Shopping in Boston can be a fabulous adventure...
Whether you choose from international chains or local boutiques; Boston has something for everyone! Here is our insider's guide to shopping in Boston, including the best boutiques and malls, from Newbury Street to the South End.
Newbury Street is nirvana for shoppers. It's also a great place to feel the Boston vibe. The street is picturesque with classy boutiques and designer shops lined up at the Public Garden End. The posh cafes and restaurants are usually packed during lunch and dinner times, with long lines and lengthy wait times. You will see more luxury cars than in the streets of Moscow or downtown Shanghai. Towards Massachussetts Avenue, the shops are more affordable, catering to a younger crowd. Many places stand out for their beautiful interior design and interesting interior architecture. Boston's Newbury Street has something for everyone. Check out neighbouring Boylston Street, the finish line of the Boston Marathon, which is also full of shops, bars, and restaurants.
At the bottom of Beacon Hill, Charles Street shops range from antiques and fashion to quaint old style grocers and general stores. Trendy South End is close and worth exploring. The area made its name with restaurants; now shopping is on the scene. Check out Tremont, Waltham and Union Street.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace, with its 150 shops, restaurants and food stalls, is an historic landmark, made over as a top tourist destination. There is a lot to see here – great food choices and quaint little shops with unique offerings. The Hall has been replicated in London's Covent Garden and elsewhere.
For bargain hunters, Downtown Crossing may be a good choice. Try Eddie Bauer Outlet, Marshall's and TJ Maxx for amazing savings. It should also be easy to bag a bargain on Assembly Row. This complex is a nice alternative to a mall while avoiding the busy shops in the touristy areas of downtown Boston. The area also scores for its location, only four subway stops (10 minutes) from Downtown. Take the Orange Line and get off at Assembly, the newly-built T station. Assembly Row includes 40 outlet stores. You’ll have no problem finding the right brands for the right prices. Many of the outlet stores are offering huge discounts year round and solid names, such as J.Crew, Banana Republic, Nike Factory Store, Converse and Saks Fifth Avenue.