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Food Lover’s Guide to Boston

Food Lover’s Guide to Boston

Boston’s culinary scene mixes the influences of its longtime Italian community with classic New England specialities and the latest US foodie trends. The result is a city that’s passionate about food and tempts visitors with everything from cider donuts to clam chowder. Read our tips for Boston’s must-try treats and activities.

 

Must-Try Dishes

Top of Boston’s food tree is its North End district—where the cobbled Little Italy quarter boasts pizzerias, bakeries, andsalumeria (cured-meat delis). Head here for every imaginable variety of Neapolitan-stylethin-crust pizza,authenticItalian cheeses and meats, andSicilian cannoli—pastry shells brimming with cheese, chocolate, and other creamy fillings.

 

Italian specialities aside, Boston is also hot on New England staples. Dig intoclam chowder, a hearty clam-and-cream broth perfect in winter. Other must-tries includelobster rolls—hotdog buns stuffed with lobster flesh—and cinnamon-sprinkledcider donutsserved withhot apple cider

 

Chocolate heads the sweet-treat list. Artisanal shops sprinkle the city’s Beacon Hill area, offering everything fromorganic sweet and savory chocolatestospice-infused hot chocolate. The city also boasts serious vegan-food credentials, with a growing clutch of cafés and eateries specializing in plant-based goodies such asvegan ice creams, smoothies, and desserts.

 

Must-Do Experiences

  • Take a tour of Boston’s artisanal chocolatiers to sample the city’s decadently flavored chocolates, from organic delights to chile-infused hot chocolate.
  • Stroll the cobbled North End to enjoy the thin and crispy pizzas of Little Italy.
  • Combine tastings of Italian specialities with a walk along Boston’s Freedom Trail on a combo food-and-culture day trip.
  • Explore the city’s vegan repertoire on a tour of its Jamaica Plain district.
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$102.30
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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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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$221.20
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Boston Chocolate Tours w/ Private Tour Option

Boston Chocolate Tours w/ Private Tour Option

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Focus on the chocolate-related history of Boston during this half-day tour. Your guide will lead the way on this walking tour from the North End to Beacon Hill, stopping at six different locations to savor chocolate tastings. Learn about the history of chocolate and other culinary features of Boston through focused commentary. You'll also get admission to the Patriots Corner historic site and Old North Church to visit at your leisure.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$196.30
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North End Neighborhood Food Tour

North End Neighborhood Food Tour

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Taste only the best in Boston’s North End. This foodie tour takes you to a careful selection of award-winning restaurants throughout this historic neighborhood. Stop by Best of Boston winners to sample the city’s top pizza, sandwiches, and bread. Sample cannoli and visit an Old World salumeria shown on the Travel Channel. Learn about Boston’s rich culinary history, and end your tour with a delicious family-style pasta dinner.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$150.00
Price varies by group size
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Price varies by group size
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Haunted History & Pizza Walking Tour

Haunted History & Pizza Walking Tour

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This tour combines spooky tales of Boston with the comforting taste of pizza. Over the course of 2 hours, stroll through Boston's North End neighborhood to learn about its murderous, haunted past, stopping on the way for three slices of pizza.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$66.00
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$66.00
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