Located in the upscale Back Bay area, Newbury Street features some of the trendiest and most expensive shopping in Boston. A stroll down this historic street showcases everything from high-end retail stores such as Ralph Lauren and Burberry, to bohemian jewelry shops, funky art and antique galleries, and small, trendy places to grab a smoothie or a cup of tea – many with outdoor seating in the summer. Newbury Street runs from the Boston Public Garden to Brookline Avenue, with the shops typically becoming more expensive as you near the Public Garden.
This unique shopping district is the location of the first Newbury Comics, founded in 1978 as a comic book shop and today primarily a seller of music and pop culture memorabilia. Bookworms should check out Trident Booksellers & Café, an independent bookstore that also offers a scrumptious selection of food, coffee, tea, veggie juice and smoothies. Spend an afternoon here leafing through books with a hot chai in hand, and they may just have to kick you out when they close at midnight. Vintage clothing connoisseurs should stop by the consignment shop, "Poor Little Rich Girl," which, according to its website, has been awarded "Best of Boston, consignment" for the past two years and offers a colorful plethora of vintage and modern garments. The stores on Newbury Street are located in old-fashioned brownstone buildings and are either in the basement, on street level, or upstairs. Many stores require you to walk down steps to enter and are somewhat hidden from the street, so be sure to walk slowly so you won't miss anything.
If you're not in the mood to shop, there is no better way to take in the ambiance of Newbury Street than on a long, leisurely stroll. Here, you will find Berklee students hanging out with their instruments, the hipster, alternative crowd smoking cigarettes on the sidewalk, trendy young professionals grabbing a bite to eat, and tourists of all ages, many coming in from the surrounding suburbs. This is one of the premier people watching destinations in Boston, and spending the day just sitting on a bench watching the world walk by, will prove far from boring.
- Subway Stop:
- Take the Green Line to Arlington, Copley, or Hynes Convention Center. Arlington will bring you closer to the Public Garden/high-end shops, while Hynes will drop you off closer to the smaller boutiques and galleries.