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Owner description: During daylight hours on Fridays and Saturdays, the Haymarket on Hanover Street, near Boston's North End, is rich with culture and bargains. Visitors who stroll through the crowded alley can spend very little and come home with a full load of fresh fruit, vegetables and seafood sold by local vendors.
Reviewed November 28, 2011

Found some very good bargain on fruits and vegetables but can't say the same for the souvenirs though :(
Boston's public transportation is superb and very easy to use. You get in once and you can pretty much go anywhere and don't have to pay a second time.

Enjoy the cultural and free style performers and balloon artists :)

Thank kmukta08
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Reviewed November 2, 2011

Go with an open mind patience and sense of humor and you'll be fine. Go early and you'll get good deals and the freshest produce. If one of the vendors gives you a hard time give it right back and you'll get a better deal and maybe something for your trouble or he/she will tell you to get lost. No worries there is lots of everything.

Make a habit get to know the vendors and you'll get the cream of the crop. There is great produce and deals to be had. You want to see how it really works just watch some of the old girls deal with the vendors and how the vendors respond to them.

It is an event not just shopping.

1  Thank Spuddler
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Reviewed May 30, 2011

Warning: KEEP YOURSELF AND YOUR MONEY AWAY FROM HAYMARKET especially if you have small children or self respect. While on a visit to Boston with our children, we stopped at Haymarket for some fruit. I was upset with the salesman and told him politely but was greeted by a barrage of loud cursing by him all while holding my child in my arms. All the co-workers just let it happen with no one to stop him. If this is the way Boston treats tourists, then we're not going back.

7  Thank fohee
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Reviewed August 8, 2010

Haymarket is a Boston tradition with its rows of tightly packed fruit and vegetable vendors hawking and shouting about how fresh their produce is. It's organized chaos with customers who shout right back and push their way through the crowd. And the produce is usually very ripe and at bargain prices. Use it in a couple of days or it goes bad.

With a little practice you'll discover that you can get some great buys even though the vendors tend to throw in over-ripe produce in with the good. Just go with it and you'll be happier. Tell them they've got the best avocados in the market and watch them make sure you get the best they have. A little bit of compliment and friendly banter can get you a long way. You've got to love these people.

Know also that the far end of the market by Union Oyster House is an open air fish market. Here you can buy whole or filleted fish, clams on the half shell, and all manner of things that swim. The central area of the market has multiple shops in the buildings. Look for the man who sells only cheese. Pass by the over-ripe cheeses out front at $3 per slice and go inside. Pick out a few cheeses; he'll let you sample. His prices are wonderful. Also check out the mid-east vendors with their chick peas, Mediterranean groceries, figs, and halal meats. Don't freak out over the goat's heads and lamb quarters complete with feet.

There is an international feeling to this market. If you would prefer well-lit wide-aisled supermarkets, this might not be the place for you. However, if you like the adventure of the bazaars in Antioch, take a walk on the wild side and have a good time at it.

5  Thank redeco
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Reviewed January 30, 2010

Haymarket is a seemingly endless line of stalls selling incredibly cheap produce at a frenetic pace at best. It is the only place where I have witnessed a vendor yell at a customer. The customer was handling some ginger root, which the vendor did not like, because apparently there were two kinds of ginger root, and the vendor yelled, "That's it. You're done. Get out of here!" This was bizarre.

The origin of the vegetables is questionable, and who on earth knows if it is organic or not. Haymarket is pretty dirty, and some of the vendors were smoking cigarettes. If vendors are selling vegetables, or any food for that matter, they should not be smoking! If you need produce at rock bottom prices, go here and face the chaos. However, Haymarket should not be a tourist attraction - there are better things to see in Boston.

4  Thank jazzeriah
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