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One of the oldest cities in the country and the birthplace of the American Revolution, Boston has not forgotten its colonial roots. Compact and pedestrian friendly, the city makes it easy for visitors to step back in time as they follow the red brick path from site to site along Freedom Trail. In addition to these more popular attractions, Boston’s history lives on through some very old local establishments. Grab a bite, read a book, or have a drink at these Classic Boston spots:

Union Oyster House

A quick stop along Boston’s busy Freedom Trail, Union Oyster House is the oldest restaurant in the country. Opened in 1826, it has served traditional New England seafood fare to notables from Daniel Webster to the Kennedy’s. (Also of note: King Louis Philippe I of France lived on the restaurant’s second floor before becoming king). Don’t miss the clam chowder, a Boston specialty, and of course, the oysters.

Union Oyster House
41 Union Street
Boston, MA

 

The Brattle Book Shop

This bookstore in Downtown Crossing has offered locals and travelers a wide selection of reading material since 1825. Today, the store carries over a quarter-million used books and prints. Browse the stacks, and be sure to visit the collection of rare and antique books on the third floor.

The Brattle Book Shop
9 West St
Boston, MA 02111

 

Amrheins

Like many attractions in Boston, 125-year-old Amrheins claims a couple of firsts. It’s got the oldest hand carved bar in the United States and the city’s first draft beer pump. It’s a classic spot for New England food and drink. For historic watering holes where the Founding Fathers drank, also check out Green Dragon Tavern and the Warren Tavern in Charlestown.

Amrheins
80 W Broadway
South Boston, MA 02127

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