North End Resource Guide

September 7, 2020
Bryan McGrath



For our students, part of the North Bennet Street School experience includes getting to know more about the historical North End. We strongly encourage you to explore the neighborhood! To get you started, members of the NBSS community have provided some recommendations to consider.


Italian Food


  • Boston Public Market: try Boston Pastrami or Boston Smoked Fish Company
  • Bricco Salumeria: find the hidden alley and you’ll find excellent sandwiches
  • Dino’s: subs are big enough for two
  • Monica’s Pasta Shop: “mortadella panini w/pear mustard is so good” (Bryan McGrath, Student Life); also homemade pasta
  • Pauli’s: great selection of subs, generous supporter of NBSS
  • Salumeria Italiana: traditional Italian market and sandwich shop; right across the street!

Other Food


  • Bova’s Bakery: old-fashioned Italian goodies; also known for their bread; “cannoli are creamier than the others, and customer service is consistently good” (Sharon Stetson, Admissions)
  • Modern Pastry: “cheap coffee & a gift-worthy cookie selection, with Italian attitude” (Kevin Derrick, Marketing), cash only
  • Mike’s Pastry: known for their cannoli; no matter where you are in Boston you’ll see someone carrying the signature Mike’s to-go box with blue font and blue string bow!

Coffee & Tea

  • Caffe Paradiso: “good, strong iced coffee & the best cannoli in North End” (Jamie Dergay, Financial Aid)
  • Caffe Vittoria: “the most authentic Italian coffee” (Melissa Gallin, Development)
  • Polcari’s Coffee: large supply of coffee beans
  • Soluna Garden Farm: unique blends of tea served iced or hot; can also buy bulk
  • Thinking Cup: they know your name; yummy scones; great lunch spot as well

Community Resources

Health & Wellness


Historic Sites

Hidden Gems

  • Alba Produce: Parmenter St; fresh fruits & veggies
  • Going Bananas: small grocer; juices & smoothies; deli counter in the back
  • Golden Goose Market: $1 iced coffee; cheap pizza special; deli; wine, groceries, etc.
  • Harborwalk from Battery Wharf to Rowe’s Wharf: “You can walk to several waterfront parks from school and breathe the sea air” (Barbara Rutkowski, Marketing)
  • Kala Thai Cookery: “great prices, never disappointed” (Nate Abbe, Lead student worker); try pineapple fried rice!
  • “Skinny House”: next to Copp’s Hill on 44 Hull St.; 10.4 ft at its widest point!
  • Theo’s Cozy Corner: tight squeeze; breakfast & lunch; across from old NBSS location

Next up: Get to know North End attractions even better in Part 2 of our Moving to Boston guide.