Charles St. in Beacon Hill
Charles Street is a staple for tourists and locals. While stores will be more expensive here, you’ll find unique items you wouldn’t necessarily find in a mall. If you love home goods, Black Ink, December Theives, GOOD Boutique and Follain are my go-tos. For the fashionista, make sure to check out NRO, NRO Sports, Holiday Boutique, Crush Boutique (also has a store on Newbury St.) and my personal favorite, Dress Boston. For some eats, pop into Figs Italian restaurant and Sweet for some yummy cupcakes.
Possibly one of the most well known shopping areas in the world. You’ll find everything from discounted stores like Nordstrom Rack to luxury brands like Burberry. Some of my favorites are Anthropologie, Joie, Rag and Bone, Madewell, Woolrich, Patagonia and Nike.
The South End
Known for it’s art and design, the South End has the best stores for the more refined shopper. Some of my favorites are SAULT Men’s Shop, Uniform Men’s Shop and M. Flynn Jewelry. Sowa is also a great seasonal market to check out local artists.
For more main stream shopping check out Copley Square which has stores like Lord & Taylor, Sax Fifth Ave, the Apple Store and Crate & Barrel. It might not have the charm of Charles St., but all your necessities are here – Barney’s, Aritzia, Lulu Lemon, Club Monaco and Sam Edelman to name a few. Make sure to check out the brand new Eataly which opened in November 2016!
Note: I tend to stay away from shopping in Harvard Square and Faneuil Hall. I find these places to be overly crowded and touristy.