Whether you’re just starting your freshman year, or it’s your last semester of college, what city-living girl doesn’t love to shop? Now that you’re all settled into your new dorm or apartment, it’s time to fill up that closet. But where’s the best place to go? There are so many choices, it can make a girl’s head spin. Trust me. Here are some great places to shop ’til you drop in Boston!
This may be a tourist attraction (the Freedom Trail does go right by it!), but it has so many stores in such a small area. From Victoria’s Secret to Urban Outfitters, there are great options for every girl and every style. When you get hungry, there are plenty of restaurants in the complex and right nearby. The best place to eat at is Quincy Market—just walking through makes your mouth water!
Fair Warning: It gets extremely busy on weekends in September and early October. Don’t even think about shopping any time during the tree lighting in December—you won’t be able to move!
Similarly to Faneuil Hall, plenty of tourists walk down this street. But, thankfully it’s a long stretch of stores. The stores vary in price, but you’ll want your wallet to be prepared. Don’t head to Newbury Street without having more than $40! From H&M to small boutiques like Lou Lou, there is a wide variety to choose from—you just have to keep walking.
Helpful Hint: If you’re craving food, you can either head to any of the restaurants on Newbury Street or go a street over to Boylston Street for more options. Try Met Bar Back Bay or, if you need something faster, hit up Shake Shack for a burger and milkshake!
Prudential Center/Copley Place
The Prudential Center (better known as “The Pru”) is basically a mall. A beautifully designed mall, that is. One that you can get lost in—you’ll know once you’ve been there. You’ll find a Sephora, Loft, and The Body Shop! There are also plenty of stores you wouldn’t even think of. Head to Copley Place to find designer brands.
Don’t Forget: Stores in both buildings change pretty frequently, so head to a directory before you spend 20 minutes searching for Aldo.
Technically not in Boston, this mall is the go-to for all of your usual needs. Just like your mall back home, it has most brands you recognize. It’s three stories tall and has a great view near the Charles River.
Location, Location, Location: Just hop on an inbound green line train and go to Lechmere, it’s a straight shot off the T!
Bonus: Assembly Row
This outlet shopping center recently opened in 2014 in Somerville. There’s an AMC Loews (with a bar!), great food, and enough stores to keep your closet happy and wallet empty. It’s not too far outside of Boston—only 15 minutes by T from campus. If you have a free afternoon, definitely check it out!