the finest…

  • 314 Shawmut Avenue
  • (617) 482-1015

The Buttery quickly became a neighborhood mainstay with award-winning specialty coffees and teas, house made biscuit breakfast sandwiches and signature cupcakes, gourmet sandwiches and salads, seasonal soups and scratch pastries. In 2008, the owners expanded to add a restaurant…

  • 26 Chandler Street
  • (617) 482-4428

A favorite with the locals, Trophy Room is the epicenter of fun for the South End neighborhood. With a colorful atmosphere, superb food and drink options, and a lively brunch on Sundays. Everyone is welcome at The Trophy Room! Where bartenders will create your favorite cocktail…

Where to Stay in the South End

  • 811 Massachusetts Avenue
  • (617) 445-6400

The hotel's sleek urban design creates a comfortable environment for both business and leisure travelers. Adjacent to Boston Medical Center and located at the crossroads of Boston, the Hampton Inn & Suites Boston Crosstown Center is the most direct and accessible hotel to…

  • 2001 Washington Street
  • (857) 776-3000

Set a pace that suits you at Marriott Residence Inn Boston Downtown South End. Whether you're with us for a few days, a few weeks, or a few months, your routine matters. Spacious studio and one bedroom suites with separate living and sleeping areas. A fully equipped kitchen ready…

  • 40 Berkeley Street
  • (617) 848-9200

Located at the intersection of Berkley and Appleton Streets in the heart of Boston’s South End, The Revolution Hotel offers a co-working space for the community’s creative set and a home base for travelers at rates that cannot be beat on a variety of room types smartly designed…

  • 26 Chandler Street
  • (857) 444-6111

Staypineapple Boston features all of the charm and spirit of a neighborhood inn while wrapped in the stylish package of a classic Boston building. Each of our thoughtfully designed rooms feature plush pillow top beds topped with European style double duvets, and upscale amenities…

Top Things to Do in the South End

  • 19 Clarendon Street
  • (617) 695-6955

Boston Ballet maintains an internationally acclaimed repertoire of classical and contemporary works with each season running from October-May, including The Nutcracker during the month of December. This Business is Group Friendly! Bring your group to experience Boston Ballet!…

  • 450 Harrison Avenue
  • (857) 362-7692

The SoWa Art + Design District is a vibrant community of artist studios, contemporary art galleries, one-of-a-kind boutiques, design showrooms, and restaurants unified by a passion for creating and curating exceptional artworks, products and experiences. Once known as a region of…

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Our Great Deals offer specials, discounts, and savings on attractions, tours, family fun, and dining. 

Our Free Things To Do page includes free live music and theater, outdoor festivals, tours, family activities, and more.