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The Historic Shops and Restaurants of Boston

A Guide to Century-Old Establishments in the City and Surrounding Towns

By Phyllis Méras

The guide profiles:

  • 52 businesses including booksellers, barber shops, food and spirits shops, general stores and clothiers, art galleries and societies, stonecutters, and more; 
  • 7 places to eat and drink, including fine restaurants, cafes, and pubs; 
  • 6 inns and hotels.

The address, phone, transit stops, and opening hours for each establishment are included; more than 30 additional establishments are mentioned in brief. The establishments profiled in The Historic Shops and Restaurants of Boston—all in business for a century or moreembody the city's spirit and embrace its history and strong sense of tradition. Author Phyllis Méras takes the reader to some of the most beautiful, evocative locations in Boston, all the while weaving the shops' and restaurants' histories with that of the city.

Whether offering ornamental hardware for the fine old residences of the city; gold, silver or platinum flutes made in a 160-year old former carriage house, or candies with a romantic history that includes a shipwreck and an enterprising young widow, the superlative quality of the goods and services they provide has allowed them to endure in a city of discriminating shoppers and diners. From a restaurant with the oldest hand-carved bar in America, to a vintage clothing shop where future Presidents sold their second-hand clothing, to bakeries, bookbinders, art galleries, and farm stands, these venerable establishments continue to provide the best of what Boston has to offer.


In late August 2007, The Harcourt Bindery will be moving to 80 Cambridge St, Charlestown. Tel. 617-242-5959. MBTA Orange Line to Sullivan Square.

Since publication, Cafe Marliave (page 171) has closed.

About the Author

Phyllis Méras, the former travel editor of the Providence Journal, has a long acquaintance with Boston, both from her days as a student at Wellesley College, and later as editor of its alumnae magazine. She is the author of fourteen books and a year-round resident of Martha's Vineyard.