Boston Shopping

Shopping in Boston is a lot like 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. For the well-heeled, there are also 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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A Room With a Vieux Antiques

  • Antiques/Collectibles

There's an abundant collection of French antiques from the 19th and 20th centuries here. A restoration department in the back alters...

Black Ink

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

A wall full of rubber stamps stretches above unusual candles, cookie jars, and other home accessories and gift items. ...

Boston Antique Company

  • Antiques/Collectibles

This flea market–style collection of dealers has been in business for 32 years and is still going strong. Occupying the lower level...


  • Clothing

Local designer Cibeline Sariano handcrafts and designs all of her garments, including wrap dresses, blazers, and skirts. ...

Crush Boutique

  • Clothing

This garden-level shop is perfect for everyday work essentials, weekend casual outfits, and even party-girl attire. You'll also find...

DeLuca's Market

  • Food/Candy

Here's one neighborhood grocer that delivers the gourmet goods: an international cheese counter, homemade pâtés, fresh produce, and...

Devonia: Antiques for Dining

  • Antiques/Collectibles

Some of the fabulous china sets here are fit for a queen—some really were designed for royalty. Feast your eyes on tens of thousands...


  • Clothing

True to its name, this shop owned by two young local women carries a number of great party dresses as well as flattering tees, pretty...

Eugene Galleries

  • Antiques/Collectibles

This store is chockablock with prints, etchings, old maps, and books; a 19th-century print of a Boston landmark, for instance, makes...

Helen's Leather Shop

  • Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

Choose from half a dozen brands of boots (Lucchese, Nocona, Dan Post, Tony Lama, Justin, and Frye); then browse through the leather sandals...