The scent of sweet, street-cart peanuts consumes the air in Boston's Downtown Crossing, as shoppers flood H&M, DSW, Thomas Pink, Aldo, and Macy's for this season's hottest collections. Marshalls and T.J.Maxx stand 10 feet away from one another, for the bargain shopper's convenience. With many of the shops contained in multi-storied buildings, a steep escalator ride can precede many store visits.
The avid shopper familiar with Filene's Basement will remember the annual Running of the Brides day at the Downtown Crossing flagship store, where wives-to-be gathered in crowds to take advantage of unbeatable gown sales. After almost 100 years as the anchor of this trendy shopping epicenter, Filene's Basement closed in 2007. However, negotiations are currently in the works to reopen this beloved Boston landmark.
Looking for some unique treasures? Step into the famous Jeweler's Building on Washington Street, and you'll soon be surrounded by dozens of jewelry stores, with friendly merchants presenting sparkly gems and any kind of engagement ring imaginable. If they don't have it, they will be more than happy to order it.
Downtown Crossing's modern stores are situated in aged, but beautifully architected buildings. Present-day cars drive along the brick streets, but you can almost imagine a young woman carrying a hatbox down the sidewalk back in 1932. This hip shopping center fuses modernity with twinges of old-world Boston for an experience you won't want to miss.
- Subway Stop:
- "Downtown Crossing" on the red and orange line
- Location: 101 Arch Street, Boston, MA
- Phone: 617-482-2139
- Website: www.downtowncrossing.org