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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 Pizza & History Walking Tour
Boston's North End Pizza & History Walking Tour
star-4.5
$49.00 per adult
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Scotty was our tour...
Scotty was our tour guide. He did a great job. It was fun eating pizza and learning all kinds of history. The pizza was delicious. Three slices and a cannoli is the perfect amount to eat. I left stuffed. The walk around the North End was great. Would highly recommend the tour.
Rocky_F, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Boston

star-5
great time!
Denise_D, Nov 2021
Boston Small-Group Food & History North End Freedom Trail Walking Tour
our tour guide Corrine was fantastic! she made the tour enjoyable and fun! highly recommend this tour. There was alot to see and was able to see everything without a huge crowd!
star-5
Fantastic Tour.
Julie_M, Nov 2021
Boston's North End Small-Group Walking Food Tour
Fantastic tour guide, great stops, super knowledgeable. Highly recommend. Food was really good too. Will take another tour on our next visit.
star-5
Informative tour around the north end which leaves nobody hungry
SebastianFlorian_E, Nov 2021
Boston's North End Pizza & History Walking Tour
Had a lot of fun although it was a very cold day for that tour! Guide was very friendly and knew so much about the history of Boston and the north end! The stops at the pizzerias were not too short but also not too long, just perfect to get to know the group a bit better and have some chats! Definitely recommended to do it at the beginning of your stay in Boston, Ernesto's Pizza was clearly my favorite!
star-5
Good food, good guide.
James_J, Nov 2021
Boston's North End Pizza & History Walking Tour
Despite it being cold, our guide was funny and enthusiastic. Pizza covered a range of styles, and it was all yummy. The cannolis were a nice touch at the end. The tour hits places also on the Freedom Trail, so it was nice to get some additional info about those sites if you didn’t do a guided trail tour.
star-5
Definitely a must. Sully was great.
Jim_D, Nov 2021
Boston's North End Small-Group Walking Food Tour
The tour, and our guide, Sully, we’re both great! He was personable and very informative. We all really enjoyed the food and felt like we were hitting some “insider” spots. Ask, there was plenty of food - even my 6’3”, 180 pound teenage son was full!
star-4
Followed the Freedom Trail
SonjaM_S, Nov 2021
Boston Small-Group Food & History North End Freedom Trail Walking Tour
Our guide, Janet’s enthusiasm and knowledge of Boston and Boston’s marvelous history made the tour worthwhile. The cannoli and pizza in the North End were great as was the visit to North Church. Loved getting to shop at the Salumeria. However the afternoon was somewhat tiring due to only one break.
star-5
Great North End Tour
Bethany_B, Nov 2021
Cocktails & Cannoli: Boston's North End Dessert Tour
Pat was a great tour guide, in a group of 12 we were able to hear him speak whether you were in the front of the group or the back. He is very accommodating should you not like the drinks offered (Espresso, Almond Joy, Lemon Drop Martini’s). We don’t drink coffee and didn’t love the creamy drinks, but Pat offered a replacement, which he didn’t have to do! Pat also offered restaurant recommendations and places to go, hidden gems if like, while we visit Boston.
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Karin_P, Nov 2021
Boston's North End Pizza & History Walking Tour
Tim was a great tour guide. Food was great and Tim gave lots of good information. I had teenagers with me and they enjoyed it as well.
star-5
Great tour guide
Alex_S, Nov 2021
Boston's North End Pizza & History Walking Tour
Tour guide was fantastic, food was great as well. Great walk to eating ratio. Tour helped for future navigating through the area.
star-5
Exceeded all expectations
Sean_B, Oct 2021
Cocktails & Cannoli: Boston's North End Dessert Tour
We’re from Boston and I thought this would still be a cool thing to check out. We’d probably go to all the places we normally do, but hey it’ll still be fun. We found so many new places we didn’t even know existed and Pat was a fantastic guide. If you get the chance to go, GO!
star-5
Fun day in Boston
Karen_M, Nov 2021
Boston Small-Group Food & History North End Freedom Trail Walking Tour
What a great tour. Jim Bedingfeild our tour guide did an excellent job. He is knowledgeable, funny and did a great job keeping to the schedule without making you feel rushed. The tour is a perfect blend of enjoying the food on the North end and learning about Boston history and architecture.
star-5
Delicious and historical
Sydney_M, Nov 2021
Boston's North End Pizza & History Walking Tour
Our tour guide, Scotty, was awesome! So informative and funny at the same time. Very interactive with the group and knowledgeable of history. Awesome pizza and cannolis too!!

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

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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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