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.
Rare book expert Kenneth Gloss runs this show, so you can be sure to find some rather unusual titles at Brattle Book Shop. Non-collectors enjoy this large store for the selection of inexpensive, used paperbacks. Do not leave without admiring the mural outside, which depicts various authors from Dr. Seuss to Toni Morrison.
The rather upscale Newbury Street could do with more stores like The Closet Inc., where familiar labels are available at completely unfamiliar prices. The Escada dress, jeweled Manolo Blahniks and Nanette Lepore tweed coat you had only admired from afar are well within your reach, as are Tom Ford shades and Thom Browne shirts. For some of the best deals in Boston, The Closet should make it to the top of your list.
This outdoor market offers a wide selection of fresh produce and fish every Friday and Saturday, year-round, rain or shine. The market tends to get crowded but that adds to its charm. Expect to get some good deals, prices are less expensive than you would pay in a store. This weekly event is a magnet for photographers trying to capture the "real" Boston. Do carry only cash for purchases.
Find graceful and stylish second-hand clothes for men at this shop. Keezer's has all the appearance of a new clothing store, great care is taken to keep the surroundings comfortable and the staff is more than helpful. You'll find some great retro fashion, including the thin lapel sport coats and skinny ties of the 80s, wide ties and lapels from the decade before that and probably even some stuff your father once wore. It's a great chance to stock up on current or past fashion trends; after all, what goes around always comes around, eventually.
Find your way to the rear of this building complex and you will be in for a treat. The fantastic exhibitions of African tribal art including deity masks, sculptures, textiles, clothing, old artifacts from Ghana and Kenya, ornate jewelry, and even a small selection of books. A wonderful place to view some of the most beautiful examples of African art in the city.
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 small bakery and sweet shop in the historic North End of Boston will draw you in with the heavenly scents that waft out into the street. Find all your favorite Italian pastries, from handmade cannolis and eclairs to sugary cookies. The real treats are the chocolates inside the glass cases: nougat and almonds, hand-made peanut butter cups and dark chocolate bars entice passersby. You won't be able to leave this confectioner empty-handed.
Likely one of the North End's most famous bakeries, this neighborhood institution has been baking Italian and American pastries since 1946. You will always find a crowd eager to try one of the fifteen different types of Cannoli. They also create outstanding ice cream takes, and can throw together a giant sheet cake on short notice. Open late and offering coffee and espresso, this is a great place to stop in for a snack.