Boston Shopping

Shopping in Boston in many ways mirrors the city itself: a mix of classic and cutting-edge, the high-end and the handmade, and international and local sensibilities. Though many Bostonians think too many chain stores have begun to clog their distinctive avenues, there remains a strong network of idiosyncratic gift stores, handicrafts shops, galleries, and a growing number of savvy, independent fashion

boutiques. The well-heeled also will find plenty of glossy international designer shops.

Most stores accept major credit cards and traveler’s checks. There’s no state sales tax on clothing. However, there’s a 6.25% sales tax on clothes priced higher than $175 per item; the tax is levied on the amount in excess of $175.

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Tokai Japanese Gifts

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

Stop by this quaint corner of Japan to browse through the lovely assortment of Japanese tableware—bowls, serving dishes, trays, and...

Trident Booksellers & Café

  • Books/Stationery

Folks gather at the two-story Trident Booksellers & Café to review literary best sellers, thumb through the superb magazine selection,...

Trident Booksellers & Café

  • Books/Stationery

This two-story shop with windows overlooking Newbury Street is known as much for its eclectic collection of books and magazines as its...

Twentieth Century Limited

  • Jewelry/Accessories

You'll find every kind of rhinestone concoction imaginable for the bauble babe in your life here, as well as gently used 20th-century...

Twilight Boutique

  • Clothing

Beeline to this neatly organized boutique to find the perfect dress for a date, cocktail party, or wedding. You also can save some cash...


  • Clothing

A casual menswear shop with an urban, classic feel. You'll find everything from jackets to socks to shaving needs. ...

Viola Lovely

  • Clothing

Fashionistas flock to this sleek, white boutique to stock up on edgy tops, soft jackets, nipped waist dresses, and flattering slacks...

Vose Galleries

  • Art Galleries

Established in 1841, Vose specializes in 19th- and 20th-century American art, including the Hudson River School, Boston School, and American...


  • Clothing

This contemporary women's boutique can outfit you for a stylish weekend in the country or a sultry soiree in the city. You'll find beloved...


  • Household Items/Furniture

From babies to bridal, this airy, white boutique carries it all, mostly handmade in small lots. Pink and blue infant quilts, wooden stools,...