When it comes to shopping, Boston has it all, from convenience and accessibility to an array of indoor and outdoor shopping malls and centers, and plenty of parking. Local malls in the city center feature all the favorite brand stores along with small specialty shops and distinct retailers.
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Downtown Crossing is a shopping district in downtown Boston that features several large department stores, general retail establishments, restaurants, souvenir sellers, and street vendors. Located east of the Boston Common and west of the Financial District and at the intersection of Washington, Winter and Summer streets, Downtown Crossing is primarily a pedestrian shopping zone and is lined with historic buildings that are housed with a blend of fashion and discount chains, department stores, and specialty retailers. Casual lunch spots and cafés are packed with office workers during lunch, creating a bustling, vibrant atmosphere.
Washington, Winter and Summer Streets, Boston, MA 02114
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Alan Bilzerian is a designer clothing boutique specializing in the curation of European and Japanese apparel and accessories for men and women. First established in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1967, Alan Bilzerian is renowned for bringing creative aesthetic expressions to clothing design in New England, as well as innovative new ideas inspired by European and Japanese designs. The designer boasts a collection of knitwear, jewelry, shoes, and menswear, which is available in both the Boston and Newton Centre stores.
34 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116, Phone: 617-536-1001
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December Thieves is a sophisticated boutique showcasing an edgy selection of apparel and accessories, jewelry and home décor. Nestled in the heart of Boston’s historic Beacon Hill, December Thieves boasts two boutiques on Charles Street that feature emerging brands from independent global designers showcased in distinctive, creative and cultivated spaces. Owned by designer Lana Barakat, December Thieves sells pieces that have been carefully sourced and hand-selected from around the globe. Barakat cultivates independent artisans with unique backstories, connects them with customers on her social media pages, and offers fawning customer service to visitors in-store.
88 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114, Phone: 617-982-6802
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Au Chocolat is a bright, fully stocked candy shop on High Street that sells imported handmade Belgian chocolates, dipped pretzels, candy beans, and other sweet treats. Established in 1992 in the heart of Boston's Financial District, Au Chocolat is a local single store operation and retailer of fine confections, ranging from Haribo Gummy Bears to soy, dairy, and gluten-free Taza Chocolates. The store, which is the exclusive Boston Neuhaus retailer, also offers hand-packed packages of over 20 types of chocolate varieties for unique gifts. Signature goodies in the store include European-style truffles, Oreos® Caramel or Peanut Butter Stuffed chocolates, Almond Buttercrunch, and Fruit Slices.
35 High St, Boston, MA 02110, Phone: 888-737-1197
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Established in 1994 by Susan and Timothy Corcoran, Black Ink is a small store in Beacon Hill with an extensive collection of art papers and rubber stamps. Named after their favorite color to stamp with, Black Ink grew from its beginning as a design laboratory into a general store that offers a wide range of products from canvas hampers to Japanese trinkets, Tin Tin books, and unique greeting cards. Black Ink also has a Museum of Useful Things that celebrates functional design with a collection of old, new and vintage products and items, some of which were designed by Black Ink.
101 Charles Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02114, Phone: 617-723-3883
6.Blackstone's of Beacon Hill
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Blackstone's of Beacon Hill is an awarding-winning, locally-owned specialty gift boutique that sells a wide range of home décor, exciting items, and a whimsical array of collectible figurines. Part of historic Beacon Hill since 1982, Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill is located at 46 Charles Street and has been providing locals and visitors alike with unique and distinctive gifts, along with local products, Boston memorabilia, and Blackstone’s exclusives. Signature items at the store include a large selection of Blackstone’s exclusives Caspari products, Marshes Fields and Hills, Ann Marie Murray, Lafco candles and body products from The Soap and Paper Factory.
