When we meet prospective students at our weekly information sessions, we tend to get quite a few
questions about living in Boston. What’s the startup community like?
Where’s the best brunch spot? Does winter ever end?
To answer all of these questions we sat down with two of our second year
students, who are busy checking off items on their Boston bucket lists
before they graduate this spring.
Here are a few of the things Rafael Hines (MBA 2015) and Christiane
Felts (MBA 2015) felt you should know about Boston as you consider a move
to the city.
There are some seriously great places to eat and drink
Rafael: The restaurant and bar scene far
exceeds what one initially thinks of when Boston comes to mind. In
addition the top restaurants like No. 9 Park and L’espalier, several
new and innovative chefs have opened establishments in Boston
and are receiving critical acclaim (Hungry
Mother’s chef Barry Maiden is a 2015 nominee for the James
Beard Award). There are also great bars like Empire
and Brahmin that are pretty much guaranteed to
lead to a great night of fun.
Closer to campus, there is a large selection of great
restaurants right in Cambridge. Harvest, Rialto, and Henrietta’s
Table are all located right in Harvard Square, while
on Main is a quick cab ride away. Park, the
preferred bar of HBS is a three minute walk from campus and is
always full of HBS students meeting for drinks or small group
dinners. And despite what critics may say, there is always The
Kong, a revered, three-story Harvard establishment that is
always a blast.
favorite restaurant in Boston is Toro, a
tapas restaurant, and while I prefer evening activities, when I do
get up early enough for brunch Beehive in
Boston is a great choice.
Christiane: My friends and I have been on a
mission to try as many Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville
restaurants as possible! There are excellent spots in
Cambridge, Somerville, and
throughout Boston. Because I love oysters – and the fact
they’re available year-round here – my favorite spot might have
to be Neptune Oyster in the North End.
Daedalus (great rooftop!) and Boathouse have been some of my favorite
neighborhood Cambridge bars during my two years here.
It’s is an incredibly innovative city
Rafael: HBS, and Boston in general, has a
dynamic startup community. On campus, your classes will be filled
with students who have already launched successful entrepreneurial
ventures or are hoping to use HBS as a launch pad to do so. Outside
of HBS, there is also a vibrant startup community in Boston. Many
entrepreneurial ventures have offices in the Kendall Square area of
Cambridge, and Boston overall is widely regarded as a leader in
healthcare focused entrepreneurial enterprises.
Christiane: Boston is a great place to spend two
years (or more!). There is such a cool academic energy here given
the number of awesome universities in the city. Being in Boston is
also tremendously beneficial in terms of job opportunities for
partners who move here as well. My husband has been able to be
incredibly involved in HBS activities while also only being a 3
mile drive from his office in the Back Bay.
There are activities to enjoy every season (and it’s not
Favorite Fall Activities:
Rafael: The Head of the Charles Regatta.
Christiane: The Harvard vs Yale football game.
Favorite Winter Activities:
Rafael: Late night get-togethers
when you and your friends stay in to avoid the icy weather.
Christiane: Skiing and snowshoeing in New
Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont.
Favorite Spring Activities:
Rafael: Getting reacquainted with
Boston on foot after a winter of commuting around the city via the
T and taxis.
Christiane: Patriots’ Day/Marathon Monday has been
hands down my favorite spring day the past two years. The energy in
the city is absolutely contagious and it is so much fun to run from
campus to the marathon course to support the marathoners and
celebrate with a drink or two near Fenway.
Favorite Summer Activities:
Rafael: Jogging along the Charles
River, taking sailing lessons, and dining at any and all
restaurants with outdoor seating.
Christiane: We have loved catching as many Red Sox
games as possible. Summer weather in Boston is absolutely fantastic
and the entire city seems to be outdoors all the
So what’s still on Rafael and Christiane’s
bucket lists before they graduate? For Rafael it’s a visit to
Walden Pond and a drink at Barbara Lynch’s
cocktail bar, Drink. For Christiane – who has
already caught Red Sox, Celtics, and Patriots games – it’s a visit
to TD Garden see the Boston Bruins play.