Hailed as 1 of 11 coffee shops that “put Boston on the map,” according to the Boston Globe, Simon's Coffee Shop decided the only way to top itself was to literally put itself on the map again. Despite just opening, Simon’s Too looks a little more grown-up than its predecessor. Instead of playful orange walls, the coffee shop has exposed brick; instead of scrawling the menu items in multicolored chalk, the baristas print them carefully with white block letters. But Simon’s Too still has the same energy as the flagship location. And it still uses only local coffee, which is brewed from beans roasted in Arlington and Acton. Like a cartoon pie cooling on a windowsill, the coffee bean grinder entices guests with its deep aromas, luring patrons to the wooden counter to order one of the day’s available soups or a signature drink concocted by a La Marzocco espresso machine.
Recognizing that there is a strength in numbers, Borealis Yoga strives to create a compassionate sense of community among all of its students so that the members can draw support and encouragement from each other as they further their practice. This practice is ideal for any ability level since the instructors lead an array of classes that embrace yoga styles intended for adults as well as children. Gently paced sessions emphasize stretches and a sense of introspective calm while the more physically engaging classes incorporate asana sequences or core-strengthening exercises on top of the fundamental poses. Regardless of the intensity of the class, every session incorporates mindful breathing exercises and meditation in addition to the physical asanas.
The upscale shops and restaurants of the Back Bay provide a picturesque backdrop for afternoon tea at London Cafe, nestled inside the brownstone façade of Royalton Suites. The lobby's hanging chandelier beckons visitors inside the boutique hotel, where they can assemble in the tearoom to sample classic English teas, sandwiches, and pastries shaped like their favorite Beatle.
Lots of restaurants afford their diners stunning views, but Charles River Bistro truly makes the most of its location. The eatery boasts Parisian-style outdoor seating with views of the Charles River lagoon. Here, passersby sit with their pooches and enjoy lobster rolls and hot paninis?plus vegetarian and vegan eats?and get a side of complimentary doggie treats.
After their meals, guests can grab the caf?'s frisbees, whiffle balls, soccer balls, and chessboards and head to the surrounding park grounds. Charles River Bistro also sells staple outdoor supplies, including sunscreen, beach blankets, and insect repellant. It encourages people to stock up on snacks and supplies and head to the adjacent DCR Hatch Shell to watch a flick or stare unblinking into the eyes of a musician until they become so uncomfortable that they hand over a guitar pick.