Simmons is located in a great location with easy access to most everything Boston has to offer. This includes some of the best shopping and most diverse food on the East Coast. These are just a few of the interesting neighborhoods in and around Boston.
Coolidge Corner in Brookline (Accessible by the MBTA C-line) is home to a wide range of boutiques, ethnic restaurants and grocery stores. This neighborhood is a great place to spend a day exploring. If you are a hands on type of person there are many great classes offered in the area as well as a studio where you can paint your own pottery.
The North End is an Italian Neighborhood located (Accessible by the MBTA Orange/Green Line to Haymarket). If you plan on going to one of its many fine Italian restaurants, make reservations. The dining rooms are small and the food is delicious. Make sure to stop into one of the local pastry shops for a cannoli and espresso. The neighborhood is full of specialty shops, bakeries, and little Italian marketplaces.
Fanueil Hall Marketplace is sometimes referred to as Quincy Market (Accessible by the MBTA Orange/Green Line to Haymarket or Green Line to Government Center). By day the area draws a large crowd of families and tourists looking to experience great food and shopping. Quincy Market showcases many of Boston's finest craftsmen as vendors line the length of the Market inside and out. You will also find a wide variety of ethnic foods readily available. At night, the shops close down and Fanueil Hall turns into one of Boston's hotspots for young adults.
Haymarket is Boston's open air market (Accessible by the MBTA Orange/Green Line to Haymarket). This large market is open year around on Friday evenings and Saturdays until mid-afternoon. Bartering is a welcomed part of the experience when buying from the vendors. You can find everything from fish to vegetables for very reasonable prices. Be sure to bring cash, credit card machines are probably the only thing you won't find among the fresh produce.
Newbury St./Back Bay is the shopping hub of Boston (Accessible by the MBTA Green Line to Hynes Convention Center/Copley/Prudential stop). You will find a large mix of National Retailers and Specialty Shops lining Newbury and Boylston Streets. In nice weather you will also find plenty of open patios for outdoor dining.
South End is home to many locally owned restaurants and boutiques (Accessible by the MBTA Orange Line to Back Bay Station or Green Line to Copley). There is a diverse range of ethnic restaurants and cafés to choose from. Tremont Street (Restaurant Row) runs directly through the South End.
Harvard Square is located in Cambridge, just across the river from Boston (Accessible by the MBTA Red Line to Harvard Square). This is a very culturally diverse area and many college students find it to be one of the more affordable dining and shopping areas of Boston.
Chinatown is nestled between the Theater District and Downtown Crossing (Accessible by the MBTA Orange Line to Chinatown). There are many shops filled with silk, exotic foods, and souvenirs. The restaurants are endless and filled with many authentic cuisines. If you plan to head out for a late night dinner, grab a few friends and be aware of your surroundings.