This is a guest post from the gals over at the Two Riveras.
No doubt about it, Boston’s a great city. It’s rich with history, culture, and so much amazing cuisine that you find yourself wanting to see and experience everything. And for a good dose of it all, we always find ourselves visiting the vibrant and exciting Italian neighborhood of the North End also known as Boston’s “Little Italy”. Not only will you get amazing views of the city from all angles, but you’ll be exposed to a good amount of history, culture, and the food…AMAZING! Whether you’re visiting for a week or a day, here are six reasons why Boston’s North End has you covered.
This one-square-mile, waterfront neighborhood is not far from Quincy Market (Faneuil Hall), the Rose Kennedy Greenway, the New England Aquarium or Boston’s TD Garden where you can see a concert or get your sports fix at a Celtics or Bruins game. No need to drive from one place to another. Simply take public transportation or park in one of the numerous garages located in the area. You’ll be amazed at how much of Boston you can see and experience within a small radius.
And if you really want a bang for your buck, take the one mile walk along the Freedom Trial over the Charlestown Bridge towards the Bunker Hill Monument. Not only will you get to see a historical site, but you get amazing views of the Charles River and the North End from the waterfront.
Boston’s oldest neighborhood (English Puritan’s settled in the early 1600s) has a large part of the Freedom Trail running through it and is where Paul Revere’s home is located. Paul Revere is known for his famous ride from Boston to Lexington where he warned Patriot leaders that the British were coming. Also tied to Revere and located in the North End is the Old North Church where the famous lantern signal “One if by land, Two if by sea” took place.
Boston’s “Little Italy” has the best Italian food you can imagine and is home to dozens of Italian restaurants. For a really nice and high end meal head to Mamma Maria’s which ranks on many top ten lists and for a not so pricey, but equally delicious meal head over to Giacomo’s, but expect long lines at this cash only establishment. For pizza, grab a slice at Pizzeria Regina which has been in business since 1926 and really is Boston’s best pizza. While you’re at it, take a stroll down Prince Street which is located around the corner. Fun little fact: the origins of Prince Pasta which can be found in any major supermarket or department store was right in Boston’s North End.
BONUS: The best seafood in Boston can also be found in the North End. Neptune Oysters is a tiny place so be prepared to wait. Is the wait worth it? ABSOLUTELY!!! The North End Cioppino, which is a spicy stew full of grilled fish, shellfish and saffron rice is a must!
After finishing up your meal you’ll want to check out Hanover Street which is the North End’s “Main Street”and the best place for people watching. You’ll find lots of restaurants, boutiques and cafe’s along this busy street. For dessert you can check out Mike’s Pastry or our choice, Modern Pastry (pastries and service are great) which is located on Hanover Street. They have the best cannoli’s in Boston plus a long list of other pastries you can choose from.
All Saints Way
Located on Battery Street in a brick alley, tucked away behind a black gate you’ll find the most amazing shrine to Catholic Saints. Lined with colorful potted plants, lights, religious statues, portraits and prayer cards this vibrant space will leave you in awe.
Make your way to the North End on a Sunday and your bound to find yourself in the midst of a celebration for a saint. From local residents to tourists you’ll find yourself immersed in Italian culture with colorful decorations, music, street vendors and impressive floats. The most popular feast is Saint Anthony’s which is held at the end of August. The procession of the Statue of Saint Anthony through the streets is a sight to see. Feasts are going well into October so for more information click here.
So basically, if you’re looking for a good time with amazing food, culture, history and convenience, the North End is for you. Now you see why we go there?!
Author bio: Born and raised in the Boston area Yadira and Yaimani are twins who strive to take every moment they encounter and embrace its full potential. They love to travel, believe food is art and promote personal adventure. To learn more follow then on The Two Riveras or on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.