Perhaps the most visited destination in Boston is Quincy Market, an outdoor shopping area located at Fanueil Hall (and considered to be synonymous with Quincy Market).
Quincy Market was converted from an old indoor open market to a shopping area many decades ago, completely revitalizing this area of Boston.
The marketplace is divided into three buildings. The main building (Faneuil Hall) in the center has pillars in the front and tall stairs leading down to an open courtyard. In warm weather and on weekends something is always going on here, from jugglers to unicycle riders to sword swallowers (outch). Along each side is a long brick building (the North Building and South Building) housing stores and restaurants.
There are several draws to Quincy Market: The location is absolutely dead in the center of the city, if a city with no grid can have such a center. You are within walking distance from city businesses, hotels and the waterfront, not to mention the Aquarium and numberous MBTA stops. Parking is extremely difficult and expensive, so if you are staying in the city, just walk or take a cab. If you are staying outside the city, expect to pay to park.