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Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a complex of buildings including historic Faneuil Hall, and Quincy Market, flanked by the North and South Markets.



The complex is next to Government Center and the North End, and a 10- or 15-minute walk from Boston Common and Downtown Crossing (map). (Subway: Government Center or Haymarket.)

Faneuil Hall is the signature building, with retail shops at street level and its historic meeting hall (now part of Boston National Historical Park) above. More...

Historic Quincy Market is now a food-and-dining complex, with a variety of food shops in the main hall, a common dining area under the great dome, and fancier glass-covered sit-down restaurants along the sides of the building.

On one stroll through Quincy Market I noted the following items for sale (partial list): a dozen kinds of bagels right out of the oven on the premises, an infinite array of deli sandwiches, southern fried chicken, shish kebab, subgum chow mein, cheesecake, German blutwurst, French brie, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, live lobsters, mixed nuts, cold cuts (domestic and imported), rumpsteak, fresh doughnuts, and, at the clam bar, half a dozen cherrystone clams opened and ready to eat.

In the basement are various shops selling fish, meat, health foods, imported delicacies. On the second floor the emphasis is on crafts and exotic imports—rugs from Persia, jewelry from India, baskets from China and Mexico.

North Market and South Market are filled with retail shops, offices and several restaurants.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace is busy with crowds of customers from sunrise to late night every day of the week.

The granite block pavement between Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market's pillared classic Greek revival facade is usually occupied by street musicians, buskers, acrobats jugglers, mimes or clowns.

About the best purchase you can make here at Faneuil Hall Marketplace is half-price tickets to the theater, music and dance performances at more than 160 Greater Boston arts organizations from BosTix. More...

Faneuil Hall Marketplace is an all-year, day-and-night carnival you shouldn't miss, open for free.

—by Tom Brosnahan

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Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston MA

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