Explore Piers Park on a sunny day.
Nestled in the harbor, Piers Park is home to several playgrounds, a fitness area, and some truly lovely views of the water. There is even a sailing center accessible through the park for the more adventurous among us. But whether you want to sail the harbor or just enjoy a picnic, Piers Park is a fantastic East Boston location.
Grab a pie at Santarpio’s Pizza.
Did you not have time to pack a lunch for that Piers Park picnic? You are in for a treat. Santarpio’s Pizza on Chelsea Street is widely recognized by Bostonians as the best pizza joint in the neighborhood. In fact, the eatery won Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston Award for pizza three years in a row. Just make sure to bring cash, as this no-frills joint has no time for credit cards.
Tour Downeast Cider House.
If it is too cold or rainy for Piers Park, you cannot go wrong with a tour and flight of cider at Downeast Cider House. After all, if apple pie is all-American, then hard cider is all-Bostonian. Just make a reservation online to see the shiny new East Boston brewery on a Friday evening, or on Saturday or Sunday during the day.
Pile on the hash browns at Donna’s Restaurant.
Need to carb-load before that brewery tour? No Boston neighborhood would be complete without a favorite diner, and Eastie is no exception. Donna’s Restaurant on Saratoga Street is known and loved for its classic breakfast and lunch fare. And if you are gluten free, Donna has you covered with celiac-friendly pancakes. Drop in for the adorable and elaborate Disney murals, stay for the oh-so-New England diner food.