Boston isn’t nearly as conservative as its reputation might have you believe. Newbury Street, just a block from Mandarin Oriental, Boston, is home to 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. In nearby South End, Peng offers contemporary and vintage home accessories, furniture and jewellery, as well as hand-sewn calfskin goods. Mandarin Oriental, Boston also 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, 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. In addition, the restaurants within Mandarin Oriental, Boston are an integral part of the local dining scene. These include Bar Boulud, the French-inspired bistro and wine bar from internationally acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud, and the sophisticated and modern French cuisine of L’Espalier.
For a nightcap, head for Drink in the Fort Point Channel neighbourhood: there are no menus; instead, the bartenders 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 Bar Boulud, where you can choose from a selection of sommelier-selected wines or handcrafted cocktails.