7 Can't Miss Shopping Destinations in Downtown Boston
In the mood for some retail therapy? Here are seven places where you can shop 'til you drop in Downtown Boston!
Get your wallets ready—it's time to hit some of the best places for shopping in Downtown Boston! From clothes to home goods to books, this list will give you your retail therapy fix.
This chic, urban retailer offers great work wear for style-conscious men and women alike. The outerwear is particularly drool-worthy, with great blazers, vests, and coats. This Boston location is particularly lovely—a large, open space with a great storefront and plenty of room to shop, centrally located on Newbury Street, Boston’s biggest downtown shopping hub. Zara isn’t a cheap retailer, but the quality is well worth the price—and you never know when you’ll find a great sale.
Zara is located on 214 Newbury Street between Exeter Street and Fairfield Street. It’s open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Anthropologie isn’t just a place you go when you want to find something specific—it’s a full shopping experience for those who want to drink it in. The lovely and luxurious home goods, the pretty and unique decorations, and the comfortable couches and beautifully painted walls all provide the perfect backdrop for their delicately romantic clothing. Enjoy looking through their candles and uniquely lovely bedding after trying on the clothes and shoes. This place is pricey and luxurious, and definitely a place to indulge and splurge.
Anthropologie is located on 203 Newbury Street between Fairfield Street and Exeter Street. It’s open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Trident Booksellers & Cafe
For a uniquely Boston experience, you have to hit up Trident Booksellers & Cafe. With its extensive selection of books and magazines and excellent attached cafe, it’s the perfect place to rest and while away some time after spending the day shopping. Grab a book from one of Boston’s last independent bookstores over dinner, a cup of soup, coffee or tea, or even a beer or glass of wine from their local selection. You can also pick up some great gear here, too—grab a Trident Booksellers mug or tote bag!
Trident Booksellers & Cafe is located on 338 Newbury Street between Hereford Street and Massachusetts Avenue. It’s open daily from 8 a.m. to midnight.
This trendy, youth-oriented store is a definite destination in Boston’s busy shopping district. Great for kids and teenagers (but by no means limited to them), H&M’s fun and affordable approach to clothing makes it perennially popular. Admittedly, the crush of people can get a little overwhelming; you might want to avoid them during heavy shopping seasons if you prefer a quieter shopping experience. Still, for a trendy, fun downtown retailer with a European flavor, H&M can’t be beat.
H&M has multiple locations in the Boston area, including Newbury Street and Washington Street; check local listings. It’s open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Started as J Crew’s cooler, more youth-oriented offshoot, Madewell has great casual-yet-stylish workwear and the kinds of accessories for which splurging is a must. Denim is a particular focus of Madewell, but you can also find great bags, scarves, and shoes here—be sure to look over the sale items (located upstairs), as this place can get pricey. Excellent customer service and a well-decorated interior make this a pleasant shopping experience, and there are discounts for both students and teachers, so remember to bring your ID!
Madewell is located on 329 Newbury Street between Hereford Street and Massachusetts Avenue. It’s open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
For a bit of Boston quirk, Pinkyotto is a must-see for a discerning shopper. If you prefer a little boutique to a large retail chain but still want great quality, you won’t be able to do better than Pinkyotto. The unique storefront design—stuffed bears adorned with their clothing and accessories, rather than hangers or mannequins—is utterly charming and will draw you in immediately. The clothing here is girly and frilly, setting it apart from some of the more conservative clothing shops in downtown Boston.
Pinkyotto is located on 156 Newbury Street between Dartmouth Street and Exeter Street. It’s open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For a change of pace, Commonwealth Books is a wonderfully New England-style bookstore to curl up in with a book for hours on end. There are a number of inexpensive books to be found here, but there are expensive rare and antique books to be found, too—great for those with specific scholarly interests that make relevant books difficult to find. The historic location, crammed with books in every nook and cranny, is welcoming and charming, and the adorable shop cat makes it even cozier.
Commonwealth Books is located on 9 Spring Lane between School Street and Washington Street. It’s open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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