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.

  1. 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 Rafael.jpgestablishments 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 Craigie 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. 

    IMG_1112.JPGMy 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.

  2. 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.

  3. There are activities to enjoy every season (and it’s not always winter)

    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 time.

    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.