When it comes to shopping in Boston, Back Bay’s Newbury Street is the trendiest destination. Rain or shine, its sidewalks are filled with throngs of shoppers from all over the world. Though this stretch may be the most popular, Boston has plenty of other great places to shop.
Here are five shopping destinations that can give Newbury Street a run for its money:
100 Huntington Avenue
A few streets away from Newbury, and only 2 miles from the Boxer, Copley Place is a high-end mall with a wide range of designer brands. Whether you’re shopping for clothes, accessories, or jewelry, it has everything from Burberry to Salvatore Ferragamo to Tiffany & Co. For a delicious dinner after a day of shopping, head over to Fogo de Chao, a brazilian BBQ restaurant where a variety of meats are served endlessly until you eat you full and give up.
Winter Street & Washington Street, Boston
Downtown Crossing, located at the intersection of Washington, Winter, and Summer streets, is one of Boston’s most bustling shopping districts. Part of its allure is the fact that a stretch of Washington and Winter streets are only accessible to pedestrians, allowing a relaxing shopping experience. The area specializes in department stores like Macy’s, Primark, Marshall’s, and H&M. Quick food options are available at the food court in the Corner Mall and TripAdvisor’s #1 ranked restaurant in Boston, Sam LaGrassa’s, a sandwich bar known for piling mounds of fresh, steaming hot meat onto tasty bread, is a few hundred yards away at 44 Province Street.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
1 Faneuil Hall Square, Boston
Faneuil Hall Marketplace is the most historically significant shopping area in Boston. Visitors can shop at boutique stores like A Hat For Every Head and Boston Pewter Company as well as at the many vendors that line the streets and sell Boston souvenirs and trinkets. Faneuil Hall Marketplace also has the most street performers and musicians of any area in Boston, so a trip here is always filled with entertainment and excitement. Tired from walking the cobblestone streets? Take a load off at one of the many fine restaurants in the Marketplace including Regina Pizzeria and Mccormick and Schmick for high quality seafood and steak.
Charles Street and Mount Vernon Street, Boston
For those looking for a quieter, more quaint shopping experience, Beacon Hill, known for its narrow gas-lit streets and brick sidewalks, is the place to be. Several charming boutiques line Charles Street. One of these shops, Moxie, features a collection of classic and trendy women’s accessories. Another boutique, North River Outfitters, has a large selection of preppy clothing for men and women, as well as a children’s store next door and a sports goods store across the street. Core de Vie is a unique combination of a yoga and massage studio, as well as an activewear boutique. Also on Charles Street is the Paramount, one of many impressive dining options and the perfect choice for breakfast or lunch.
18 Brattle Street, Cambridge
A stone’s throw from one of the world’s most prestigious universities, Harvard Square offers a plethora of shops and restaurants. One of the most unique stores, Follow the Honey, sells products strictly made with or inspired by honey and bees! The Harvard Shop is a one-stop shop for all Harvard University clothing and memorabilia, making great souvenirs for loved ones. Another retailer, Esmeralda, offers jewelry, accessories and gifts with the goal of empowering artisans and family businesses. Some of the best restaurants in the area include Park Restaurant & Bar and Mr. Bartley’s.