This small, indoor mall is an urban oasis for shoppers. The interior of the Prudential Center offers a pleasant atmosphere, with marble floors and a 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, one can 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.
A cultural hub of sorts in the center of Cambridge, Harvard Square is undoubtedly a great attraction to tourists as well as locals. The Harvard Square is, ironically, a triangle-shaped area formed by the intersection of Brattle Street, John F. Kennedy Street and Massachusetts Avenue. The highlight of the Square is the variety it has to offer, with ample shopping options at stores like Topaz, Forty Winks and The Hempest. The Square also has a host of book stores and restaurants where you can spend an entire day.
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.
This iconic, multilevel retail oasis has clothing for men, women and children, ranging from sleepwear to elegant cocktail dresses and suits from a variety of world-renowned, high-end brands. Macy's Boston shoe department also houses a variety of branded stores, while impressive jewelry, cosmetics and accessories are also available. Those looking to decorate their homes or apartments can also head to the housewares and furniture sections, and enjoy indulging in shopping sprees during the frequent sales at the stores.
Founded in 1882, the Coop operates student-oriented stores offering a wide selection of textbooks, general-interest books, office supplies and school insignia merchandise, including Harvard and M.I.T. gear. Members are entitled to annual rebates based on their purchases. You do not have to be a member to shop here, however. Shop at Harvard Square Coop and you are sure to vouch for the quality of goods and friendly service offered by this store.
Not to be confused with the Harvard Square Coop, the university bookstore down the block, this independent store sells primarily new books. However, they do offer a small selection of used books downstairs at half price. Bargain-hunters will also enjoy the discounts on remainders, bestsellers, and "Featured Fifty" books of the month. A wide selection of scholarly books and weekly author events keeps culture-hungry Cambridge academics satisfied.
Grolier Poetry Book Shop is a slice of literary heaven that sells nothing but poems. The cozy shop opened its doors in 1927 and was frequented by well-known poets of the day. The sales staff is very knowledgeable and can help you find even the most obscure works. It is piled high with more than 15,000 poetry volumes in several languages and hosts regular events and an annual poetry festival. If you're not a poetry buff when you enter, you may be one by the time you leave.
This Harvard Square tobacconist has been around for more than a century. Not only will you find a wide selection of cigarettes, cigars, pipes and smoking accessories, but an array of other novelty merchandise. Like many other stores in the area, this store stocks Harvard University memorabilia. It also carries a fun selection of shaving kits, board games and antique toys.
Tired of bookstores with paltry science fiction sections that offer you the cliched and limited collection of books? Shop at the Pandemonium Books & Games, because it knows that there is more to fantasy and science fiction than Star Wars, and more to horror than Stephen King. New, used and autographed books are the main attraction, but expect to be tempted by assorted role-playing games and toys. No request is too obscure; no question is too weird.