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Discover sightseeing attractions and things to do in Boston Massachusetts

With Hotel Commonwealth as its grand cornerstone, Kenmore Square is a charming neighborhood of the Back Bay and the true gateway to the many things to do in Boston. In addtion to being the landmark of historic site Red Sox Fenway park, Kenmore Square provides close proximity and easy access to Boston’s many neighborhoods as well as cultural, historic and leisure attractions, the area has an allure all its own.

Fenway Park: Home of the Red Sox

Overlooking historic Fenway Park, Hotel Commonwealth is the perfect choice for baseball fans and is within a short walking distance from the beloved home of the Boston Red Sox. 

Boston University:  Hotel Commonwealth's Avenue Neighbor

Home of the Boston Terriers, Boston University is the largest university in the city, founded in 1839. With over 16,000 full time undergraduates and over 8,500 full time graduate students, as well as a faculty of nearly 4,000, the University spans more than 13 acres right in the heart of Boston. 

With more than 100 colleges and universities located within its metropolitan area, Boston has been appropriately dubbed, "The Athens of America". Boston area schools include some of the oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the world. 

World Renowned Hospitals and Medical Centers

The Boston area is world renowned for its state-of-the-art hospitals and medical facilities. From teaching hospitals associated with the area's most prestigious universities, to community health centers, Boston offers the cutting-edge treatment and research that breaks new medical ground and expertly delivers successful patient care. 

Recognized as one of Boston's most upscale neighborhoods and attractions, the Back Bay stretches from the Charles River on the north to Newbury Street on the south and encompasses some of the city's most historic homes, businesses and high-end shopping and dining destinations.

Restaurants
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Addis Red Sea

544 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116 617-426-8727

Description: SOUTH END. If you're on Boston's South End and feeling a little adventurous, why not try this unique sub-level eatery. One step into the dining area, and you'll know right away that you've entered a different world, highlighted by traditional Ethiopian furnishings and several colorful tapestries and rugs. Expect to be in for something different, as you'll get to dine without utensils and order from a menu that features everything from traditional injera (Ethiopian flatbread) and marinated vegetables to exotic chicken and lamb entrées. Your cultural experience will not be complete unless you sample their honey wine, which has a flavor all its own. All of this, and their prices are among the most reasonable in town!
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Carmen

33 North Sq, Boston, MA 02113 617-742-6421

Description: NORTH END. Based on appearances alone, it'd be oh, too easy to pass right by this tiny, red brick Italian eatery and never think twice. Needless to say, doing so would be "tu culpa" ... And your palate would pay the ultimate price. Known for its regional small plates, Carmen's kitchen creates quite a frenzy. Indeed, dishes like spice-crusted seared tuna and crespelle Bolognese soundly see to that. And if the food sounds too good to be true, wait 'til you get a load of the wine list.
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Chau Chow City

83 Essex St, Boston, MA 02111 617-338-8158

Description: CHINATOWN. Chau Chow City is just the sort of place you'd expect to find in Chinatown, and its fine reputation is recognized by business types, in-the-know tourists, and neighborhood locals alike. The basic decor is completely overshadowed by traditional Chinese dishes of shrimp, pork, and chicken. Lobster dumplings and rice crepes packed with shrimp also draw raves. Plus, according to regulars, Chau Chow's dim sum can hold its own against anyone else's in the city.
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Cosí

133 Federal St, Boston, MA 02110 617-292-3314

Description: Downtown and looking for a great place to grab lunch? Try this Boston favorite, which combines the best of two worlds: great deli food and delicious coffees and desserts. Enormous Cosí sandwiches are stuffed with everything from Virginia baked ham to roasted red peppers, salami, tandoori chicken, smoked salmon, olive spread, roasted turkey, cucumber and goat cheese. Just know that the more you add, the more you pay.
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Craigie On Main

853 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-497-5511

Description: CAMBRIDGE. Chef Tony Maws started this modern bistro in 2002, and the accolades have been showering upon the place ever since. Each night, Maws & crew offer a life-altering à la carte menu that includes dishes like spice-bread-crusted wild boar chops and whole-roasted Vermont squab. The wine list, too, is sure to impress thanks to an emphasis on vineyards that tend to be overlooked by the more mainstream eateries.
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Flour Bakery + Cafe

