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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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  • a succesion of fast food of all colors and all nations ice waffles pancakes buns bagel candy pastries Taco juice milkshakes drinks altogether of the smells that you like or not in a pretty architecture and at the end of a short of a well-known Japanese branch clothing store for some can please me I confess I stayed on my as to self...
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  • I visited Boston for a day on a scale of a cruise on CELEBRITY ECLIPSE and loved it, even though it is very cold. City with history, very clean with a very nice architecture.
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  • great for lunch. variety of food to suit all tastes, pizza, hot dog, Chinese food, snacks with lobster, seafood soup, assorted ice creams ... chose a lobster sandwich (it's cold) and a very tasty Mussel soup. The boy who has picked up a bit of soup served to try before asking ... It was a combo = lobster roll + Mussel soup + soda = +-23 dollars. This seafood kiosk was a bench with the dishes ready to look, the value and the name ... easy to choose. Nearby parking was very expensive: $ $41 p/2 hours
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  • Very historic place a lot of cool little shops and places to eat there's a nice place to sit in the middle and enjoy your food. There's also a community piano we sat there for about 15 minutes and saw four or five different people playing on the piano some of them are really good. Others were just small kids should definitely be on the list of places to go while in Boston. Highly recommend the seafood mac and cheese it was delicious.
  • Most people go for the lobster roll, the clam chowder bread bowl and the bacon-wrapped scallop; pricey but necessary for a Boston tour. The atomsphere is lively with performances on certain days. The hard part is finding a seat to enjoy your food.
  • Best brownies and cookies just about anywhere. Great selection of international sweets and savories. Live music. History.
  • Great place for lunch. More choice than you could deal with! Good quality and low prices.
  • Quincy Market is the epitome of tourist traps. But still a neat place to go especially if people watching is your thing. There’s a lot of restaurants and shops around this area. The food is just meh for the most part and a bit overpriced, but what do you expect. Still, it’s still on the list of quintessential places to visit when trying to get the Boston experience.

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