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Things to do in North End, Boston

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Route
“The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile-long path through downtown Boston, Massachusetts, that passes by 16 locations significant to the history of the United States. Marked largely with brick, it winds between Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown.”
  • 155 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Historic Italian neighborhood. Great restaurants (many of the best tucked away off of Hanover St.!) and be sure to put your vote in on the best cannoli - Mike's and Modern's on Hanover are the most popular, but Bova's is my personal favorite!”
  • 180 locals recommend
Pastry Shop
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“Folks from all over know if you want the best cannoli, you got to go to Mikes! A local favorite for over 60 years. Enjoy strolling through Little Italy and enjoy some sweet treats.”
  • 87 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“The raw bar featuring at least a half-dozen impeccably fresh, perfectly shucked oyster varieties from New England harbors plus a couple from the Pacific Northwest, as well as uni, raw clams and seasonal delicacies like stone crab claws.”
  • 61 locals recommend
Museum
“This is the oldest house in Boston, built in 1680. There's plenty of commentary to listen to from staff and momentoes to purchase.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Market
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“Boston Public Market is indoors and open 7 days a week. Right next door is Boston Haymarket which is outdoors and only open Friday and Saturday. Both are fun and unique! The cheapest parking is in Parcel 7 Garage 136 Blackstone Street, Boston. If you go on Friday & Saturday and get your ticket validated by a Haymarket Vendor, the parking is only a couple of bucks for up to 2 hours- which is the best deal in Boston! Ask for details when you arrive. And have fun!”
  • 35 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Rated as one of the best pizzas in the USA - Regina's is great for dine-in or carry-out”
  • 37 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Between you and me -- locals prefer Modern over Mike's, but the best choice is really to try them both and let us know your favorite!”
  • 34 locals recommend
Comedy Club
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“Improv groups that interact with the audience. Always a good time and a good laugh. Right in the north end so make sure to grab yourself some Italian food and stop over at Mike's Pastry's. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Church
“"One if by land, two if by sea." The famous two lanterns were hung from the tower of Old North Church to alert Paul Revere of the means of the British Army Regulars' arrival.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“$20 seafood pasta dishes and $20 bottles of wine. Get there early or expect a wait.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Museum
“Walk through downtown Boston to see 16 significant historic landmarks. This will help you understand how the United States came to be one of the greatest nations in the world.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Bakery
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“If you don't want to wait in line at Mike's or Modern Pastry - Bova's has great stuff too”
  • 30 locals recommend
Church
“This is the oldest surviving church in Boston. It was founded in 1722. It's an awesome church to see!”
  • 17 locals recommend
Market
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“For a wonderful Italian hoagie, walk around the block (left on Salem) and get a sandwich at Monica's. If it's a nice day, this is a perfect stop to get food and have a picnic on the greenway. Credit cards accepted. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Like Neptune, no reservations and the Catch is Cash only too. An easier table to grab than the hip Neptune and a personal favorite. You feel like you're dining in the kitchen.”
  • 23 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“The raw bar featuring at least a half-dozen impeccably fresh, perfectly shucked oyster varieties from New England harbors plus a couple from the Pacific Northwest, as well as uni, raw clams and seasonal delicacies like stone crab claws.”
  • 61 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Rated as one of the best pizzas in the USA - Regina's is great for dine-in or carry-out”
  • 37 locals recommend
Bakery
“Between you and me -- locals prefer Modern over Mike's, but the best choice is really to try them both and let us know your favorite!”
  • 34 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“$20 seafood pasta dishes and $20 bottles of wine. Get there early or expect a wait.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Market
“For a wonderful Italian hoagie, walk around the block (left on Salem) and get a sandwich at Monica's. If it's a nice day, this is a perfect stop to get food and have a picnic on the greenway. Credit cards accepted. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Like Neptune, no reservations and the Catch is Cash only too. An easier table to grab than the hip Neptune and a personal favorite. You feel like you're dining in the kitchen.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Locals like to give it a bad rap, but there’s something to be said for this National Historic Landmark, which the National Park Service designated as the oldest continually run restaurant and oyster bar in the United States and the oldest standing brick building in Boston’s Georgian architecture (it was constructed in 1717). Before it opened as a restaurant in 1826, it was a private home. Diners over the years include a veritable who’s who of the rich and powerful including Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and William Clinton, as well as governors, athletes, and movie stars. It is highly recommended to follow the example of Daniel Webster, a regular in the 1840s and 1850s, who sat at the raw bar and downed oysters with a brandy and water. Make sure to chat with the shuckers, some of whom have worked there for decades.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Hotel
“This is the required late night stop in the North End, but it's also an amazing restaurant!”
  • 14 locals recommend

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