Places To Go In Boston – North End, Boston’s Oldest Neighborhood

The City of Boston was founded in 1630, which is around a century and a half before the United States became an independent country in 1776. This makes Boston one of the oldest cities in existence. As a result, there are numerous historic neighborhoods in the city that showcases Boston’s early history. One of the places to go in Boston is the North End neighborhood.

The North End is Boston’s oldest neighborhood, having been in existence since the city’s founding in 1630. There are a range of things to do in Boston’s North End neighborhood, from strolling one of the narrow cobblestone streets to eating at one of the neighborhood’s many Italian restaurants to visiting historic sites like the Old North Church and the Paul Revere House.

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Italian Restaurants

The North End is also known as “Little Italy”. So, Italian food is king in this neighborhood as there are countless Italian restaurants for you to choose from. So, this is the best place to find Italian food such as pasta, pizza, and Italian beef. So, if you are looking for Italian food, then the North End will do. Here are two of the best Italian restaurants you should check out.

Mamma Maria

Mamma Maria is located in a beautiful 19th century row house at North Square in the North End. This Italian restaurant has five private dining rooms which can seat anywhere from five to fifty guests depending on the dining room. So, if you are looking for a place to dine that is more intimate, this restaurant will take care of your needs.

The dining tables are highly decorated with flora and attention to details. This restaurant can host private events such as wedding receptions or birthday celebrations. The menu at this restaurant covers the antipasti, pasta and risotto, and principali food categories. Desserts and wine are also on the menu too as well.

Antico Forno

Antico Forno is located on Salem Street in Boston’s North End neighborhood. This restaurant has a cozy mom and pop atmosphere which makes for a relaxing dining experience. This restaurant serves authentic Italian dishes that are prepared from their charming brick oven. The restaurant is especially well known for their selection of pasta and pizza food. There are also a range of desserts and wines available too as well.

Cobblestone Streets

One of the best experiences of being in the North End is to walk the narrow streets that makes their way through the neighborhood’s beautiful cobblestone buildings. These narrow streets are a result of the North End’s 17th and 18th century era street layouts.

Plus, depending on which narrow streets you walk on, they will have shops and restaurants for you to stop at if you like. A good example of this is Salem Street which runs south to north from the Rose Kennedy Greenway to just north of the Old North Church. You also may happen upon a small park along the way.

Improv Asylum

Are you in for good laughs? If so, there is a place for you in the North End neighborhood. It is called Improv Asylum and it is located on Hanover Street just north of the Rose Kennedy Greenway. This is a venue where you can go to catch a comedy show. A group of actors will put on a non-scripted show.

They will take in suggestions from the audience and turn them into funny scenes, songs, and stories. You can check the schedule for the upcoming shows by heading here.

Historic Sites

The North End neighborhood is home to a few historic sites. These sites not only played a role in the history of the North End, but also the history of Boston as well.

Old North Church

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This is a church located on Salem Street in the North End. This church was built in 1723, well before the United States became an independent country. The Old North Church still operates as a church today. But, the church played a role in the history of the country, especially during the American Revolutionary War.

This church is most renowned for its two lantern bells. These were used to alert the American colonists that the British Army was about to invade their territory. There was a famous quote that said “one if by land, two if by sea”. This quote was used to inform which bell to ring depending on how the British Army was arriving.

This church houses the bell ringing chamber and crypt. You will be able to go behind the scenes of how the bells were rung. There is also a bust of George Washington, the United States’ first president, located inside the church. Also available is a chocolate shop called Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop where you can purchase chocolate-related treats during your visit to the church.

The prices for admission to the Old North Church outside of Sunday morning worship services are as follows, $8 for adults, $6 for college students, military members, and seniors, and $4 for these aged 6 to 18. You can buy your tickets for the Old North Church here.

Paul Revere House

The Paul Revere House is located on North Square in Boston’s North End neighborhood. This is where the famous American patriot Paul Revere lived during the American Revolutionary War. He was responsible for developing the Midnight Ride, an alert and intelligence system used to alert the American colonists of the incoming British Army.

There are numerous artifacts from Paul’s time housed here for you to view. The admission prices here are as follows, $5 for adults, $4.50 for seniors and college students, and $1 for children aged 5 to 17. It is worth noting that only cash is accepted here at the Paul Revere House for admission.

Copp’s Hill Burying Ground

Copp’s Hill Burying Ground is located on Hull Street in the North End. This is the second oldest burial ground in the city of Boston, having been built in 1659. The burial ground sits on the highest point in the neighborhood where a windmill once stood. This was where the British Army shot the cannons towards Charlestown during the American Revolutionary War.

All of these things to do help to offer a compelling reason why the North End neighborhood is one of the places to go in Boston. So, this neighborhood should be on your to-do list when you find yourself in Boston.

The Hotels

I imagine that you will want somewhere to stay at during your time in Boston. If this is the case, then here are two hotels that I would suggest you book with. Both of these hotels are located in the North End neighborhood of Boston.

Battery Wharf Hotel, Boston Waterfront

This hotel is located on the waterfront of the North End. All of the hotel’s rooms and suites are stylishly designed and offers sweeping views of the waterfront. There are two restaurants and bars located within the hotel. One of these restaurants is a seafood restaurant called Battery Wharf Grille. There is a spa and fitness center available for your use called Exhale Spa & Fitness.

The hotel rooms come equipped with luxurious European-style beddings and rainforest-style shower heads. There is WiFi available in all the hotel rooms. Pets are also allowed here at the hotel. The average rate for a standard room ranges from $198 to $579.

You can go here to explore your booking options and/or check out some photos. It should be noted that this hotel also has a fee of $20 in order to access certain amenities and services.

Bricco Suites

Bricco Suites is located on Hanover Street in Boston’s North End neighborhood. This is a small, charming hotel that offers apartment-style suites. All of the suites offer luxurious queen beds with Italian linen. The suites also have marble bathrooms with designer toiletries. The floor in the suites is polished with hardwood.

There will be a butler/personal assistant assigned to you during your stay at this hotel. There is WiFi in all of the suites. The average rate for a standard room here ranges from $269 to $528. You can book your stay at this hotel and/or view photos here.

What are your thoughts? Have you visited Boston’s North End neighborhood before? Feel free to drop a comment below.

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