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Boston’s warm and friendly atmosphere will make new arrivals feel right at home. People of all persuasions find that Boston houses attractions to suit their tastes. From shopping, exciting nightlife and world-class sporting facilities to a fabulous variety of restaurants, expats in Boston won't be at a loss for things to do.
Shopping in Boston
Newcomers in need of some retail therapy will enjoy perusing Boston’s shopping districts and many boutiques, department stores, malls and outlets. While many local goods can be found at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace, other well-known shopping areas include the affluent Newbury Street and Beacon Hill, which is known for its antiques.
Eating out in Boston
Boston residents are spoilt for choice. They can pick and choose between diversity of flavours from a range of restaurants. With a large Irish community, it’s not difficult to find good Irish fare in the city’s many Irish pubs. There are also many Italian restaurants to explore, along with countless Asian and other ethnic restaurants. Local cuisine consists of seafood from the New England coast such as clam chowder and lobster. Burger and take-out joints are common and the city has a thriving food-truck scene.
Entertainment and nightlife in Boston
While most Bostonians prefer more relaxed evenings, the city's large population of students enjoy nights out on the town and bar hopping is popular. Lansdowne Street has traditionally been a well-loved nightlife spot, with many bars and clubs to enjoy.
Boston’s arts scene is well worth exploring. The Theatre District is home to an array of theatres with regular performances to rival New York’s Broadway. As there are many restaurants in the area, expats can enjoy a full night out of theatre and dining. Cambridge and Watertown, just outside of Boston, also boast many theatrical productions, while the Boston Common hosts open-air productions in the summer months.
Outdoor and sporting activities in Boston
Home to several major league sporting teams including the Boston Red Sox baseball team and the New England Patriots football team, Boston is a sports-mad city. Bostonians are passionate about supporting their teams and during major games.
Expats can also enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle in the summer months thanks to Boston’s many public parks. Boston Common is the oldest city park in the US and is adjacent to the equally famous Public Garden. Other green spaces ideal for exploration with the whole family include the Charles River Esplanade, Jamaica Pond and the Arnold Arboretum.
►See Getting Around in Boston for more about transport and driving in the city.
"Exploring a new life and having the privilege of living in a different environment is something I greatly appreciate. Boston and Cambridge are very international places where many talented and bright people come together from all over the world so you’ll meet lots of awesome new friends. The quality of life is similar to the one back home I’d say."
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