Despite being famously set in Boston, Massachusetts, much of the 1997 film “Good Will Hunting” actually filmed in Toronto, Canada. The film brought home Oscar gold for screenwriters Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, as well as Robin Williams. Despite heavily filming in Toronto, some scenes were indeed filmed in Boston, including several of the film’s most well-known locations.
Will, played by Matt Damon, and Chuckie, played by Ben Affleck, hang out at the L Street Tavern in South Boston.
LOCATION: 658 E 8th St, Boston, MA 02127
They even keep a sign on the side of the building, calling it the “Home of Good Will Hunting.”
Over at Harvard Square in Cambridge, north of Boston, you’ll find a couple memorable locations from the film, located right across the street from Harvard University. The Bow and Arrow Pub is where Will meets Skylar. It’s also where he has the confrontation with an arrogant, pony-tailed grad student. The bar is now known as the Grafton Street Pub & Grill.
LOCATION: 1230 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Literally directly to the left of the Grafton Street Pub, you’ll find what used to be a Dunkin’ Donuts. The building currently serves as a ramen restaurant. After obtaining Skyler’s phone number and spotting the pony-tailed grad student once again, this is the window front Will walks up to and delivers his famous “How do you like them apples?” line.
LOCATION: 1 Bow St, Cambridge, MA 02138
The famous bench where Will sits with Sean, played by Robin Williams, can be found at the Boston Public Garden. Surprisingly, the bench is not marked in any way as being the spot from the film. If you’re unfamiliar with the garden park, it may take you a bit to find it, but it’s a popular spot and sometimes you can spot it simply by watching for others taking photos there. To get to the bench, follow the lakeside path north from the west end of the bridge. If you’re at the bridge, you would go down the small set of stairs to reach it. Behind the bench, you’ll see an intersection of paths and a tree with a branch forming a “v” shape. In front of the bench, you’ll see the below view, with the curving edge along the water and the tree in the distance. Referring to this map of the park, the bench is number 5.
LOCATION: Boston Public Garden, Boston, MA 02116