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Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston

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Shopping Mall Landmark
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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  • The place reminds me of homes refreshes me and always has new stuff to offer. The shops are great. They also decorate it which makes every visit different. Close to the harbor!  more »
  • What a fantastic gastromic wonderland. Every cuisine imaginable is available here, from lobster rolls , sushi and seaford chowder. I had the chowder in a cup as the large was huge served in a breadrol...  more »
  • This marketplace was very fun. It had indoor and outdoor shops and plenty of places to eat. I really enjoyed looking through the shops and carts at all the items.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Always hilariously busy. Food is generally overpriced, but the entertainment there is always amazing. Check out Ryan Jordan playing there if you can! He's a fabulous busking guitarist. The facilities are kept up with as well as possible and the toilets are open to the public which is great. Don't forget to have whatever guy you're with hold your bag though because there aren't any coat hooks in there! Close to the harbor, open to everyone. Good stuff.
  • A Boston must visit location. Great selection of restaurants and shops. This area WILL BE crowded so expect long lines. There are lots of street performers and information about Boston in general available. If you're looking to meet the locals this is not the place for you, but if you want a taste of what Boston has to offer it's perfect!
  • If there was a sixth star it would be filled. This is the oldest Marketplace in the country and for the most part is unchanged. Walk the same streets where this country's freedom was established over three hundred years ago. If you'd like to sit down at the oldest bar in the country you can stop at the bell in hand where the Declaration of Independence was first proposed. At the time it was the green dragon. Or for a bit of nostalgia feel free to grab a beer and propose a cheers at cheers where one of the funniest sitcoms was decided. Fanuel Hall is all about a warm smile and that's how cheers was filmed in Boston. The warm smile and the tall tales of Eddie Doyle at cheers, formerly a different bar made history here. Minutes from the North End, the aquarium, multiple public transportation Outlets and an enormous array of shops and restaurants this is a historic requirement for any traveler or local. If you get bored of the shopping and the food you can even hop on the back of a horse-drawn carriage and see the sights of the city and Marketplace that helped make this country what it is today. Boston is forever changing every second of every day but they have done a phenomenal job preserving the history open your hall. Close your eyes and remember three hundred years ago and open them and the only thing that has changed are the shops, the clothing, the people wearing them and the times.