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Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Historic Site and Plaza
Downtown Boston, Boston
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  • Chris M.
    "Great street performers and a ton of options for food and shopping!"(14 Tips)
    Sami A.
    "Variety of food in Quincy Market is great!"(6 Tips)
    Urban A.
    "Boston Chowda is the best place for a bread bowl of chowder."(6 Tips)
    Anna C.
    "My favorite: Clam Chowder Bowl."(9 Tips)
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  • HISTORY
    HISTORYMarch 30, 2010
    Faneuil Hall was built by artist John Smibert in 1742 in the style of an English country market, with an open ground floor and an assembly room. The hall burned down in 1761 but was rebuilt in 1762.
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureNovember 14, 2014
    Today, the downtown marketplace has more than 100 specialty shops and eateries and occupies a pedestrian-only, cobblestoned area that swarms with tourists and street performers. Read more
  • Timothy T.
    Timothy TannerFebruary 3, 2013
    During the spring and summer various acts entertain the crowds outside of the Fanuel Hall Marketplace. I have seen bands and jugglers perform. I always buy a greek gyro when I visit the food court.
  • Ashly S.
    Ashly SanfordAugust 29, 2013
    Great place to walk to from Downtown Boston. Fun during the day because there are lots of good places to eat and drink but also performances of all kinds happening on the sidewalks during the summer.
  • Guy
    GuyMarch 17, 2011
    Great spot for food, drinks & shopping -& tons of history! Take a look up at the Grasshopper Weather Vane. Knowledge of it was used as a test to determine if people were spies during the Revolution! Read more
  • Shermans Travel
    Shermans TravelAugust 9, 2012
    It's busy and crazy and sort of exhausting but it's also a must. Knick-knacks and souvenirs dominate the carts of vendors hawking everything from lobster lollipops to Boston-themed t-shirts. Read more
  • Rebecca S.
    Rebecca StoddardOctober 14, 2010
    I counted 36 food stalls in Quincy Market Bldg...everything from pizza to sushi to Greek pastry! On top of that 13 full-service restaurants and pubs and 75 shops and pushcarts! AMAZING
  • Esther E.
    Esther EarnestJanuary 21, 2012
    "The Cradle of Liberty" is what our nations fathers called Faneuil Hall in 1742, Bostons history with urban sophistacation, curbside dining, performing artist, buggie rides.A historic city for all.
  • Jeffrey G.
    Jeffrey GilesSeptember 25, 2014
    Really enjoyed the history laid out in this extraordinary old historical landmark. An amazing story of capitalism over government! True genius on the part of Mr Faneuil!
  • Social News Network
    Social News NetworkDecember 4, 2013
    Come for a bite to eat or a drink! The annual Christmas tree lighting is happening this Thursday so make sure to come out early and see the tree, which is from Nova Scotia!
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    IWalked Audio ToursSeptember 5, 2011
    Grasshopper weather vane atop Faneuil Hall constructed 1742. During American Revolution people suspected as British spies were asked what was atop Faneuil Hall. More grasshopper tales via our blog Read more
  • Michele B.
    Michele BowserJuly 4, 2013
    Beautiful Marketplace built on this historical site, but not enough history was maintained. felt like I was at the mall at home, with the exception of the cobblestones.
  • Harumi U.
    Harumi UAugust 19, 2014
    Right in the middle of Freedom Trail where you can find just about everything while you are traveling. Also you will find tons of street performers.
  • Cory O.
    Cory O'BrienSeptember 10, 2012
    A fun place to browse through random shops while checking out the day's collection of street performers. Plus, there's a giant noodle that pretends to be art.
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    IWalked Audio ToursSeptember 5, 2011
    1st public mtg house in US. Built via donations from "The Jolly Bachelor" Peter Faneuil. 1st floor marketplace. 2nd floor former meeting house (free). 3rd floor military museum. More info via our blog Read more
  • Northeastern University
    Aug 30th @ 5:30pm: Spend some time in the Faneuil Hall Marketplace, home to great shops and delicious foods! We will leave from the front of Blackman Auditorium.
  • TruthorDare.us
    TruthorDare.usMay 14, 2011
    We dare you to see all the street performers the Faneuil Hall Marketplace has to offer followed by shopping at the many stores they have and dine at one of their many restaurants.
  • Ashley O.
    Ashley OJanuary 22, 2012
    Built in 1742 and given to the town of Boston by Peter Faneuil. The first story used as a market and the upper story as a town meeting hall. Known as the cradle of liberty.
  • Divya M.
    Divya MulanjurNovember 1, 2014
    So many options to eat! Loved the blue point oysters at the oyster bar. Didn't like Philly steak though.
  • Curbed
    CurbedMarch 20, 2014
    A great place to get free wi-fi in Downtown Boston, but beware of the slower bandwith and the tourists! Read more
  • HISTORY
    HISTORYMarch 30, 2010
    On Nov. 7, 1979, Faneuil Hall was the site of Sen. Edward Kennedy's speech declaring his candidacy for president. On Nov. 3, 2004, Faneuil Hall was the site of Senator John Kerry's concession speech.
