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Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston

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Since its opening in 1742, Faneuil Hall Marketplace has served as a place of meeting and commerce for the city of Boston. Find your way to the city's famous Freedom Trail pathway, and the complex that represents the site of speeches by early American revolutionaries, including Samuel Adams. Today, the "Cradle of Liberty", as the building was known prior to the American Revolution, acts as a mall. Here you can visit an array of restaurants, market halls, eateries, and shops. You'll find numerous spaces for live musical performances and of art exhibits. Use our Boston travel itinerary planner to arrange your visit to Faneuil Hall Marketplace and other attractions in Boston.
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  • If you go to Boston, you have to at least walk through Fenuil Hall at least once. There's always a peaceful energy here just walking through the area. Visiting shops and restaurants - plus a pint woul...  more »
  • Lots of quaint shops, good restaurants, and a few bars. Lots of seating so one can relax and people watch of inclined to do.  more »
  • This is a must place to visit while in Boston. Unbelievable food for great prices! Crowded on weekends but worth it. Every food you can think of!  more »
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  • Faneuil Hall is part of the Quintessential Boston Experience. There is a large variety of food and drink available: desserts, seafood, chowder, Mexican, bbq, grill, Chinese, Japanese, coffee, beer etc. There are a few things you should keep in mind before going: - It IS a tourist trap – expect tourist prices and service - Despite the above, most of the stalls actually have very good food - Eating inside will make you feel like a pig at a trough, if the weather is decent, eat outside - There are bathrooms I’d really recommend going there outside of lunch hours. It’s quite nice to walk around and peruse the selection without being shoved around.
  • Can be very crowded at times. There are very many food options, but nothing too gourmet or special in my opinion. Fun area though, with plenty of surrounding views and tours. Seating wasn't optimal, but they do have a nice open upstairs hall. I probably wouldn't come back, but it was a decent visit.
  • Busy area with a lot of foot traffic late in the day. Best experienced late morning (though many restaurants don't open until 11:00). A few eateries offer a breakfast menu. A good place to while away a few hours browsing the many small shops.
  • As a Bostonian I rarely venture down here, but this is a fun place to take someone from out of town, to go shopping, or just to take in the street performers that are always out on the Congress St side. There are quite a few restaurants in Faneuil Hall but I think they are often crowded (especially on weekends)- the food court style Quincy Market is a good place to grab a bite too. If seating is limited try going across to City Hall Plaza or over to the Greenway parks.
  • There is so much to see here! The shops and food are great. Do not give money or talk to the "monks." They are part of a mob. It's great to wander around and look at things!

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