The South End, with its blocks of Victorian brick row houses, upscale restaurants, and art galleries, is swiftly becoming one of the most popular places to live in Boston. Many of the row houses underwent renovation starting in the 1960s, and today the neighborhood is filled with a diverse mix of families, young professionals, a gay and lesbian community and a thriving artistic center.
The MBTA Green line Take the Green Line to the Arlington Street or Copley stops and walk 2 blocks South. Once you cross Columbus Ave you're there.
The MBTA Orange line Take the Orange Line to the Back Bay stop and walk 1 block South. Once you cross Columbus Ave you're there.
The MBTA Commuter Rail stops at Back Bay Station. Walk 1 block South on either Clarendon Street (East exit) or Dartmouth Street (West exit). Once you cross Columbus Ave you're there.
Boston Center for the Arts - 4 Smaller Venues serving over a dozen Boston theatre companies. Box office at Calderwood Pavillion, 527 Tremont Street.
Trendy restaurants brush shoulders with coffeshops and Mom & Pop grocery stores along Tremont Street and its side streets all the way down to Washington Street (link to Wash. Main Streets), which is experiencing an artistic revival - a significant number of artists are moving in, and galleries are cropping up around the area to show their works.
- DeLux, 100 Chandler St, Boston, A cute south end hangout right off of Clarendon St. The drinks are fairly cheap, the atmosphere is cozy and the food is delicious.
- Addis Red Sea, 544 Tremont St, Boston, Cheap and tasty Ethiopian Food
- Garden of Eden, 57 Tremont St, Boston, Garden of Eden has a great brunch but expect to wait at least a half hour for in on the weekends. Their prices are definitely reasonable and it's a place worth checking out.
- Thai Village,592 Tremont St, Boston, This place is okay but there are definitely better Thai restaurants around Boston. (Try Chili Duck near the Prudential Center.) The food here tends to be slightly overprices, but it is a lot cheaper than some of the neighboring South End restaurants.
- Picco (Pizza and Ice Cream Company), 513 Tremont St., Boston . phone: 617.927.0066. Gourmet Pizza, Calzones and Ice cream. Great soup and sandwiches also on the menu.
- Franklin Cafe, 276 Shawmut Avenue, Boston, This place is very small and quickly gets crowded but it has great food and drinks.
- Francesca's, 564 Tremont St, Boston, Francesca's is a great place to grab some coffee and a muffin or to sit down for a sandwich or breakfast. They have a limited but tasty and cheap menu. The best part is definitely friendly wait staff.
- Appleton Bakery Cafe , 123 Appleton Street, Boston, A great place to have lunch. The menu has variety of imaginative and delicious sandwiches as well as several prepared dishes changing daily. Appleton also brews very good coffee and caries an eclectic selection of chocolates and snack foods. There is a moderate amount of seating.
- Sibling Rivalry - great unique drink menu ($10)
- Aquitane - very small bar, better to eat here
- Rouge - On Columbus Ave. Small but inviting bar.
- Pho Republique - Very cool Vietnamese restaurant with a good bar scene after 11:00pm.
- Franklin Cafe - Late night cuisine and crowded bar
- Stella - On Washington St. Great restaurant with a good bar crowd on the weekends
- 28 Degrees - Restaurant/Lounge atmosphere on Tremont
- The Eagle - Really sleazy gay bar on Tremont. Fun to check out if you are being ironic.
- Clery's - On Columbus ave. Largest south end bar. A bit of a breeder bar. Long lines not much good to say about it.
- The Chandler Inn, 26 Chandler at Berkeley This is said to be a clean, friendly, and affordable option.