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Open market, best brews…here’s a quick guide to Somerville

If there was a recipe for spring, you would find it in Somerville. The home of Metro9 has all the ingredients that the warmer season demands: perfectly cold brews, an open market, sangria, tapas, and… Here’s our quick guide to Somerville’s best places to eat, drink, and shop.

A quick guide to Somerville:

Bow Market — everything you need in one square

Inspired by the legendary open-air bazaar in Marrakech, Morocco, Bow Market premiered a year ago and already enjoys a reputation as a must-visit in Somerville. Located in the heart of Union Square, just 6 minutes by bike from Metro9, the market features a courtyard surrounded by more than 30 small-scale storefronts housed in a former storage building.

On a recent afternoon, two WGBH reporters visited Bow Market and raved about the “hidden gems with flavors from all over the world,” from Polish pierogis and French macarons to Latin American empanadas and New England seafood. But food is only one part of the Bow Market package — art, comedy, events, and retail shops turn 1 Bow Market Way into a hive of activity.

Food — whatever you crave, the neighborhood offers

Middle Eastern meze, Spanish tapas, Southern comfort fare. Somerville serves it all up just steps from your Metro9 condo.

Let’s start with Sarma (249 Pearl St.), where Chef and Duxbury native Cassie Piuma cooks her versions of Middle Eastern meze — lentil nachos, Tunisian steak tartare, swordfish schnitzel — to rave reviews. (Sarma enjoys a nearly perfect 5/5 on every review platform.) Dali Restaurant & Tapas Bar (415 Washington St.) is another neighborhood staple, known as Boston’s vanguard for innovative Spanish dining.

Our quick guide to Somerville also includes Highland Kitchen (150 Highland Ave.) and Boston Burger Co. (37 Davis Square). The former is a family-owned bar and restaurant where a “killer jukebox” takes center stage, alongside craft cocktails and award-winning American comfort food. Yelp critics swear by the brunch, too. Boston Burger Co., on the other hand, is a full-service, casual restaurant with a sharp focus on creative burgers and gourmet fries that critics agree are out of this world.

Drinks — so much to choose from

Does the mild breeze call for an ice-cold beer? You can reach Slumbrew (15 Ward St.) in just a minute when you live at Metro9. And the owners of Somerville Brewing Co. have clearly found the right recipe — since the 2011 start, Slumbrew Craft Ales have expanded into six states.

Backbar (9 Sanborn Ct.) is harder to find, but that’s part of the charm of this speakeasy haunt. Look for the red-lit sign at the end of Sanborn Court, and you’ve arrived. Renowned for craft cocktails and a hip vibe, Backbar is so popular there could be a line out the door. Another option? Next-door Bronwyn (255 Washington St.) rocks German and Central European fare and brews in the outdoor beer garden.

No quick guide to Somerville is complete without a mention of Aeronaut Brewing Co. (14 Tyler St.), which exists to “push the boundaries of beer through fearless recipe design.” The short of it? Live music, arcade games, and great beer create an atmosphere that will have you coming back for more.

And since Metro9 straddles the Somerville/Cambridge line, you’re just as close to Cambridge spots like top-rated Oleana (134 Hampshire St.), a haven of Eastern Mediterranean fare; Giulia (1682 Massachusetts Ave.), a cozy Italian restaurant; and, of course, CambridgeSide with 120 of Boston’s most well-known stores.

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