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.
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.
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.
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!
This New York-based, multi-level retail oasis has clothing for men, women and children, from sleepwear to elegant cocktail dresses. Macy's Boston shoe department carries a variety of name brands, while impressive jewelry, cosmetics and accessories are also available. To decorate your home or apartment, head to the housewares and furniture sections, and be sure to watch for the frequent sales.
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.
This bookstore has one of Boston's most exhaustive selections of New Age books and paraphernalia. Soft music and wafting incense will greet you as you enter the store. Crystals, incense, books and videos can be found here, and you can also get a psychic reading. This is a major meeting place for Boston's large New Age community. The place has a good vibe and a specific theme. All in all a great store to mingle with the locals and to find good reads.
This music store is one of the area's best resources for blues, jazz, soul, funk, R&B, gospel, hip-hop and rap music. This establishment first opened in 1961, making it the oldest music store in the Boston and New England area. The staff is amazingly accurate and helpful, both with locating your choices and recommending new artists, not only will you find what you need, but you'll expand your musical horizons.
This family-run business is more than 20 years old and is a place where you can pick up antiques and used furniture in one room and have your cherished antiques and furniture stripped, refinished, repaired and polished in another. The store also offers architectural woodworking, with elegant moldings reminiscent of a different era in home building. The great staff are ready to help with your wooden furniture needs.
This huge mall is in Cambridge, close to the Charles River Dam, is perfect place to find a chic outfit or gift. It is home to familiar clothing stores, technology store, shoe stores, department stores and much more. There is also a large food court plus several restaurants as well. The food court exits onto a lagoon from which the Charles River Boat Company tours depart during the summer. A free shuttle bus from the Kendall stop runs every half hour.
Ritual Arts stocks an eclectic mix of incense, herbs and books on pagan rituals and ceremonial traditions. The distinctive odor of sandalwood incense greets you as you step into the store, followed assuredly by the cat that keeps the guard from evil spirits. The shelves are filled with titles on ceremonial witchcraft, pagan beliefs and other alternative religions. There's even a photocopy machine for emergency copies.