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The Essential Newcomer’s Guide to Back Bay

October 14th, 2022

Are you a new Back Bay Resident? Learn about the essentials of your new neighborhood — Local grocers to fill your fridge, furniture stores to fill your space, and florists for that final touch.

If you haven’t moved to the Back Bay yet, click here to view current homes for sale or rent.


Trader Joe’s 

Trader Joe’s is your neighborhood grocery store filled with unconventional products, as well as everyday basics like milk, eggs, and fresh produce. This location also features a large Back Bay-themed mural as you travel down the escalator.

Address: 899 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02115

Trader Joe's on Boylston

Photo Courtesy of Trader Joe’s

Copley Square Farmers Market

Boston’s biggest and busiest farmers market is located in the heart of Back Bay in Copley Square, open rain or shine from May to November every Tuesday and Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM. This market features over three dozen local farmers and food producers and offers a vibrant selection of produce, proteins, baked goods, ready-to-eat meals, and more. Enjoy a pastry after strolling through the market on the steps of the Boston Public Library, which is right across the street.

Copley Square Farmers Market

Photo Courtesy of Michael Ascanio Peguero

Eataly Boston

New Back Bay Residents can transport to Italy (but without the travel) by visiting Eataly in the Prudential Center. This unique destination features a vibrant Italian marketplace, a variety of Italian restaurants, fast-casual meal options, a wine shop, and more! Brush up on your cooking skills and book a class, or take advantage of Eataly’s seasonal events, such as the Annual Wine & Cheese Fest.

Address: 800 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

Terra at Eataly Boston

Photo Courtesy of Open Table

Furniture & Home Décor

RH (Restoration Hardware)

Back Bay Residents must visit RH’s flagship store in Boston comprised of Four levels and 40,000 square feet, featuring artistic installations of home furnishings in a gallery setting. Located on the park-like block of Berkeley Street between Newbury and Boylston, enter an interior design fantasy when you step foot in RH, an upscale home-furnishings store. RH also offers professional design services in a studio environment, and an indoor conservatory and park.

Address: 234 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116

RH Boston

Photo Courtesy of Restoration Hardware

Room & Board

For five levels of magazine-worthy modern design inspiration visit Room & Board, located on Newbury Street! Room & Board offers a variety of artisan-crafted furniture and decorations for your dream home. Back Bay houses the only in-person store in Massachusetts, so you’ll want to take advantage!

Address: 375 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115

Room & Board Boston

Photo Courtesy of Eric Antoniou


Winston Flowers

Winston Flowers, which originated as a pushcart of flowers on Newbury Street, has grown to become the most well known florist in Boston and throughout New England. Their first brick and mortar store is on Newbury Street and features exquisite floral arrangements designed by the best Boston florists, custom bouquets, gourmet gift boxes, hand-poured candles, and more. You can arrange same-day flower delivery to Boston, including Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Cambridge, Fenway, the South End, and many more surrounding areas.

Address: 131 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116

Winston Flowers Boston

Photo Courtesy of Mark Schafer Photography