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Haymarket is Boston's great outdoor market, where you can buy everything from fruits and vegetable to sugar cane to fish just off the boat. It is everything your average supermarket isn't: cheap and loud and in your face. And don't even think of looking over any of those 12 limes you're about to spend a buck on.
Squashed between a modern hotel and what is left of the Central Artery, Haymarket seems precariously perched on the edge of extinction. At the edge of Haymarket, you'll find the elegant Bostonian Boston Hotel, around the corner you can enjoy some of Boston's most historic pubs and restaurants, and just to the east is the Rose Kennedy Greenway, site of seasonal farmers' markets.
Of course, since Boston is quite compact, you're also surrounded by present-day skyscrapers, traffic, and trendy shops - but if you want to get a taste of 'old' Boston plus the biggest produce bargains in town, Haymarket is the perfect place
Haymarket is also loud. The vendors shout their wares. They yell at each other - sometimes to get more produce to the stand, quick, sometimes just to recount the latest joke. Maybe they have to be loud, to make themselves heard over each other and the traffic nearby.
You just don't see prices like this in the supermarket. And just as you're congratulating yourself on getting eight ears of corn for a dollar, you walk a few feet and see, if only you'd waited, you could have gotten ten.
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Congress Street at New Sudbury Street, Boston, MA map
Haymarket is right around the corner from Quincy Market. On the subway, get off at the Haymarket stop on the Green and Orange lines or the Government Center stop on the Blue and Green lines.
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