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Photograph: Courtesy Allston Village Main Streets

We’re calling it: Allston is Boston’s coolest neighborhood

There are more than 300 unique businesses in Allston Village; roughly 35% are immigrant owned.

By
Eric Grossman
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Given these unprecedented times in which international travel has all but slowed to a halt, Bostonians are fortunate they need only travel to buzzy Allston to enjoy a cornucopia of globally-influenced experiences. In fact, not only do we consider Allston the coolest 'hood Boston has to offer, we've even included it as one of the 40 coolest neighborhoods in the world.

While the neighborhood has always hummed with youthful energy thanks to a heavy student and post-grad population, recent waves of out-of-towners have infused the area with new spirit, as evidenced by the immigrant-owned eateries that continue to pop up year after year.

There are more than 300 unique businesses in Allston Village; roughly 35% are immigrant owned. A true cheap eats haven, there’s something for whatever you’re craving. Maybe you fancy Middle Eastern at Garlic 'n Lemons or Korean at Coreanos, or perhaps you want to nosh alongside the hipsters at Lone Star Taco Bar, or party with foreign students over cold beers and hot pot at Shabu-Zen.

One thing’s for sure—this well-worn, enduring neighborhood will always be home to an eclectic assortment of only-in-Allston characters. Just stop by one of the longstanding haunts like Twin Donuts, the Silhouette Lounge, Model Cafe (the oldest spot in town, around since 1932) to see them in action.

If you haven't been to Allston in a while, or ever, now's a great time to take a stroll and enjoy some new public art: 10 local artists have painted 10 utility boxes in the Allston business district:

Photograph: Courtesy Allston Village Main Streets


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