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While Boston is known for plenty of things — Duck Tours, Fenway, and Revolutionary War history among them — its fashion and shopping scene doesn't usually top the list. But New England's largest city plays host to a number of great independent shops, local designers, vintage markets, and other shopping destinations you can't find anywhere else. From the luxury hub of Newbury Street to a weekly open air artisan market in the South End, we've pulled together the very best shopping that Boston has to offer.

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1. Alan Bilzerian

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34 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 536-1001
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Newbury Street is the place to shop in Boston — but if you’re pressed for time, skip the designer flagships and head to Alan Bilzerian, an early adopter of avant-garde style. The store’s own label is sold alongside designers like Yohji Yamamoto, Rick Owens, Isabel Marant, and Alexander McQueen. (If you do have time to explore, hit up Riccardi and Serenella, too.)
Photo: Erin Little

2. Bobby from Boston

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19 Thayer St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 423-9299
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Believe it or not, Bobby is a real person, and he specializes in high-quality vintage pieces like collegiate sweaters, leather bags, denim jackets, and period props and accessories. The women’s selection is small, but the menswear scores and movie set ambience make this vintage retailer a must-visit for everyone. If you’re really on the hunt, make a private appointment to check out Bobby Garnett’s giant warehouse in nearby Lynn, MA.
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3. Bodega

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6 Clearway St
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 421-1550
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Step inside the false Snapple machine in this corner store to find Boston’s best streetwear and sneaker shop, featuring the latest coveted goods from Nike, Adidas, Stussy, Carhartt, and others labels (including the store's in-house brand). If you're just looking for quarter snacks, you can shop the actual bodega, too.
Photo: Erin Little

4. Boston General Store Purveyors

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305 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 232-0103
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The vibes in this store are très Brooklyn, with minimalist ceramics, cocktail syrups, canvas rucksacks, and other giftable products for the home, office, and garden. You’ll be surprised how much you can fall in love with something as pedestrian as a stapler or a picnic knife.
Photo: Erin Little

5. December Thieves Beacon Hill

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88 Charles St
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 982-6802
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With locations in SoWa and Beacon Hill, December Thieves offers an eclectic collection of home goods, clothing, and accessories from international designers you likely haven’t heard of but will fall in love with. Jewelry from Barcelona’s No. 3 and leather goods from Boston designer Gina DeWolfe are displayed alongside Moroccan slippers and Italian candles. Owner Lana Barakat also hosts crafting workshops at the brand's cozy space on 524 Harrison Street.
Photo: Erin Little

6. Dress Boston

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70 Charles St
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 248-9910
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Boston’s best-dressed ladies head to this Beacon Hill boutique for contemporary labels like Rachel Comey, Ulla Johnson, Ace & Jig, and Nili Lotan. A small selection of home goods by Gallery NF rounds out the selection.
Photo: Erin Little

7. Follain

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53 Dartmouth St
Boston, MA 02116
(857) 284-7078
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This Boston-based shop (with additional locations in Nantucket and DC) offers all-natural beauty and skincare from American makers in an airy, calming environment. Founder Tara Foley will happily walk you through each chemical-free product.
Photo: Erin Little

8. Formaggio Kitchen

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244 Huron Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 354-4750
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What began as a passion project in 1978 has grown into three locations in Boston and New York. Check out the Cambridge original for world class cheese, spices, and hard kitchen wares. Owners Ihsan and Valerie Gurdal travel the globe to source their goods direct from small farms and producers (which means Formaggio Kitchen is the only place you can find them).
Photo: Erin Little

9. Forty Winks

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56 JF Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 492-9100
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Bras and underwear are not always the most fun items to shop for, but Rachel Wentworth and Meredith Donaldson’s cute shop on the edge of Harvard Square has us rethinking this stance. Lacy intimates from Cosabella, Stella McCartney, and Eberjey are stocked alongside extras like lingerie detergent, garter accessories, and pajamas.
Photo: Erin Little

10. Oona's Experienced Clothing

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1210 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 491-2654
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If you don’t feel like sorting through the clothing-by-the-pound thing at shops like The Garment District, head to Oona’s for a well-curated selection of men's and women's vintage clothing and accessories. Bonus: The store also features modern brands like Ali Golden, Native Youth, Dusen Dusen, and Baggu.

11. Ore

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80 Dartmouth St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 247-7426
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Stocking only female-designed, locally-made jewelry (plus a small selection of vintage jewelry) with a big emphasis on sustainability, Ore is the place for something you can’t get anywhere else. Look for pieces by owner Sophie Hughes made from recycled gold and silver and old mine cut diamonds.
Photo: Erin Little

12. Patch NYC

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46 Waltham St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 426-0592
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Don’t let the name deceive you — this design studio may have started in New York, but the Patch NYC, a frequent collaborators with brands like Anthropologie and West Elm, calls Boston’s South End home. The headquarters has a charming shop for its home goods and accessories like block-printed napkins, suede coin purses, and beaded earrings made in collaboration with Miriam Haskell.
Photo: Erin Little

13. All Too Human

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236 Clarendon St
Boston, MA 02116
(857) 350-3951
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This stellar concept store opened up in June 2016, providing Boston with a chance to shop edgy emerging and established designers like Delpozo, Jaquemus, and Sacai. The store also hosts events and art installations.
Photo: Erin Little

