There are more than 100 places to eat, shop and drink at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, also known as Quincy Market. French merchant Peter Faneuil gave the hall that precedes the marketplace to his adopted home of Boston in 1742. It has been called the Cradle of Liberty because of the number of revolutionaries and abolitionists who delivered important speeches here. The hall is now a tourist center and place to shop, but public meeting facilities are still available.
The selection at this used record store brings in droves of patrons looking for hard-to-find records, CDs and cassettes. Trade in your used vinyl and discs for cash or store credit because this great barter or cash program keeps the current stock fresh and exciting. Find hidden gems with ease thanks to a helpful staff and some of the lowest prices in town.
This small, indoor mall is an urban oasis for shoppers. The interior offers a pleasant atmosphere, with marble floors and glass ceiling. Slaves to fashion will appreciate the selection of upscale clothing shops. Design shops, stationery stores and gift boutiques are also on hand. For tickets to Boston Duck Tours, get in the line that forms in the center of the atrium. Dining includes Legal Seafoods Restaurant and the renowned Top of the Hub. For a quicker meal, the food court has plenty of cuisine to choose from. A bank, post office and market are also on premises.
With 75 stores and restaurants to browse through, one can find just about everything within this multilevel complex. Neiman Marcus is a featured store with polite sales clerks who actually take your name and number if they are out of desired stock. There are Louis Vuitton, Armani, Christian Dior and Salvatore Ferragamo as well as the ever-familiar Burberry, Intimacy, Tiffany & Co. and Barneys New York.
The Saks store in Boston is located within the famous The Shops At Prudential Center surrounded by a variety of leading restaurants and other attractions. The fashion clothing store is an attraction in itself and home to famous brands like Prada, Versace, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and many more. The store boasts of an exclusive collection of exquisite wedding accessories including tiaras and stunning wedding gowns among other things. You will also find some premium fragrance collections and interesting jewelry designs here. Don't forget to check out the kids apparels and women's footwear too!
Much like the town of Brookline itself, The Children's Book Shop is multicultural, literate and, of course, family-friendly. There is a wide collection of fiction and non-fiction to browse with over 28,000 titles in stock. Topics include parenting, foreign languages, art and race relations. The young adult selection does not condescend; it offers good literature that teenagers can appreciate. Younger children are sure to find a good bedtime story or two. The store also sells books on tape, music tapes and stuffed animals.
Check out this gourmet food stall in Faneuil Hall Marketplace for the perfect New England gift. Amongst the glass cases, you will find a splendid array of homemade cookies, brownies and super sweet macaroons. For that quality Beantown souvenir you can choose from maple syrup, maple candy, Boston baked beans, Boston Harbor tea and salt-water taffy. Pick up a couple of truffles or Belgian chocolates to satisfy your sweet tooth. Mail order is available if you cannot carry everything home.
No, it is not the shipyard. This kiosk is one of the most popular in the Faneuil Hall Marketplace. The deliciously decadent smells that waft from within lure many a sweet tooth. Winner of several "Best of Boston" awards, Boston Chipyard offers tray after tray of hot-out-of-the-oven cookies with many wonderful variations. From traditional chocolate chip to macadamia nut, you are bound to satisfy everyone's palate with these edible delectables. Buy a whole bag or just one, or have them delivered anywhere in the world.
This Downtown Crossing store specializes in wedding bands, engagements rings and moonstone jewelry. Contemporary and traditional settings of fine gems in gold are created and signed by onsite artisans. Many of the designs are inspired by natural shapes, such as the 'wave' bracelet and the 'water-patterned' wedding band. Custom-made designs are also possible. Call for a private appointment or an after-hours consultation.
Inside the Jewelers Exchange Building at Downtown Crossing sits one of the more elegant stores in the city. It features untold numbers of exquisite marquise cut diamonds and an incredible assortment of sapphires, diamonds, rubies and emeralds, all fitted in gold and platinum. With a heaping of fine gifts, excellent customer service and expert advice, this 50-year-old Boston jeweler is an inspiring shopping experience.
Located in the Jewelers Exchange Building, this watch store is one of only a few Rolex specialists in Boston. This small store also features models from Omega, Seiko, Raymond Weil, Breitling and Tag-Heuer. Offering new, refurbished and older models, they also purchase worthy specimens and feature a top-notch repair service. Be sure to check out the retro collection of pocket watches as well, complete with chains for dangling from vest pockets.