Top Shopping in Boston

In the mood for some retail therapy or looking to boost the local economy? Boston's bevy of merchants make it easy for you to do some serious damage. Whether it's a necessary addition to your wardrobe or component of your living room, or a frivolous knick-knack that just makes you smile, we all appreciate something new now and then. Below, our picks for the best places in Boston to indulge in some retail therapy.

Image: Mint Julep by StyleCarrot

Updated: November 10, 2011

Top Boston Shopping


623 Tremont St Ste A, Boston, MA 02118

For when the vintage component of your wardrobe needs updating, Motley in the South End is there for you. The selection of T-shirts, sweatshirts and jeans ranges from standard to funky and fashionista. And the merchandise extends beyond just clothing. Motley keeps you entertained with knick knacks and accessories scattered throughout the store: novelty books, bags and satchels in every size and shape, magnets, toys and more. Step inside and you'll probably find that gift for someone you didn't even know you were looking for.

Mint Julep

1302 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

Mint Julep is small but mighty. The two locations, one in Harvard Square and one in Coolidge Corner, pack a punch with an impressive amount of merchandise in a cozy space. The racks feature girly, whimsical numbers as well as elegant refined pieces. Need a sparkly number for a weekend out? A cute dress for that upcoming wedding or a crisp pair of pants for an upcoming meeting? Mint Julep has you covered. Don't forget to check out the accessories. Top of your purchase with a sleek new belt or some dangly earrings.

Lekker Unique Home Furnishings

1317 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

You're a big kid now. You're passed the days of DIY Ikea furniture and mismatched pieces. You can finally outfit your abode according to a desired design scheme. Lekker offers European home decor, pieces with sleek lines and angles. They're minimalist but not cold. There's an excellent selection of oak and teak furniture, or is you're looking to make a slightly smaller investment, browse the selection of tableware and accessories.


60 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

Louis Boston is Beantown's answer to the high fashion, medium-sized department stores you find in New York and other cities. It's halfway between small boutique and large department store. It has a boutique's mix of unique designers and one-of-a-kind items, but with enough selection to make up a department store. With its gorgeous waterfront location and an adjacent restaurant (Sam's), it's the perfect destination for an afternoon of shopping.