Shopping in Boston
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The best clothing stores in Boston
Boston’s premier concept store migrated to the still-developing Waterfront in 2010. The open-plan, warehouse-like space has sweeping harbor views, and clothing is hung on rolling racks for maximum flexibility. Louis started life as a menswear store, which is reflected in its impeccable Italian tailoring, but there are also young labels such as Greg Lauren (yes, the nephew of a certain other American designer), Belgian-born Tim Coppens and NYC duo Public School. Womenswear features such au courant names as Thomas Tait, Simone Rocha, Jonathan Saunders, Jason Wu and Suno. You’ll also find carefully selected beauty products, scents and candles, home items, shoes and accessories. An outpost of celebrated snipper Mario Russo’s salon is on site, as well as an excellent restaurant, Sam’s.
A one-stop shop for the fashion-conscious male, with a good selection of smart shirts, casual jackets, shoes and cheeky belt buckles. Uniform also stocks a line of Freitag messenger bags and wallets, made from recycled truck tires, and selected shaving products (from the Art of Shaving and Jack Black).
At first glance, it looks like any other convenience store, the window lined with faded bleach bottles and paper towels. Something's odd though—the kid behind the counter is a little too stylish, the water stains on the ceiling are too perfect, the horse race on the TV seems to be caught in a loop and none of the bottles of detergent seems to have moved in months. Step in front of the faux Snapple vending machine, to activate the hidden sliding door and reveal the secret store within a store. Inside is the ultra-modern interior of Boston's flyest sneaker shop—carrying rare kicks from Nike Tier Zero and Adidas Consortium, as well as deluxe streetwear and books on art and design.
Opened by a mother-daughter duo, this South End boutique is the perfect place for ladies of all ages to try on girly wares from hard-to-find designers, with an emphasis on proprietor favorite Lauren Moffatt. Tucked away just off the main drag of Tremont Street, the shop's rustic, whimsical decor is positively enthralling.
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Read our essential guide to the best bookstores in Boston—insider tips and recommendations, written by local experts. From obscure poetry finds at Grolier, to coffee and culture at Trident Booksellers and Café, to monkey business and kidlit at The Curious George Store, Time Out's editors bring you the best of Boston's bookstores.RECOMMENDED: See the best of shopping in Boston
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Boston is a great destination for vintage clothing and thrift stores, from by-the-pound bargains atCambridge institution Garment District to immaculately preserved suits, denim and more at destination vintage emporium Bobby From Boston and baubles at 20th Century Limited. If you want to extend the retro look to your home, check out the housewares at Abodeon, one of the city’s best furniture stores.RECOMMENDED: See the best of shopping in Boston
The best Boston sex shops
Sex shops in Boston are, like the city's populace, a varied and vibrant (and often vibrating) affair. There's something to suit all levels of adventurousness and tastes—quite literally, when it comes to the kinky confections served up at the Sweet-N-Nasty erotic bakery. Some stores are new arrivals on the Hub scene; others, such as Hubba Hubba, have been satisfying customers for decades. Whether you're after a new whip or just looking to raunch up your underwear drawer, Boston's got something to suit—read on for Time Out's guide to the best sex shops in the city.RECOMMENDED: See the best of shopping in Boston
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If you’re on the hunt for furniture or home accessories such as ceramics, cushions and unique objects, start in the South End, which has evolved into a prime area for shopping in Boston. But one of the best furniture stores in Boston, Twelve Chairs, is tucked away in Fort Point. The Cambridge Antique Market is a great resource for vintage interior items—browsing there ranks among our favorite things to do in the city. Check out all the best furniture stores in Boston.
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