Located at 4 Somerset St. in Beacon Hill, Café Quattro is just around the corner from the State House and up the street from Suffolk Superior Court and Suffolk University. Its menu offers an impressive variety of quality pizzas, paninis, wraps, subs and sandwiches made from only the freshest ingredients, as well as all your favorite coffee drinks. Bite into the Chicken Pesto Panini (grilled chicken marinated in basil pesto, topped with roasted red peppers and mozzarella cheese) and you will exclaim “Mamma Mia!” so loudly that someone will almost certainly shush you (unless you sing the words a la Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody,” because everyone loves that song). If vegetarian is more your moda, try the Caprese Wrap: fresh mozzarella, sliced tomatoes, baby salad greens, roasted red peppers, and red onion, drizzled with a tasty balsamic vinaigrette.
On the countertop at Cakeology—a Top 5 finisher in the 2011 Boston A-List's Best Cupcakes race and a winner of Food Network's Cupcake Wars—trays of the day's fresh cupcakes and French macarons stand at attention. Six best-selling cupcakes, including boston cream pie, carrot cake, and double chocolate, grace the menu year-round. They're joined each week by three rotating flavors, such as key-lime pie, Guinness, and white-chocolate coconut. Sharing these treats with all of Boston and Cambridge is The Brucemobile, a yellow delivery van painted with a picture of Cakeology's panda mascot, Bruce, whose bamboo cupcakes have yet to make the menu.
Fresh Mango’s homemade yogurt recipe is time-tested—it was created by the founder’s grandmother. The staff follows that recipe to make its daily batches of all-natural frozen yogurt. Head to Fresh Mango’s yellow-and-white-striped café on the Boston Common and you can order “original” frozen yogurt or one of the rotating flavored yogurts and decorate it with any of more than 50 toppings, including roasted almonds, chocolate pretzels, rainbow sprinkles, and a harvest of fresh fruits. The low-fat treat is prepared from live, active cultures, and Fresh Mango also doles out healthful smoothies that are shaken up and blended in off-site bumper cars.
Unless they’re drinking copious amounts of his namesake beer, tour goers along the Freedom Trail won’t likely catch a glimpse of famous revolutionary Sam Adams. But they will hear tales about his struggle for freedom from the British—the kind of struggle that made Boston a hotbed of revolutionary activity in the 1800s. Led by costume-clad tour guides, The Path to Independence tour takes visitors along the red brick path toward famed landmarks such as Boston Common, Old Granary Burying Ground, Old South Meeting House, and Old North Church. At each spot, they’ll learn about the site’s role in colonial Boston, from its founding years in the 1630s to the fight for American independence and the key players in the fight, including Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and John Hancock.
Short for Boston yogurt, Boyo cools cravings with a fresh selection of frozen treats. Its menu's main feature is the rotating selection of frozen yogurts ($2.75–$4.95), packed full of protein, calcium, and anti-antibiotic probiotics. Pair a portion with any of the more than 50 toppings, including fresh fruits, candies, sauces, and cereals. Boyo also scoops a selection of gelato ($2.99–$4.99), sorbet ($2.99–$4.99), and Brigham's ice cream ($2.75–$4.95), which can be swirled into smoothies ($4.75), sorbetto spritzers ($3.99), or scattered across a canvas and sold as modern art. Micromunchers seeking room-temperature temptations can get their fix at the bulk-candy bar, which amasses 48 bins of different candies to mix and match.