Faneuil Hall Marketplace is one of Boston’s top tourist attractions and a great place to shop, dine, go out or just people watch. It is composed of 3 long buildings that date from Colonial-era Boston originally built starting in 1742 that have been restored and
put to new use. It is now a combination outdoor shopping mall, large and diverse food court and outdoor space for entertainment and gathering. There is also an information center here that is operated by the National Park Service as part of Boston National Historic Park. With a wide variety of stores, restaurants and entertainment options there is something for everyone at Faneuil Hall. The surrounding area also includes lots of other restaurants including the oldest still-operating restaurant in Boston, the Union Oyster House.
There are public restrooms in the basement level of the Quincy Market building that houses the food court and some group event space. The food court includes lots of different fast casual options as well as several sit-down choices. The outdoor areas surrounding Quincy Market frequently host outdoor entertainment troupes that can be a lot of fun to watch, especially in the warmer weather. The National Park Service Information Center is also a great place to start your visit to Boston as they are a great place to get local information and plan out your time in the city.
Directions and Location:
Faneuil Hall is located right in the heart of Downtown Boston minutes from the financial district, major train stations and lots of other attractions. The best way to get here is using public transportation as the streets of Boston are confusing (often even for natives), full of traffic and parking is usually expensive. There are several subway stops nearby including Haymarket on the Orange and Green lines, Government Center on the Green and Blue Lines and Aquarium on the Blue Line. Downtown Crossing and Park Street which serve the Orange, Red and Green Lines are also a moderate walk away from Faneuil Hall. For more information on the MBTA (or “T”) please check out their website. If you are determined to drive the Government Center Garage is nearby and is a good choice for parking. Most GPS units will have Faneuill Hall Marketplace listed as an attraction in Boston as Google Maps and other programs do as well. However, the following address will put you at Faneuil Hall should you not be able to find it otherwise:
1 Faneuil Hall Marketplace
(near the corner of Congress & North Streets)
Boston, MA 02109