Faneuil Hall / Quincy Market, Boston
Faneuil Hall has vendors selling everything imaginable but the real treat here are the food stalls. You could spend a day and a sizable amount of $$$$ eating, drinking ale and people watching. It's where the tourists come and that's for a reason. The place is jumpin' wiith street performers and if you like people watching this is the place.
What to buy: I buy anythingthat says Boston. I'm such a tourist.
What to pay: A few bucks to a lot. It depends on your budget.
Faneuil Hall has served as a marketplace and a meeting hall since 1742. Today there are about 17 restaurants and pubs, 40 food stalls, and 80 shops and push carts with merchandise not found in retail stores.
What to buy: Jewelry, formal and casual clothing, accessories, and giftware.
Here you will find everything from wine: a Christmas shop; cheers shop, flowers & lots of stuff for locals and tourist alike.
+ lots to eat to suit all tastes and pockets.
The place to find where to eat for all POCKETS$.$$.$$$. Fast food cool restaurants.
What to buy: If your a fan of the Cheers TV show t-shirts glasses.
Christmas stuff for your tree.
Take your passport or Driving licence if your buying beer or wine.
What to pay: $-$$$
Hey why go to New York come to Boston to shop. NO TAX NO TAX its cheaper in Boston.
Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market is located in downtown Boston, next to the Financial District, the waterfront, & the Boston Aquarium. It's a nice place to go shopping (with a lot of chain stores, small boutiques, & pushcarts) & also to buy souvenirs. If you get hungry, visit the Quincy Market Colonnade where there are some restaurants & food vendors.
In warmer weather, come here to be entertained by street performers: magicians, musicians, clowns, mimes, dancers, acrobats, caricature artists, etc.
This is a great place to bring the kids!!
Just inside Faneuil Hall is a shop selling really good coffee beans. Most coffee is too highly roasted for my taste. Here they had a range of beans and a range of roasts.
What to buy: Because we had no grinder in our appartment we asked Redbarn to grind the beans for us. We normally buy the bean and keep them in the freezer until we are making the coffee and freshly grind the coffee.
We particularly liked the Red Barn Blend.
The Best of Boston is a shop that has Boston and New England themed merchandise. The store is quite quirky with Lobster potholders, lobster shaped salt and pepper shakers among other items. It's definitely a place for picking up a touristy souvenir for yourself or for a gift. I found a nice red shirt that said "Stinky's Lobsta Shack"....I liked it. Liz noticed I liked it so she went ahead, found my size and bought it for me. That's my wife...indulging my love of the strange tee-shirts.
What to pay: My tee shirt was $24.99
Victoria's Secret is a chain of stores that carries women's lingerie and clothing items as well as some cosmetics and fragrance. My wife likes their bras, underwear and lingerie and I must admit I do as well. We wound up in Victoria's Secret simply because we were in shopping mode and it was the next store in line. A black and pink lace bra caught my eye and I simply had to get it for my wife. The bra was inexpensive at $38.
this will be my shopping tips on Quincy Market
the historic Quincy market is one of the largest market built in the North East in the 18th century and was named after a famous Mayor of Boston Josias Quincy. The market at present is home to a various number of commercial shops, eateries, delicatessens, restaurants and souvenir shops, the fresh meat section of the Market was moved to other areas of boston and it now have mostly the establishment I mentioned above. the market is two stories tall, 535 feet (163 meters) long, and covers 27,000 square feet (2,500 square meters) of land area and is made of New England Granite and at the center area of the Market in the Domed part sits main dining area for the food stalls at present. Further street vending space is present at the outside walls of the building, especially on the south side, under a glass enclosure. Most stalls in this space sell trinkets, gifts, and other curiosities and also at the second level and basement area.
Opens: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm everyday
What to buy: you can partake of various fresh seafood like lobsters, scrod, shrimp cocktail, cod fish, scallops and more at the food court, fine dine along the restaurants or shop at the various artisanal delicatessens or buy souvenir items outside and even drinks at the faux Bull & Finch "Cheers" Bar in the area.
What to pay: no haggling here and prices of souvenir items is higher than other areas.
In some respects Quincy Market Central Hall is totally, and completely, dominated by its fast food outlets. Those who know me as a campaigner against fast food and particularly international fast food retailers and the detrimental effect they have on our national foods, would expect me to be critical of Quincy Market but there were several fast food retailers in the Market that were producing good quality, freshly cooked New England local foods that can be eaten as you are walking along or outside, even watching the entertainers. I noticed several retailers were making local Chowders that looked particularly good.
If you like English clothing and Shoes, give Clarks a try. It's originally an English company, and their shoes are really beautiful, and of outstanding quality.