Who knew? I certainly didn’t for about 20 years and I work right next door! Knowing I’m an avid reader, a college friend asked if I ever spent my lunch breaks over in the courtyard. Courtyard? I had no idea it existed and immediately took a stroll across the street to the iconic Boston Public Library and was amazed at what I encountered! An arcaded promenade with a water fountain in the middle, a replica of Frederick William MacMonnie’s Bacchante and Infant Fawn, surrounded by lovely landscaping. Whether you want to surf the net, people watch or read a great mystery novel, this is the place to visit.
With cafe seating, free wi-fi and an adjacent Map Room Cafe for a coffee and croissant or a gourmet sandwich (my favorite is the Balsamic Grilled Portobello Mushroom Sandwich and the Spinach Salad!) – the courtyard at the BPL is a wonderful escape in the heart of Back Bay Boston!