Forget about the national parks, museums, historic monuments when you visit the beautiful and historic city of Boston. Instead make time to indulge in some shopping. While the city has many shopping malls, there are sudden treasures where you can find the best bargains, including wedding dresses. So when you hop on to one of those cheap flights to Boston, shopping should be foremost on your travel itinerary.
The Downtown area and its neighboring places offer the best shopping areas in the city. Here you will find Back Bay, Beacon Hill and South End that have not just designer boutiques, but also specialty shops, bookstores, antique dealers, department stores, discount stores and gourmet food shops.
The fashion conscious should head to the Back Bay area of the city. It has several streets with Victorian buildings and is home to Newbury Street where the top designers and over 30 art galleries are located. Copley Place is also located here and offers boutiques that sell jewelry and European fashion. This area is also popular for hosting the Running of the Brides twice a year. The event is held for 2 days in February and then again in August every year. Brides-to-be race each other at Filene Basement to get their hands on beautiful designer wedding dresses at highly discounted prices. Unfortunately, Filene Basement has filed for bankruptcy and shut shop. So this is one popular event that is off the city’s calendar. The Back Bay area is a one-stop holiday shopping destination where you can pick up souvenirs, jewelry, designer clothes and much more.
Another popular shopping destination in the city is Quincy Market, which is also known as Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
The market is famous for its shops selling local wares as well as national brands. In addition, there are over 40 food stalls selling seafood, ethnic food and everything in between. Close to the market is the open-air market called Haymarket.
The most charming shopping area of the city is perhaps Beacon Hill. It is renowned for its 18th century buildings, cobblestone and brick pavements and gas-lit street lights. The place to go shopping after saving money on the cheap ticket air line has offered you is Charles Street. This is where you can get antique shops and a few art galleries all housed in six blocks. In addition, you can also shop for clothes, fabric, jewelry, toys and gifts. With so many shops, you are bound to find things that suit your style and budget.
Downtown Boston is home to Downtown Crossing and Chinatown. The former has a large Macy’s housing more than 500 shops, including bookstores, local wares and discount emporiums. While most people think of Chinese food when it comes to Chinatown, you can also get toys, ceramics, silk articles, traditional Chinese clothes, Chinese teas and spices and decorative items at bargain prices.
Other shopping areas in the city include the North End, the South End and Cambridge. The North End houses Hanover Street and Salem Street where you can find home accessories, coffee, gourmet salami, Italian candies, tea, bakery items and spices. You can even pick up grappa wines on North Street, which incidentally offers the largest collection of grappa in the country. The South End is home to boutiques selling home furnishing and clothes. Most of these boutiques are located on Tremont Street, Washington Street and Clarendon Street. In addition, make some time to visit SoWa Open Market, where you can pick up great items made by the area’s best artisans. Cambridge offers malls, clothing items, gifts, jewelry and bookstores. Check out Harvard Square. Also, visit Porter Square where you can find Japanese eateries and shops selling Japanese kimonos, hand painted paper and Japanese pottery. These days, many flights to Boston are available.
Boston is truly a shopper’s paradise and airlines have realized this fact. They offer airline discount to people interested in visiting this bustling and charming city. These airline discounts can save you packet when you are looking for cheap tickets to Boston.