If Boston has an actual center, this is it. Culturally, historically, and economically, this is the heart of the city.
Constructed in 1742, Fanueil (rhymes with "annual") Hall has served ever since as a shopping center and local meeting place. Here, leaders of the colonial rebellion, such as Samuel Adams and Paul Revere met to discuss the political situation and chart a course of action.
Quincy Market was built in the early 1800s to accomodate the overflow from the venerable Fanueil Hall. This is more of a typical urban shopping area.
Haymarket is an outdoor market with stalls selling fresh produce and all kinds of other items. It's next to Quincy Market.
This remains an excellent place to shop, eat, drink, watch the people, and simply hang out.
Quincy Market was built in the 1800s to complement Faneuil Hall as an additional market place. Today, street performers and push-cart stalls line both sides of Quincy Market. The food court is probably the best food court anywhere. You will still find more lobster items here (from candy lobsters to lobster T-shirts to stuffed toy lobsters) than anywhere else in the USA.
Quincy Market is a historic building located in Faneuil Hall Marketplace. It was built between 1824-1826 and has been used as a shopping market ever since. Today it is full of restaurants and food stalls.
Faneiul Hall and the Quincy Market are key elements on the Freedom Trail. Today the buildings serve as shopping centers and food stalls. The Quincy Market is a good place to stop and grab a bite to eat while walking the freedom trail.
Follow the Freedom Trail to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall. If you are a history buff there is Faneuil Hall and for those who like shopping there are a number of stores that will exceed your expectations in Quincy Market.
National Park Service rangers present historical talks every thirty minutes, 9:30am - 4:30pm, except when Hall is in use for special events. (Free.)
Faneuil Hall has served as a marketplace and a meeting hall since 1742. Funding was provided by a wealthy merchant, Peter Faneuil, for the construction and local artisan to create the grasshopper weather vane that still perches on the building's cupola. Inspiring speeches by Samuel Adams and other patriots were given that eventually led to independence from the British. Faneuil Hall was expanded in 1806 by Charles Bulfinch. When Boston became a city the use of Faneuil Hall as a government meeting place came to an end, but it was still regularly used. Today, the first floor is still used as a lively marketplace and the second floor is a meeting hall where many Boston City debates are held.
The 170-year-old Quincy Market, located directly behind Faneuil Hall, served as Boston's wholesale food distribution center until the 1960s. Today, the food stalls inside this stately granite building offer culinary delights to thousands of visitors a day, selling everything from calzones to gourmet soup to frozen yogurt. Be sure to visit with an empty stomach, since you'll find a variety of food vendor.
The Marketplace is a five-minute walk to the New England Aquarium, The Children's Museum, The Old State House, and Paul Revere's House. Other attractions that are between 7-15 minutes away include The New State House, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Public Garden, Old North Church, The USS Constitution, and Fenway Park.
Quincy Market behind Fanueil Hall and consists of 3 halls or covered markets parallel to one another. Both architecturally, the external layout of the halls and the space between the market halls and Fanueil Hall reminded me of the Covent Garden area in London. Quincy Market is built with Boston Granite which came from around Boston Harbour built about 1825.
I was particularly impressed with Gallery and dome in the Central Hall.
There is lots of buzz about the place, lots of street circus skill type entertainment aimed at both families and adults. My photograph is of the central hall and the plaza in front of it.
Faneuil Hall serves 2 functions. In the basement and ground floor are shops which I thought were of a good standard selling quality souvenirs, Many of the items referred to the Independance from the British Crown and the early constitution. An interesting view if you are a Brit !!! Upstairs, on what we Brits call the First Floor is a meeting hall in which many of the original 18th Century anti-British Meetings were held.
Quincy Market has been the center of shopping since the late 1700's. It now is full of restaurants and specialty shops for everyone. Everyone who visits Boston should stop here for the food, history and people watching.
