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Top 10 food and drink things to do in Boston

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Freshly-caught seafood, weekend brunching and authentic Italian cafes make food and drink in Boston a constant pleasure. Leave your Boston hotel with room in your belly to sample the treats in store.

Fresh lobster at Legal Sea Foods

A Boston and New England institution, Legal Sea Foods has a waterfront restaurant on Long Wharf. Dig into raw clams, lobster rolls and oysters at the Seafood Bar, slurp on clam chowder, pick your fish to be wood-grilled or try Anna’s Baked Boston Scrod.

255 State Street, Boston, MA 02109

Beers at Cheers

Enjoy a Giant Norm Burger in the Cheers Bar, a.k.a. the Bull and Finch Pub. Located in Boston’s upscale Beacon Hill district, this is where exterior shots of the TV series were shot. You can order Carla's Petite Burger or Frasier's Chicken Panini, but don’t forget to save some room for Diane's Boston Cream Pie.

84 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108

Italian dining in Little Italy

Sample Sicilian cannoli pastries over frothy cappuccinos or munch on hot slices of wood-fired pizzas in Boston’s North End (Little Italy). You’ll still find spots like Caffe dello Sport, where Italian soccer plays weekly on widescreen TVs.

308 Hanover Street, North End, Boston, MA 02113

Fenway Franks at Fenway Park

Sit high up in the bleachers at a Red Sox baseball game at Fenway Park and enjoy a signature Fenway Frank hot dog. These renowned Boston snacks are served on New England-style buns with mustard and relish, and usually washed down with a soda or beer.

Yawkey Way, Fenway, Boston, MA 02215

Chinatown eats

South of Boston Common is Boston’s Chinatown and Theatre district. It’s a great place to sample good-value lobster and creative Asian-inspired seafood dishes like spicy dry-fried salted squid. Alternatively snack on dim sum from one of the street sellers or cafes.

Beach Street (Nearest ‘T’ stop South Station)

Ice cream Boston-style

The locals know their ice cream and the more innovative the better. The Cold Stone Creamery serves up flavors like Mud Pie Mojo and Cheesecake Fantasy. At Christina’s Ice Cream in Cambridge, north of downtown, they also experiment with seasonal flavors like Kaffir Lime Leaf and Egg Nog.

1255 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, Boston, MA 02139

An Irish pint

Boston’s Irish links mean there are plenty of genuine Irish pubs, which are popular spots for a pint of Guinness accompanied by live Irish music. Bands play daily at the Black Rose and Boston favorites like lobster and clam soup are served alongside traditional Irish fare.

160 State Street, Boston, MA 02109

Sunday brunching

Bostonites love to brunch, so join them at one of Boston’s Sunday jazz brunches along Back Bay’s Newbury Street. Alternatively, enjoy great Boston views over your bagel and coffee from the Science Museum (free entry and planetarium visit included).

1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114

Quincy Hall snacking

Dine alfresco at Faneuil Market Place, home to over 17 restaurants and bars, or at the 40 eateries lining Quincy Hall Colonnade. Try classic clam chowder at the Boston Chowda stall, sample Italian sweet treats at North End Bakery or dig into Japanese snacks at Ueno Sushi.

South Market Building, Boston, MA 02109

Boston’s big-screen bars

Sports-mad Boston has spawned numerous sports bars and the area around Fenway Park’s baseball ground is home to several. Visit Game On! Boston for its barbecued pulled pork and Fenway sausage pizza. It also has 90 high-definition television screens for crystal-clear sports action.

82 Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA 02215