Faneuil Hall Marketplace... Boston Welcomes You!

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Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Quincy Market

Faneuil Hall Marketplace Street Performers: 40 Years of Cheers and Still Wowing the Crowds

Things to Do in Boston: Performers
For many, Faneuil Hall Marketplace is synonymous with world-class street performers showing off unimaginable acts of juggling, acrobatics and more for throngs of tourists and locals who gather to watch. The street performances that visitors have come to identify with Faneuil Hall were born with the Marketplace’s historic revitalization, and have been going strong since 1976.

History Awaits You at Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Things to Do in Boston: Faneuil Hall History
Visitors interested in the history of Faneuil Hall Marketplace from the 40th Anniversary and beyond have numerous free opportunities! Whether it be a walking tour throughout the property or a glimpse at original artifacts in Historic Faneuil Hall, history fanatics are sure to be pleased.

Shopping at the Marketplace: The Perfect Blend, From Antiques to the Latest Fashions


When Faneuil Hall Marketplace (FHM) was reopened in 1976, there was a conscious effort to provide an eclectic mix of shopping options but with an emphasis on locally sourced items and on quality. The Marketplace had artisans selling their handmade wares from antique-style pushcarts while the South Market and North Market buildings hosted signature retail shops. The Marketplace has always had a mixture of large, brand name retail stores with smaller, locally owned boutiques and shops.

Specialty Shopping – The First Retail Pushcarts In The U.S.


America’s first retail specialty carts program began at Faneuil Hall Marketplace in 1976. Local artisans and craftspeople were sought to sell their wares from wooden carts to provide a historic flavor to the Marketplace when it first opened. Today, our 40 local businesses sell unique, hand crafted items to throngs of visitors who seek out a unique shopping experience in one of the most historic retail locations in the world.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry – Restaurants, Quincy Market Food Colonnade and More

Things to Do in Boston, Faneuil Hall Restaurants Boston
Boston Baked Beans, Indian Pudding, clam chowder, lobster rolls, oysters on the half shell…all New England delicacies that join a cornucopia of foods from around the world to create a unique dining experience at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. For over 40 years, the Marketplace has been a food destination featuring top restaurants and the world-famous Food Colonnade.

Shop • Dine • Experience • Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Meet the Merchant: Boston Pretzel & Lemonade Stand and Dottie’s Sweet Beignets

Linda DeMarco – Boston Pretzel & Lemonade Stand and Dottie’s Sweet Beignets
Linda DeMarco, Boston Pretzel & Lemonade Stand and Dottie’s Sweet Beignets
Linda DeMarco is one of the most spirited merchants at the Marketplace. She is the owner of two outdoor pushcarts. Boston Pretzel specializes in fresh-squeezed lemonade and the best pretzel twists in town. Dottie’s Sweet Beignets offers a collection of beignets and fried dough. She is also the owner of the Boston Pretzel Bakery Inc.

Linda looks forward to visitors from Philadelphia who claim that Philly has the best pretzels in the world until they try one of her Boston Pretzels and quickly change their minds. One of Linda’s fondest moments at Faneuil Hall Marketplace was when NBA Celtics great Paul Pierce visited her bakery with his children.

She really enjoys the uniqueness of the Marketplace and the local merchants showcasing their goods. In fact, Linda is the President of the Faneuil Hall Marketplace Merchants Association.

Linda is also the President of Boston Pride and Co-President of InterPride – an international organization representing and composed of producers of pride events for the LGBT community.

Linda was named the 2013 recipient of the Abigail Adams Award in honor of her work and community activism in the field of women’s rights.