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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  • Household Items/Furniture

New York decorators come to town just to shop this incredible collection of 20th-century modern housewares, both newly produced classic...

Alan Bilzerian

  • Clothing

Satisfying the Euro crowd, this store sells luxe men's and women's clothing by such fashion darlings as Yohji Yamamoto and Ann Demeulemeester.

Alpha Gallery

  • Art Galleries

This gallery specializes in paintings, drawings, watercolors, and mixed media works from contemporary American and foreign artists. It...

Anne Fontaine

  • Clothing

You can never have too many white shirts—especially if they're designed by this Parisienne. The simple, sophisticated designs are mostly...

Ars Libri Ltd.

  • Books/Stationery

It's easy to be drawn into the rare and wonderful books on display here. The airy space is filled with books on photography and architecture...

Autrefois Antiques

  • Antiques/Collectibles

Come here to find French and Italian 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century mirrors, along with furniture, lighting, and eclectica, like carved...

Barbara Krakow Gallery

  • Art Galleries

Emerging and established regional and international artists fill the walls here. Mediums include contemporary painting, photography,...

Barnes & Noble

  • Books/Stationery

Inside the Prudential Center this large branch of the popular bookseller chain, which has another branch on 114 Boylston Street, carries...

Barneys New York

  • Department Stores

The hoopla (not to mention the party) generated by this store's arrival was surprising in a city where everything new is viewed with...

Bella Santé

  • Spa/Beauty

For top-notch facials, body scrubs and massages, as well as medical-grade treatments and peels, head to this elegant, tranquil day spa.


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