Last Sunday, July 22, 168 Phillips Exeter Summer students took an hour-long bus ride to spend a day in Boston, Massachusetts. Though the skies initially promised rain, they later cleared to reveal a cloudless blue sky. The Summer Times investigated popular haunts in the city, rating them on a scale of 10.

Prudential Center Mall:

800 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

A tower of glass sandwiched between two red brick buildings, the mall represents the unique mix of new and old Boston culture that so many tourists come to see. A quick visit revealed that the relative neo-baroque architecture continues within the building, combining modern escalators with older European structures. The mall contains a wide range of stores including Lululemon Athletica, Under Armour, Loft, and Oakley. Stands line the expansive hallways, selling items and services ranging from Boston merchandise to phone cases.


Snappy Sushi:

108 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116

Located on chic Newbury Street, Snappy Sushi is a two-story Japanese restaurant specializing in sushi. It offers many other foods including ramen and poke, as well as fast service. The waiters were doting and responded quickly to requests, even offering practice chopsticks for beginners.


Mother Juice:

291 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115

A hole-in-the-wall cafe, Mother Juice provides a comfortable, yet fresh atmosphere to talk with friends or just relax. Chalkboard menus are hung on the wall, listing items such as smoothies and acai bowls. Its focus on tasty but healthy foods has attracted many a passerby. Though difficult to find, the cafe is located just below Newbury Street at the bottom of a short stairwell. 



359 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115

This Japanese store for household goods has captured the attention of those all over the world. Customers are immediately welcomed by distinct smells of diffusers and a food sample station. The store provides a slice of Japanese culture, selling various Japanese goods including classic snacks, stationery, and other knick-knacks. Despite how many of their items are made in Japan, prices remain relatively low, attracting throngs of curious customers. It even offers a sitting area for tired shoppers.


Sweet Green:

659 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

A “Chipotle-style” restaurant, Sweet Green is the perfect place for a quick, healthy meal. It provides an assortment of salads, warm bowls, and customizable foods. By allowing its customers to order online as well as in person, the restaurant can efficiently serve food to large groups of people without being overwhelmed. In addition, the relatively vast seating area gives space and privacy for customers to easily converse or concentrate.