Shopping in Boston can be a bad experience if you don’t know where to buy what. Most of Boston’s shopping areas are concentrated around Downtown, the Back Bay and Quincy Market areas. Here is a selection of shopping malls and marketplaces that offer everything from branded, designer goods, valuable antiques, and jewelry to cheap apparel, chocolates and memorabilia.
Charles Street is a long stretch running from north (near Leverett Circle) to south (Monsignor O’Brien Highway and Nashua Street) of Boston. The place is pretty and filled with a number of finest antique stores and fashion boutiques run by independent designers. Some of the big names you will come across here include Eugene Galleries, Judith Dowling Asian Art and Devonia. River Street, which is an easy walk from here, also has a good selection of antique dealers.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
One of the biggest malls in Boston, the Faneuil Hall Marketplace gets around 22 million visitors every year. The complex is huge and houses a number of independent shops offering unique, interesting merchandise ranging from antique jewelry, candy, clothing to souvenirs for the tourists. The mall also has several push-cart vendors offering street-style food and buskers pleasing the crowds with their break-dancing and all. The mall is located close to Downtown Boston, the Government Center and the Waterfront.
Another local favorite when it comes to shopping, Quincy market is located in Downtown Boston. The place is in the heart of the city and adjacent to the Faneuil Hall. It is at a walking distance from the New England Aquarium, The Old State House, and Haymarket.
This business district is filled with a number of shops offering diverse products. Among them are apparel, hardware, sporting equipment, groceries, baked goods, books and more. The place also has a number of restaurants and coffee shops that serve quality meals and quick bytes to shoppers and regulars in the area. At present, there are close to a hundred street-level businesses around Downtown Crossing.
Best Places for Bargains
If you are not a fan of prices that Dior, Louis Vuitton or other designers quote for their apparel, and chains like Urban Outfitters and Banana Republic don’t appeal to you, then you must check out the bargains at places like Filene’s Basement and Wrentham Premium Outlets in Boston.
Filene’s Basement has been a favorite for many Bostonians and is the place where you can get amazing designer wear at discounted prices. Unfortunately, the stores are currently closed but the owners are hopeful of continuing their brand. The one place where you can still get big discounts for cheap and stylish clothes in Boston is Wrentham’s Premium Outlets, which is located around 35 miles away from the city. So if you have a car or someone to take you there, make sure you visit the store or risk missing out the deals.