North End

This genuinely affable next-to-Downtown neighborhood boasts great eats and great ambiance.

Revered for its intimate atmosphere, stellar dining options, and landmark status, North End’s slanting apartment buildings, humble churches, and narrow alleyways conjure visions of old Europe. Rusted iron fire escapes and striped green awnings hang above North End’s various Italian pastry shops, cafes, and fine-dining restaurants. Stay in the neighborhood and you’ll be playing bocce ball with a man named Frankie faster than you can finish your cannoli—a treasured North End treat.

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On the Map

North End is bordered by Government Center, Financial District, West End, Downtown, and Charlestown

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Difficult

Boston Common: 7 minutes on the T
Logan International Airport: 9 minutes on the T or 10 minutes by car
Downtown Boston: 5 minutes on the T
Harvard Square: 15 minutes on the T

A Quaint Boston Neighborhood With Italian Influences

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Boston's North End neighborhood isn't acting like Little Italy.

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It's simply a little slice of Italy.

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Italian Pride signs have long festooned the window frames of North End's cafes, galleries, and pastry shops.

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Laundry has long since draped from second-story windows.

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Coffee and espresso have always been key components to a day in the North End.

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Simply put, the neighborhood's allure enchants.

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Statues dedicated to Boston heroes like Paul Revere ride mightily through North End's endearingly cramped public spaces.

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The story goes that the North End's Old North Church delivered Revere's lamp-lit signal to the world: The British are coming.

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Less fuss ensues when the British visit the North End now.

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With its black shutters, red brick, and ground-floor cafes, who could stay away?

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The North End possesses an untouchable kind of magic.

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It's like pixie dust.

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Perhaps it's confectioner's sugar.

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One of Boston's finest and most beautiful neighborhoods, full of history. Home to Paul Revere's house and many gorgeous parks."

The Sweet Spot

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Classic Italian confections, saccharine sweets, and bitter espressos take the cake in the North End.

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The battle for the best pastry shop presses on.

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Mike's Pastry? Modern Pastry? Who's to say?

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You'll be back to finish that.

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A short walk to Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, the Aquarium and Seaport area, TD Garden, Downtown Crossing and more. Eat out somewhere new every night or cook at home and just go out for cannoli’s at Modern Pastry!"

The Savory Spot

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In the North End, artisanal pastries are crafted with care. They're not the only items made with love.

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Caprese sandwiches on fresh bread and hand-pulled pasta in just-the-right-amount-of-marinara make mouths water.

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The North End's never-ending parade of decadence beckons even the finest Italian fare connoisseurs.

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You'll be glad you heeded its call.

North End at Night

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As the sun sets and lights illuminate the North End's crooked side streets, the neighborhood's romance magnifies.

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It's never too late to buy from your local bakery.

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We understand. We're sweet on the North End, too.

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It's amore.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Kristin Teig is an editorial and commercial photographer, specializing in food and lifestyle photography. She grew up in San Diego, studied painting in Italy, and is now based in Boston. She loves the unexpected situations and connections that occur through photography. While out with her camera in the North End, she met some locals on the street and ended up joining them for a meal.

Kristin Teig

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