North End Dining and Parking
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?
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.
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.
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.