Spotlight: Beacon Hill
by Sabrina Weiss
photography courtesy of Ece Yavuz
Beacon Hill is one of Boston’s most charming and aesthetic neighborhoods. Just off of the Boston Public Gardens and the Common, Beacon Hill is a residential area with many adorable boutiques and delicious restaurants. Take the T to the Arlington stop, take a scenic stroll through the park and you will arrive in the beautiful neighborhood.
Figs by Todd English
Todd English’s Beacon Hill location of Figs is a must when visiting Beacon Hill. The restaurant features delicious small plates, large flatbread pizzas that are ideal to share and classic Italian main dishes. The Portobello pizza with truffle oil and chicken parmigiana with spaghetti are delicious options. The brick oven pizza is cooked in the rear of the restaurant so diners can watch their delicious pie cooked right before their eyes. Enjoy a hearty meal, the courteous staff and the cozy, candlelit atmosphere before exploring more of the neighborhood.
For a lighter meal, be sure to swing by PRESSED. PRESSED offers fresh juices and sublime vegetarian cuisine, like acai bowls and fresh grain salads. In addition, the house-made paletas are fun and tasty combinations, like Strawberry Basil and Blueberry Match Green Tea popsicles. The store is bright and clean with seating looking out at the beautiful street, making the spot ideal for sipping juice and doing work.
Flat of the Hill
Flat of the Hill is a cute gift shop in the center of Charles Street, the popular shopping avenue of Beacon Hill. The store carries jewelry, candles, decorative signs and other knick-knacks, making Flat of the Hill an ideal place for purchasing gifts. Stop by to find the brands you love, like Swell water bottles or NEST diffusers, or to find unique and original presents, like Boston University stitched pillow cases or products from local artisans.
Rouvalis Flowers is a charming flower and garden shop off of West Cedar Street. The shop offers a variety of plants in beautiful bouquets, and the floral experts who work there are equipped to assist you in your purchases. The flowers at Rouvalis Flowers are bright and healthy, and the shop offers a variety of vases and pots for your new plants. The shop also offers floral and terrarium design workshops on specified days, so you can build your own green creation!
Hidden among the beautiful homes of Beacon Hill is Acorn Street, a short and quaint cobblestoned street. This historical street is ideal for Instagram pictures and has an interesting history. The landmarked street was once home to the servants and tradesmen of the wealthy families who lived nearby in the 19th century, but it is now celebrated as one of the most scenic areas of Beacon Hill.
For a quiet break from the bustling Commonwealth Avenue, visit Beacon Hill. The pleasant neighborhood is a reminder of the diversity and fascinating history of each area in Boston, while also offering delectable food and appealing stores. Take an afternoon to stroll past the gorgeous brownstones, explore the shops and take in the lovely life of Beacon Hill residents.