Shop & Dine Locally

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Shop and Dine Locally

Many outstanding shops and restaurants call Boston, Grafton, Medford, and Somerville home. That’s lucky for us because buying local is one of the best ways to support our neighborhoods and communities.

Did You Know?

Tufts University partners with small businesses our host cities to offer programs like the Cherish Chinatown Challenge, Discover Davis, Find Fenway, and Meet Medford, which directly connect students to local restaurants, shops, and fitness studios. Off-campus spending by students, faculty, and staff provides a vital contribution to local economies.

1,000+ students directly connect to local businesses each year
70K+ people visit Tufts during a typical year
$57M spent locally by Tufts visitors during a typical year

Featured Stories

Guides to Great Eats

Chinatown (Boston)
The Definitive Guide to Eating in Chinatown (Boston Globe)
From Hong Kong-style Cantonese seafood at Peach Farm to surf-and-turf hot pot at Kaze Shabu Shabu—these are the best spots to eat and drink in Chinatown

Fenway (Boston)
The 10 Best Restaurants in the Fenway Right Now (Boston Magazine)
Bring your Green Monster-sized appetite to these home run spots serving fresh oysters, boatloads of buccatini, and more

Dog Friendly Restaurants In and Around Grafton (Bring Fido)
A roundup for the animal lovers who abound near the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Medford and Somerville
Where to Eat in Somerville’s Davis Square Right Now (Boston Magazine)
Mexican feasts, fall-off-the-bone BBQ, and family-style Tibetan dishes in one of the Boston area's best dining neighborhoods

Where to Eat in Medford (Eater Boston)
Medford is in the midst of a restaurant boom, but don’t ignore its older mainstays

Delicious Bagels and Sweet Friendships: Adventures of the Tufts Culinary Society (Jumbo Talk)
A Tufts undergraduate weighs on the local food scene

Local Shops, Services, and Businesses

Chinatown (Boston)
Chinatown Small Businesses
From supermarkets, gift shops, and Chinese medicine stores, to hair salons and spas, there are so many shopping spots in Boston Chinatown.

Fenway (Boston)
Shop Fenway

Grafton Small Business Directory
Explore Grafton’s vibrant business community to support local shops, service providers, and more.

Medford Small Business Directory
Make a difference in Medford when you shop locally. Use this directory to find Medford shops, services, and restaurants.

Somerville Small Business Directory
By supporting local businesses, you support the growth, development, and prosperity of the Somerville community.

The Diversity Catalog
A roundup of local shops and services owned by women, people of color, LGBTQIA+ folks, veterans, people with disabilities, and immigrants

Bow Market
Bow Market has quickly become a hub for the area’s most creative and collaborative. From chefs and comics to DJs and designers, it’s a must-stop-spot for the best in small business and local entertainment.