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Plan Your Trip to Boston: Best of Boston Tourism

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Explore Boston

In Boston, you can bump into American history any time you step out the door. Case in point: Walk the city’s brick-lined Freedom Trail to see landmarks that teleport you back to the Revolutionary War. But historic sites are just the start. Every neighbourhood has its own vibe that’s worth getting to know. Spend an afternoon in the North End, taste-testing cannoli from Italian-American bakeries. Or people-watch from a bench in Boston Common, which locals treat as an extension of their living room. It’s worth taking the T out to neighbouring Cambridge or Sommerville, especially during charming local festivals like What the Fluff, a festival dedicated to—what else?—marshmallow fluff. Another outing that’s a real classic: Fenway Park (watching a Red Sox game from the bleachers is a Boston rite of passage). That’s just scratching the surface—check out more ideas below.

Essential Boston

How to do Boston in 3 days

Clam shack cuisine, deep American history, and tree-lined avenues
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Where to eat when you want to eat everything

Boston has plenty of fine dining and the kind of fancy restaurants that take months to get a booking at. But if you’re like me, most of the time you want a place where you can sample all the local fare without all the fanfare. I love a food hall because my family of picky eaters can all choose their own adventure. Here are the food halls you don’t want to miss.
Jo Piazza, Philadelphia, PA
  • High Street Place Food Hall
    With more than twenty different venues, the High Street Place is a local and tourist favourite. Start with craft cocktails at Daiquiris and Daisies and then move onto oysters from Dive Bar to kick off your meal. Let everyone pick an main course from a different part of the world. You can find Mediterranean, Italian and Mexican food within steps of one another. Not to mention what might be Boston’s best burger from Wheelhouse.
  • Time Out Market Boston
    Before hitting up a ball game make sure to stop at this Fenway food hall. One of the highlights is local brewery Trillum, which has an outdoor beer garden that is perfect for families in the summer and is close to the ice skating rink in 401 Park in the winter. Some standout spots you shouldn't miss are Union Square Donuts, Ms. Clucks Deluxe for some seriously tasty fried chicken, and Gelato & Chill for a sweet treat to cool you down.
  • Boston Public Market
    Take a stroll through this market to pick up all the fixings for a picnic or to take along on your whale watching or boat tour. You’ll find everything from fresh produce, meats, and dairy from local farmers and producers. There are also plenty of prepared foods from lobster rolls, to hearty sandwiches, and full-on vegetarian feasts.
  • Hub Hall
    Hub Food Hall offers everything from pizza and burgers to sushi and tacos. Most of the vendors operate on a fast-casual basis, meaning you'll place your order at the counter and then find a seat to enjoy your meal. It's a convenient and efficient way to dine. There's plenty of seating available throughout the hall, so you shouldn't have trouble finding a place to sit. Whether you prefer a cosy corner or a communal table, you'll find options to suit your vibe.
  • Quincy Market
    This might be the most touristy of all the Boston food halls, but hey, you’re probably a tourist so just enjoy it and make new friends. Quincy Market is nestled within the historic Faneuil Hall Marketplace, which has been a hub of commerce and culture in Beantown since the 18th century. Take some time to appreciate the stunning architecture and soak in the rich history of the area. Don’t leave without grabbing a couple of the famous Boston Cream pies.
  • Bow Market
    Set within a repurposed warehouse, this market features a lively courtyard adorned with colourful murals that everyone loves to Instagram. Whether you're craving a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich, authentic Venezuelan arepas, or artisanal ice cream, you'll find it all here. Throughout the year, Bow Market hosts a variety of live performances, art exhibitions, and cultural events that showcase the talents of local artists and musicians. Be sure to check the market's event calendar to see what's happening during your visit.