Historical Photo Courtesy of Boston Public Library
Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Quincy Market
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Choose from 15 stops with over 100 points of interest with your 1 day pass or 2 day pass. Once aboard, enjoy a two-hour fun historical tour of Boston and Cambridge or hop on and off at your leisure. Beantown Trolley gives the insider’s view of Boston on San Francisco-style trolley cars. Tours can be purchased at the Marketplace.
Jenny Bistany – Owner, Boston Café
One of the oldest businesses in Quincy Market is Boston Café that was established by Antonios Bistany in the mid 1980’s. Today, his daughter Jenny Bistany, operates the busy café serving over 200 varieties of high-end fine chocolates, candies and gourmet coffee drinks. Jenny says that most of the items she serves are made by local businesses. “I feature chocolate made by America’s Oldest Candy Company, a local, family run enterprise,” said Jenny.
Jenny says that she truly enjoys working at Faneuil Hall Marketplace for many reasons. “I love meeting new people from all over the world, assisting them, or even just watching their faces light up when they look at my chocolate and candy displays.”
She says the secret to her success at Boston Café is that she takes pride in every single aspect of running her small business. “I love working with people and making them happy. Offering the freshest, highest quality products results in return customers, even tourists who are visiting Boston for only a few days. And to me that is the biggest compliment.”
Boston Café enjoys a wide variety of customers, from local residents to tourists on vacation. She has many repeat customers. Some of the most popular items at Boston Café are espresso drinks and mochas, and are great to warm you up during the winter months.
Jenny says that the Christmas season is always her favorite time of the year especially with the new Blink! program. “I find myself anxiously waiting for Christmas at Faneuil Hall. It is the most exciting time. I try to encourage early day shoppers to stick around until late afternoon so that they get to experience the magic.”
Next time you are in Quincy Market and need a hot drink on a cold day, be sure to stop by Boston Café and say hi to Jenny.