So, you find yourself with some down time in Boston with an urge to shop, but you don’t want to go to the mall and buy something you’ll find back home. You want to stroll the streets of Boston and shop the way locals do. Then be sure to visit these places.
1. Newbury Street
The Newbury Street shops start at the Public Garden and go all the way west towards Massachusetts Avenue. This is a very trendy area of Boston and mostly tends to the upscale locals of the city. Highlights of the street include 1154 Lill Studio (a design-your-own-handbag shop that will be delivered to your own home a month later), Bliss (which promises to give you a wide variety of tableware and home accessories to choose from to satisfy every taste), Teuscher Chocolates Of Switzerland (sample the Champagne truffle, made with only the finest ingredients) and Stel’s (where fashion meets classic).
2. Harvard Square
Harvard Square is the place you go to when you want to surround yourself with the city’s history. Highlights of the place include the Harvard Coop (established in 1882 and is America’s largest college bookstore), Calliope (which features locally made and specialty clothing for kids until six years old), Hidden Sweets (a locally owned and operated candy and gifts store designed to satisfy your cravings) and The Harvard Shop (run by Harvard students and specializes in Harvard insignia merchandise).
3. Faneuil Hall Marketplace
The Faneuil Hall Marketplace used to be a market for fishermen, merchants and vendors until it evolved into what it is today, an urban marketplace. Shops to go to include Boston Campus Gear (sells activewear featuring the top universities and colleges in Boston), Newbury Comics (an independent store with all your music, movie and pop culture needs) and Funusual (a specialty shop that promises to satisfy your artsy, funky and unusual cravings).
Next time you’re in Boston, ditch the malls and stroll through these streets. You never know what you’re going to discover.