Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market opened to the public in August of 1826. One section was named after the legacy of wealthy American colonial merchant Peter Faneuil, but the general public wanted the property to be named after Boston’s new leader, Mayor Quincy.
What began as a two-story Greek Revival edifice, 535 feet long and 50 feet wide, soon met and outgrew its capacity, housing 128 vendors. Enlargement plans were proposed.
By the mid-19thcentury, people were shopping closer to home. Quincy Market turned to wholesale. Today Quincy Market is a shopper’s paradise.
There are hundreds of shops both inside and outside the three market buildings; a festival marketplace; a colonnade of eateries; pushcarts along the side of the buildings and street performers. Besides the big brand shops, you’ll find many Boston and New England shops not common elsewhere.
Visit: 4 South Market Street, Boston, MA; (617) 523-1300; quincy-market.com