​On the Solomon McCown & Company Facebook page, we've started a feature called 5 for Friday. Every week, one member of our staff presents a list of anything that strikes his or her fancy — a fun way to start off the weekend. This week, SM& Account Coordinator Molly Chase shares her five favorite Boston-area neighborhoods to explore.

  1. South End– Bostonians sometimes forget about the beautiful South End, but it has a lot to offer, from art galleries to food stores to perfectly manicured gardens and parks. If you go on a Sunday, get yourself ready to weave through some crowds at SoWa Open Market, where you can browse an array of crafts and the award-winning farmer’s market.
  2. Beacon Hill– Beacon Hill is a hidden gem tucked away near the Boston Common. Meet a friend for coffee on a sunny Sunday morning and enjoy it while sitting or strolling outside on the cobblestone sidewalks – You’ll be glad you did!
  3. East Cambridge– If you’ve made it to Beacon Hill, why not venture over the bridge into Cambridge for some shopping at the CambridgeSide Galleria Mall? Stop by Old Navy, H&M, Macy’s, and TJ Maxx for some great finds on a budget. Once you’re shopped out, explore Kendall Square, where you can get a feel for MIT’s campus and eat a delicious omelet at The Friendly Toast (it doesn’t have to be morning to enjoy breakfast food!).
  4. Harvard Square– Don’t be intimidated by the crowds; they’re part of the Harvard Square experience! Explore Harvard University’s beautiful campus, learn about the area’s rich history, grab frozen yogurt or a cupcake, and enjoy some quality people-watching.
  5. Brookline– The peaceful neighborhoods of Brookline are the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Check out Coolidge Corner, particularly the Coolidge Corner Theater, and Brookline Village for the cutest boutiques and great restaurants.