Historic records show that vendors have been gathering in the Haymarket space to peddle fresh foods since before 1830. Today, the historic market offers some of the best, freshest and often cheapest groceries anywhere in downtown Boston.
The list of available foods is, of course, seasonal and ever-changing. Vendors sell not just fruits and vegetables, but also a variety of other wares, including fresh fish, cheeses, Halal meats, Caribbean and Asian foods, spices and more. Even for those who aren't planning to buy, it’s a great destination for people-watching and getting a true feel for the city. Located a stone’s throw from Faneuil Hall, Haymarket sits in the heart of downtown, surrounded by historic sights, restaurants and attractions, including the famous North End.
Travelers will appreciate that Haymarket is not well-known as a tourist attraction. It’s a no-frills, authentic city market that’s been serving locals for well over 200 years. Today it’s one of the best, still-surviving remnants of the way Boston used to be: a modern day connection to the past.
Haymarket is open on Fridays and Saturdays year-round from dawn to dusk. While there are no official hours, many vendors are open by 6 a.m. and close around 6 p.m. Bad weather often forces the market to close early. The market is located on Blackstone Street, roughly between Hanover Street and North Street. The cheapest nearby parking is at Parcel 7 Garage; be sure to have a vendor validate your ticket. By subway, take the Orange and Green lines to Haymarket.