Boston is a city full of cool, diverse women – and there really is something for everyone. Whether you’re a history buff, an art geek, a RedSox die-hard, or a major foodie, it’s not hard to find something up your alley. But juuuussstttt in case you’re drawing a blank when trying to think of something for your first vina date, we’ve compiled a list of some must-have spots to get to know your new Boston bestie.
Impress Artsy Vinas @ the Institute of Contemporary Art
We all love the MFA and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, but if you’re looking for a culture fix that’s a little different, try the Institute of Contemporary Art in the Seaport district. It’s only one floor of art, which is perfect for your first vina-date. After checking out the current exhibits, make sure to check out the ah-mazing museum shop (the best-smelling candle I’ve ever purchased came from the ICA gift shop😻) and the café, which boasts an impressive mezze plate and delish coffee. Also, the ICA hosts tons of events throughout the year including dance parties, yoga classes, and popular chef demonstrations that would all be super fun to do with your vinas!
Nifty and Thrifty @ the Oliver Best Market
Let’s admit it – we ALL have a shopping problem. And what better people to enable us than our new vinas? Make a date to go to the Oliver Best Market in Allston. You’ll find tons of vintage goods and art from local vendors. After talking and checking out the goods for a little bit, try this exercise: give yourselves a budget of $10-$20 and 15 minutes to find something to buy for each other! Each of you will end up with something great at the end, plus you both may realize you already know each other better than you thought.
Get Your Grub On @ the Boston Public Market
If you haven’t checked out the new Boston Public Market, you’re in for a treat. It’s basically a foodie’s heaven, complete with a craft beer stand, vegan donuts, and the best hot chocolate you will ever have (trust me). Not to mention the countless farm-fresh cheese, meat, and produce vendors. It’s the perfect first vina date because it gives you plenty of time to talk and get to know each other as you roam the stands and figure out what to eat. May I suggest…everything?
Selfie Queens on the Esplanade
This time of year, the Esplanade is the nicest place to spend some time outdoors, especially because it’s about 100% less touristy than the Commons. During the Summer, the college kids are gone and the locals come out to play. There are endless possibilities for things to do down by the Charles: pack a picnic, go for a bike ride, take a swim á la BU’s Dean Elmore*, or take selfies on one of the docks – it’s sure to be a good time!
*not actually recommended – brrrr! 💦❄️💦❄️💦❄️
What are you fave hangouts in Boston? Let us know in the comments below!
(Feature image by @ggabriella)