46 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114, Phone: 617-227-4646
7.Bobby From Boston
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Bobby from Boston is a renowned store with a selection of high-end vintage apparel and accessories for men and a small range of women's clothing. Owned by the late Bobby Garnett’s daughter Jessica Garnett Carrion, who is continuing his legacy, Bobby from Boston was the brainchild of Bobby Garnett who was a beloved figure in Boston for his affable character, friendly service, and well-curated vintage clothing and accessories collection. Jessica has made a few changes to the iconic store, including dedicating the back of the store to women’s apparel and accessories. Future plans include introducing seasonally rotating stock of clothing for men and women.
19 Thayer St, Boston, MA 02118, Phone: 617-423-9299
8.Brattle Book Shop
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The Brattle Book Shop is a charming bookstore on West Street spanning three floors and stocked with a wealth of literary treasures. Established in the Cornhill section of Boston in 1825, Brattle Book Shop is one of the country’s oldest and largest antiquarian bookshop and carries an impressive stock of over 250,000 books, postcards, prints, maps, and ephemeral items in all subjects. The first two floors house a variety of general used books, while the third floor is given to rare and antiquarian books, including an inventory of first editions, collectibles and fine leather bindings in its rare book room, and a selection of sale books. The Brattle Book Shop has been in the hands of the Gloss Family since 1949 and George, and his son Kenneth have built this shop into one of the largest antique bookshops in the country.
9 West St, Boston, MA 02111, Phone: 617-542-0210
CambridgeSide is a hip, contemporary indoor mall that offers provides comfortable indoor shopping with favorite brand stores such as Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Victoria's Secret, Gap, Old Navy, Best Buy, and J Crew. Easily accessible by MBTA, CambridgeSide also features a modern food court and several comfortable restaurants where guests can grab a bite while shopping and paid parking are available in the mall’s indoor garage. CambridgeSide also hosts a variety of events and functions throughout the year.
100 Cambridgeside Pl, Cambridge, MA 02141
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Charles Street is one of Boston’s most beautiful shopping districts and is home to an eclectic mix of boutiques selling women's fashion, gifts, and vintage clothing, antique and art galleries, home décor shops, and jewelry stores. The north-to-south street begins in the north at Leverett Circle and connects with Nashua Street and Monsignor O'Brien Highway and includes The Esplanade, a beautiful tree-lined promenade; and Beacon Hill whose narrow streets are lined with beautiful townhouses. In addition to charming boutiques and stores, Charles Street also has plenty of nearby restaurants, inns, and historic sites to explore, and visitors can enjoy ice skating in winter on Frog Pond in the nearby Boston Common, and seasonal swan boat rides in the adjacent Public Garden in summer.
Boston, MA 02122
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Located in the Back Bay area and connected to the Prudential Center by a glass-encased bridge, Copley Place is an indoor mall with a spectacular design that features high-end stores with top quality merchandise. The double-story mall boasts extra wide that give a unique sense of space, marble columns and floors and a beautiful dome as a centerpiece. Designer stores line the walkways, there are several restaurants offering dining options, and two hotels provide comfortable accommodation for a mid-shopping escape. Signature stores include Tiffany & Co., Barney's New York, Neiman Marcus, David Yurman, and Tory Burch.
100 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116
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Crush Boutique is a charming store owned by childhood friends Rebecca Hall and Laura Macris that showcases a well-curated collection of women’s contemporary fashion. Boasting two brick and mortar locations in Boston and a lifestyle boutique called Whitney + Winston, Crush Boutique offers elegant and stylish pieces from casual-chic to sleek cocktail a touch of whimsy. The boutique features up-and-coming designers like Yumi Kim, Maison de Papillon, and Equipment alongside favorites such as Milly and Rebecca Minkoff and Rails. Crush Boutique has been featured in a variety of fashion magazines, including InStyle, Glamour UK, and Us Weekly.
131 Charles Street, Beacon Hill, Boston, MA 02114, Phone: 617-720-0010
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Assembly Row offers fantastic outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment experience close to Boston. Boasting a unique a lifestyle concept, the mall features a good selection of stores, including Banana Republic, Express, J Crew, Clark's, Orvis, Stride Rite, Loft, and Sax Off 5th. Restaurant options include family-friendly places to eat like Legal on the Mystic and JP Licks or upmarket spots for romantic dinners like Earl's and the River Bar. The mall also offers entertainment for the kids at the Lego Land Discovery Center, the AMC Movie Theater, and a waterfront play area.
