The SoWa Vintage Market prides itself on never missing a Sunday. Purchase a coffee from Tatte Bakery (five minutes from the market), and arrive between 10am and 4pm for vintage-touting vendors and one-off finds. It’s open year-round, but flourishes in spring when it sprouts a flurry of food trucks and outdoor stalls as part of its seasonal open market.
The Museum of Fine Arts may look like the Pantheon on the outside, but inside, Dale Chihuly’s Lime Green Icicle Tower and Yoshitomo Nara’s giant fibreglass puppy, Your Dog, announce a more forward-facing affair. The bulk of the collection, however, is a medley of Flemish portraits, Impressionist oil paintings and 20th-century surrealist landscapes, but there’s plenty of photography and more sculpture, too, plus live workshops too.
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston is one of North America’s finest hotel spas, according to the World Spa Awards, which awarded it top spot in 2022. The facilities (and 16,000sqft space) are resplendent: ice baths, experiential showers, saunas, crystal steam rooms, whirlpools, spa suites, plus specialist treatments that include posture therapy and a Himalayan singing bowls experience.
The Wig Shop is one of Boston’s sultriest speakeasies, marked only by the neon-lit shopfront and mannequins that belonged to this former wig store. Inside, a dimly lit orchestra of mixologists is led by Oscar Simoza Miszlai, whose Rise & Grind – a cream-topped rum and cold brew concoction – is utterly reviving after a long day pounding Boston’s pavements.