Haymarket : Michelin's recommendations
Say what you will about homogenized, one-size-fits-all American shopping, but real shopping-as in haggling, shouting, pushing and shoving-is not dead yet. Boston has the Haymarket, a colorful outdoor marketplace of fish sellers and purveyors of fresh flowers and produce. Located near Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and a hop and a skip from the North End-Boston's "Little Italy"-the Haymarket is a Friday-and-Saturday-only shopping event. Assertive vendors offer "a bagga oranges, only a dollah!" and other bargains that get better as the day progresses. Like many a good marketplace, there's no official opening or closing time, although the action generally starts around 6:30am (best time to find parking in the 'hood as well) and goes until everything is gone. The produce is better earlier (vendors will yell at you if you pick and choose-this is strictly "'grab-and-go" shopping!), but the prices are cheaper later. Then again, moods worsen, so you're on your own here. Watch out for the super salesfolk-they're so good, you may well end up heading home with a bag full of eels, or other impulse items.
- Address : Hanover St USA - Boston MABoston
- Prices : free of charge