355 Artisan Way, Somerville, MA 02145, Phone: 617-440-5565
14.Faneuil Hall Marketplace
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Originally established as a market for merchants, fishermen and vendors in 1742, Faneuil Hall was famous for hosting appearances by prominent figures like George Washington and Samuel Adams, which earned it the nickname ‘Cradle of Liberty.’ The aging structure underwent a major renovation in the 1970s and was transformed into one of America's premiere urban marketplaces. Today, the centerpiece features more than 50 shops, 14 restaurants, and 40 food stalls and is one of the city’s most popular shopping and dining destinations. Faneuil Hall is set on the Freedom Trail, making it a great spot to spend the day exploring, eating, and shopping.
4 S Market St, Boston, MA 02109, Phone: 617-523-1300
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Fastachi is one of the country's top purveyors of artisanal roasted nuts, nut-based delicacies, and other sweet treats. Owned by Souren and Susan, Fastachi began as a small Boston neighborhood shop and grew in leaps and bounds and today offers a variety of handpicked nuts, meticulously roasted and simply seasoned to ensure the freshest taste. Fastachi also sells an array of handmade chocolates, dried fruits, gourmet snacks, nut butter, and customized gift baskets for every occasion and they offer nationwide delivery that guarantees freshness.
Beacon Hill, 83 Charles Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02114
16.Flat of the Hill
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Flat of the Hill is a charming gift shop that sells an array of designer handbags, accessories, home décor, jewelry, and other trinkets.
60 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114, Phone: 617-619-9977
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Gifted is a local artist-owned and operated shop that offers a variety of artisanal items and objects, home décor, handcrafted pottery and ceramics, clocks, baby goods, and more. Located on Dartmouth Street, Gifted is owned by local artist Marie Corcoran and has been providing the community with beautiful gifts since 2008. Marie specializes in finding unique gifts from around the world, including handmade arts and crafts from more than 90 American artists, books, posters, baby mugs, and more and bringing them to the store to sell.
2 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116, Phone: 617-716-9924
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Located in The Westin Copley Place, the Gourmet Boutique is a specialty-foods shop offering imported, and luxury eats such as caviar, foie gras, and truffles. Inspired by a passion for travel, the gourmet delis and patisseries of the big European cities around the world, and the treats found in them like calissons de Provence, Salame di cioccolato, and sweet crystallized violets from Demel, the Gourmet Boutique sells an eclectic mix of imported and artisan domestic gourmet products from fine chocolates and delicate teas to Umbria truffles, French foie gras, and Caspian and American caviars. Located in Boston’s historical and elegant Back Bay neighborhood, the Gourmet Boutique is open seven days a week, year-round.
10 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116, Phone: 617-266-2906
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Hailed as Boston’s most charming and enchanting street, Newbury Street spans eight blocks, which are packed with fabulous boutiques, shops, salons, cafés, and restaurants. Located in the Back Bay area of Boston, the famous street runs roughly east-to-west, beginning at the Boston Public Garden and ending at Brookline Avenue. The mile-long street is lined with historic 19th-century brownstones that contain hundreds of shops and restaurants, ranging from high-end boutiques at the Boston Public Garden end of Newbury Street to more bohemian type shops at the other end. Newbury Street also has an eclectic mix of shops and eateries from casual cafés and coffee shops to fine dining establishments.
Arlington Street, Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
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20.Olives & Grace
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Olives & Grace sells curated and customized gift boxes filled with goodies for all occasions. Owned by Sofi Madison and located in Tremont Street in Boston, the name for the store was inspired by the culture of California wine country, which is renowned for its natural elegance and beauty. Following this ideal, Madison wanted Olives & Grace to have “natural, simple products, and the grace that they were made by someone who enjoyed making them.” Among the delicious handmade goods are Q’s Nuts of Somerville, Hu Salty Chocolate Bar from New York, McCrea’s Candies caramels from Hyde Park, grainy mustards from Mustard and Co. of Seattle, and Kings County Jerky of Brooklyn, New York.