There is always something going on at Faneuil Hall and it is always crowded. That is the conclusion that I have reached. While it IS touristy and the shops are pretty much those of what you could find in any mall, it is still definitely worth visiting. You should really visit Quincy Market on an empty stomach because it is impossible to sniff all the mouthwatering smells without wanting to taste a little bit of everything. When I was in there last, it was a madhouse. The ice cream stand had a line that looked like it would take 30 minutes tog et through. You can find any kind of food you want, from hamburgers to Indian and Thai. You can take your food outside and people watch from a bench or you can try to find a table in the atrium which isn’t likely. Around Quincy is a pedestrian mall where artists, magicians, and other local entertainers set up shop and entertain. It can be a zoo, but it’s all in good fun. There are also carriage rides available. Another good area to visit is the farmer’s market. At the end of the day they start getting rid of everything and you can get some real bargains.
Faneuil Hall is a good place to take people for a day out when you have visitors. This old market building, first built in 1742, sits at the site of the old town dock. It's a cobbled area with street performers, little artsy shops and rather more diverse and ethnic food places.
You can take the Orange line to State Street,
Green line to the nearest T at Government Center or Haymarket or Blue Line to the Aquarium.
The meeting room at Faneuil Hall still serves the people of Boston as a public meeting place. Faneuil's original Hall was intended to serve Bostonians as a market place for food on one level, and a market place for ideas on the second. Today this tradition continues.
The 170-year-old Quincy Market, located directly behind Faneuil Hall, served as Boston's wholesale food distribution center until the 1960s. Today, the food stalls inside this stately granite building offer culinary delights to thousands of visitors a day, selling everything from calzones to gourmet soup to frozen yogurt.
Almost always crowded, Faneuil Hall is open on Sundays from noon to 6:00 PM and Monday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Quincy Market hours vary by store. Admission is free.
It is rather touristy, but like I say, a great place to take your guests and convenient for other Boston attractions and really is at the heart of Beantown.
Quincy Market is nowhere near Quincy, MA. It's downtown Boston near the waterfront and is a mecca of various vendors - mostly food - huddled together in an 18th century building directly across a small courtyard from Faneuil Hall - the famous meeting place of early revolutionaries. On either side of the main market are long buildings with dozens of shops. In the North market building you'll find Durgin Park restaurant (see my tip). If you're in the mood to nibble and try all kinds of different foods, Quincy Market is the place to go. There are plenty of bars in the immediate area, and you can usually find a street performer in the courtyard by Faneuil Hall. A good place to take the entire family.
This area is on the verge of being a tourist trap, but it's a little cute and features a historic building, and it can't be avoided as it's on the Freedom Trail, so embrace your fate! Faneuil Hall, shown in the photo, is home to little shops and restaurants. Behind it is Quincy Market, which has a whole range of ethnic grab-and-go food choices. Surrounding both buildings are a variety of high-end shops, and also restaurants.
I should mention that Quincy Market and Fanuiel Hall are almost used interchangabley. However, Quincy Market is really the proper name of the market area that is in front of the Fanuiel Hall. The Hall is an old Historic Building.
My sister enjoying a day at Quincy Market! Woo Hoooo!
This cute little place is basically an outdoor specialty mall, with lots to eat and even more to browse through and stare at. The building shown in the picture is the center attraction. It's a very long building, and there is more shopping in buildings on either side of it as well.
The atmosphere here was very enjoyable, and it really seemed to capture that New England feeling. There were tons of places to catch cheap ($10) lobster all around, and the New England Aquarium was a 2 minute walk away. A great area to begin or include in a walking tour of downtown Boston.
If you're in the area, be sure to hang around outside the main building and keep an eye out for street performers. We stopped to watch one and got the greatest show of our vacation. We paid $50 to get into a comedy club in NYC, but had more fun watching the street performer!
A parking garage is located on the other side of the town hall (across the street from Quincy Market), and the streets all around seemed very safe to go exploring.
When my sisters and I were small my parents would take us out to Boston for the day, and one of our favorite things to do was to go to Faneuil Hall!
It is a great big outdoor market, housed in some wonderfullly beautiful historic buildings.
In the center there there is a food court. And recently I took a British friend there, and he could not belive the amazing food choices that there were! He was thrilled.
Outside the center are lots of kiosks where you can buy any number of fun things! There are also bars, restaurants, and coffee shops!
The atmosphere is almost party like and the people are freindly and fun!