Built as a marketplace and meeting hall, Faneuil Hall is a popular tourist attraction in Boston. The building was mostly burnt down in a fire in 1761, but it was rebuilt the following year, and later expanded in 1805. Today, Faneuil Hall consists of three buildings: North Market, Quincy Market, and South Market featuring a variety of shops and restaurants. While sometimes criticized as a tourist trap, the Quincy Marketplace Colonnade offers stalls full of merchants selling locally produced food and goods, homemade treats, coffee, and more.
Shopping at Faneuil Hall Marketplace can be fun as there more than 100 of the finest shops and specialty pushcarts. The list of some of the popular stores include A Hat For Every Head, Ann Taylor, ArtsBoston’s BosTix Booth, Belt Stop, Best of Boston, Boston Campus Gear, Boston Harley Davidson, Boston Logos, Boston Pretzel & Lemonade, Boston Tote, Godiva Chocolatier, L.E.D. Land, L’Attitude Boston Boutique, Lucky Décor, Musically Yours, Newbury Comics, Old Town Trolley Tours of Boston, Samsonite, Sunglass Hut & Watch Station, Teeny Billboards, Victoria’s Secret, Wicked Good Cupcakes and Yankee Candle Company.
The Marketplace won’t let you roam with an empty stomach. There are several dining areas in the Hall that serve lip-smacking delicacies. McCormick & Schmick’s, Cheers, Gourmet India, Ned Devine’s Irish Pub, and Anthem Kitchen + Bar are the best ones.
In addition to the shops and restaurants, live entertainment is commonly seen throughout the year, and includes jugglers and mimes, acrobats, magicians and musicians, as well as many festivals. You can check out the official event calendar if you are interested in watching the street performances or taking part in the events.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace Map
Facts about Faneuil Hall Marketplace
- Faneuil Hall Marketplace was constructed in 1742.
- It is America’s first open marketplace.
- The site, sometimes known as the ‘Cradle of Liberty,’ operates as a Boston National Historic Park.
- It was the site of several historic speeches and is just one stop along the Freedom Trail.
Where is Faneuil Hall Marketplace?
The Marketplace is located along the waterfront in Boston, Massachusetts, across from the Government Center. The nearest airport, Logan International Airport is located at a 10 minute drive from Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
Best time to visit Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Faneuil Hall Marketplace is open year-round and throughout the week, with shorter hours on Sunday. The early morning is one of the best times to visit, when the market is fresh and less busy. Meal times are a very crowded time to go.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace Hours
From Mondays through Saturdays, the opening hours of the Faneuil Hall Marketplace are 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. However, on Sundays, the Marketplace is open from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The visiting hours are subjected to change without prior notice.
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Nearby Attractions: Boston Common, Bunker Hill Monument, Paul Revere’s House, New England Holocaust Museum, Government Center.
Published On: Tuesday, April 1st, 2014