Bargain lovers and big spenders alike relish in Boston’s shopping scene. Some of the oldest retailers in America have long kept shop here, including Shreve, Crump, and Low (1796) , The Society of Arts and Crafts (1897) and Lux Bond & Green Jewelers (1898) to name a few. Unique made-in-Massachusetts brands such as Converse and New Balance call Boston home.
From boutiques to designer brands, discount shops to artisan markets, shopping is always an adventure in Boston. With no sales tax on clothing valued under $175 and only a 6.25% sales tax on everything else, shopping in Boston offers great value.
Find sought-after brands and runway-fresh fashions in the Back Bay where Copley Place and the Prudential Center offer a climate controlled shopping experience year round. Also in the Back Bay, Newbury Street offers eight blocks of everything from moderately priced stores to high-end boutiques, all nestled into scenic brownstone buildings. Macy’s anchors the vibrant shopping district of Downtown Crossing, which is also home to the country’s first Primark, a widely popular low-cost European clothing store. Local artisans and vendors showcase more than 100 shops and carts at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. CambridgeSide Galleria offers more than 120 stores & restaurants such as Apple and J. Crew as well as more affordable options such as H&M and T.J. Maxx.
New development along the waterfront includes Seaport Square and the new Market Stalls at the Boston Design Center. Vintage and seasonal markets can be found along the Greenway and in the South End.
The best part of all is that Boston is America’s Walking City, so getting from store to store is a breeze.
In addition, Boston can boast of outlet shopping minutes from downtown at Assembly Row, just seven minutes from downtown by subway. Serious shoppers will want to travel south of Boston to Legacy Place in Dedham and Patriot Place in Foxboro, home of the New England Patriots and great shopping and dining, and north of Boston to the Merrimack Premium Outlets in New Hampshire and Kittery Outlets in Maine for bargain hunting at its best. Many shopping and outlet centers offer welcome packages, discounts, VIP perks and incentives.