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Food Lover’s Guide to Boston

Food Lover’s Guide to Boston

Boston’s culinary scene mixes the influences of its longtime Italian community with classic New England specialities and the latest US foodie trends. The result is a city that’s passionate about food and tempts visitors with everything from cider donuts to clam chowder. Read our tips for Boston’s must-try treats and activities.

Must-Try Dishes

Top of Boston’s food tree is its North End district—where the cobbled Little Italy quarter boasts pizzerias, bakeries, and salumeria (cured-meat delis). Head here for every imaginable variety of Neapolitan-style thin-crust pizza, authentic Italian cheeses and meats, and Sicilian cannoli —pastry shells brimming with cheese, chocolate, and other creamy fillings.

Italian specialities aside, Boston is also hot on New England staples. Dig into clam chowder, a hearty clam-and-cream broth perfect in winter. Other must-tries include lobster rolls —hotdog buns stuffed with lobster flesh—and cinnamon-sprinkled cider donuts served with hot apple cider.

Chocolate heads the sweet-treat list. Artisanal shops sprinkle the city’s Beacon Hill area, offering everything from organic sweet and savory chocolates to spice-infused hot chocolate. The city also boasts serious vegan-food credentials, with a growing clutch of cafés and eateries specializing in plant-based goodies such as vegan ice creams, smoothies, and desserts.

Must-Do Experiences

  • Take a tour of Boston’s artisanal chocolatiers to sample the city’s decadently flavored chocolates, from organic delights to chile-infused hot chocolate.
  • Stroll the cobbled North End to enjoy the thin and crispy pizzas of Little Italy.
  • Combine tastings of Italian specialities with a walk along Boston’s Freedom Trail on a combo food-and-culture day trip.
  • Explore the city’s vegan repertoire on a tour of its Jamaica Plain district.
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Boston Small-Group Food & History North End Freedom Trail Walking Tour

Boston Small-Group Food & History North End Freedom Trail Walking Tour

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Combine two attractions Boston has to offer—delicious food and rich history—on this tour that starts in the popular North End and continues along the Freedom Trail. Snack your way through this historic Italian neighborhood, trying fresh bread at a hidden bakery and enjoying an Italian salumeria. Once fortified, walk the Freedom Trail to discover the rich history of the American Revolution and experience the modern city Boston is now.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$104.00
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Boston's North End Secret Food Walking Tour w/ Private Tour Option

Boston's North End Secret Food Walking Tour w/ Private Tour Option

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Get to know Boston through its food on this small-group walking tour limited to 12 people. With a guide, you sample seafood, Italian dishes, and other fare as you explore the city's North End neighborhood. Along the way, learn about the history of the area.
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  • 3 hours
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$95.23
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Boston Public Market & North End Foodie Tour with Local Guide

Boston Public Market & North End Foodie Tour with Local Guide

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Explore Boston’s culinary delights on this guided group walking tour. With a local expert leading the way, sample lobster rolls, apple cider doughnuts, maple syrups, and more at Boston Public Market and Haymarket Market (Fridays and Saturdays). Learn about the rich food heritage of historic Little Italy as you feast on Italian bread, taste fresh mozzarella at an old-school salumeria, gobble up cannoli. All tastings are included in this fun, convenient and delicious outing.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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Public North End Neighborhood Tour

Public North End Neighborhood Tour

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Taste only the best in Boston’s North End. This foodie tour takes you to a careful selection of award-winning restaurants throughout this historic neighborhood. Stop by Best of Boston winners to sample the city’s top pizza, sandwiches, and bread. Sample iconic cannoli and visit an Old World salumeria shown on the Food Network. Learn about Boston’s rich culinary history, and and end your tour with a delicious pasta finale.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.00
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Boston Historic Taverns Tour with Drinks, Apps & Round-Trip Ferry
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Boston Historic Taverns Tour with Drinks, Apps & Round-Trip Ferry

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Get a taste for Boston’s best Tavern Snacks and beer on a guided pub crawl around the city. Boston taverns are legendary. In fact, our founding fathers planned the American Revolution in one of them, and it’s still open today. Step inside this historic pub and grab a cold one (or two) along with some of Boston’s best Tavern Snacks. During the tour, you’ll explore some of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, like Beacon Hill, the Blackstone Block, the North End and Charlestown and two taverns.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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