The Wow: Nestled just south of Back Bay, the South End takes all of its neighbor’s upscale demeanor, leaves the tourist gleam behind, and gives it edge with award-winning restaurants, independent art galleries, adorable cafés, and all things boutique.
Why Now? Slowly and steadily, tourists are finding this place, either by word of mouth or by simply picking up a periodical. In the past two years, if a new restaurant opens, it’s usually in the South End, and folks are catching on.
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