Instagram-Worthy Foodie Places in Boston

By Emily Wu

Going out to eat is hands down one of life’s greatest pastimes. Even though the primary reason of ordering food is to actually eat it, snapping a photo of your meal and sharing it on Instagram is just as important. With unique spots all over the city, Boston is the perfect place to brunch, snack and dine. So whether you’re running an aspiring Instagram foodie account or someone that is in desperate need of a food pic to break up a constant stream of selfies, these five places have all been taste-tested and photo-approved.

1. Dig Inn

Located in Copley Square, Dig Inn is an eatery with vibrant food and an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere. Enjoy wholesome food like a market bowl of roasted farro, maple & Sriracha brussel sprouts, wild sockeye salmon and Chioggia beets for lunch. If you’re willing to get up early, they also make a killer avocado toast that’s served on the breakfast menu until 10:30 a.m. The clean, simple and bright décor of the dining area makes the perfect backdrop to any Instagram photo. If muted pink chairs, marble tables and succulents are your thing, Dig Inn should be at the top of your list.

What to order: Avocado toast with lemon zest ricotta and kale salt, iced matcha latte

Source:  CDN1

Source: CDN1

2. Tatte

With multiple locations scatted around Boston and Cambridge, this local bakery chain is probably already all over your Instagram feed. It’s the perfect place to sit down for brunch or to grab a cup of coffee and pastry to go. The eclectic light fixtures and reclaimed metal chairs give the bakery a vintage vibe that work well with the natural lighting to create the perfect Instagram shot. The beauty of the bakery doesn’t mean the food is any less delicious. Tatte offers a wide variety of handmade pastries as well as brunch items, soups and salads.

What to order: Shakshuka, pear tart, fresh squeezed orange juice

3. The Courtyard Restaurant

With its regal architecture and beautiful courtyard, the Boston Public Library is already a popular Instagram spot. Located inside the library, the Courtyard Restaurant runs a tea service Monday through Sunday, 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The sandwiches, sweets and teas are adorable enough on their own to warrant an Instagram post but after you finish having tea, explore the rest of the BPL for more photo ops.

Source: Loews Hotels

Source: Loews Hotels

4. Precinct Kitchen + Bar 

Looking for an Instagram opportunity but also want to sit down for dinner? Precinct in the Loews Hotel can help you kill two birds with one stone. Not only is their food super delicious, but the soft lighting and industrial-looking tables make any photo you take look 100 times better. Try ordering multiple plates and drinks to create a diverse spread. If you’re not feeling hungry enough for a full meal, swing by any day from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. for $2 oysters.

What to order: Charcuterie board, smoked pork & bacon nachos, cage-free deviled eggs

5. Eataly

Last but not least, the highly anticipated Eataly. The recently opened Italian marketplace boasts a collection of cafes, counters and restaurants. Take your pick of house-made roasted butternut squash ravioli, sweet Italian sausage & roasted potato pizza, a ricotta cannoli topped with candied orange and tiramisu gelato. The choices are endless. The best part of going to Eataly is that there’s no need to order something just because you think it’ll photograph well. In fact, you don’t even need to spend a penny to get a great shot for Instagram because the entire dining emporium is full of food on display and is extremely photogenic on its own. 

Must See: The Middle School Throwback in NEU's Theatre Department's Latest Musical

By: Non Kuramoto

Remember those awkward middle school days, when you felt lonely, but didn't know how to express it? You felt misunderstood by your friends and family, and had no real way to measure your success? Have you hoped to have grown out of all of that since, but still notice that it's never really left you? Sometimes, you catch a glimpse of that person as you look into the mirror. How do you feel?

The Northeastern University Theatre Department presents the laugh-out-loud musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, filled with quirky characters and catchy tunes that will have you jamming out.

Directed by Scott Edmiston, Chair of the Theatre Department, the musical achieves a balance between being incredibly funny and leaving pits in our stomachs from nostalgia of how difficult pre-pubescent life was for all of us.

The costuming is a key element that brings the characters to life, both on stage and within the audience members’ childhood memories. The costume designer for this play is Beckie Price CAMD’17, a fourth year theatre major on the production track with a concentration in costume design.

I interviewed Beckie about the process of designing costumes for a theatrical production, and to get her take on the play from a designer’s perspective.

N: How did you become the designer of the show?

B: I assisted Frances [Frances McSherry—also the advisor of Fashion and Retail Society!] when she designed costumes for The House of Bernarda Alba last semester. Scott was looking for a designer for his show, and she recommended me to him.

N: What has the process been like?

B: The process has been really great. It was very collaborative from the start. The design team (Director, costumes, set, light, sound, etc) met about the concept before winter break so we had time to hash it out, then we met again after winter break to finalize it. The entire design team came up with the concept together, so we were confident going in that our final products would work well together. I also met individually with Scott a couple of times to get his opinions on specific costuming ideas.

N: So what was the concept?

B: We started off by discussing a lot of different ideas—like do we want to be literal, or do we want to make everything abstract? In the end, we ended up choosing the very literal path; the theatre looks like a middle school gym and the audience seating is classroom chairs. We really wanted the audience to experience the “return to middle school” nostalgia, and to draw them in to feel sympathy for the kids. Also, since a lot of the songs are inside the characters’ heads and have fantastical elements to it, having the visual aspects be literal kept everything grounded.

N: What was the process of designing and finding costume pieces?

B: I did a ton of online research at the beginning. Several characters have very specific clothes, like a Catholic girls’ school uniform or a grammar school uniform. One character is a Boy Scout, and I had to figure out how many badges would make sense for his age. To get the pieces themselves, I did a lot of shopping. I searched through shops ranging from Old Navy to The Garment District, and found some stuff online.

N: What were some of the challenges you faced?

B: The hardest part was making everybody look like kids. I mean, I’m dressing college students to look like middle schoolers! I focused a lot on hiding curves in girls, and making them look as shapeless as possible. For the guys, I gave them tighter pants. [laughs] 

N: Which is your favorite costume?

Leaf Coneybear. I love his costume. His cape is traditionally red, but Scott and I decided that he lived on a farm with his huge family and hippy parents… so we tie-dyed his cape. Olive usually wears overalls, but I put them on Leaf. In the play, Rona mentions that Leaf makes his own clothes, so I’m putting a bunch of patches on the overalls to give it the hand-made look. He also wears a helmet that looks like a bear because he falls a lot, and wears cowboy boots. It’s all just so adorable.

N: What do you want people to look forward to in the play?

B: The show is just super fun, and the actors portray their characters perfectly—obviously the costumes help! I’ve seen the play a couple times already, and it makes me laugh every time. The show calls for audience volunteers and has a lot of ad-lib, so the play changes every night and you never know what you’re going to see!

N: What do you have in store for you?

B: Well, this coming fall, I will be on Co-op at the Drury Lane Costume Shop in Chicago. They make costumes for a lot of plays that move to Broadway, so I’m very excited. After I graduate, I plan to continue pursuing costuming, both designing and in the costume shop. I hope to stay in theatre because the TV and film industry can be more political while theatre will give me the freedom to be creative. Also, I just love the live aspect of theatre!  


Photo by Non Kuramoto

Photo by Non Kuramoto

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee opens on Tuesday, March 22 and runs until Sunday April 3. Tickets are $5-$8 for students and $12 for adults and available on MyNEU

Images: Northeastern University Theatre Department, Becky Price