Whether you are in downtown Boston or in the suburbs, the area's shopping malls cover all the bases: from upscale department stores to quirky gift shops and everything in between. Holiday gifts, clothes, accessories, housewares, and electronics—you can find it all at Boston malls, both indoor and outdoor. Many of the newer and updated shopping malls and plazas even have other activities to offer, with everything from movie theaters to fitness studios.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just outside of Boston, several outdoor shopping plazas are popping up. One popular destination a few exits north of the city off I-93 N is Assembly Row in Somerville. In the past few years, this area has been transformed into a village of outlet stores with everything from J.Crew to Nike, along with an AMC movie theater and even LEGOLAND. There are also plenty of restaurants to choose from while you're shopping, such as Earls Kitchen + Bar, Fuji at Assembly and a Legal on the Mystic. If you're looking for a hotel to stay at, you can even do that here with the new The Row Hotel at Assembly Row. And don't forget to schedule a workout class while you're visiting, as there is now FitRow with lots of studio class options.
In Dedham, you'll find Legacy Place, a 675,000-square foot open-air shopping center with more than 75 retailers ranging from Anthropologie and L.L. Bean, to lululemon and Apple. Here you'll also find workout classes like SoulCycle, a Showcase Cinema de Lux and a Whole Foods Market. Legacy Place is located 25 minutes outside of Boston, just off of 128/I-95 on Route 1.
Derby Street Shops
South of the city are the Derby Street Shops in the town of Hingham, complete with 65 stores and restaurants. Stores include M.Gemi, Crate & Barrel, Banana Republic, vineyard vines and much more. There is also a Whole Foods Market here, along with Burtons Grill, CAVA, Rustic Kitchen and several other restaurants. The Derby Street Shops are right off Exit 15 on I-93 North and South.