Six Square Blocks: a Boston-area Neighborhood Series

The Boston area has a lot of life packed within its borders—pick any cluster of blocks and you’ll find exciting places to eat, shop, or spend the day. These six blocks in Boston’s vibrant South End, a patchwork of lush green spaces and streets of red brick townhouses dating from the 1800s, include some of the savviest South End recommendations for Boston Uber partners to give to riders.

What to Eat: Pizza, Ramen, and Oysters

Tremont Street is the heart of the South End, home to favorite spots like the Beehive, known for its popular live jazz brunch and a mean Bloody Mary. Without a reservation, visitors should be prepared to camp out in line. On the menu at “modern Asian gastropub” Banyan Bar + Refuge are morsels like crispy pig tails and five spice chicken wings. Their late-night ramen menu, featuring fresh house-made noodles, is one of Boston’s worst-kept and most-delicious secrets. Superb thin-crust pizzas with a delicious char can be found at Picco, a restaurant that masters the thin line between classy and laid-back.

Across Tremont is B&G Oysters, Chef Barbara Lynch’s “modern take on a classic oyster bar,” featuring a pristine raw bar and a top-notch lobster roll, one of the best in a city that really knows its lobster rolls. A few blocks over is Myers + Chang, delicious Asian-inspired interpretations from beloved South End chef Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery. Those looking for their own culinary challenge mix it up at Stir, a demonstration kitchen and cookbook store that also hosts cooking classes.

What to Do: See a Show, Shoot Some Hoops

The South End is known for its thriving theater scene, due in large part to the dynamic Boston Center for the Arts on Tremont Street. The BCA is an arts incubator that opens its doors for contemporary exhibits, performances from budding playwrights and award-winning groups-in-residence, and avant-garde productions on the cutting edge of artistry.

One thing to know about the South End is that people here love dogs. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than at Polkadog Bakery, a bakery exclusively catering to canine companions with handmade jerky and biscuits with ingredients sourced as locally as possible. After that indulgence, pups head for a frolic at nearby Peter’s Park, which includes an off-leash dog park and activities for their human friends: a tennis court, baseball field, handball court, gated children’s playground, and lighted basketball courts.

Where to Shop: Boutique or Gourmet

Shopping in the South End generally takes one of two forms: boutique or gourmet. On the boutique side, within these six blocks are the trendy women’s fashion and charming gifts at Flock, and timeless men’s style at Uniform. South Enders know to bargain hunt for art and furniture on consignment at Garage Sale, or browse sleek, European-inspired design at Lekker Home.

Local and international cheeses beckon at foodie paradise Formaggio Kitchen, and choosing accompaniments is almost like an in-the-moment personality test: get fancy with chestnuts in acacia honey, go classic with Cholula hot sauce, get sweet with sheep’s milk chocolate, or take the savory route with house-made pancetta. Fresh vegetables and flowers from local farms are just a few blocks over at the Siena Farms South End store, and the Butcher Shop offers local meats, house-made sausages, and other fare to round out a dinner table.

As a Boston Uber partner, making recommendations for great food, shopping, and culture can be easy on the lively streets of Boston, where even six square blocks is large enough to find plenty to do.

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