Worcester, Massachusetts is on an upswing. No where near the dingy, forgotten mill town I grew up in, Worcester is seeing an influx of people, businesses, and food. So, if you’re visiting, moving for a job or school, or just want some good food, these spots have some of the most beautiful designs and foods in Massachusetts.

Simjang- Shrewsbury St.

Simjang is a Korean-American fusion restaurant that serves ABSURDLY good chicken wings in what used to be a car dealership not longer than twenty years ago. Taking over for what used to be my favorite restaurant of all time, Sweet, Simjang updated the place with a huge mural done by artists from Worcester’s yearly graffiti festival.

https://www.instagram.com/simjang_worcester/

Volturno- Shrewsbury St.

This restaurant situated within the same building as Simjang serves some of the most beautiful pizzas I’ve ever seen. Though the pizzas may be pretty, the industrial interior of Volturno makes it perfect to snap a photo of you and your friends, indoors or out.

https://www.instagram.com/volturnopizza/

Birchtree Bread Company- Green St.

Birchtree is one of those places you walk into and immediately can assume they sell avocado toast. Live music and white brick interiors suit any background while making it the perfect place to catfish people into thinking you’re in Nashville. Birchtree also has the added benefit of being located within the same building as Crompton Collective and Seed to Stem- two of the most heavily instagrammed stores in Worcester.

https://www.instagram.com/birchtreebreadcompany/

The Queen’s Cups- Water St.

Having grown up on Cake Boss, it takes a lot for cakes to impress me. That said, cupcakes at the Queen’s Cups are always original, beautiful, and completely photogenic. The Queen’s Cups also frequently has events for groups of all ages that make a great group activity if you’re looking for something to do in the city.

https://www.instagram.com/thequeenscups/

The Hangover Pub- Green St.

My brother and his girlfriend frequent this place so much I’ve just started to assume they’re here when I can’t locate them on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The Hangover Pub screams “by millennials, for millennials.” True to the name, there are not many creative food combinations you can’t find on the menu, and apparently not a single thing they will not put bacon in.

https://www.instagram.com/thehangoverpub/

Holy Poké- Oliver St.

This hole-in-the-wall poké joint off the campus of Clark University is one of my favorite spots in Worcester. If you like burrito bowls and you like sushi, you’ll love poké. Holy Poké also has some of my favorite bubble tea in the city, the best (in my opinion) being passion fruit.

https://www.instagram.com/holypoke/

The Fix- Grove St.

After surviving location changes from Shrewsbury St. to Grove, The Fix is an icon. Their restaurant is big, the burgers are bigger. Be sure to bring your appetite and a big lens to this spot.

https://www.instagram.com/thefixburgerbar/

Livia’s Dish/Altea’s Eatery- Main St./Park Ave.

These two (literal) sister restaurants are named after the daughters of the restaurants’ owners. Some of the best brunch you’ll get in Worcester, these two brunch spots are perfect for the most photogenic eggs benedict you’ll ever eat.

https://www.instagram.com/liviasdish/

Special mentions

  • Nu Kitchen
  • Fuel America
  • Antonio’s Pizza
  • Tastetea Rolls
  • Dacosta’s Pizza Bakery
  • Corner Grille
  • Brew on the Grid
  • Lock 50

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