Fabulous, Fantastic Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market in Boston MA
review and photos by Eric H.
(BOSTON, MA) --With no
to historical icons that put Boston, and ultimately, the United States
on the map, Faneuil Hall Marketplace is Boston's tourist centerpiece.
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 --
also known as Quincy Market -- 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 buildings.
traditional Durgin Park restaurant -- where the waitresses
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.
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).
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
Irish Pub at Faneuil Hall
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