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The best, most adventurous, and least boring secrets and things to do in Boston, MA.

SoWa Art & Design District

Boston MA    Free    www.sowaboston.com/

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Submitted By: Angela

A central spot for art galleries, independent shops, and a vintage market…. ah, yes. You’ll feel trendy already after steeping foot inside! Release your inner creative and explore. #ProTip: visit the Open Market in the summer for craft vendors and food trucks galore.

Pavement Coffeehouse

Boston MA    $1-10    pavementcoffeehouse.com/

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Submitted By: Angela

Go for the bagels. Seriously. With six locations in the city, you’re bound to be near one to experience their bagels after they’re made in-house. (Check the website for all location addresses.)

Haymarket

Boston MA    $1-10   

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Submitted By: Angela

Yeah, Haymarket is a T stop, but we’re talking about the actual MARKET set up outside the Haymarket T stop on Fridays and Saturdays from sunrise until sundown. The cheapest fruits and vegetables around!

Outlets at Assembly Row

Boston MA    Free    www.assemblyrow.com/shop

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Submitted By: Angela

Nordstrom Rack on Newbury Street isn’t the only place to find designer digs for less. A short ride on the Orange Line will take you to Assembly Row, a wonderful area packed with a movie theater, restaurants, and shops – most of them being outlets like Sak’s, Kenneth Cole, Lucky Brand, and more.

The Mapparium

Boston MA    $1-10    www.marybakereddylibrary.org/project/...

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Submitted By: Angela

Who knew there was a three-story stained glass globe in the city? Probably not you. Get inside it (literally) at the Mark Baker Eddy Library.

Bricco Panetteria

Boston MA    $1-10    www.bricco.com/panetteria

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Submitted By: Angela

Get your bread where the North End eateries get theirs. You probably wouldn’t look twice, but a narrow walkway nestled between two restaurants on Hanover Street leads to a staircase down to a huge selection of freshly baked breads. You’ll face a decision between multiple types of Ciabatta and Baguette loaves, among other selections.

Peach Farm Restaurant

Boston MA    $10-50    peachfarmboston.com

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Submitted By: Angela

A Cantonese place so legit, it’s underground and you need to ask for a fork. The food is amazing and it’s open ’til 3am, making for a perfect last stop after the clubs on weekends.

HI Boston

Boston MA    $100-200    bostonhostel.org/

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Submitted By: Angela

Some hostels have a rep of being grimy and outdated – not this one. HI Boston is chic and right downtown. (Free wi-fi and breakfast are also selling points.)

DJ School

Boston MA    Free    mmmmaven.com/

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Submitted By: Angela

Want to learn to DJ? Or produce a track? Between courses and one-off *free* events, Mmmmaven’s instructors show what they know (which is a lot).

Middlesex Lounge

Boston MA    $10-50    www.middlesexlounge.us/

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Submitted By: Angela

Right over the river lies a tiny lounge that, as many say, feels like a Berlin techno club on the appropriate night. (Your best bet for that is a Thursday, and occasionally a Tuesday.) This spot boasts a lax vibe, cool people, and good music.