Although most people wander into this neighborhood for some Italian cuisine, there’s so much else to enjoy outside of a spaghetti dinner. Explore a little further to discover even more great things about this European spirited corner of Boston.
Step Back in Time
Start at the Old North Church when checking out the North End for its past historic significance. This is where Paul Revere was said to light lanterns that triggered his famous midnight ride during the American Revolution. On one side of the church down the street is the Copp’s Hill Bury Ground, filled with more than 10,000 graves of notable Boston figures, such as the man who designed the USS Constitution battle ship. Another block or two away is Paul Revere’s home that has been resorted and converted into a small museum.
Grab a Few Sweets
You are in the perfect spot for satisfying a sweet tooth. The North End is loaded with wonderful bakeries and sweet shops to please any palette. The most famous is Mike’s Pastries, featuring authentic cannoli and lobster tails for sale if you are willing to wait in line. For a slower paced experience, cozy up to a table at Caffé Vittoria that looks and feels like a real European watering hole. They serve strong coffees, liqueurs and gelato alongside the pastries.
Finish with a Laugh
Although it’s not a tradition or historic mark in town, the North end does boast some stellar entertainment that has been a mainstay in the North End for years. After dinner, dessert and drinks, you can wander to the Improv Asylum for a one-of-a-kind show almost every night. On weekends shows run early evening and at midnight. There is a rotating seasonal cast that performs skits pertaining to current events and pop culture that is hilarious. Some of the material is a little risqué, so be aware this is not for the faint of heart. But it can be a perfect way to conclude a fun day strolling through Boston’s scenic and fascinating North End neighborhood.
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