"The North End" North End Tip by zChris

North End, Boston: 44 reviews and 83 photos

  Salem Street
by zChris

The North End is Boston's Little Italy (but please don't ever call it that...this is not New York) as well as the oldest part of the city. The area is a mishmash of historic sites, narrow brick homes, excellent Italian restaurants, and expensive waterfront condominiums. It's an absolute must for those who enjoy wandering narrow, circuitous streets lined with tall homes as one finds in Europe, and the Italian character of the neighbourhood (occasionally residents actually shout at each other in Italian across the streets) adds to the Old-World charm. Granted, you won't feel like you're in Siena with the brick homes and New England Patriots football jackets, but the area has an unrivaled uniquity. The Old North Church, a major historic landmark, is located here, as well as the Paul Revere House, the oldest structure surviving in the city. Don't forget a visit to Mike's or Modern Pastry for some delicious half-moons or cannolis. Food is the North End's essence, as one may garner from Bostonians who virtually use the name of the eponymous neighbourhood as a synonym for gastronomic ecstacy.

Directions: Bounded by Boston Harbour and the Central Artery.
T stops: Haymarket (Green and Orange Lines), North Station (Green and Orange Lines, Commuter Rail)

Phone: 617-720-2283
Website: http://www.northendweb.com

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 25, 2003
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