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Anyone have suggestions on parking options in the North End? I usually park at Parcel 7, which is a great deal with validation, but you have to be gone in 3 hours or it ends up being $15 (which maybe isn't such a bad deal).

Does Regina's validate?

Also, if we'll be doing dinner and a dessert stroll, and be there for a while, are there any decent options?

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  1. My parking suggestion is to avoid doing so. The streets are extremely cramped and busy, so finding a parallel parking spot is very difficult., especially one that isn't designated for North End resident permits only. I'd say take the T in unless there is a pressing reason that you need to drive into the city

    For dessert I always go Modern Pastry, but the main attraction for many people coming into the city is Mike's Pastry, on Hanover. They are almost across the street from each other, so you can't miss them.

    1. Regina's does validate for Parcel 7, at least they did at one point. I'd call and make sure they still do.

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      1. re: pollystyrene

        If you want to go the Regina without as bad of a parking hassel, drive an extra five minutes to their restaurant in Medford. Larger menu than in the North End that includes some pasta dishes, appetizers, salads, desserts and parking.

        1. re: FeastNut2008

          Medford is GOOD
          Thatcher St in the North End is GREAT

          If good is enough for you, go to Medford!

      2. The NE is totally nuts during festival and tourist season. I take the T, less of a hassle than finding, let alone paying, for parking.

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        1. re: treb

          i know this is slightly off-topic, but can anyone explain to me exactly where that Parcel 7 garage is? I know it's on Blackstone, but can't figure out exactly where that is and/or how to get there --if I'm on hanover street in the north end, i know it's not far....but can anyone tell me what it is next to or provide a landmark or two? thanks so much.

          1. re: twentyoystahs

            If you head west on Hanover away from the No. End, cross over the Greenway, take a right at the end onto Congress, then a right onto New Sudbury. The entrance to Parcel 7 is immediately on your right and the sign is small, so don't blink or you'll miss it.

        2. If you don't mind a short T ride, I'd suggest parking in the garage at the Galleria in East Cambridge - it's $1.50 an hour - and walking three blocks to the Lechmere T stop.

          If you park in a resident permit spot in the North End, the parking gods do terrible horrible awful things to your parking karma for the rest of your life. I lived there for 20 years and I
          can't tell you how many bad thoughts I sent up after circling for 2 hours on a weeknight, parking blocks away from my apartment and then seeing half the cars on my street didn't have resident stickers. When I moved there in '86 the locals were much more practical - they just slashed people's tires.