Welcome to South End
Boston’s family-friendly arts and culture district.
As one of Boston’s most sought-after neighborhoods, South End features an eclectic blend of the past and present. Those who reside in this neighborhood will never run out of enriching entertainment, dining, and shopping experiences. The area is close in proximity to both Back Bay and downtown, making it ideal for commuters and those who like to explore all that Boston has to offer.
Constructed in the mid-19th century, South End has changed and evolved throughout the years. Over the past few decades, it has earned the reputation of being a hub for arts, culture, nightlife, outdoor activities, and numerous annual events. There is quite literally something for everyone in this flourishing part of town.
Take a leisurely walk through the neighborhood’s streets, and you’ll see Greek Revival and Late Victorian-style architecture. One look at the brownstone buildings, and you’ll know that you are in the heart of the South End. Homes on this side of town tend to be larger than other parts of Boston. Keeping in tradition with Victorian-era homes, some residences even feature a hidden garden.
What to Love
- The SoWa Art and Design District
- Approximately 30 parks
- The cultural events and family-friendliness
People & Lifestyle
Life in the South End is vibrant, laid-back, and dripping in culture and innovation. Although it is situated in an urban setting, there are ample green spaces to relax, people watch, enjoy a picnic lunch, or simply enjoy time with the family. It is highly walkable, full of one-of-a-kind dining and shops, and makes for a fantastic place to settle down in the Boston area.
Because of its robust and diverse offerings, South End is a wonderful place for almost anyone to live. The current population is made up of families, working professionals, couples, and students. The neighborhood is also home to a thriving LGBTQ+ community. No matter who you are, it is easy to make South End home for the long term.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
Since the area is full of some of Boston’s most innovative and creative minds, there is certainly never a shortage of exciting dining, entertainment, and shopping destinations.
While browsing shopping spots throughout South End, be sure to check out Viola Lovely
(a lowkey fashion boutique), Seiyo Wine Shop
, and the many other artisan stores that feature local, handmade items. Also, be sure to check out the many art galleries along Harrison Ave, including Bromfield Gallery
and Fountain Street Gallery
Foodies will feel especially at home in South End, with a seemingly never-ending list of dining options. Local favorites include Beehive
, South End Buttery
, Barbara Lynch’s B&G Oysters
, Boston Chops
, and MIDA
. From bakery goods and coffee to international cuisine to upscale steakhouses, there are restaurants for every mood and palate.
Things to Do
“Boring” is never an adjective that could describe South End. With a wide array of neighborhood activities and events and close proximity to Boston’s top attractions, there is always something for South End residents to check out and explore.
Each year, SoWa hosts the SoWa Winter Festival
. Visitors of the festival have the opportunity to purchase locally made gifts from over 130 vendors, enjoy winter-themed cuisine, cocktails, and craft beers, and soak in the atmosphere of this much-loved part of town.
Aside from thrilling annual events, South End boasts over 30 parks (including family-favorite Peters Park
), restaurant row, the SoWa Art + Design District
, community gardens, and local dance and yoga studios.
The South End neighborhood is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include: