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By Scott Roberto / May 18, 12:00 AM
10 Top Spots in the South End

Pride Week or any week, Boston’s bastion of gay culture is always a great destination for dining, arts and hidden-gem landmarks


Petit Robert Bistro

This French favorite (pictured) has been serving classic Gallic cuisine—think escargots and coq au vin—in a comfortable, Paris-inspired atmosphere since 2005.

480 Columbus Ave., 617-867-0600, petitrobertbistro.com

Boston Center for the Arts

It’s all here: artists’ studios, theaters, a gallery, restaurants (Banyan Bar + Refuge and The Beehive) and the historic Cyclorama, home to special events througout the year.

539 Tremont St., 617-426-5000, bcaonline.org

Ink Block 

This luxury development hosts restaurants, a hotel, a Whole Foods and the adjacent Underground at Ink Block park, which recently debuted a beer garden.

300 Harrison Ave., 617-391-0117, inkblockboston.com

Formaggio Kitchen

Gourmet goods from cheese, charcuterie and chocolate to olive oil, beer and wine can be found at the South End outpost of this specialty shop. Don’t forget the delicious sandwiches prepared on locally made bread while you’re there.

268 Shawmut Ave., 617-350-6996, formaggiokitchen.com

SoWa Art + Design District/Thayer Street

Short for South of Washington Street, SoWa is chock full of galleries, studios, boutiques and arts and crafts purveyors, and boasts the pedestrian-friendly Thayer Street where the highest concentration of shops is located, as well as the SoWa Open Market on Sundays.


Harriet Tubman Square

Named for the Underground Railroad icon who stayed nearby when in Boston, this park features two statues honoring Tubman’s heroic achievements.

450 Columbus Ave.

Cathedral of the Holy Cross

Completed in 1875, this soaring, recently renovated Catholic house of worship is the largest church in New England.

1400 Washington St., 617-542-5682, holycrossboston.com

Southwest Corridor Park

A bike- and pedestrian-friendly greenway running from the Back Bay into Roxbury, this park houses gardens, playgrounds and more.

Begins across from Back Bay Station, 145 Dartmouth St., swcpc.org

Union Park

Historic Victorian Era townhouses surround this gorgeous patch of green, complete with fountains, that forms the centerpiece for one of the city’s most beautiful residential neighborhoods.

Between Tremont and Albany streets

Tremont Street

The stretch of this busy boulevard that snakes through the South End is often called “Restaurant Row,” and for good reason. Enjoy French, Asian, Italian and American cuisine, among others, as well as two of Barbara Lynch’s finest, B&G Oysters and The Butcher Shop.

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