Boston isn’t nearly as conservative as its reputation might have you believe. Newbury Street, just a block from Mandarin Oriental, Boston, assembles many of the city’s most fashion-forward shops: Chanel, Valentino and Akris, as well as a slew of independent boutiques. Alan Bilzerian outfits the avant-garde in Alexander McQueen, Yohji Yamamoto and Lanvin. At Louis Boston, a shop that’s been dressing Boston’s finest since the late 1800s, the offerings are decidedly modern: it houses more than 50 designers including Marni, Zac Posen and Dries Van Noten, and its home accessories department is packed with vintage handbags, couture bedding, an apothecary and in-store eyewear boutique Morgenthal Frederics. Guests are also encouraged to visit Louis Boston's satellite store located at Mandarin Oriental, Boston. In nearby South End, Peng offers contemporary and vintage home accessories, furniture and jewelry, as well as hand-sewn calfskin goods.Mandarin Oriental, Bostonalso provides fabulous shopping options, with Gucci, Frette and yoga outfitter Lululemon.
New England is famed for its seafood, but Boston has also become known for its stellar dining. At O Ya, which The New York Times named the country’s best new restaurant of 2007, Tim Cushman and his team of sushi masters create traditional Japanese fare, paired with an extensive sake and wine menu. Neptune Oyster in the North End offers more than 22 different types of oysters nightly. For something lighter, South End tapas hotspot Toro is open late, while Bina Osteria offers small plates in the classic Italian tradition. In addition, the restaurants within Mandarin Oriental, Boston have been welcomed to the local dining scene with open arms. These include Asana, offering contemporary American fare with global influences, and the French Sel de la Terre and L’Espalier.
For a nightcap, head for Drink in the Fort Point Channel neighbourhood: there are no menus, instead, the bartenders will mine their knowledge to create something to suit your mood. In the South End, The Beehive has live music most nights, while across the street The Butcher Shop pleases late-night crowds with a fine wine list and upscale bar snacks. Finish the night at Mandarin Oriental, Boston’s M Bar & Lounge, where you can choose from an array of seasonally crafted cocktails.