Boston has so much to offer from rich heritage, great sports, to excellent food. The avid shopper is able to score major tourist points since everything is in such close proximity. With the below locations accessible by train, it's the recommended way to travel to and from (especially with unpredictable traffic).
Here's a guide on where to shop (and eat!) based on your Wardrobe Wire needs:
Harvard Square is a perfect stop for late morning shopping. Grab coffee or tea paired with excellent pastries at any of the cafes along the way. Since it's a college town, the shop selections tend to be more affordable and eclectic.Take in museums, festivals, and events if you have the extra time.
Looking for a heartier brunch? Check out the South End which is also thriving with independent artist studios and diamond-in-the-rough shopping. On the first Friday of every month, the studios open to the public, and, in the summer, the town offers Boston's original outdoor and indie design market….truly the up and coming spot in Boston.
Lunch is a must on Newbury. While it's busier around late afternoon, the shopping and outdoor bistros make for a more fun and livelier crowd. If the weather is too much, try indoors with Copley Plaza, complete with higher end shopping from Barneys to Gucci. The Skywalk (at the 50th floor of the Prudential Center) allows for an outstanding 360 degree view of the city and fills you in on the historical highlights via headphones. Finish the strip with a stroll through the Boston Common to catch a glimpse of the swan boats and the Boston capital building.
Looking for a place that is great during the day or at night? Try Faneiul Hall for a range of eats (especially seafood), drinks, and shopping. The marketplace has its own history, logging in just over 250 years. With so many outdoor artists, musicians, and jugglers, it's a great spot for kids. Plus, it's located right next to the New England Aquarium.
Travel to the North End for a great dinner and evening shopping. Walk the narrow streets stopping by Paul Revere's house, the burial grounds (complete with bullet hole in gravestone!), and Old North Church. Shopping spots are not centralized but are worth the walk. Grab dinner at any of the amazing Italian restaurants followed by dessert at Mike's Pastry where lines often spill out the door.
Looking for something more formal? Try Beacon Hill for dinner instead. Several notable people have called Beacon Hill home. It is also the site of excellent architecture, brick sidewalks, and beautiful doorYou will find higher end shops through here, including fantastic antique shops.
If you are here in the winter, be sure to layer up, and be smart with your shoes or boots. With tons of cobblestone streets and most likely recently hit with a Nor'easter (read: ridiculous snowstorm), it's wise to choose footwear that can handle the elements. Summers are often very humid (even near the water), so be sure to pack very light.
Don't forget your hat, gloves, and scarf during the cold season! The key to dressing in Boston is layering. Read how to layer here.