While breezing through small shops, I also got to visit some of Boston’s well-know shopping thoroughfares. Here’s a list of Boston’s major shopping districts:
Charles Street in Beacon Hill, with nary a chain store in sight, is also a very pleasant place to shop and stroll. Dotted with antique stores and women’s boutiques like Moxie and Crush, brick-lined Charles Street feels like old Boston.
Newbury Street and Boylston Street, which run through trendy Back Bay, are each eight blocks of shopping bliss with small boutiques like The Closet nestled in among top designers like Chanel, Valentino, Armani and Hermes. An eclectic mix of shops and beautiful setting make these streets ideal for window shopping as well.
Copley Place is a high-end shopping mall with some impressive anchor stores. Chain stores like J. Crew and The Gap rub elbows with Neiman Marcus, Barney’s, Gucci, Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton. Across the skywalk from Copley Place is the Prudential Center, which houses more chain stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, and Ann Taylor.
Downtown Crossing is a discount shopper’s paradise. The racks at H&M, TJMaxx, Marshall’s, Macy’s and nearby DSW Shoes can keep you occupied for hours.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace, in the middle of downtown, has old standards like Crate & Barrel and Banana Republic but the pushcarts, food stalls, jugglers and historic setting make it much more interesting that your average outdoor mall.