When visiting New England, Boston is a must. One of America's oldest cities, Boston was the social and political epicenter of the country's founding. Since then, much has changed, but it has evolved into New England's economic and cultural hub with many beloved sports teams, prestigious universities, and some of the world's finest medical institutions.
As a coastal city, it goes without saying that Boston has a rich seafood history. In 2014, the Boston Fish Pier celebrated its 100th anniversary! Numerous family owned seafood companies still sit on the fish pier today after being passed down from generation to generation. A city with so much fresh seafood is bound to have many amazing seafood restaurants!
Oysters are no joke in Massachusetts. Some of the world's most well-known oysters, like Wellfleet, are grown just a couple of hours away. Many oyster bars in the city serve oysters harvested within a day! Every New England has their seafood specialty and in Boston, it's oysters.
To help you cover more ground while enjoying some of Massachusetts' best bivalves, we put together an oyster bar hop guide! Enjoy sight seeing at some of the nation's most historic locations, then take a short walk to take a slurping break with a midday pick-me-up. Click on the markers of each map to get more information on the restaurant or historic site.
Boston is a super walkable city, so this itinerary only requires a day or two at most. We recommend doing the tour on a weekend because New England restaurants have wonderful brunch menus and there are always weekend activities going on.
- Start the route at Island Creek Oyster Bar for brunch and oysters. Open at 11:30 am on weekends.
- Walk over to Fenway Park for a tour of America's most beloved ballpark. The Red Sox are an important part of Boston culture, and if you're a sports fan, you get to sit in the press box!
- Head to Citizen's Public House for a quick slurp before making your way to Newbury Street, Boston's Rodeo Drive.
- Stop at Select Oyster Bar while window shopping on Newbury.
- Walk towards the South End to see the historic brownstone buildings that cover Boston calendar spreads.
- Throw a few more oysters back at B&G Oysters before making your way to Boston Common.
- Once you reach the Common, find the Freedom Trail marker and follow it as it guides you to numerous historic sites.
- Tired of walking? Stop on the Freedom Trail at The Oceanaire Seafood Room, which has a gorgeous raw bar display and a great selection of oysters or Union Oyster House, America's oldest restaurant where they shuck oysters by pounding them on a thick slab of rock.
- Continue following the Freedom Trail until you reach the North End. Make your way to Neptune Oyster where you'll find comfort seafood dishes. Wait too long? Head over to Rabia's next door or Mare Oyster Bar for some shooters and crudo.
- Decide to continue walking to the end of the Freedom Trail, or give up and pig out on Mike's Pastry cannolis.
If you have a bit more time to visit a few more oyster bars, Les Zygomates and Row 34 in the Fort Point area are also great options for getting your oyster fill. Looking to do a day trip, too? Take a car and drive to Cape Cod, you won't be disappointed.
#eatmoreoysters and have fun!