Where does one begin when asked to describe Boston, Massachusetts? This cosmopolitan city is regarded as one of the finest in art, history and culture. Visit the Museum of Fine Arts and marvel over more than 450,000 works of art from all over the world. Boston is also home to Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both of which are household names in the institutions of higher learning circle. Baseball fans can try to catch a game at Fenway Park, the home field of the famous Boston Red Sox baseball team. And how can we forget about the glorious food in Boston? It would be extremely hard to miss out on this if you’re in the city. Some of the best places to sample the local cuisine would be at its food markets. Here are 10 food markets in Boston that you should check out.
1. Copley Square Farmers Market
The Copley Square Farmers Market is Boston’s biggest and busiest farmers market. You can find over two dozen Massachusetts farmers offering a vibrant selection of local and delicious produce and meat. The market also hosts a variety of speciality food vendors selling freshly baked bread, cheese, pasta, vegan, seafood and others.
Copley Square Farmers Market
Address: 139 Saint James Ave, Boston, Massachusetts
Website: Copley Square Farmers Market
Opening hours: Tuesdays and Fridays: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
2. Davis Square Farmers Market
You will find plenty of fresh local vegetables, fruits, fresh local baked goods, a variety of farmstead cheese, meats and honey and maple products at this small market. Performers and cooking demonstrations help to liven a social and friendly atmosphere.
Davis Square Farmers Market
Address: Day St &, Herbert St, Somerville, Massachusetts,
Facebook page: Davis Square Farmers Market
Opening hours: Wednesdays: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
3. Quincy Market
This historic market was originally known as Faneuil Hall Marketplace, but was named in honour of Mayor Josiah Quincy, who had organised its construction without any tax or debt. With over 18 restaurants and 35 colonnade eateries of all cuisines to choose from, this is a great place to hang out with family and friends. Try some Boston classics like the clam chowder, lobster rolls and Boston cream pie. Shopaholics can shop to their hearts’ content at the hundreds of shops inside and outside the three market buildings.
Address: 4 South Market St, Boston, Massachusetts 02109
Website: Quincy Market
Opening hours: Mondays – Saturdays: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm | Sunday: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
This centuries-old outdoor market has been in existence as early as the 1600s. Here, vendors sell a huge variety of fresh produce at bargain prices, such as dairy products, Halal meats, spices, live chickens and other goods. Take a short walk to Rose Kennedy Greenway to get your street food from the colourful food trucks or the historic Union Oyster house nearby for super-fresh seafood!
Address: 100 Hanover St, Boston, Massachusetts 02108
Facebook page: Haymarket
Opening hours: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
5. Yankee Lobster Company
The Yankee Lobster Company is home to some of the freshest seafood produce in Boston. You can find almost anything from live lobsters, shellfish, crabs and shrimps in the wholesale market. It will also be a waste if you leave here without trying their famous Lobster roll sandwich! You can also opt for other seafood delicacies from their huge menu.
Yankee Lobster Company
Address: 300 Northern Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts
Website: Yankee Lobster Company
Opening hours: Mondays - Wednesdays: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm | Thursdays - Saturdays: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm | Sundays: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
6. Charles River Farmers Market
You can find almost anything here for the family at the Charles River Farmers Market. The market is situated in two different locations, making it convenient for those who stay in the vicinity. Freshly picked seasonal fruits and vegetables are available here, as well as a wide selection of homemade bread, pasta and meat.
Charles River Farmers Market
Address 1: The Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
Opening hours:Fridays: 12:00pm - 6:00pm, Sundays: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Address 2: The Morse School, 40 Granite St, Cambridgeport, MA 02139
Opening hours: Saturdays: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Website: Charles River Farmers Market
7. Boston Public Market
The Boston Public Market is an indoor, year-round marketplace featuring New England artisans and food producers offering fresh produce, locally sourced food, prepared meals, crafts and speciality items. Multiple festivals, workshops and cooking classes for all ages are organised year-round at the market. You can expect nothing less than an engaging, educational experience and a vibrant environment for everyone.
Boston Public Market
Address: 100 Hanover Street Boston, Massachusetts 02108
Website: Boston Public Market
Opening hours: Mondays - Saturdays, 8:00 am - 8:00 pm | Sundays: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
8. Arlington Farmers Market
The Arlington Farmers Market takes up one-third of the public Russell Common Municipal Lot located between Pleasant Street and Massachusetts Avenue. Not only will you find fresh local produce, but you can also find wine being sold by a friendly vendor. Do also try the brandied lobster ravioli at one of the pasta stalls. There’s also nothing better than having a live music session, performed by local musicians, as you browse through the different stalls.
Arlington Farmers Market
Address: Pleasant St & Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, Massachusetts 02474
Facebook page: Arlington Farmers Market
Opening hours: Wednesdays: 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm
9. Winthrop Farmers' Market
Editor’s Note: Establishment is permanently closed.
Come find a variety of fresh vegetables, fruit, meats, dairy products, jewellery, arts & crafts and clothing at this volunteer-run farmers market. Do give the local maple syrup a try!
Winthrop Farmers' Market
Address: Harold French Square, 46 Woodside Ave, Winthrop, Massachusetts 02152
Website: Winthrop Farmers’ Market
Opening hours: Sundays: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
10. SoWa Open Market
The award-winning SoWa Open Market is one of Boston’s biggest celebration of the local art, food and music scene. Shop from over 175 stalls amidst a vibrant space of art studios, boutiques and unique vintage shops in SoWa’s Art + Design district. Or head over to the food bazaar to satisfy your cravings, and then wash it down with some excellent alcohol beverages at SoWa’s Beer + Wine Garden.
SoWa Open Market
Address: 460 Harrison Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02118
Website: SoWa Open Market
Opening hours: Sundays: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Snippets of Boston history and culture
If you happen to be touring in Boston, do consider paying a visit to these local food-and-farmers market. Not only will you get to have a taste of the local delicacies, but you will also gain a deeper appreciation of the vibrant history and culture that resonates in this city. Happy exploring!
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