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Posted by PR Lab, guest blogger of Boston University

There is never a bad time to shop in Massachusetts. With discounts and deals year round at various outlets, you don’t need to wait for the holiday seasons. Massachusetts is also full of unique shopping districts and marketplaces. Wandering along the streets, you will find shopping an enjoyable experience. Here are our recommendations for the best places to shop in Massachusetts.

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Newbury Street (Photo Credit: David Ohmer on Flickr)

Newbury Street is an iconic shopping area in Boston, where luxury goods are at one end and comic books at the other. Just stroll down the street and windowshop for a relaxing day. Stop by the art galleries and take a picture of the beautiful neighborhod if you like. Numerous delicious cafés and restaurants nearby are ideal locations to meet and chat with friends. Other highlights around downtown Boston area include Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Copley Place and the Prudential Center. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, the historical landmark which includes Quincy Market, is the best place for souvenirs and gifts. You can also grab a bowl of clam chowder and enjoy street performances in the area. Copley Place offers high-end stores with a variety of quality merchandise, while the Prudential Center is a traditional shopping mall, which contains a variety of brands ranging from apparel to accessories.

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Faneuil Hall Marketplace (Photo Credit: 6SN7Gary Burke on Flickr)

Outside downtown area, there are many other options to choose from.  Located near the Lechmere stop on the Green Line, the CambridgeSide Galleria is easily accessible without a cars. Although the mall is set up like a traditional suburban shopping center, it is actually near the heart of the city. The Shops at Chestnut Hill provides a diverse range of commodities with excellent on-site restaurants, such as Cheesecake Factory and Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse. Burlington Mall is also a good choice for weekend shopping with large retailers such as Nordstrom and Macy’s.

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CambridgeSide Galleria (Photo Credit: Alexa on Flickr )

If you are looking for something unique, there are many other stores and markets in Massachusetts that can satisfy your shopping needsl. Try the Cambridge Antique Market to find reasonable priced furniture, artwork, and books. People interested in independent retailers can visit Thornes Marketplace in Northampton. The mall stands out due to its exclusive mechandise and the vibrant color of its building.


Sound End Open Market (Photo Credit: Travel + Leisure courtesy of New England Open Markets)

Yankee Candle Village is another interesting place to explore to since the entire village only sells candles, with a fairty tale atmosphere everywhere.

In addition, outlets are also a top shopping destination in Massachusetts. Wrentham Village Premium Outlets is the most famous outlets in the New England area. Its features stores including Coach, Burberry, Michael Kors, and Kate Spade. Make sure to check the discounts and deals in advance because they are adding new coupons every week. In western Massachusetts, the Lee Premium Outlets offers similar savings.

The Outlets At Assembly Row in Boston, are especially popular among young people. Here, you can get a great view of the waterfront. The outlets’ signature giraffe, built by LEGO, stands in front of New England’s first LEGOLAND Discovery Center.  An AMC movie theatre and some fantastic restaurants bring extra fun while shopping in this area.

Don’t miss Natick Mall, the largest mall in New England, only within half an hour drive distance from Boston. You can spend the day exploring the 220 stores, ranging from affordable to high-end.


Natick Mall

For more shopping information in Massachusetts, please visit our shopping page.