Retail Therapy Awaits at a Mall in Greater Boston

Cambridgeside Galleria
••• Cambridgeside Galleria. Alexa/Flickr/CC

Whether downtown or a short drive away in the suburbs, Boston's shopping malls cover all the bases from upscale department stores to quirky gift shops and everything in between. Holiday gifts, clothes, and accessories, housewares, and electronics—if you can't find what you're looking for at one of the following Boston malls, it might not exist.

1. Burlington Mall

Easily accessed off Route 128 in nearby Burlington, the Burlington Mall might look familiar to movie buffs: It was the setting of the 2009 hit movie Paul Blart: Mall Cop.

Department stores include Lord & Taylor, Macy's, and Nordstrom; it also has a huge Crate & Barrel outpost that's a destination in itself. If you're bargain hunting, check the Burlington Mall's deals website before you go to get the latest promotions and coupons available.

2. Cambridgeside Galleria

A short walk from the Green Line T station, the Cambridgeside Galleria is a quick stop for city dwellers to hit major mall retailers such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Banana Republic, H&M, J. Crew, and TJ Maxx, among many others. You can also get here by taking a free shuttle from Kendall Square or a $2 EZ Ride shuttle from North Station, Kendall Square, or Cambridgeport. Alternatively, parking at the on-site garage starts at $1.99 per hour and goes up to $20 maximum for five hours or more.

3. Copley Place Mall

In the heart of Copley Square, Copley Place is Boston's most upscale mall. This is where you go if you're looking for a new pair of Jimmy Choos, a suit from Barneys, copper pots from Williams-Sonoma, or a new Tory Burch handbag, among other luxe finds.

Take the Orange Line to the Back Bay/South End stop, then just cross the street to the mall—it's one of the city's easier malls to get to.

4. Natick Mall

The suburbs got swank when the Natick Mall underwent an extensive renovation in the late 90s/early aughts. Reopen since 2007, the Natick Mall caters to greater Boston's most stylish clientele, and regularly hosts fashion shows, beauty events, and cooking classes.

Key retailers include Anthropologie, Burberry, and Neiman Marcus, among more than 200 others (from a store count perspective, Natick is New England's largest mall). Located off Route 9, the Natick Mall has underground and garage parking, traditional lot parking, and valet.

5. Prudential Center

Just a few blocks away from Copley, the Shops at Prudential Center live within Boston's most well-known skyscraper. Take the green line T to the Prudential stop and explore the 75+ shops and restaurants, including buzz-worthy retailers such as Gucci, Kate Spade Saturday, and Saks Fifth Avenue. And if you need a little break from shopping, head up to the Skywalk Observatory or Top of the Hub to get some of the best views of Boston.