One of Boston’s most unique qualities is that it is simultaneously a cosmopolitan center and a gateway to New England’s past. There is perhaps no place in Boston that captures the spirit of past and present quite like Faneuil Hall, which has been a central market for the city for more than 300 years. It's one of the few shopping centers that merits its own historical tour, where guide Linda Perlman will walk you through the stories of the Hall built by Peter Faneuil at a time when people were flocking to Boston in droves and the market established in a Greek Revival building by Mayor Josiah Quincy. The pushcart model that was considered an innovative way of getting food and goods into people’s hands in the 19th century is still here today, offering artisanal treats from across New England and preserving a lively sense of community.

Some pushcart highlights include Boston Kids, which features Boston-themed onesies and bibs; Irish Eyes, which is the place to find souvenirs and gifts with a deep connection to Boston’s Irish communities; Boston Campus Gear, where you can get the perfect sweatshirt for fall emblazoned with the logo of your favorite local university and which stands as a reminder that Boston is one of the world’s greatest centers for higher learning; Boston Art Gallery, which sells framed and matted paintings of Boston’s best landscapes and landmarks; and the Faneuil Hall outpost of Newbury Comics, an international destination for comics and music lovers. The Hall is the perfect one-stop holiday shopping destination, and with Christmas in Boston, you can find everything you need to deck out your Seaport Boston apartment at NEMA.

No excursion to Faneuil Hall is complete without a trip to the Quincy Market Food Colonnade, where you will find the culinary soul of a seafood lover’s Boston. Boston & Maine Fish Company's sign announces its roster of classics, including fresh oysters and hot butter lobster rolls. This is the kind of place that lobster roll aficionados will make a special trip for, with lobster fresh from the Atlantic, signature clam chowder, and a taste of New England that simply can’t be replicated anywhere else. For more signature Boston seafood-centric fare, you can’t miss Boston Chowda, whose namesake dish was the winner of the Boston Harborfest Chowderfest twice; it offers the foods you may want to eat the most, like bisques and pot pies, as we move into the cooler months.

So much more than a shopping center, Faneuil Hall is a microcosm of all that makes Boston great. It's the kind of hub that will become a regular destination for residents of NEMA Boston’s luxury Seaport apartments whenever they have a shopping itch or a yearning for a leisurely weekend stroll.

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