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Boston Visitors' Guide MapNumbers correspond to the listings below.
Bike Rides For Ordinary People (various locations) Low-key community rides for cyclists of all abilities. bikeridesfop.org
Bike Tours Of Cambridge (various locations) Themed rides that range from silly to informative (past themes have included a Bow Tie Ride and a Public Art Bike Tour). Most tours incorporate brief talks and end with free refreshments. cambridgebikes.org
Charles River Wheelmen (various locations) This social club organizes weekly bike rides and extended trips. crw.org
(1 ) Flour Bakery And Cafe (12 Farnsworth St., Boston) The place for all of your baked goods needs (be sure to try their version of an Oreo). There are plenty of places to lock up your bike on the sidewalk while you get your sugar fix. flourbakery.com
(2) Dewey Square Food Trucks/Boston Public Market (intersection of Atlantic Ave., Summer St. and Federal St. in Boston) You can find some of the city’s best food trucks, including Mei Mei Street Kitchen and Clover, in Dewey Square Plaza. On Tuesdays and Thursdays from May through November, you’ll also find a bustling farmers’ market. There’s plenty of bike parking next to South Station. rosekennedygreenway.org/visit/food
163 Vietnamese Sandwiches (66 Harrison Ave., Boston) No-frills Vietnamese fare – great for a picnic next to the Chinatown Gate at the intersection of Beach Street and Surface Road.
(3) Taiwan Café (34 Oxford St., Boston) A gem of a restaurant, offering hard-to-find Taiwanese specialties. Cash only. taiwancafeboston.com
The Butcher Shop (552 Tremont St., Boston) Chef Barbara Lynch is a Boston institution – a trip to the city isn’t complete without a visit to one of her restaurants. You can sit down and eat your charcuterie in house or grab provisions from the attached store. thebutchershopboston.com
Algiers Coffee House (40 Brattle St., Cambridge) The food at Algiers is nothing special, but the atmosphere is spectacular. The upstairs seating area is gorgeous, and the staff doesn’t mind if you linger over your pot of tea for hours.
Charlie's Kitchen (10 Eliot St., Cambridge) Charlie’s is a little grungy, but that’s part of its charm. The beer garden, open in the spring and summer, is not to be missed. charlieskitchen.com
(4) Diesel Cafe (257 Elm St., Somerville) You might have to fight the creative types and students parked in Diesel’s booths to get a seat, but the quirky vibe and the coffee are worth it (plus you can play a game of pool while you wait). In the warmer months, there’s a bike corral out front that quickly fills up with fixies and city bikes. diesel-cafe.com
M3 (382 Highland Ave., Somerville) Davis Square’s hippest new eatery specializes in Southern comfort food. Prepare for a wait, as the line is always out the door and they don’t take reservations. imwithmeat.com
Olecito (12 Springfield St., Cambridge) Any Boston dweller will tell you that our fair city lacks good Mexican food, but Olecito is doing its part to change that. Excellent tacos and burritos, ample outdoor seating, and plenty of sidewalk bike parking. olerestaurantgroup.com/olecito
(5) Backbar(9 Sanborn Ct., Somerville) One of the best cocktail bars in the area, offering innovative drinks and stellar snacks (they recently started doing a limited run of ramen in the afternoons – snap it up before it runs out). backbarunion.com
(12) The Midtown Hotel (220 Huntington Ave., Boston) The MidTown’s Pedal-N-Play Package includes bike rentals through Urban AdvenTours. midtownhotel.com
(13) Liberty Hotel (215 Charles St., Boston) The über-trendy Liberty, a refurbished jail, also offers bike packages through Urban AdvenTours. libertyhotel.com
(14) Hotel Marlowe (25 Edwin H. Land Blvd., Cambridge) Located near the Charles River bike path, Hotel Marlowe provides complimentary bike and kayak rentals. hotelmarlowe.com
(11) Urban Adventours (103 Atlantic Ave., Boston) Guided tours, rentals, gear, and repairs. urbanadventours.com
Hubway Bike Share (various locations) Boston’s fast-growing bike share has stations throughout the metro area. thehubway.com
(8) Hub Bicycle (1064 Cambridge St., Cambridge) Small, friendly shop dedicated to repairs. hubbicycle.com
(9) Bikes Not Bombs (18 Bartlett Square, Jamaica Plain) Activist-oriented shop that refurbishes used bicycles for sale and for youth and international programs. bikesnotbombs.org
(10) Back Bay Bicycles (362 Commonwealth Ave., Boston) Friendly, conveniently located shop offering bikes, gear, and repairs.
Massbikes Advocacy group dedicated to creating a bike-friendly atmosphere throughout the state. massbike.org
Boston Cyclists Union Advocacy group based in Boston focusing on promoting the everyday use of bicycles for transportation. bostoncyclistsunion.org
Boston Bikes Mayor Menino’s multifaceted initiative to make Boston a world-class bicycling city. cityofboston.gov/bikes
Livable Streets Umbrella organization dedicated to advocacy for biking, walking, and mass transit. livablestreets.info
Bicycles Benefits Pick up a helmet sticker and get discounts at a wide variety of participating area businesses. bicyclebenefits.org