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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Brattle Book Shop

  • Books/Stationery

The late George Gloss built this into Boston's best used- and rare-book shop. Today his son Kenneth fields queries from passionate book...

Calamus Bookstore

  • Books/Stationery

This friendly, informal store carries not only books but also videos, music, and gifts for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender...

DSW

  • Clothing

Major discounts on high-quality (and big-name) shoes for men and women are what draw much of Boston to this outpost of DSW, also known...

Lannan Ship Model Gallery

  • Local Specialties

The 6,000-square-foot space looks like the attic of a merchant seaman: in addition to finished 18th- and 19th-century ship models ($200...

Louis Boston

  • Clothing

Impeccably tailored designs, subtly updated classics, and the latest Italian styles highlight a wide selection of imported clothing and...

Macy's

  • Department Stores

Three floors offer men's and women's clothing and shoes, housewares, and cosmetics. Although top designers and a fur salon are part of...

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