623 Tremont St. Boston MA, Phone: 617-236-4536
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21.The Shops at Prudential Center
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Hailed as one of the top shopping destinations in the Northeast, the exclusive Prudential Center is home to more than 75 upmarket retail establishments, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Barnes & Noble, Lord & Taylor, Lacoste, and Club Monaco. Located at the base of the Prudential Tower, the famous skyscraper, the mall also boasts a food court with a selection of places serving casual fare, while more upmarket restaurants such as the Cheesecake Factory and Legal Seafood can be found in the center. Copley Place is connected to the Sheraton and Mandarin Oriental for weekend shopping escapes and the nearby Prudential Tower's Skywalk Observatory is a must for its fantastic views of the city skyline.
800 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199
22.Shake the Tree
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Located in Boston’s historic North End Italian waterfront neighborhood, Shake the Tree is a quirky Indie shop that sells a curated collection of women’s clothes, handmade jewelry, home décor, cookbooks, stationery, and accessories, and gifts, along with fresh pastries from a small-batch pantry, and apothecary goods. Established over 20 years ago by owner Marian Klausner, the idea for the shop was inspired by her travels around the world - to the sophisticated chic neighborhoods of Paris, the vibrant colors of flower markets in India, and the intricately patterned tile work of the souks in Morocco. The brightly lit space is filled with an array of fabulous goodies and is a go-to spot for locals and visitors looking for the perfect gift.
67 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113, Phone: 617-742-0484
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23.South Bay Center
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The South Bay Center is a shopping center on Allstate Road that features several big-box stores with clothing, shores, home decor and housewares, and several restaurants. Thoughtfully designed with the neighborhood as the focus, the center features a diverse mix of retailers, restaurants, and entertainment, including an AMC theater, along with luxury residences and free parking. The center is dedicated to sustainability with eco-friendly solar panels providing energy to the center and features unique works from local artists and artisans from the region.
8 Allstate Rd, Boston, MA 02118
24.Ten Thousand Villages
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Ten Thousand Villages offers a unique shopping experience with fair-trade arts and crafts, handmade gift items, home décor, and handcrafted jewelry from Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. Located directly on the Freedom Trail close to Downtown Crossing, the Theatre District and Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Ten Thousand Villages is a global network that allows artisans from developing countries the opportunity to sell their work in retail stores across the US. Ten Thousand Villages is conveniently located directly on the Freedom Trail and very close to the Theatre District, Downtown Crossing, and Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
252 Washington St, Boston, MA 02108, Phone: 617-372-8743
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25.The Shops at Chestnut Hill
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The Shops at Chestnut Hill is an upmarket, double-level enclosed shopping mall set on Boylston Street in the Chestnut Hill section of Newton. The center is the only shopping mall with a Bloomingdale's in Massachusetts, along with more than 50 other specialty retailers, including Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & Co., Uniqlo, Apple Store, Michael Kors, Coach, Stuart Weitzman, and NIC +ZOE. The center also offers a variety of places to eat, ranging from The Cheesecake Factory and Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana to Besito Mexican Restaurant, and the Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse. Shopper amenities include complimentary parking, lounge seating, Wi-Fi, and EV charging station.
199 Boylston St, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
25 Best Boston Shopping Spots
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- December Thieves, Photo: December Thieves
- Au Chocolat, Photo: Au Chocolat
- Black Ink, Photo: Black Ink
- Blackstone's of Beacon Hill, Photo: Blackstone's of Beacon Hill
- Bobby From Boston, Photo: Bobby From Boston
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- Assembly Row, Photo: Assembly Row
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- Shake the Tree, Photo: Shake the Tree
- South Bay Center, Photo: South Bay Center
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