Shopping in Downtown Boston offers something for everyone, from antiquarian books to casual clothing and even locally made food products. Here’s where to shop if you have an afternoon in the downtown area.
Brattle Book Shop
This beloved bookstore off Boston Common offers three floors of gently used, rare, and antiquarian books, manuscripts, and maps. Established in 1825 and owned by the Gloss family since 1949, Brattle Book Shop continues to source rare pieces like an original copy of the Declaration of Independence and sketches by John James Audubon. The shop also operates a book sale lot right next door and it makes for the perfect afternoon of browsing.
Big Irish retailer Primark chose Boston for its first U.S. location, offering the latest in clothing, shoes, and accessories for men, women, and kids. Items run the gamut from trendier outerwear and bags to everyday pieces like flats, blazers, and sweaters.
This family owned flower business first operated out of a cart on Newbury Street and now has a few shops in the Boston area. The Winston Flowers location on Federal Street is the perfect place to see the brand’s artistry first hand and the staff are always willing to share their flower knowledge with you.
Boston Public Market
The multi-vendor indoor Boston Public Market was a boon for Boston when it opened in 2015, allowing residents and visitors to shop 40 local and often family-owned companies selling everything from honey and beer to seafood. The market is open throughout the year and often has free special events and pop-up vendors.
Denim can be a tricky item to purchase and locally owned boutique In-jean-ius takes the stress out of finding the perfect pair of jeans. The helpful and knowledgeable staff can guide you through some of the 30-plus lines carried in the store alongside t-shirts, tops, and accessories. The team at In-jean-ius is constantly changing what they stock so you can return to find new items each time.