The Bay Village is a charming little neighbourhood around Church Street. Much like Beacon Hill, the homes here were built in the early 19th century. The Bay Village's homes attest to what most of downtown Boston's residential areas looked like before the Civil War. A close sense of community is paramount to neighbourhood residents, who have their own neighbourhood association and school. Edgar Allen Poe was born here in the early 1800s and in the 1860s the entire neighbourhood was raised 10 feet higher, as it had been below sea level previously. This has produced some interesting effects, from homes whose first floors are several feet off the street to 'sunken gardens' which are below street level. This area is very pleasant to stroll about in, as there is hardly any traffic and the only noise is the patter of feet on the brick sidewalks and cobbled alleys. For a plasant stroll, head down Church Street from Stuart Street and admire the many sidestreets of the area, with arching elm trees and aging rowhomes.
Not to be confused with South Boston (the Irish part of the city), this area is a very live and active. There are many locals and really good restaurants.
To arrive there, you can walk to south from Boston Common, along Tremont street.
By T... Back Bay station on the orange line, or Arlington on the green line (if you want to walk a bit more).
by ordering this cocktail at Pho Republic. It's a Kir with some Chinese fruit in it that'll keep 'em all guessing.... I'll pass, thanks!