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Don’t-Miss Dishes in Boston

Don’t-Miss Dishes in Boston

From New England classics to cutting-edge gastronomy, Boston tempts food-loving travelers with an astonishing array of treats. These dishes are the perfect place to start exploring Boston cuisine, whether you’re sampling cannoli in the North End or looking for the city’s creamiest clam chowder.

Boston Cream Pie: Don’t let the name fool you—Boston cream pie is actually a cake. For this treat, which was invented at Boston’s historic Omni Parker House hotel, soft white cake is layered with vanilla custard then topped by chocolate glaze. It’s a favorite at pastry shops across town. 

Clam Chowder: Nothing wards off Boston’s cold winter weather like a hot bowl of clam chowder made with ocean-fresh seafood. The creamy variety is the classic Boston version, but you can also find chowder “Manhattan style,” with clams swimming in a rich tomato broth.

Cannoli: Crunch into the fried pastry shell of a cannolo to enjoy a creamy filling of ricotta cheese with candied citrus peel, dark chocolate, and other sweet additions. This is an essential North End treat, and locals can debate endlessly about the very best place to eat cannoli here; judge for yourself by tasting a few different versions.

Super Beef: Leave it to Boston to give the already-delicious roast beef sandwich a spunky nickname and local twist. Find this sandwich—a generous pile of pink roast beef stuffed into a soft onion Kaiser roll with mayonnaise, barbecue sauce, and white cheese—at shops around the city.

Pizza: Line up for a slice in one of the North End’s many pizza joints—it’s a Boston tradition. Unlike doughy, Chicago-style pizza, North End pizza is usually a thin-crust pie. Go for a classic Margarita or opt for souped-up modern takes topped with everything from bacon to kale.

Baked Beans: Sweet and slow-cooked, Boston baked beans gave the city its nickname of Beantown. You can find versions of this old-fashioned recipe at homestyle restaurants and nostalgic pubs; some even serve it paired with a round slice of brown bread that’s been baked in an oversized can.

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Boston's North End Small-Group Walking Food Tour

Boston's North End Small-Group Walking Food Tour

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Walking the cobblestone streets of the North End is a must, but don’t waste time looking for the ideal place to eat. Join other passionate foodies to snack your way through the neighborhood. Your guide directs you to a hidden bakery and an authentic Italian salumeria. Visit the Old North Church and maybe even get a chance to talk with the neighborhood’s best bakers. Pizza, pastries, and other delights round out your experience.
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Boston Small-Group Food & History North End Freedom Trail Walking Tour

Boston Small-Group Food & History North End Freedom Trail Walking Tour

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Combine two attractions Boston has to offer—delicious food and rich history—on this tour that starts in the popular North End and continues along the Freedom Trail. Snack your way through this historic Italian neighborhood, trying fresh bread at a hidden bakery and enjoying an Italian salumeria. Once fortified, walk the Freedom Trail to discover the rich history of the American Revolution and experience the modern city Boston is now.
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  • 5 hours
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Boston's North End Secret Food Walking Tour w/ Private Tour Option

Boston's North End Secret Food Walking Tour w/ Private Tour Option

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Get to know Boston through its food on this small-group walking tour limited to 12 people. With a guide, you sample seafood, Italian dishes, and other fare as you explore the city's North End neighborhood. Along the way, learn about the history of the area.
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Boston's North End Pizza & History Walking Tour
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Boston's North End Pizza & History Walking Tour

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Enjoy some of the best pizza in Boston on this walking food tour. Stroll through the city’s oldest neighborhoods, including, appropriately, Little Italy on the North End. Walk along the Freedom Trail that leads to 16 historically significant sites, like Paul Revere House, Old North Church, and the USS ‘Constitution,’ to name a few. Visit some of Boston's best pizzerias and enjoy a slice at each. It’s a fun and flavorful way to get to know Boston.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Boston Guided Brewery Tour with Tastings & Lunch or Dinner
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Boston Guided Brewery Tour with Tastings & Lunch or Dinner

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Learn about Boston’s thriving craft beer scene and sample a variety of libations on this morning or evening brewery tour. Get an inside look at how beer is made and learn about their operations as you visit breweries, cider houses, and distilleries. Visit brewpubs that may include the well-known Samuel Adams or gastropub Meadhall. Round-trip transportation in downtown Boston by air-conditioned van is included.
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  • 5 hours
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Boston Public Market & North End Foodie Tour with Local Guide

Boston Public Market & North End Foodie Tour with Local Guide

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Explore Boston’s culinary delights on this guided group walking tour. With a local expert leading the way, sample lobster rolls, apple cider doughnuts, maple syrups, and more at Boston Public Market and Haymarket Market (Fridays and Saturdays). Learn about the rich food heritage of historic Little Italy as you feast on Italian bread, taste fresh mozzarella at an old-school salumeria, gobble up cannoli. All tastings are included in this fun, convenient and delicious outing.
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Cocktails & Cannoli: Boston's North End Dessert Tour
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Cocktails & Cannoli: Boston's North End Dessert Tour

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We are a SMALL, LOCAL business, PLEASE consider supporting us directly at our website as this reseller takes a 25% commission on all bookings. BUT FIRST, DESSERT! Do dessert before dinner when you join us for Cocktails & Cannoli, an all inclusive walking food tour of Boston’s North End. Skip the infamous lines to taste delicious drinks and classic cannoli, and sample the best sweets the North End has to offer. Not to mention the Paul Revere House and Old North Church along the way! To top it all off, our local tour guides will sprinkle in fascinating historic knowledge, fun cultural facts, and culinary tidbits.
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  • 2 hours
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Boston Historic Taverns Tour with Drinks, Apps & Round-Trip Ferry
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Boston Historic Taverns Tour with Drinks, Apps & Round-Trip Ferry

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Get a taste for Boston’s best Tavern Snacks and beer on a guided pub crawl around the city. Boston taverns are legendary. In fact, our founding fathers planned the American Revolution in one of them, and it’s still open today. Step inside this historic pub and grab a cold one (or two) along with some of Boston’s best Tavern Snacks. During the tour, you’ll explore some of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, like Beacon Hill, the Blackstone Block, the North End and Charlestown and two taverns.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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