Fabulous, Fantastic Faneuil Hall, the Centerpiece of Boston Travel
by Eric Hurwitz. Updated 12/02/16.
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(BOSTON, Mass.) -- With
disrespect to historical icons
that put Boston, and ultimately, the United States on the map, Faneuil
Hall Marketplace -- also known as Quincy Market -- is Boston's
The festive, colorful banner-oriented 100-plus combination of retail
shops, restaurants, bakeries and ice cream stops offer visitors an
endless supply of clothing, calories and city life within a few blocks.
Steeped in history as a meeting place for the country's "movers and
shakers" to convene prior to the American Revolution, Faneuil Hall
Marketplace was eventually restored
and gentrified into a brilliant and valid tourist attraction, much in
the tradition of the equally captivating Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Md.
It consists of the original 1742 building and two other restored
From the traditional Durgin Park restaurant -- where the waitresses
aren't quite as nasty as in the past -- to the street musicians
contributing mostly well-played music, Faneuil Hall Marketplace means a
field trip for the kids, a party atmosphere for young adults, a place
to recapture romantic times to parents out for the night, and a model
of Boston pride for the older generation of lifelong residents wanting
their city to remain full of unique character.
Urban revitalization can mean as little as putting in a few gas lamps
or a garden or two. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, on the other hand, falls
in the "extreme makeover" category of restoring an area in need of a
face lift. Nearby Haymarket Square once took the limelight with its
lively market place (and admittedly smelly fish being sold). Now, with
Faneuil Hall Marketplace's presence it just makes everything
surrounding it that much better -- kind of like what Larry Bird did for
the other Boston Celtics players. One of the great companions to
Faneuil Hall Marketplace is walking to the North End, a great place to
stroll down narrow, crooked streets, see neighborhood pride in the eyes
of lifelong residents and experience an unbeatable Italian dining scene
(Al Dente, Massamino's and Dom's are a few shining examples).
Missing out on Faneuil Hall Marketplace during a visit to Boston would
be like driving a car without an engine. It is a sparkplug to your
Boston vacation, and a colorful one, at that.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Merchants Row, Boston, MA, Tel. (617) 242-5675
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