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Quincy Market, Boston

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Quincy Market is a historic market complex near Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. It was constructed in 1824 - 26 and named in honor of Mayor Josiah Quincy, who organized its construction without any tax or debt. The market was designated a National Historic Landmark, recognizing its significance as one of the largest market complexes built in the United States in the first half of the 19th century.HistoryBy the time Boston was incorporated as a city in 1822, downtown commercial demand had grown beyond the capacity of Faneuil Hall. To provide an expansion of shop space Quincy Market was built, as an indoor pavilion of vendor stalls.Designed by Alexander Parris, the main building was built immediately east of and "behind" Faneuil Hall which at the time sat next to the waterfront at the town dock. In an early example of Boston's tendency for territorial growth via landfill, part of the harbor was filled in with dirt to provide a plot of land for the market. The commercial growth spawned by the new marketplace led to the reconstruction or addition of six city streets.From its beginning, the Market was largely used as a produce and foodstuff shopping center, with various grocers of such goods as eggs, cheese, and bread lining its inside walls. Digging performed for expansion of the market in the late 1970s uncovered evidence of animal bones, suggesting that butchering work was done on-site. In addition, street vendors took up space outside the building in its plazas and against its outside walls. Some surviving signs of early food and supplies merchants hang today in the upstairs seating hall.
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  • August 14, 2017
    First went here on my first day in Boston around lunchtime and what a choice that was! Sooo much food from all over the world! We ate there three times during our stay and had different food each time...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    The area is really nice and well maintained. Tons of stalls around and restaurants to go to. This can be something that you can spend an hour at or a few minutes.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We chose to have lunch at Quincy Market right after reading all the reviews, in fact it was a great choice. Market full of people all over the world, several picturesque with a selection from Greek to Chinese, sushi, pizza, fast food, Boston typical. ... and without spending big bucks! You get there by following the Freedom Trail ... recommended!
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  • July 9, 2017
    Food, food and fun. Weekends and special days like long weekends are super fun at quincy market. Lots of street dancers and musicians perform at this place on weekends. Try the Boston cheddar shop. The gift kiosks are interesting. Place is very good during Christmas month.
  • May 15, 2017
    I just love that place. The long hall in the middle of the three is filled with all kinds of food. If you are lucky you can try a few before you have to decide which one to take. Sitting is a bit jammed but if the weather is nice, I recommend you to go outside. In front of the building there are often street artists performing.
  • May 4, 2017
    Red brick everywhere and not very well maintained. Not recommended for wheelchairs. Many levels, and ramps are not ADA compliant. Parking fees are exorbitant. $36 for 2 hours. Can find many of the same stores at other malls and locations. Would have rather taken a walk on the wharf or through financial district and eaten at a decent restaurant. This place needs to be removed from the many "top 10 lists of Boston" out there.
  • April 20, 2017
    A lovely food market hall with some pretty great variety of eats. There's bagels, coffee, lots of different pastries, lobster/seafood, a pub at one end, a candy shop, lasagna, and just a lot of neat things to eat. Randomly there is a Uniqlo in Here as well. Make sure you arrive hungry!
  • June 9, 2017
    Center of the Boston universe for lunch. Crowded, but lively, with endless food choices. Not to be missed on a visit to Beantown.

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