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Food Lover’s Guide to Boston

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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, and salumeria (cured-meat delis). Head here for every imaginable variety of Neapolitan-style thin-crust pizza, authentic Italian cheeses and meats, and Sicilian cannoli—pastry shells brimming with cheese, chocolate, and other creamy fillings.
 
Italian specialities aside, Boston is also hot on New England staples. Dig into clam chowder, a hearty clam-and-cream broth perfect in winter. Other must-tries include lobster rolls—hotdog buns stuffed with lobster flesh—and cinnamon-sprinkled cider donuts served with hot apple cider
 
Chocolate heads the sweet-treat list. Artisanal shops sprinkle the city’s Beacon Hill area, offering everything from organic sweet and savory chocolates to spice-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 as vegan 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: North End to the Freedom Trail - Food & History Tour (Small Group)Half-day Tours

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Boston: North End to the Freedom Trail - Food & History Tour (Small Group)

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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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North End Boston Secret Food TourHalf-day Tours

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North End Boston Secret Food Tour

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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 Public Market & North End Foodie Tour with Local GuideHalf-day Tours

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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Boston Cultural All Day Tour with Local GuideFull-day Tours

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Boston Cultural All Day Tour with Local Guide

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Immerse yourself in the sights, food, and history of Boston on an all-day cultural tour. The comprehensive itinerary combines three themed tours to give you the ultimate Bostonian experience. Taste Italian pastries, visit the Old State House, and so much more. Transportation by water taxi and subway allows you to traverse the city like a local. Enjoy a game of bowling or billiards free of charge, before a final waterfront view.
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Boston Chocolate ToursFood Tours

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Boston Chocolate Tours

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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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Jamaica Plain Boston Vegan Chocolate TourWalking Tours

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Jamaica Plain Boston Vegan Chocolate Tour

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Discover one of the Boston area’s most charming neighborhoods—and indulge in a vegan dessert-tasting while you explore—on this one-of-a-kind walking tour. Meet your guide in Jamaica Plain, and set off with just a small group for company. Over the course of several hours, you’ll walk roughly 1 mile (1.6 kilometers), and will learn about the neighborhood as you go. You’ll also visit numerous independent local eateries, and will sample vegan treats ranging from ice cream and chocolate to donuts and fudge.
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North End Neighborhood Food TourHalf-day Tours

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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