South End

Couture restaurants, cocktail lounges, and artisanal food shops create a charming streetscape.

Polished people walk well-groomed designer dogs between South End’s perfectly manicured parks and couture restaurants and cocktail lounges. Although a ritzy vibe emanates from South End’s classic brownstones, it tempers its upscale atmosphere with down-to-earth residents who happen to shop organically, buy gluten-free biscuits for their pets, and often refer to their neighborhood’s trendy boutiques as ‘fab.’ Conveniently located minutes from Downtown, everything offered by this chic locale is top-notch.

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On the Map

South End is bordered by Fenway/Kenmore, Back Bay, South Boston, Chinatown, Theater District, Downtown, and Roxbury

Downtown Boston: 12 minutes on the T
Boston Common: 10 minutes on the T
Logan International Airport: 40 minutes on the T or 15 minutes by car
Harvard Square: 30 minutes on the T

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

Chic and Sophisticated Minutes from Downtown

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The South End steeps in chic.

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Its local markets sell refined wines and cheeses.

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Its clientele dresses dapperly.

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Its red-brick row homes look dashing.

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The South End is known for well-groomed citizens, pets, and green spaces.

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Artistic and sophisticated, the South End continues to attract admirers for its distinct character and Downtown Boston proximity.

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The South End's Shops and Galleries

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Pet-oriented bakeries are as prevalent as people-oriented cafes in the South End.

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Chic event spaces and crisp art galleries add to its reputation of refinement.

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Sharing the South End's style is simple.

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Its numerous boutiques will have you bedecked in minutes.

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Couture Cuisine In a Neighborhood Known for Good Taste

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The South End's culinary scene cultivates its own cult following.

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On the quest for perfection, the South End pays attention to detail.

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Its bakeries, cheese shops, cafes, and restaurants respect the nuance of flavors.

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They strike the right balance between sweet and savory.

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Taste tested.

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Patron approved.


Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Brian Samuels

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Brian Samuels is a Boston-based lifestyle photographer and writer. He is also the creator of A Thought For Food, a blog of recipes and personal anecdotes pertaining to cooking. His work has been featured in Edible Boston, the Improper Bostonian, the Boston Globe, Saveur and the Huffington Post. This Airbnb project has allowed him to explore and discover more of Boston.