Built in 1742 by Boston’s wealthiest merchant Peter Faneuil, Faneuil Hall Marketplace has been a prominent marketplace for merchants, fishermen and meat and produce sellers, served as a platform for some of America’s most famous orators and has even played a significant role in history throughout its time. Through its economic ups and downs, the marketplace has withstood the test of time. It has been expanded and restored over the years to accommodate more shoppers and merchants. Quincy Market, North Market and South Market have been added to the original Faneuil Hall Marketplace and remain to this day.
The Sugar Act
Faneuil Hall has seen many great moments throughout its time. In 1764, colonists gathered in Faneuil Hall for the first time to protest against the Sugar Act. During this time the principle, “no taxation without representation” was established and the Sugar Act was eventually repealed in 1766.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace Today
Faneuil Hall Marketplace is Boston’s central meeting point to this day, attracting 18 million locals and visitors each year. One-of-a-kind and nationally recognized shops, worldwide cuisine and Boston’s best entertainment bring Faneuil Hall Marketplace to life.
What to Expect at Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Explore the shops, taste the food, or stroll along the promenade as you delight in remarkable street performances during your two hour visit to Faneuil Hall Marketplace. The rich history of Faneuil Hall, urban shops, restaurants and lively crowds create the perfect ambiance for an afternoon in downtown Boston.
Shopping at Faneuil Hall
Over 100 of the finest shops and pushcarts occupy over 200,000 square feet at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Discover the finest clothing stores like Anne Taylor, specialty shops like Yankee Candles and locally made goods and treasures at the Bullmarket, featuring an abundance of pushcarts that are occupied by artisans and their wondrous goods.
Dining at Faneuil Hall
Eat, drink and be merry. Faneuil Hall is not only the home to the largest food hall in New England with 36 international food vendors, but also boasts over 14 restaurants and pubs. Drink or dine beneath beautiful glass canopies at one of the outdoor restaurants or cafes during the warm months.
Cheers is a restaurant that replicates the exact Hollywood set of the hit television series Cheers. The duplicate is complete with a central island bar, Tiffany lamps, a catwalk and overhead TV lights. Enjoy traditional pub fare and a wide selection of beverages.
McCormick & Schmick's
McCormick & Schmick’s has been America’s premier family seafood restaurant since it was established in the 70’s. Try fresh seafood, juicy steaks and pasta dishes. McCormick & Schmick’s extensive menu has something that everyone can enjoy.
Ned Devine's Irish Pub
Enjoy Faneuil Hall’s only modern pub. Ned Devine’s Irish Pub offers a sophisticated menu with everything from light bites like paninis to entrees like macaroni and cheese. Don’t forget the pub’s drinks list, from beers on tap to fine wines; Ned Devine’s Irish Pub serves traditional Irish beverages.
Boston and Maine Fish Co.
Indulge in Boston and Maine Fish Co.’s famous clam chowder or in a variety of seafood. Boston and Maine Fish Co. serves the freshest seafood straight from the sea.
The Street Theater
In addition to shopping and dining, you can enjoy Faneuil Hall’s renowned street performances along the cobblestone promenades. Enjoy talented musicians, mind boggling magicians and other spectacular shows.