Shopping / Galleries
Boston has always placed a premium on fine art, a fact readily apparent in its studios, galleries and workshops. Request a private showing of a famous artist’s collection. Bid on a contemporary portrait at an auction. Talk with other art enthusiasts at a gallery opening. Couture lovers and trend setters will have their choice of several retail centers. Purchase a fine antique in Beacon Hill, hit Copley Place with its top designers and more than 100 stores, or scout out the wares of Faneuil Hall’s pushcart vendors.
- Beacon Hill – Arguably Boston's most desirable neighborhood, Beacon Hill provides visitors with plenty to see and do. Just a half square mile, architecture buffs will appreciate the fine homes, reflecting the Federal, Greek, Victorian and early 20th century Colonial Revival eras. Join a walking tour from the Massachusetts State House to Charles Street. Shop the area’s many antique stores, art galleries and boutiques. Or check out the bar made famous in the television show, "Cheers".
- Boston Art Galleries – Boston is a city for art lovers. Art collectors can choose works ranging from traditional and contemporary art to modernist interpretations. Shops featuring hand blown glass and steel cut vases abound. Visit the studio of an artist to view his work in progress, or even attend pottery and other art classes held throughout the city.
- Charles Street – Located in Boston's prestigious Beacon Hill, Charles Street offers plenty of shopping and dining. Wake up with a stop at the neighborhood Starbucks®. Admire the oriental rugs at Mario Ratzi. Hail a trolley and stop at Alberts-Langdon Oriental Art. Or replenish mid-day with lunch at Caffe Bella Vita.
- Copley Place Shopping Mall – Copley Place Shopping Mall features 100 stores including top name designers. Enjoy Neiman Marcus' one-of-a-kind offerings. Dine at one of several restaurants in the mall.
- Faneuil Hall / Quincy Marketplace – This Boston hub is a modern-day town center with 40 restaurants, street performers, 43 pushcart vendors and 100 stores. Nibble on food samples available throughout Quincy Marketplace before deciding on a restaurant. Try to keep a straight face during a clown's act. Shop brand name stores for the latest fashions. And sip a glass of wine at an outdoor café, as mimes and jugglers entertain the crowds.
- North End – Long for life as it used to be? When neighbors chatted on the sidewalk and friends greeted each other across the street? Welcome to the North End – the city's oldest residential district. This intimate and very Italian borough boasts the most scrumptious bakeries, delicatessens and trattorias around. Pick up fresh mozzarella and prosciutto at an authentic Italian market. Or pop into the small gift shops and home furnishings stores that dot this remarkable community.