Enjoy a day with the family in Boston's historic Chinatown, Leather District, and Back Bay. We start off our day with dim sum, which consists of small dishes, especially dumplings, traditionally served from carts. We then stop by a Chinese bakery to grab some snacks for our walk through Chinatown, the Common, and the Public Gardens.
After checking out the various shops and souvenir stands in Chinatown, we stroll through Boston Common and the Boston Public Gardens, to see the famous swan boats, weeping willows, and baby duckling statues. We then head to the Prudential Mall, for some high end shopping (or browsing), and on the way, we stop by Boloco for some inexpensive, Boston-style burritos (or salad bowls.)
From the Prudential Center, we head back to Chinatown for some Japanese hotpot at Shabu-Zen. Hotpot is a truly interactive, family-style experience, in which each person gets to add their own items (meat, seafood, noodles, and/or vegetables) to a central pot, where everything simmers together into a delicious soup.
If you are staying at one of the hotels near Downtown Boston, you can easily access Chinatown via a cab or the subway (getting off at either the Chinatown stop on the Orange Line, the South Station stop on the Red Line, or the Boylston stop on the Green Line.) If you're driving, it's best to leave your car in one of the garages in Chinatown (such as the one on the corner of Washington Street and Essex Street), rather than attempt Boston's notoriously confusing street parking.