One of Boston’s most artsy neighborhoods also offers a diverse palette of dining and retail destinations
Where to Get your Art on:
Thayer Street (between 450 and 460 Harrison Ave., sowaboston.com, pictured): This pedestrian walkway located in the SoWa (South of Washington) Art & Design District runs between two buildings jam-packed with art galleries, vintage clothing shops and local designers selling their wares. Don’t miss First Friday, a monthly open house, on April 7 from 5–9 p.m.
Where to Chow Down:
Wink & Nod (3 Appleton St., 617-482-0117, winkandnod.com): The rotating kitchen at this hip, speakeasy-inspired cocktail bar and eatery currently features Kaki Lima, an Indonesian-inspired concept by chef Retno Pratiwi.
Banyan Bar & Refuge (553 Tremont St., 617-556-4211, banyanboston.com): Located at the Boston Center for the Arts, this Asian fusion hot spot boasts funky, Far East-themed libations (with some on tap!) and a seasonal, spacious outdoor patio.
The Butcher Shop (552 Tremont St., 617-423-4800, thebutchershopboston.com): Super-chef Barbara Lynch’s wine bar/ode to meat lovers offers an ever-changing selection of everything from fresh-cut steaks to offal to house-made charcuterie.
Where to Buy Happiness:
Gifted (2 Dartmouth St., 617-716-9924, giftedboston.com): Find locally made items like greeting cards, kids’ clothes, artwork, jewelry and more at this welcoming gift shop.
Flock (274 Shawmut Ave., 617-391-0222, flockboston.com): A bohemian vibe pervades this hip, award-winning women’s clothing and jewelry boutique.
Formaggio Kitchen (268 Shawmut Ave., 617-350-6996, formaggiokitchen.com): A bastion of gourmet goods, Formaggio boasts the best in artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, sweets, oils, vinegars, wines and craft beers from around the world, as well as fresh bread from area bakeries.