1595 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118 617-267-4300

Description: SOUTH END. This cafe is small on size but big on charm. The interior can be described as friendly and the home-baked goodies as delectable. You can enjoy melt-in-your-mouth pastries and oh-so-sweet cakes (try the raspberry jam one) and cookies. The menu also includes a nice selection of coffees and teas that accent the goodies perfectly. Heartier items can also be found at this South End favorite--roast chicken and beef sandwiches, soup and quiche.
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Galleria Umberto

289 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-5709

Description: NORTH END. This lunch-only Italian eatery, located in the North End, enjoys more than its share of popularity among area business types, as the long lines will no doubt attest. Don't fret, the line moves much faster than you might expect. The reason for the restaurant's popularity is two-fold: the Italian food is tremendous, and the prices are among the most reasonable in town. Try one of their excellent calzones (the spinach is best) or, if you're really hungry, their hand-tossed pizzas which are always a winner.
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Helmand

143 First St, Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02142 617-492-4646

Description: CAMBRIDGE. Helmand's unique menu features Afghan foods and a range of other Middle Eastern specialties. Regulars rave about warm, homemade breads that go beautifully with savory lamb and chicken dishes crafted by expert hands. The menu makes available a large, tasty selection of vegetarian dishes as well. The atmosphere is laid-back and friendly, and the dining room is awash in light-colored hues. Cold days find visitors trying to stake out a table near the fireplace.
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Meritage

70 Rowes Wharf, Boston Harbor Hotel, Boston, MA 02110 617-439-3995

Description: WATERFRONT. This contemporary waterfront space is led by the legendary Daniel Bruce, long-time chef of the Boston Harbor Hotel's Wine Festival. His courteous, well-educated staff makes earnest suggestions on everything from appetizers to selections from the wine list. The menu itself has been constructed with wine pairings in mind. On the one hand are "light whites" like pan-seared diver scallops with macomber turnip purée, and on the other are "spicy, earthy reds" like roast squab rubbed with cardamom and cumin. All menu items are available as small or large plates so, for gourmands, Meritage is one of Boston's best steals.
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Oleana

134 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-661-0505

Description: CAMBRIDGE. A favorite among the Inman Square crowd, this Mediterranean restaurant boasts an innovative menu and pleasant wait staff. Entrees derive their inspiration from Turkey, North Africa, and Greece and include Armenian bean and walnut pate, tile roasted Halibut, grilled lamb steak with Turkish spices, and baked Alaska for dessert. The list goes on and on, and you're certain to encounter a variety of dishes you've never had the pleasure to experience. Reserve a table in their outdoor patio if you can.
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Regina Pizzeria

11 1/2 Thacher St, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-0765

Description: NORTH END. For well over 70 years, North Enders have enjoyed the tasty brick oven pies served at the original Pizzeria Regina, which may just serve the best pizzas in Boston. Go for the classic thin crust pie and adorn it with everything from roasted eggplant, ricotta cheese and sun-dried tomatoes to prosciutto, jalapeños and crushed garlic. You will not be disappointed. Not in the mood for pizza? Then you definitely want to sample one of their homemade calzones.
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Sound Bites Cafe

704 Broadway, Ball Square, Somerville, MA 02144 617-623-8338

Description: SOMERVILLE. All those die-hard regulars can't be wrong, can they? In the case of Somerville's Sound Bites, the answer to that question is a resounding "No!" Breakfast is served until 3pm each day here, and folks clamor over one another for a chance to dig into challah French toast, waffles smothered in sweet maple syrup, or to-order omelets. And, if you find you're not in the mood for one of those at lunch time, their burgers, sandwiches and Middle Eastern plates are tasty enough options.
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Sultan's Kitchen

116 State St, Boston, MA 02109 617-570-9009

Description: FINANCIAL DISTRICT. Sultan's Kitchen delivers fresh, healthful dishes that celebrate the cuisine of the Mediterranean world, especially that of Turkey. Owner Özcan Ozan has pulled in loyal lunch crowds since 1981, thanks to tasty traditional offerings like kofte (lamb) and adana (chicken) kebab sandwiches, dolmades, and hummus. The Greek salad is a favorite of lighter eaters, and vegetarian dishes and take-out are available as well.
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