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“Not what we thought!”
Review of North End

North End
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This Italian neighborhood, Boston's oldest, is known for its wonderful restaurants and historic sights. Walk the cobblestone streets to take in the architecture and aromas of delicious food, and visit Paul Revere's house and the Old North Church while you're in the neighborhood.
Dayton, Ohio
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“Not what we thought!”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

Our experience at North end was not what we expected. Having moved to Boston from living in Italy for the past two years, were were expecting North End to be similar. Well, it wasn't. We had pizza at a small joint thinking it would be great. Pizza was ok. There really wasn't much, other than what seemed like tourist traps to us.

Visited April 2013
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“Dining delight”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

You cannot go 5 steps without seeing and smelling the wonderful aromas of the North end Boston. Bring your appetite and enjoy the sights and sound and the food of Boston's North end.

Visited August 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“The North End”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

Aside from being a picturesque and atmospheric Italian neighborhood, where, even if many of the owners have moved to nearby suburbs and rent out their houses, the Italian flavor is still maintained through the restaurants and cafes, the markets, the festivals all through the summer, and enough old people and newly arrived immigrants from Italy speaking Italian wherever you go, the North End is also really the oldest neighborhood in Boston. It's going into a second century of being an Italian neighborhood, but before that it was home to Irish and other ethnic groups going all the way back to the earliest English arrivals. Most of the houses and buildings are old; historic sites, such as the Old North Church, Paul Revere's 17th century house, Copp's Hill Cemetery with its view of the harbor, St. Stephen's Church, now Catholic and the place where Rose Kennedy was baptized, but originally designed as a Protestant church by the architect of the State House. The place is full of great restaurants to stop for lunch or a snack or a pastry, and also has a number of genuinely great restaurants. It's a very short walk from downtown, and since the demolition of the raised highway and the construction of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, it's a very pleasant stroll. You can even see the site of the famous Brinks Robbery.

Visited March 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Must visit for a few hours - great to stroll and eat”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

This is my favorite part of Boston and i was born and raised in Mass. Such a quaint street with great history sights sounds ans smells. Got to stop in for nice pasta at the many local places and get desserts at Mikes or Modern pastry. My favs are ricotta pie, canollies and lobster claw pastry. People are so friendly here. Not the best place for kids but great for couples and adults.
You can walk safely and work of the food.

This is a must see and away from the modern city spots. No chain stores here!!!

Visited November 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“So Much to See and Do and Eat!”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

Seeing Paul Revere's house, or the North Church where the "one-if-by-land" lanterns actually were hung, or the older cemetaries are a terrific way to sightsee in Boston.
Restaurants are plentiful as are bakeries that are known internationally for their pastries, etc.
The neighborhood has a real old world atmosphere and charm all its own and is pretty just to walk through.
Suggest you visit any time but winter, which can be difficult, as most of the outdoor activities will be curtailed in winter or closed.

Visited September 2013
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