• Chris Calderaro Correa

THINGS TO DO - Reading Week Edition

Updated: Nov 27, 2019

Author: Prachetas Kanisetty

Reading week, the time of the month we have all been waiting for is finally here. Yes, it does serve the purpose of providing students with time to prepare for their exams but there is no “Thanksgiving break”, without an actual break. Given my personal experience, here is a short list of things to do during your week-long break.

Newbury Street

Start point: Urban Outfitters, 361 Newbury Street

Endpoint: Burberry, 2 Newbury Street

When taking a walk down Newbury Street, you can find yourself spending hours, if not a day, checking out the various spectrum of stores and mini cafes located on either side of the street. From high-end food and clothing to thrift shops and juiceries, Newbury Street has it all. If you are lucky enough, you can also expect to hear the occasional reviving of modern and classic cars complemented with a stunning visual of them.

Skywalk Observatory

Located in Prudential Center

Short 5-10 min walk from - Urban Outfitters, 361 Newbury Street

When visiting Newbury Street, be sure to make a quick 5-10 min walking trip to the Prudential Center. This building is home to a common shopping floor which caters to the tingling taste buds but also to the eager shopaholics.

Once in Prudential Center, find your way down to the Skywalk Observatory booth. Tickets for Students (with I.D) cost $17. Once you have your ticket, you just have to head to the elevator and travel up the Prudential Center. At the top, you will be greeted with a 360-degree view of Boston and Cambridge. The best time to visit this is during sunset time so if you do plan on packaging Newbury Street and Prudential Center together, you need to time your visit appropriately.

Places to Eat @ Prudential

Top of the Hub @ Prudential Center $$$

Located one floor above - Skywalk Observatory

Once in Prudential Center, you may want to finish off your visit with a nice sunset dinner. Top of the Hub offers premium food at a premium price. If you really do want to get the best out of this restaurant (both price and quantity-wise), I would highly suggest getting the Five-course meal. At a price of $80, it does seem quite hefty but it is value for money while at the same time, fulfilling your hunger.

Wagamama @ Prudential Center $$

One of the more affordable yet mouth-watering options is Wagamama. Wagamama has, hands down, one of the best ramens I have eaten in Boston. Yes, it does include rice, dumplings, and other options as part of its menu, but a trip to Wagamama is incomplete without ordering the famous “Short-rib beef” ramen. Cooked to perfection, the quality of the ramen is top-notch. For those who cannot eat beef, there are plenty of other good options too. I would highly recommend Wagamama if Top of the Hub is a bit out of your budget.

Boston Common

A short walk from - Burberry, 2 Newbury Street

Address - 139 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111

Regardless of whether or not you like history, nothing beats like a walk in the park. Boston Common is a great place to just chill, have a picnic, and catch a breeze.

AMC Loews Boston

A short walk from - Boston Common

Address: 175 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111

Want to catch a movie? Right next to Boston Common is AMC Loews Boston. I would highly suggest coming here on a Tuesday as you get $5 tickets, compared to $12 on other days. For this, you need to sign up to be an AMC member (free of cost).

Quincy Market

Address - 4 S Market St, Boston, MA 02109

This area is home to a lot of entertaining events, from live music, dances, to circus shows. Along with a few shopping stores like Urban Outfitters and Sephora, Quincy Market is packed with things to do. The food court inside Quincy Market caters to pretty much every taste bud. From lobster to Indian food, it has it all. Don’t forget to take a walk down the Harborwalk. It really is a relaxing setting by the waters.