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North End neighborhood guide

Discover the best restaurants, bars, shops and things to do in the North End

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An ideal neighborhood for a stroll, the North End sports a distinct character that combines Italian heritage and a traditional New England setting rich in history and atmosphere. The red brick buildings yield gastronomic treasures around every corner; small cafes, bakeries, and pastry shops are perfect for creating an impromptu picnic in one of the neighborhood’s cozy gathering spaces. Once you’ve had your fill of New England’s most famous Italian neighborhood, check out our guides to the best restaurants in Bostonbest live music in Boston, and best museums in Boston. 

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Explore the best of the North End

The best restaurants in the North End
Restaurants

The best restaurants in the North End

With around 85 restaurants, the North End is the densest dining neighborhood in all of New England

The best things to do in the North End
Things to do

The best things to do in the North End

Check out cool places to hang and learn about history, often with an Italian accent

The best Italian restaurants in Boston
Restaurants

The best Italian restaurants in Boston

Here’s where to go when you want a plate of pasta, including options in the North End and beyond

The best pizza spots in Boston
Restaurants

The best pizza spots in Boston

If it’s pizza you’re after, Boston has plenty of options, including multiple North End institutions