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.
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.
Funky gifts take up residence in this fun-filled store. Ever wanted a watering can in the shape of an elephant or a mouse? Find it here. Grab souvenirs from your favorite childhood cartoons, kitchen magnets in quirky designs and an assortment of items that simply defy description; there are bins and bins of unique gifts to please anyone's budget and taste.
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.
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 is a wild world of pens, paper, envelopes, office supplies and more. Browse the pen aisle, testing each and every one of them on the convenient pads of paper. Trying all the colors and styles of pens is almost as interesting as simply reading what other folks write as test words. The paper selection is amazing and you'll find some great invitations, refills for your organizers and envelopes. Additional locations are at 63 Church Street in Harvard Square and 1975 Massachusetts Avenue in Porter Square.
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.