What to do with friends in summertime Boston?

Revere Beach in July

This weekend some very good friends came to visit Boston. Ali and Dan, like me, made the big JUMP across the pond seven months ago; moving from our north London neighborhood to the USA. Both are rather good writers and have kept wonderful online journals of their antics in Philadelphia (visit Ali’s blog here and Dan’s blog here). Needless to say, the three of us have a lot in common and I was really looking forward to showing off my new stateside city.

We spent most of the weekend outside on bikes or at the beach. Here is a selection of things we did:



  • Rent bikes from UrbanAdventours (prices start at $35 per 24hrs). We cycled four routes stopping off where something fun took our fancy:
    1. Aquarium- along the Charles River Reservation- MIT…
    … Stopping at Massachusetts Avenue Bridge to take in the view of the Boston skyline.
    2. MIT – along Massachusetts Avenue- Harvard Square…
    …Stopping at Harvard Yard for ice cream while basking in the sun of the historic university grounds.
    3. Harvard Square – along the Emerald Necklace bike path (Back Bay Fens section) – Longwood Medical Area…
    … Stopping at the rose garden (see earlier post) and Harvard Medical School.
    4. Longwood Medical Area – along the Emerald Necklace bike path (Brookline section) – Jamaica Pond…
    … Stopping at the boat house by Jamaica Pond to watch the swans on the water.
  • Wander around the Italian Quarter in the North End and dine at Nico’s where violent gangster movies are screened during dinner!
  • Nip into Matt Murphy’s at Brookline Village for a night-cap.


  • Walk through the Boston Public Gardens
  • Grab lunch at the Parish Cafe on Boylston Street where the best sandwiches in Boston are served.
  • Paddle in the water at Revere beach while eating ice cream

Revere Beach


Max Brenner & All Things Chocolatey

Have you ever heard of Max Brenner?  How about ‘the man with the bald head’?  No? Well give it a whirl.

Max Brenner is an international chain of restaurants that specialise in all things chocolatey.  Hot chocolate, chocolate-sundaes, chocolate pizza…. to name but a few.  I alluded to this chocolate heaven in a previous post.  According to the website, ‘Chocolate is not just about taste. Max Brenner… is creating a chocolate culture’.  Indeed, as you walk in the restaurant the smell of melted chocolate hits you and is absolute bliss!  The restaurant itself is designed to look like a chocolate factory; lots of conical flasks line the shelves and cylinders of cocoa beans too.

You should try the ‘S’mores’; thick chocolate mouse topped with white marshmallow fluff and crackers, on the side is a miniature flask of honey to drizzle over the sugary goo… all set on a plate decorated in graph paper – a scientist’s heaven!

Max Brenner is located on Boylston St (map), nearest T-stop is Copley Square.