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Boston has always been a northeastern hotspot in the United States. As one of the oldest cities in the country, there’s so much rich history and culture almost everywhere you look. However, there’s a lot more to Boston than all its seafood goodness that everyone normally comes to the city for – Boston’s North End (Little Italy) is where all the fun and good food is really at!
You can not leave the north end without at least trying a cannoli! No matter where it’s from, you absolutely have to try a cannoli from somewhere in the North End. It’s the best place to get a cannoli in all of Boston!
How to Get to Boston’s North End
The easiest way by far is to fly into Boston Logan Airport. Luckily, Boston’s airport is very internationally connected since it’s one of America’s most eastern cities. There are also connecting flights all over the United States. It’s super easy to get from Boston Logan Airport to downtown near the North End, with the easiest being to take the Silver Line right from the airport. There are also taxis, Lyfts, and Ubers abundant in Boston due to its city size!
It’s super easy to get around Boston due to its underground T system. The T will get you almost everywhere you need to go, and if it doesn’t, then you can easily take an Uber, Lyft, Taxi, or one of the public buses. All you have to do is purchase a Charlie Card, load it with some money, and you’re good to go with public transportation. To get to the North End in particular, you should get off at Haymarket on the green line.
Where to Eat in Boston’s North End for Dinner
Mike’s Pastry // Considered the birth place of the Bostonian cannoli, Mike’s Pastry is one place you can’t miss. Though it’s always crowded, the line is ALWAYS worth the wait. Plus, Mike’s Pastry has consistently won awards for Boston’s best cannoli and is always listed as one of the best bakeries in the city. They’re cash only, but there are two ATMs across the street!
Modern Pastry // Even though it’s probably Mike’s Pastry’s biggest competition, Modern Pastry is still worth visiting! They also have cannolis, and all locals will argue whether Mike’s or Modern is better. You decide! Modern also only takes cash, but there is conveniently an ATM right next door to the bakery.
Bova’s Bakery // Arguably a less-busy place in the North End, Bova’s Bakery is another top-notch place to get some Italian sweets. Their tiramisu in particular is amazing and was voted as #1 in the country by Phantom Gourmet! Bova’s also has some of the best arancini in the North End. Bova’s is also open 24/7!
Ristorante Fiore // You can’t go wrong with Italian food in the North End, but a particular favorite that I always recommend is Ristorante Fiore. Though it’s better to make reservations ahead of time, in the warmer months you can probably still show up and have a short wait before you get a table without one. The gnocchi at Ristorante Fiore is particularly great!
La Famiglia Giorgio’s // La Famiglia Giorgio’s is known for their gigantic portions. Unlike some of the Italian restaurants in the North End, La Famiglia Giorgio’s has Italian cuisine options besides just pasta, which is great for pickier eaters! You’re sure to leave with leftovers.
Things to See in Boston’s North End at Night
Langone Park // Everyone loves Boston’s waterfronts, and Langone Park in the North End is no different. After getting your cannoli, bring it to Langone Park to eat and do some boat-watching!
Improv Asylum // There’s nothing better than getting your laugh on! Improv Asylum has been one of the North End’s staples for over twenty years. Don’t forget to buy your tickets ahead of time!
The Wine Bottega // Don’t let this tiny storefront fool you! The Wine Bottega offers free wine tastings every Friday night in the cellar. The self-proclaimed wine geeks who work at the store only sell natural wines.
Stanza dei Sigari // Stanza dei Sigari is a speakeasy from the 1920’s turned spirit and cigar parlor. Plus, it’s next to Mike’s Pastry!
Hanover Street // Known as the North End’s Main Street, Hanover Street is always bustling. Walk up and down the street, take in the North End’s architecture, and maybe grab a gelato from one of the window vendors.
If you’re lucky enough to be visiting during the last weekend in August, you absolutely MUST visit St. Anthony’s Feast! It’s a huge festival in the North End that has been taking place since 1919. National Geographic even dubbed it the “feast of all feasts”! There’s street food galore, street performers, and so much fun and games!
Also check out:
- North Shore, Oahu, HI After 5:00 pm
- St. Petersburg, FL After 5:00 pm
- River North, Chicago After 5:00 pm
- San Francisco’s Financial District After 5:00 pm
- Plano, TX After 5:00 pm
- Charleston, SC After 5:00 pm