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Back Bay neighborhood guide

Discover the best local restaurants, bars, shops and things to do in the Back Bay

Back Bay, Area guides, Boston
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The Back Bay's unique mix of affluent residential streets and commercial attractions undoubtedly makes it one of Boston’s most visitor-friendly neighborhoods. This centrally-located district not only also contains some of the city’s most important architectural sights, it's also the Hub's main shopping destination; you’ll find everything from global mega-chains and small indie shops to cutting-edge designer boutiques. But it wasn’t always so —less than 200 years ago, the entire area, from the Public Garden to the Fens, was submerged in swampland; a massive landfill project to meet the needs of a population surge made the area what it is now. Once youve had your fill of the Back Bay, find more to do by checking out our guides to the best restaurants in Bostonbest live music in Boston and best museums in Boston. 

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The best Back Bay restaurants
Restaurants

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Things to do

Best things to do in the Back Bay

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The best spas in Boston

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