2. South End
This quaint neighborhood of art galleries and brownstones is an exceptionally trendy place to live right now, and it’s mostly because of the food. Head to any local spot, and you’re likely to find photographers mingling with restaurant publicists, aspiring style bloggers, and business people of all stripes. It’s the perfect place to grab brunch or find a fresh take on a particular culinary tradition. For instance, you can nab Spanish at Toro; Italian at Coppa, Bar Mezzana, or Anchovies; Japanese at Oishii, Latin at Orinoco, Cambodian at Elephant Walk, French at Gaslight, or Greek at Kava, just to name a few. You should also be sure to check out a Barbara Lynch spot like The Butcher Shop or B&G Oysters, and a few South End staples like the Buttery, Blackbird Doughnuts, and Tremont 647. The bar scene is exceptional, with cocktail-centric spaces like Wink & Nod (which also has its own culinary incubator) sprinkled through a landscape of wine bars and bustling nightlife locations (Beehive).