Parking in the North End of Boston
The North End of Boston is one of Boston oldest neighborhoods - filled with cafes, restaurants, and moms and pops shops. The streets are narrow and often you will find cars double-parked while people greet each other or grab a cup of cappuccino from the now famous Mike’s pastry on Hanover St.
Things to remember about parking:
- The best place to park without paying is in a visitors’ lot on Hanover Street. Pay attention to the signs because some are from 8am-6pm and some are 12pm –6pm. Free parking is limited usually to two hours and often is enforced.
- Metered parking is usually available all along Commercial Street, which runs perpendicular to Hanover Street. Bring plenty of quarters.
- For overnight parking, I recommend parking in the Sargent’s Wharf on Commercial Street, right next to Starbucks. Be sure to check the rate schedule, because their rates change often.
- For overnight parking on the street, most parking spaces are reserved for residents or valet parking zones.
- There is also an indoor garage near the Fleet center called the North End Garage.
- Meter maids are notorious in the North End. They love it because the neighborhood resembles the mess in Naples and Sicily in that there are lots of opportunities to give tickets. Most tickets run around $25, but they can only give them out once a day. So, if you receive a ticket, chances are that you can still park there for a while.