1. Alan Bilzerian

34 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116
Photo: Erin Little
Newbury Street is the place to shop in Boston — but if you’re pressed for time, skip the designer flagships and head to Alan Bilzerian, an early adopter of avant-garde style. The store’s own label is sold alongside designers like Yohji Yamamoto, Rick Owens, Isabel Marant, and Alexander McQueen. (If you do have time to explore, hit up Riccardi and Serenella, too.)
34 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116

2. Bobby from Boston

19 Thayer St, Boston, MA 02118
Photo: Erin Little
Believe it or not, Bobby is a real person, and he specializes in high-quality vintage pieces like collegiate sweaters, leather bags, denim jackets, and period props and accessories. The women’s selection is small, but the menswear scores and movie set ambience make this vintage retailer a must-visit for everyone. If you’re really on the hunt, make a private appointment to check out Bobby Garnett’s giant warehouse in nearby Lynn, MA.
19 Thayer St
Boston, MA 02118

3. Bodega

6 Clearway St, Boston, MA 02115
Photo: Erin Little
Step inside the false Snapple machine in this corner store to find Boston’s best streetwear and sneaker shop, featuring the latest coveted goods from Nike, Adidas, Stussy, Carhartt, and others labels (including the store's in-house brand). If you're just looking for quarter snacks, you can shop the actual bodega, too.
6 Clearway St
Boston, MA 02115

4. Boston General Store Purveyors

305 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446
Photo: Erin Little
The vibes in this store are très Brooklyn, with minimalist ceramics, cocktail syrups, canvas rucksacks, and other giftable products for the home, office, and garden. You’ll be surprised how much you can fall in love with something as pedestrian as a stapler or a picnic knife.
305 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446

5. December Thieves Beacon Hill

88 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114
Photo: Erin Little
With locations in SoWa and Beacon Hill, December Thieves offers an eclectic collection of home goods, clothing, and accessories from international designers you likely haven’t heard of but will fall in love with. Jewelry from Barcelona’s No. 3 and leather goods from Boston designer Gina DeWolfe are displayed alongside Moroccan slippers and Italian candles. Owner Lana Barakat also hosts crafting workshops at the brand's cozy space on 524 Harrison Street.
88 Charles St
Boston, MA 02114

6. Dress Boston

70 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114
Photo: Erin Little
Boston’s best-dressed ladies head to this Beacon Hill boutique for contemporary labels like Rachel Comey, Ulla Johnson, Ace & Jig, and Nili Lotan. A small selection of home goods by Gallery NF rounds out the selection.
70 Charles St
Boston, MA 02114

7. Follain

53 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116
Photo: Erin Little
This Boston-based shop (with additional locations in Nantucket and DC) offers all-natural beauty and skincare from American makers in an airy, calming environment. Founder Tara Foley will happily walk you through each chemical-free product.
53 Dartmouth St
Boston, MA 02116

8. Formaggio Kitchen

244 Huron Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Photo: Erin Little
What began as a passion project in 1978 has grown into three locations in Boston and New York. Check out the Cambridge original for world class cheese, spices, and hard kitchen wares. Owners Ihsan and Valerie Gurdal travel the globe to source their goods direct from small farms and producers (which means Formaggio Kitchen is the only place you can find them).
244 Huron Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

9. Forty Winks

56 JF Kennedy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Photo: Erin Little
Bras and underwear are not always the most fun items to shop for, but Rachel Wentworth and Meredith Donaldson’s cute shop on the edge of Harvard Square has us rethinking this stance. Lacy intimates from Cosabella, Stella McCartney, and Eberjey are stocked alongside extras like lingerie detergent, garter accessories, and pajamas.
56 JF Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

10. Oona's Experienced Clothing

1210 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
If you don’t feel like sorting through the clothing-by-the-pound thing at shops like The Garment District, head to Oona’s for a well-curated selection of men's and women's vintage clothing and accessories. Bonus: The store also features modern brands like Ali Golden, Native Youth, Dusen Dusen, and Baggu.
1210 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

11. Ore

80 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116
Photo: Erin Little
Stocking only female-designed, locally-made jewelry (plus a small selection of vintage jewelry) with a big emphasis on sustainability, Ore is the place for something you can’t get anywhere else. Look for pieces by owner Sophie Hughes made from recycled gold and silver and old mine cut diamonds.
80 Dartmouth St
Boston, MA 02116

12. Patch NYC

46 Waltham St, Boston, MA 02118
Photo: Erin Little
Don’t let the name deceive you — this design studio may have started in New York, but the Patch NYC, a frequent collaborators with brands like Anthropologie and West Elm, calls Boston’s South End home. The headquarters has a charming shop for its home goods and accessories like block-printed napkins, suede coin purses, and beaded earrings made in collaboration with Miriam Haskell.
46 Waltham St
Boston, MA 02118

13. All Too Human

236 Clarendon St, Boston, MA 02116
Photo: Erin Little
This stellar concept store opened up in June 2016, providing Boston with a chance to shop edgy emerging and established designers like Delpozo, Jaquemus, and Sacai. The store also hosts events and art installations.
236 Clarendon St
Boston, MA 02116