Welcome to East Boston!

East Boston has something to offer for everyone...

East Boston has a long and proud tradition as a major entry point for immigrants to the Greater Boston area. While the nations and cultures have changed over time, from the Irish & Eastern European Jews around the turn of the 20th century, to the Italians who defined the neighborhood for much of the 20th century, to members of the Latin community from Colombia and Central America – who have become the majority of the population in recent decades – the spirit of East Boston as the starting point for the American Dream has remained unchanged.

These various influences have left their mark on the neighborhood, or if we are being more precise their flavor. East Boston is, pound for pound, one of the best food neighborhoods in Boston. While many know East Boston for legendary Italian restaurants like Rino’s Place and the original Santarpio’s Pizza, the amount of high quality offerings are robust and reflect the true diversity of the community.

We have everything from traditional deli fare at Meridian Market, to gourmet sandwiches at Dough East Boston, to some of the best pupuserias around. If you are on the go you can grab an amazing chicken burrito at Cactus Grill in Maverick Square. If you want to have a drink and a meal while watching a football game with friends you can try Maverick Marketplace for a pitcher and the Pats. Or maybe you think of football more globally, in which case head down to La Hacienda for sopa and La Copa. If Aussie Rules is more your style how about a match and a meat pie at KO Pies in the shipyard. These suggestions only scratch the surface of the culinary delights East Boston has to offer.

But there is so much more to see and do than just grab an incredible meal. East Boston has one of the best views of the Boston skyline anywhere, perfect for grabbing a great photo at sunrise or sunset. The neighborhood also boasts one of the top parks in the area in the East Boston Piers Park – a former derelict industrial pier that has been converted into a crown jewel of the neighborhood, and which attracts thousands of visitors annually.

Whether you are coming through on your way to Logan International Airport, visiting friends or family, or looking for a safe, supportive community to live or start a small business, East Boston has something to offer everyone. East Boston Main Streets is proud to be a part of the continued growth and success of this vibrant, eclectic, and dynamic community.


  • History

    The richness of East Boston history can be found in every corner of the neighborhood. Once alive with manufacturing facilities, now home to Boston’s most vibrant immigrant community.

  • Community

    East Boston offers incredible programming opportunities from nationally recognized youth music program, Zumix, to Veronica Robles’ cultural center.

  • Recreation

    With over 50 miles of bike and running trails, the Piers Park Sailing Center, the YMCA, and miles of dedicated green space and sport fields, Eastie living is one of a kind.

  • Diversity of Businesses

    East Boston supports a tremendous diversity of businesses. From delicious ethnic cuisine from all over the globe to multi-generational owned construction companies, we’ve got it all.

  • Transportation

    Located just one stop away from downtown Boston, you can access the MBTA Blue Line, a vast bus system, water taxis and ferries, and of course Logan Airport.

  • Art

    The history of East Boston and the heart of our community is displayed in multiple public art works. Enjoy the vast painted murals throughout our neighborhood and explore the treasured art documents housed at our branch of the Public Library.

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Eating Around

East Boston is one of Boston’s most diverse and vibrant neighborhoods, and this is reflected in its dining options. Eastie has something for everyone, from classic Italian to Latin American and everything in between. Eastie’s dining scene is no longer a secret of Boston, with many of Eastie’s restaurants having been featured on such TV shows as “Phantom Gourmet” and “Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives.”
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Don't miss these sweet spots:

  • Rino's Place

    If you mention East Boston to just about anyone in the city, they’ll want to know if you’ve been to Rino’s. Featured on the Phantom Gourmet and Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, this food and the hospitality is not to be missed. Learn more about Rino's!

  • El Peñol

    In East Boston you can enjoy authentic cuisine from all over the world. at El Penol, you’ll enjoy the rich traditions of Colombian fare. Learn more about El Peñol!

  • Taqueria Jalisco

    If you want to know where to grab tacos in East Boston, Taqueria Jalisco is often at the top of the list. This is Mexican fare at its best.

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