With over 450,000 Instagram followers combined, Maggie and Emma MacDonald know a thing or two about how to attract the masses. Turns out, it’s just themselves. Originally from Dennis, Massachusetts on Cape Cod, the sisters have been documenting the ins and outs of their daily lives—from something as mundane as their coffee order to broader health, wellness, and home decor tips—for years. Boston, however, has always been their second home.
“We had grown up coming to the city for as long as we can remember,” says 24-year-old Maggie, “Our parents owned a small apartment right in the heart of the North End which is such a special place for us.” 19-year-old Emma adds, “It is a small city, which makes it manageable, but it truly has so much character. We are proud to call ourselves Bostonians because of how much this city has to offer.”
Here, the sisters share some of their favorite restaurants, cafés, and more.
745 Atlantic Avenue; 29 Northern Avenue
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“There is so much we love about the city. If we were to pick our favorites and create a ‘dream morning,’ we would get up early and go watch the sunrise at Pier BLVD in Seaport. Then, we would get coffee at La Colombe, specifically an Oat Black and Tan.”
Tatte Bakery & Café
“A little later for breakfast, we would go to Tatte Bakery & Café. Our go-to’s on the menu are the Avocado Tartine and Garden Vegetable Bowl.”
253 Summer Street; 271 Dartmouth Street
“For the best Mexican in Boston, go to Lolita. In the summer, sit outside by the water at the Fort Point location.”
111 Salem Street
“Our favorite restaurant in the whole world is a small family owned Italian restaurant in the North End, Benevento’s. The food is INCREDIBLE. All of their pastas are homemade and they melt in your mouth. The kitchen is right in the middle of the restaurant so you can see and smell all of the delicious meals being made. Growing up, we tried every restaurant you could think of in the North End and Benevento’s is by far our favorite. We still go regularly, it’s our tradition! If you go, you have to get the homemade fusilli pasta with your dish, it’s to die for.”
290-296 Hanover Street
“After dinner, head down the block and get dessert at either Caffé Vittoria, our favorite gelato and almond milk cappuccino.”
134 Salem Street
“Another great dessert option is Bova’s Bakery! Emma wrote her name in the concrete when they were redoing the sidewalk 10 years ago across from Bova’s and it’s still there.”