Faneuil Hall Marketplace
People have been shopping and congregating at Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston since 1742. It is in downtown Boston across from the city’s waterfront. Peter Faneuil built Faneuil Hall as a gift to Boston. George Washington and Samuel Adams spoke in the meeting room on the top floor. Merchants sold meat, fish, produce and other goods on the lower floor. The original building was destroyed in a fire in 1761. Faneuil Hall was later rebuilt and expanded to four stories. Quincy Market was established across the plaza from Faneuil Hall in 1826 to accommodate the increasing number of merchants and shoppers.
Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market had fallen into a state of disrepair by the middle of the 1900s. Boston residents worked to preserve the buildings and Fanueil Hall Marketplace opened in the 1970s with four buildings. Faneuil Hall is across the plaza from Quincy Market, North Market and South Market.
The second floor of Faneuil Hall is still used as a meeting place and visitors can hear lectures on the history of the Hall here. There are some shops selling Boston souvenirs on the first floor.
Street performers perform near the buildings at the Marketplace.
Quincy Market, North Market and South Market have shops and restaurants. Items made by local artisans are sold in the push carts under the canopies at Quincy Market. Some of the Quincy Market Colonnade restaurants are Steve’s Greek Cuisine, Ueno Sushi and Pizzeria Regina.
The Best of Boston in North Market has merchandise with a Boston theme. Other shops in North Market are Sunglass Hut & Watch Station, Nine West and Harley Davidson. The Durgin-Park Restaurant serves seafood and beef. McCormick & Schmick’s is a seafood restaurant.
There are a variety of shops in South Market. Christmas In Boston sells Christmas merchandise all year long. Boston Campus Gear has clothing and accessories from the area’s universities. Other stores here include Ann Taylor, Coach and Crabtree & Evelyn. Seafood, pasta, chicken and steak are served at the Kingfish Hall restaurant.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace can be reached by taking Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter rail, subways or buses. The commuter rail stops at South Station. The Blue Line, Green Line and Orange Line subways stop nearby. There are several bus stops close to the Marketplace. Visitors who drive to the area will find over 10,000 parking spaces within two miles of the Marketplace.