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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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  • What a wonderful area behind historic Faneuil Hall ! You will find a variety of shops as well as any kind of food that you may desire. Everything we ate from the restaurants and food shops was simply ...  read more »
  • Very busy on the weekends - so get there early. The vendors selection of fruit and veggies are amazing and what makes it better is that you may barter with some of the vendors for price. Later in the ...  read more »
  • Gather in this area much food, shops, some quite level, places jobs trinkets,.. .all well coordinated and fun
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  • Interesting but pricey place to walk around for out of towners. Found an incredible comic/memorabilia store, and a cute little hot pepper shop. Replica cheers bar there, but you might as well go to the original not that far away. Lots of kiosks for boston souvenirs and other interesting stuff. Many of the clothing stores are $$$
  • FANTASTIC FOOD!!! If you are going to Boston you HAVE to visit Quincy Market. Make sure you try the Mac 'n' Cheese place (you'll know it when you see it). It is absolutely to die for. I would make a trip from NC again just to have it.
  • Lively and fun. A lit of good deli. The place to stuff yourselves when in Boston. Traffic is rather badand parking is expensive. I highly recommend the T.
  • If you're visiting Boston for the first time this is a fine place worth checking out, there's some history, usually a live street performance of some kind, a little window shopping. But one visit was enough for me. I suggest you stop in, take a walk through, and grab a snack of whatever attracts you most. Don't try to hang out or stay for a meal, it will be crowded, and the city offers much better if you keep exploring. Also, at the time of this review, there's no Paleo food options available.
  • Delicious Chowda. And a lot of things more here.. Good price and I may say good quality, too.
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