Boston's Historic Chinatown, Leather District, and Back Bay
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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.


Recommended mode of travel: Walking
Recommended times: Day
Duration: All Day
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88 Beach Street 2510
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Chinatown
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Hei La Moon is now my favorite dim sum in Boston - you can't go wrong with the quality and variety of the dumplings. A stop at Ho Yuen Bakery will go a long way as you walk through or sit down in the Boston Common - my kids enjoy snacking on the coconut balls and egg custard tarts. Boloco is a great healthy lunch option - the bowls are just as good as the wraps, and their smoothies are so refreshing. My family loved Shabu-Zen so much we went for dinner two days in a row. The menu is simple, yet the meal is so varied that you can have a completely different hotpot from one day to the next.
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