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There’s shopping galore all over the city – from familiar chain stores in Back Bay's Prudential Center to the rock-bottom bargain prices in Downtown Crossing. Then, of course, there are the boutiques that line Newbury St. and the preppy palaces on Charles St. Whatever your fancy, and no matter your budget, you'll find something to take home. If you have a love for lobsters, you'll discover no shortage of them in the form of lollipops and stuffed animals.

Shopping in Boston

Black Ink

College students love it. Slightly older hipsters adore it. Everybody with a sense of humor (or knack for good design) is crazy about it. Gift shop Black Ink specializes in just plain cool stuff. (Its term: "unexpected necessities.") From last-minute gifts to elegant housewares made in Japan, you’ll find what you never knew you were looking for at its two locations.

101 Charles St., Massachusetts, 617-723-3883, www.blackinkboston.com
Tags: shopping | novelty

Charles Street

Mingle with Boston’s upper crust as you peruse the antique stores, specialty boutiques and upscale galleries that line this Beacon Hill street’s brick sidewalks. One don't-miss: Good (88 Charles St), a gift shop whose inventory of really good stuff ranges from whimsical toys to wow jewelry.

Charles St., MA, www.beaconhillonline.com
Tags: shopping | expensive | things to do | gallery | antiques

Downtown Crossing

Bargain-hunters love this area, home to discount emporiums like H&M, TJ Maxx, and the dueling holy grails of rock-bottom prices: Marshall's and Filene’s Basement. While the area has a somewhat scruffy feel, it’s worth a stop for truly patient shoppers who don’t mind crowds.

250-450 Washington St., MA, www.downtowncrossing.org
Tags: shopping | clothing | accessories | shoes | department store

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

It's busy and crazy and sort of exhausting but it's also a Boston must. Knick-knacks and inexpensive souvenirs dominate the carts of vendors hawking everything from lobster lollipops to Boston-themed t-shirts. Plenty of typical mall stores are also on hand.

4 South Market Building, MA, www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com
Tags: family | shopping | things to do | shopping mall | souvenirs

Lekker

Here's a little secret: Boston's home décor scene is not all stodgy period furniture. There are plenty of modern goods to be found. Lekker, one of the city's top home-furnishings shops, is a must for anyone who wants to update their tabletop, light fixtures, bedroom, bathroom, and so on. If Lekker has it now, everybody is going to be talking about it tomorrow.

1317 Washington St., Massachusetts, 617-542-6464, www.lekkerhome.com
Tags: shopping

Newbury Street

You can easily spend an entire afternoon on this eight-block-long shopper’s haven. No matter your brand of choice, from Marc Jacobs to Diesel to Burberry, they're all here. (But so are Gap and J. Crew, along with the Trident Booksellers and well-known alternative record shop, Newbury Comics.) Also home to more hair salons and spas than seem necessary, Newbury St. is the place to get pampered for a night on the town. Even if you don’t have money to burn, grab a coffee at a café and watch everybody else spend some.

Newbury St., MA, www.newbury-st.com
Tags: shopping | expensive | editor pick | boutique | things to do | jewelry | gallery | designer | clothing | accessories

Shops at Prudential Center

An upscale indoor mall that’s perfect if you prefer one-stop shopping to prolonged perusing (or if it’s really cold outside). You'll know all the brands – from department stores Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor to chain stores Sephora and Ann Taylor. You'll find what you're looking for. It's in, out, and onto the rest of Boston.

800 Boylston St., MA, 617-236-3100, www.prudentialcenter.com
Tags: shopping | expensive | shopping mall | accessories | department store

The Coop

If it's a Harvard or M.I.T. logoed item you're after, look no farther. But the real reason to check out The Coop is its books section. There, you’ll find every tome you didn't know you had to read but instantly want to own. It's a truly seductive place and you’ll feel smarter for simply having walked through the door.

1400 Massachusetts Ave., Massachusetts, 617-499-2000, http://store.thecoop.com
Tags: shopping | things to do | clothing | accessories | books

Yawkey Way Store

Just give in. Red Sox fever is so strong in Boston that, no matter which team you usually root for, you'll feel the need to own something Sox before you skedaddle on home. For a wall-to-wall Red Sox gear experience, simply step across the street from the stadium itself. Just don't go on a game day (unless you have tickets) since it can be so crowded it'll make you cry. (And even if you’re not a Sox fan you have to admit it's fun to say Yawkey.)

19 Yawkey Way, Massachusetts, 800-FENWAY-9, www.yawkeywaystore.com
Tags: family | shopping | things to do | souvenirs | clothing | novelty

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