You can smell the North End from miles away. Follow the scent of freshly baked cannoli and rich espresso to one of many Italian bakeries. Or beeline to Regina Pizza for a slice of wood-fired-oven pizzas. On a hot, humid day, you might even detect a hint of molasses from the Great Molasses Flood of 1919.
Even the English smelled something suspicious in 1775 when they saw two lanterns shining from the steeple of Old North Church. At the same time, Paul Revere set out from his home on North Square to warn his fellow Patriots. Indeed, revolution was in the air. These are both stops on the Freedom Trail.
Nowadays, the neighborhood is famous for its deep Italian roots. Restaurants, cafes and bodegas line Hanover Street. Older gentlemen drink campari and reminisce in Italian. Folks play bocce in Langone park. Salem Street, between Cross and Prince, is a particularly delicious destination for Italian food lovers. Hanover Street swells with festivities, food and fragrances during the Feast of St. Anthony in August.
Commercial Street and Atlantic Avenue encircle the North End, bounded by Boston Harbor and the Charles River Basin to the east and north. The Greenway and North Washington Street provide a natural boundary in the west.
Explore this multifaceted neighborhood by following our Walk around the North End of Boston.
T: Haymarket/Green or Haymarket/Orange