  • Felipe G.
    Felipe GJuly 2, 2015
    There is a place for oysters, lobster rolls, and clam chowder served in a bread bowl. Catering to tourists, but surprisingly decent quality.
  • Julia D.
    Julia DeJosephApril 2, 2011
    Clam chowder in a bread bowl with a Sam Adams at the Oyster Bar! Seats always available and you're missing out if you go anywhere else!
  • WicklessGoodFondue
    WicklessGoodFondueJune 24, 2012
    We love Faneuil Hall Marketplace for the food and shopping experience but the street performers are Top Notch and favorite!!
  • Michelin Lifestyle
    Michelin LifestyleFebruary 24, 2011
    If you see a crowd, gather 'round! Countless variety and musical acts happen daily at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Start tapping your foot in those Michelin shoes!
  • Dan G.
    Dan GreenleafJuly 11, 2010
    Be sure to go upstairs to see the old meeting hall. Take a moment to think about all the famous forefathers who debated in that hall.
  • Nicole C.
    Nicole CroninFebruary 25, 2012
    Hong Kong is one of the best bars around! Great service. Downstairs is laidback and upstairs is great dancing music!
  • Enrico S.
    Enrico SJune 14, 2015
    Very touristic spot in downtown Boston, but certainly it is worth a visit. Many souvenir shops and lunch options
  • Emma
    EmmaOctober 22, 2012
    Great shopping. Don't forget to stop for lunch at Quincy Market. There's so much to choose from!
  • Alexander K.
    Must visit spot in Boston. Plenty of places to go to and get good food. Find your best chowder.
  • Sofia U.
    Sofia UzJanuary 8, 2015
    Very touristy, just walk around, don't eat at Faneuil Hall, better go to one of the pubs nearby or even Hannover street
  • Richelle M.
    Richelle MurrayJuly 1, 2011
    There's a 24 hour Tedesci's convenience store down a block from Kingfish Hall/The Gap. Get your normally priced snacks there.
  • Sameepa S.
    Sameepa ShettyJuly 5, 2015
    Must visit for late evening/night weekend music performances. Perfect Bostonian summer.
  • Arnie T.
    Arnie TaylorJuly 12, 2015
    This place is a must-see for anyone visiting Boston. I loved the food selections and the gift shops.
  • Helena N.
    Helena NacinovicMay 17, 2012
    Interesting visit for tourists like myself, but very, very crowded. Too crowded with teenagers and screaming children.
  • Jennifer K.
    Jennifer KOctober 5, 2012
    Remarkable..and worth a visit. highly recommend leaving your heels at home though. Mine are ruined.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CassidySeptember 4, 2013
    Full of amazing historical significance, but it's a complete tourist trap. Beware high prices and generic Boston items.
  • Kristina A.
    Kristina AttardoNovember 11, 2013
    I like the teriyaki chicken towards the end with white rice butcall the food is great
  • Dew Tour
    Dew TourJune 22, 2010
    Local Dew Tour Athlete Anthony Shetler says "Faneuil Hall hands down best place to eat.. you won't be disappointed."
  • Manjot S.
    Manjot SJune 12, 2012
    Amazing food! Definitely add this to your to see/to eat at place if you're front out of town.
  • JulieAnn C.
    JulieAnn CorbinMay 9, 2013
    Plan on spending a lot of time here to truly take it all in! Lots of shops and great food!
  • Daniel T.
    Daniel TewfikSeptember 25, 2014
    Funded in part by profits from slave trading, Faneuil Hall is sometimes referred to as "the Cradle of Liberty". Read more
  • Emma C.
    Emma ChownsJune 1, 2012
    Try the Clam Chowder in Bread Bowl - Chewy bread, delicious, heavenly-smelling chowder
  • ArtJonak
    ArtJonakMarch 26, 2012
    As a fanatical foodie... and a mid-level history lover... this Marketplace flat out ROCKS!
  • Jaime H.
    Jaime HutkinJanuary 27, 2013
    At the end of Quincy market there are always free mac and cheese and chicken teriyaki samples.
  • Craig W.
    Craig WheelerJune 8, 2013
    If you see an idiot dressed as a John Adams statue standing in the front of the market don't touch him or his girlfriend will try to beat you up.
  • Tracy S.
    Tracy SharpeJune 28, 2014
    yeah its wicked good cupcake! haha! theres a lot of great stores and restaurants here!!
  • Sami A.
    Sami AhmedAugust 11, 2014
    Variety of food in Quincy Market is great! Bring your appetite!!!
  • HUDSON P.
    HUDSON PSYCHICJanuary 7, 2012
    its very nice place sea food is great lots of people very fun street performers
  • Anna C.
    Anna ChowAugust 23, 2011
    Great food and shops. This place is at it's best during the holidays! My favorite: Clam Chowder Bowl.
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