Solo Traveler's Guide to Boston

Sometimes, you've just got to see a city on your own. And with all of Boston's pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods, bars, restaurants and parks, you won't even realize that you are solo. Below, our picks for a tour of Boston for one. (Photo: Old State House, Flickr user Lumierefl)

Updated: July 08, 2011

Traveling Alone in Boston: Restaurants, Bars, More

The Liberty Hotel

215 Charles Street, Boston, MASSACHUSETTS 02114

The Liberty Hotel, located just across from the Charles/MGH T stop on the red line, is more exciting than your standard stay. What is now a swanky and hip hotel used to be the old Boston jailhouse. It boasts three excellent restaurants: Alibi, Clink and Scampo. Your best bet is the bar at Alibi. Pull up a stool and order a fancy cocktail. If you're lucky, you'll make a friend.


348 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

It's not often that you find counter seating at a fine dining restaurant, but that's exactly what you get at Sportello, the Fort Point restaurant from the renowned Barbara Lynch. Why take up a table for two when a counter affords you unrestricted access to your server and a front row seat to all the kitchen action?

Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks

528 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

If you're in the market for a lively bar scene, Eastern Standard is as lively as they come in Boston. The bartenders are friendly, the drinks are excellent, and the vibe is always fun. Eastern Standard is located in the heart of Kenmore Square, a great area to explore pre- or post-meal and drinks. And speaking of, Eastern Standard isn't just known for its drinks. Grab yourself a seat and a cocktail at the bar, order a burger, and you're good to go.

Emerald Necklace Conservancy

891 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Whether you need to stretch your legs after a long trip, or you're just craving a bit of natural beauty, there is a wooded oasis right in Boston. The Emerald Necklace is a chain of parks and waterways that spans Boston and Brookline. It's the perfect spot for a relaxing walk or a picnic for one next to one of the Necklace's ponds.

SoWa Open Market

460 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118

The SoWa market is the ideal destination for a solo traveler. The market has several different sections: a farmers market, a food truck court, a craft and artisan market, and a vintage market. Grab a snack from one of the farmers or food trucks and then stroll through the rows of craft vendors: everything from clothing to jewelry, art to furniture. The farmers market also offers much to see and taste, including delicious baked goods, honey, cheese and pasta.

Petsi Pies

31 Putnam Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

When you're traveling, it's not always easy to find a quiet spot to yourself. Whether you need some table space to get work done on your laptop or you just want to grab a seat and enjoy a latte, Petsi Pies is a charming hidden gem just off of Harvard Square. The drinks are well-made, the savory fare delicious, and the sweets to-die-for. Grab a table or a spot at the counter and treat yourself to one of the awesome pies, scones or brownies.

Fogg Museum

32 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Boston has a fantastic selection of museums that is not to be missed. The larger ones, such as the MFA, Gardner and the ICA tend to steal the spotlight. Lesser known, but no less exceptional, is the Fogg Museum, the oldest of Harvard University's museums. The museum boasts thousands of works of art spanning from the Middle Ages to the present. The pieces include all types, from paintings and sculpture to photographs, prints and drawings. The MFA might be more famous, but you'll enjoy a collection of the same caliber without the crowds of tourists.