A traveller can have fun exploring our neighborhoods, and also it may help them to choose a hotel near things that interests them. I will do a brief overview of some of the Boston neighborhoods, based on the T-stop you use to get there.
The hippest neighborhood in Somerville, Davis Square is the place to find great food, some bars, coffee shops, and bookstores. It is also nearby Tufts University.
Harvard Square is changing, from a place with lots of funky local businesses to a place with some funky local businesses and quite a few major chains. Still, it's a shopping and eating destination. The Garage, a small indoor mall, is the spot where you'll find Japanese anime, gothic jewelry, and clubwear. Also, Pho Pasteur - a local Vietnamese chain - and John Harvard's are here for food.
There are lots of great clubs in Central Square. The Middle East has belly dancing and middle-eastern food, and two venus for music. Manray caters to the alternative lifestyle crowd. The Phoenix Landing is known for its electronic dance music, and a packed sweaty atmosphere. At the Enormous Room, you can relax on pillows as drinks are brought to you.
Central Square also features some budget shopping, but is definitely best at night.
Major shopping mecca here. There are many large chain stores, and a pedestrian walkway. This area reminds many people of New York City, with the smell of roasted nuts in the air and the street vendors on the side.
Boston's Chinatown is smaller than most other cities' Chinatowns. It's worth mentioning because there are many interesting things to buy and eat here. For example, a nondescript storefront labelled "Restaurant Supply" offers inexpensive dishware that you'll spot at boutiques marked up three times. Buy it here for less.
You can also have many different kinds of Asian foods here. Of course, there is Chinese, but you can also have sushi, pho, and even Malaysian!
Coolidge Corner is located in the clean and safe suburb of Brookline. There is tons of shopping to do here on Harvard Ave, and the food selection is unbeatable. Fugakyu here is known as one of the best sushi places in Boston, with a beautiful atmosphere. J.P. Licks is a great place to get ice cream.
Fanueil Hall / Haymarket
Every Saturday there is a huge farmer's market in the Haymarket, and if you show up later on, you'll see the mess it leaves.
Fanueil Hall is a touristy spot, but many people enjoy the food stands and souvenirs stands here. Besides, there is always an interesting busker or two.
North End (Haymarket stop)
The North End is Boston's version of Little Italy. Paul Revere's house is notably here. However, you will come for the blocks of Italian restaurants. Afterwards, stop and get a cannoli at Modern Pastry. The line at Modern Pastry is always shorter than Mike's pastry, and it tastes just as good.