The Whitney Guide to Beacon Hill

Beloved by Bostonians, Beacon Hill boasts location and charm. The little destination may be surrounded on all sides by neighborhoods like fast-paced Downtown and bustling Back Bay, but it remains quintessentially Old Boston: filled with Colonial architecture, cobbled streets, and laid-back locals enjoying upscale dining and shopping. Read on to discover Beacon Hill, where old-world glam and contemporary New England meet.

Things to See

It’s no wonder why Acorn Street in Beacon Hill is considered to be one of the most beautiful in all of America. Dating back to Colonial times, the narrow lane with its black-shuttered townhomes and gas lamps — which are characteristic of this attractive neighborhood — is an Instagram-worthy Boston attraction.

Things to Do

Climb the steps of the Federalist-style State House building — recognizable by its iconic gold dome — for a view of Boston Common, the nation’s first public park. The city’s rolling green space beckons visitors and locals alike to take in the foliage or hit the courts for a round of tennis. In the adjacent Boston Public Garden, take a famous Swan Boat ride.

Food & Drink

Dine with the locals in some of Boston’s best restaurants and bars. Gallic cocktails and French classics are on the menu at sophisticated Ma Maison (272 Cambridge St.), while Ristorante Toscano (47 Charles St.) is a neighborhood staple for Italian meals in an old-world setting. At The Whitney Hotel, Peregrine (170 Charles St.) is an unexpected find with its modern, Mediterranean-inspired menu that brings the flavors of of Sardinia and Sicily to Beacon Hill.


Charles Street is the neighborhood’s main shopping thoroughfare. From antique shops to boutique clothing finds and global chains like Starbucks, each and every facade is impeccably maintained to uphold the high standards of Beacon Hill. Head to high-end women’s clothing store Crush Boutique (131 Charles St.) for designers such as Alice + Olivia, Nicole Miller, and Rebecca Minkoff. At J.McLaughlin (34 Charles St.), find classic clothes with current relevance for both men and women.