North End

Boston's very own Little Italy


The North End spans less than one square mile and has the impressive distinction of being Boston's oldest residential community—not an easy feat in such a storied city. At over 350 years old, the area gained its defining Italian-American immigrant population in the early 20th century. Today, the North End is home to a growing number of young professionals, but it’s still known as Boston’s Little Italy because of its 100 (primarily Italian) restaurants.

With older buildings like the Old North Church and the Paul Revere House, the North End proudly showcases a mixture of architectural styles from the past four centuries. Despite this history, the majority of the neighborhood’s architecture is less than 150 years old. Famous Copp’s Hill holds one of the country’s oldest cemeteries, and other historic sites within the North End make up a good portion of the celebrated Freedom Trail running through Boston.

The North End’s Italian inhabitants rose to over 40,000 at its peak, contributing to the tight-knit nature of the community still felt today. Residents also have easy access to the waterfront and downtown Boston. Narrow streets and small, authentic eateries make up much of the North End’s scenery.

Of course, there aren’t enough good things to say about the Italian cuisine the neighborhood offers. From the renowned restaurants to the cafés and bakeries, many North End dwellers never grow tired of the food just downstairs or across the street from them.

View Location

New Wave Resources