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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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  • We found the site by accident, through indications and comments on the map we were using! We decided to go over there and it was a great surprise! The place is amazing, with many restaurants and small local trade stalls of memories and sights. Unmissable attraction in Boston for those who enjoy good food!
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  • the hotdogs are the best choice, big, tasty, if u are hungr, there is A LOT of people, so be prepared 
  • Spectacular Christmas tree with light show and music. The whole area was nicely decorated. Finished up Christmas shopping at many wonderful shops. 
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  • 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 proposal 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 people are wearing and the times.
  • Lots of different choices for food and shopping. Close to the North end and the aquarium. You can stop and listen to a musician (and drop a tip for them) or see someone perform a skill. The day we were there Pogo Fred was there. I'm sure it differs day to day. Great feel!
  • Love the food hall. This place is very busy because of the cruise ships passengers going ashore, And all the bus tours. This is a very big tourist area. Always expect the dining hall to be packed all-day. The selection of foods is exceptional. But finding a place to sit or stand to eat, is a challenge most times. There's lots of shopping something for everyone.
  • Historical market that has fast become a major tourist trap. Old market old worth a look for history bufs though it's been taken over by kitchy tourist souvenir shops. Central hall is full of shopping mall foodcourt style fast food places. Around the edges of the hall are various restaurants of generally middling quality and high prices. If you want a place to get all sorts of Boston gifts and souvenirs, this is a good place, however skip eating here and try some of the other great restaurants within walking distance.
  • It's like a flea market with better stores. Or a mall with crappier stuff. Either way, a decent way to kill some time, and plenty of options for food if you are feeling home sick for your hometown food court.