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Boston North End

Boston North End

Free admission
193 Salem St

The Basics

Boston’s North End is home to a large community of Italian Americans. The narrow streets house small shops, delis, butchers, salumerias, bakers, wine bars, and restaurants. After seeing local sights like the Old North Church, Copp’s Hill Burial Ground, Union Wharf, the Ozias Goodwin House, and Mariner’s House, book a neighborhood food tour or head out on your own to shop for salami, cheese, and olives, and sample cannolis.

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Boston's North End "Little Italy" Pizza, Cannoli, and History Walking Food Tour
Boston's North End "Little Italy" Pizza, Cannoli, and History Walking Food Tour
star-4.5
$49.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great Day in North End
Our guide Scottie was entertaining and knowledgeable. Pizza was fantastic! Stopped at many historic spots along the walk.
DIANNE_B, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Boston

star-4
Nice walk through the...
Norma_S, Oct 2021
Boston's North End "Little Italy" Pizza, Cannoli, and History Walking Food Tour
Nice walk through the "Little Italy" area of North Boston. Our guide "Tim" did a great job telling us of some of the history or the area. The pace and distance of the walk was just about right for the timing of the tour. And the food was really good!
star-5
Food, Fun and Sully
Maryam_W, Oct 2021
Boston's North End Small-Group Walking Food Tour
My girlfriends and I booked a tour and had the best experience with our tour guide Sully. He was knowledgeable and made us feel as if we were touring with a friend. He made us feel at home…even though we are Yankee fans. Highly recommend!
star-5
Who doesn’t love food with a history
christina_f, Oct 2021
Boston's North End Small-Group Walking Food Tour
This tour was a lot of fun and full of history. The food was delicious and plentiful. By the time we arrived at the pizzeria I was already stuffed like a huge calzone. Pam provided water and hand sanitizer. She grabbed my attention with her spunky Boston accent. Highly recommend
star-5
Boston North Town food & history tour
Michel_L, Oct 2021
Boston's North End "Little Italy" Pizza, Cannoli, and History Walking Food Tour
Great tour mixing fantastic Pizza with history. Very entertaining guide and the food was top notch. Highly recommend it
star-5
Delicious
Keith_L, Oct 2021
Boston Small-Group Food & History North End Freedom Trail Walking Tour
Our tour guide, Janet, was amazing. We loved the fresh bread, pizza, and coffee! The number of participants was just right (I think there were 4 other couples). We would highly recommend this tour to our friends.
star-5
Yummy!
Karen_B, Oct 2021
Boston Small-Group Food & History North End Freedom Trail Walking Tour
Loved our tour with Tim!! Very knowledgeable regarding history and the city. Great food!! Cappuccino and cannoli were the best. Our favorite tour of 4.
star-5
Audrey made the...
Nino_L, Oct 2021
Public North End Neighborhood Tour
Audrey made the experience the best. She was informative in a humorous way. She knew how to draw out people in the group so it was inclusive. The food experiences were excellent. I have lived in the area for more than 40 years; have visited the North End many times and still learned. Truly a wonderful day
star-5
Great time
Jason_S, Oct 2021
Boston's North End "Little Italy" Pizza, Cannoli, and History Walking Food Tour
Scott was awesome. So entertaining and so knowledgeable of Boston facts. Would recommend this tour for anyone interested in having fun.
star-5
History + food + humor = a great time
Laurie_K, Oct 2021
Boston Small-Group Food & History North End Freedom Trail Walking Tour
Guide was extremely knowledgeable and funny. A great teacher I would have loved to have had in high school.
star-5
Great time
Chris, Oct 2021
Boston's North End "Little Italy" Pizza, Cannoli, and History Walking Food Tour
Scotty was awesome. So friendly and great sense of humor! We learned a lot and had some great pizza. Would recommend this tour and make sure you get Scotty as your tour guide.
star-4
Good time
AyeshaCruickshank, Sep 2021
Boston's North End Secret Food Walking Tour w/ Private Tour Option
The food was good lots of it! Lobster roll was the best. My family and I had a good experience met great people.
star-4
Good Overview of North End and Freedom Trail
Susan_H, Oct 2021
Boston Small-Group Food & History North End Freedom Trail Walking Tour
Enjoyed seeing the North End and eating the cannoli. Other food stops were so so. Bob was very knowledgeable about the history of the places he took us on the Freedom Trail! Great overview of Boston. One negative was the entire tour was 6 hours of walking with little chance to sit, rest, and rehydrate.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The North End is a popular neighborhood for families, with several kid-friendly attractions such as the New England Aquarium and the Boston Children’s Museum.

  • Hanover Street is the neighborhood’s main drag and boasts a number of popular cafes.

  • Be sure to carry cash since many places don’t accept credit cards.

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How to Get There

The North End is accessible by the MBTA subway (the “T”). To reach the area, take the blue line to the Aquarium stop, or the green line or orange line to Haymarket or North Station. You can also opt to rent a Bluebike from Boston's bike-share program or take the city’s hop-on hop-off trolley, which stops in the North End.

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Trip ideas

New England Aquarium: Live Q&A and Online Activities

New England Aquarium: Live Q&A and Online Activities

Boston Children's Museum: A 360° Virtual Tour

Boston Children's Museum: A 360° Virtual Tour


When to Get There

Boston’s North End is a year-round destination. To really enjoy the neighborhood’s Italian-American heritage, consider visiting during one of the area’s bustling summer festivals, which honor a variety of saints. The months of June–September bring more than a dozen feasts and processions, some of which are small religious parades paired with a special mass, while others include street fair-style celebrations with food and music.

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What to Eat in Boston

Boston boasts plenty of places to grab a bite, from high-end restaurants to public markets. While you’re here, be sure to try some local specialities, including lobster rolls, cannolis, and craft beer. The Boston Public Market, located near the North End neighborhood, is home to food vendors selling doughnuts, maple syrups, roasted nuts, and other treats.

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