The best $25 you’ll spend at TD Garden isn’t at the snack bar. Levels 5 and 6 are home to The Sports Museum, an impressive collection of Boston sports memorabilia that also doubles as a non-profit organization giving back to local youth. Your admission price will get you a private tour of the items from an exceptionally knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. No town does sports like Boston, and the guides at The Sports Museum give a tour worthy of the city’s die-hard sports fans. From team photos to jerseys, medals and more, The Sports Museum has it all. They also run community outreach and educational programs to instill the values of respect and cooperation in area kids. Visit The Sports Museum’s website to learn more about their community work, or to purchase tickets to pay a visit. Note: The Sports Museum will close for renovations on June 1 and reopen
Alcove, which opened about two months ago in Boston’s West End overlooking the harbor, is a modern neighborhood eatery serving up cuisine inspired by the New England farm coast. The menu includes raw bar options, hand-sliced charcuterie and cheeseboards, Mediterranean-style snacks like marinated olives, and larger plates including grilled swordfish with eggplant caponata and charred maitake mushrooms over grilled polenta. Alcove also serves a popular weekend brunch with dishes like brioche French toast with Asian pears and maple syrup, and classic steak and eggs with home fries. Alcove has a well-designed interior with textural details like rustic woods, blackened steel, and shiny copper accents. The 260-seat restaurant has a bar-focused lounge with live-edge acacia coffee tables, couches, high-top standing tables, and a few tables at a back-wall banquette. The main dining room has cushioned chairs around custom-built tables with built-in leaves that can expand for up to seven people.
Back Bay residents are in for a treat. Jaho Coffee Roaster & Wine Bar just opened another cafe in the area, and it brings the same high class food, drinks, and ambiance as their other popular locations. The Back Bay spot might be the most stylish one yet, with plenty of natural light, cozy seating, and a modern and fresh aesthetic. They have a premium selection of coffees, teas, and wines, as well as a food menu that’s more diverse than you may be expecting. Jaho Coffee Roaster & Wine Bar is equally as good for grab-and-go coffee and breakfast when you’re on your way to work as it is for a sit-down meal when you’re craving a nice drink and upscale food. This isn’t your usual cafe fare; the beautiful décor and fine food and drinks make up for the extra few dollars you’ll spend here. Jaho Coffee Roaster &
There’s a new fast casual option in the Financial District, and its savory blend of Mediterranean flavors will make it your new go-to spot. Aceituna Grill specializes in build-your-own rice plates, salads, and pita roll-ups topped with traditional shawarma meats and vegetarian falafel. Choose from a beef and lamb blend, or chicken (spicy or regular) marinated and then slowly cooked on the vertical grill. Portions are sliced off per order, and then finished with your choice of toppings like hummus, tabbouleh, fattoush, and more. The Greek sides are a highlight at Aceituna Grill, and are so fresh and flavorful you might just want to take home a few to stash in your fridge. Find Aceituna Grill on Federal Street between Sullivan Place and Matthews Street. Enjoy their indoor and outdoor seating Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Catering is available, and you can also order online directly from
The owners of Love Art Udon came up with the concept of their restaurant in response to the popularity of ramen in Boston and around the country. Jessica Chiep and Ronald Liu, who also own Love Art Sushi, wanted to bring more attention to udon, hoping to make the comforting Japanese noodle dish more prevalent. Since opening in the fall of 2018, diners have taken notice. It has a fast-casual concept: customers order at the counter, starting with a base bowl of udon noodles. From there, they can select a broth or a sauce, like the traditional soy dashi, spicy miso, or clam chowder, in an homage to the restaurant’s home. Diners can pair their noodles with shrimp or sweet potato tempura. If you dine in, you’ll get to enjoy the street art and anime-influenced mural that takes up a huge section of wall in the seating area.
Part theme park, part kids’ museum, LEGOLAND Discovery Center plays host to a variety of kid-friendly attractions. They all feature the colorful building blocks you remember from your own childhood, but reimagined in contemporary and creative ways. The Great Lego Race even incorporates virtual reality (VR) technology. Kids buckle up in futuristic-looking two-person carts to participate in a virtual race, which happens entirely inside of a pair of VR goggles. Once they pull the goggles down, they’re plunged into a cartoon world where they’re behind the wheel of a LEGO race car, and tasked with the job of navigating it safely across the finish line. Elsewhere in LEGOLAND, you can experience real-life adventures on fun rides, or check out pint-sized versions of Boston landmarks constructed entirely of LEGOS. There’s also a play zone and plenty of interactive LEGO activities to keep your little ones entertained.