Cambridgeport

Hugged by the Charles River to the south, this primarily residential neighborhood is a picturesque parade of triple-decker homes, children-strewn parks, and the occasional grade school or academic research building. Commerce ranges from the un-ironic industrial (vintage electronics repair), to the vaguely suburban (three major supermarkets), to the charmingly earnest (a tuxedo boutique) - with a soul food shack and a throne-festooned Irish bar thrown in for good effect. And for you snack-history buffs: In the late 1800s the iconic cake-and-fruit Fig Newton cookie was first manufactured here at the F. A. Kennedy Steam Bakery.