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You've checked in, and now there's one question: Where are the cool places to hang out? Homewood Suites by Hilton has you covered. Here, the top non-tourist hangouts in Boston. It's your chance to eat, shop, and have fun like a local.

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1. Le Laboratoire

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650 Kendall St
Cambridge, MA 02142
(617) 945-7515
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This gallery and culinary lab is run by Harvard professor David Edwards. Guests can have “sensorial experiences” where they have everything from inhalable drinks (Whafs) to ice cream sandwiches in edible packaging.

2. Saloon

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255 Elm St
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 628-4444
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Saloon is a speakeasy-inspired lounge in Davis Square. Their focus is “uncomplicated” sharable American dishes, brown spirits, and beers. Thier menu includes fried candied walnuts, crispy potato wedges and “Duets” drinks, like the Laverne & Shirley: a Cisco Grey Lady and a shot of fernet.

3. Tangierino

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83 Main St
Charlestown, MA 02129
(617) 242-6009
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This is a great Moroccan restaurant in Charlestown. It’s the perfect place to go after visiting the Bunker Hill Monument (which is within walking distance) for small plates and some hookah. There’s also belly dancing for an evening of entertainment.

4. Boston Harbor Distillery

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12r Ericsson ST
Dorchester, MA 02122
(617) 533-7001
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This Boston distillery is located in an historic building that was built in 1859. It’s an 11,000-square-foot space right on Boston Harbor that also has a tasting room and space for private events. Guests can come for tours and tastes of Putnam New England Whiskey, Seymour’s Coffee Liqueur and Lawley’s Dark New England Spirit.

5. Boston Harbor Islands

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(617) 223-8666
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This is perfect for a day trip because you can just take the ferry out for the morning and back in the evening. There you can see the country’s oldest lighthouse, hang at the beach, enjoy live music and even go camping.

6. Local 149

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149 P St
South Boston, MA 02127
(617) 269-0900
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Southie is becoming one of Boston’s hippest neighborhoods and this restaurant is proves it. There’s house-made charcuterie, comforting hog wings, house-brewed ginger beer for Moscow Mules, and cool chalkboard tables to draw on (with a bowl of chalk, of course). In the summer, this is a great place to go after a dip in the beach and in the winter it has tons of stick-to-your-ribs entrees to warm you up.

7. Rowes Wharf

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60 Rowes Wharf
Boston, MA 02110
This is a beautiful area to come and get a waterfront view. You can see all the boats in Boston Harbor, walk through the Boston Harbor Hotel and be right near the new Greenway. Rowes Wharf is also walking distance to Chinatown, Faneuil Hall and the North End.

8. Cabot's Ice Cream & Restaurant

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743 Washington St
Newton, MA 02460
(617) 964-9200
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This popular Newton ice cream parlor opened it’s doors in 1969 and has been satisfying sugar cravings ever since. If you’re staying downtown, it’s a touch out of the way but it is such a great neighborhood spot, it’s well worth a visit. Cabot’s is great for families and has some of the best ice cream in Boston, including the Dentist Disaster, which has too many ice creams and toppings to count.

9. Homewood Suites by Hilton Cambridge

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1 Massachusetts Ave
Arlington, MA 02474
(781) 643-7258
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Homewood Suites is right in the heart of Boston — close to all of the action and entertainment. Find a Homewood Suites near you.

10. Homewood Suites by Hilton Canton

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50 Royall St
Canton, MA 02021
(781) 828-4700
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The perfect home base for your travels, Homewood Suites provides comfort and ease when you return from your adventures.
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1. Le Laboratoire

650 Kendall St, Cambridge, MA 02142
This gallery and culinary lab is run by Harvard professor David Edwards. Guests can have “sensorial experiences” where they have everything from inhalable drinks (Whafs) to ice cream sandwiches in edible packaging.
650 Kendall St
Cambridge, MA 02142

2. Saloon

255 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144
Saloon is a speakeasy-inspired lounge in Davis Square. Their focus is “uncomplicated” sharable American dishes, brown spirits, and beers. Thier menu includes fried candied walnuts, crispy potato wedges and “Duets” drinks, like the Laverne & Shirley: a Cisco Grey Lady and a shot of fernet.
255 Elm St
Somerville, MA 02144

3. Tangierino

83 Main St, Charlestown, MA 02129
This is a great Moroccan restaurant in Charlestown. It’s the perfect place to go after visiting the Bunker Hill Monument (which is within walking distance) for small plates and some hookah. There’s also belly dancing for an evening of entertainment.
83 Main St
Charlestown, MA 02129

4. Boston Harbor Distillery

12r Ericsson ST, Dorchester, MA 02122
This Boston distillery is located in an historic building that was built in 1859. It’s an 11,000-square-foot space right on Boston Harbor that also has a tasting room and space for private events. Guests can come for tours and tastes of Putnam New England Whiskey, Seymour’s Coffee Liqueur and Lawley’s Dark New England Spirit.
12r Ericsson ST
Dorchester, MA 02122

5. Boston Harbor Islands

Boston, MA
This is perfect for a day trip because you can just take the ferry out for the morning and back in the evening. There you can see the country’s oldest lighthouse, hang at the beach, enjoy live music and even go camping.

6. Local 149

149 P St, South Boston, MA 02127
Southie is becoming one of Boston’s hippest neighborhoods and this restaurant is proves it. There’s house-made charcuterie, comforting hog wings, house-brewed ginger beer for Moscow Mules, and cool chalkboard tables to draw on (with a bowl of chalk, of course). In the summer, this is a great place to go after a dip in the beach and in the winter it has tons of stick-to-your-ribs entrees to warm you up.
149 P St
South Boston, MA 02127

7. Rowes Wharf

60 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
This is a beautiful area to come and get a waterfront view. You can see all the boats in Boston Harbor, walk through the Boston Harbor Hotel and be right near the new Greenway. Rowes Wharf is also walking distance to Chinatown, Faneuil Hall and the North End.
60 Rowes Wharf
Boston, MA 02110

8. Cabot's Ice Cream & Restaurant

743 Washington St, Newton, MA 02460
This popular Newton ice cream parlor opened it’s doors in 1969 and has been satisfying sugar cravings ever since. If you’re staying downtown, it’s a touch out of the way but it is such a great neighborhood spot, it’s well worth a visit. Cabot’s is great for families and has some of the best ice cream in Boston, including the Dentist Disaster, which has too many ice creams and toppings to count.
743 Washington St
Newton, MA 02460

9. Homewood Suites by Hilton Cambridge

1 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474
Homewood Suites is right in the heart of Boston — close to all of the action and entertainment. Find a Homewood Suites near you.
1 Massachusetts Ave
Arlington, MA 02474

10. Homewood Suites by Hilton Canton

50 Royall St, Canton, MA 02021
The perfect home base for your travels, Homewood Suites provides comfort and ease when you return from your adventures.
50 Royall St
Canton, MA 02021

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