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Shopping: From Faneuil Hall to Newbury Street

Shops, markets, public parks, history and options for a meal
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 4.3 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview:  This shopping trip takes you from bustling Faneuil Hall to trendy Newbury Street, with some suggested green spaces to rest in along... more »

Tips:  Without a doubt, the key to a fun shopping trip is to wear comfortable shoes. You might also want to bring a backpack or other large... more »

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Points of Interest

This area has been a hub of activity for more than 250 years. The original Faneuil Hall was a meeting place for the Sons of Liberty and even today public meetings are held here. Downstairs, what was once a public food market is now filled with vendors selling everything from pins to scarves to jewelry.

Quincy Market, separated from Faneuil Hall... More

When it's time for a break, there are several bars and restaurants to choose from, but a replica of the Cheers bar is a must for any fan of the classic TV show set in Boston.

Just don't be fooled. The show was not filmed here and the famous façade shown during opening credits fronts another bar on Beacon Street. The inside of that bar... More

While it might not be the shopping mecca it once was when famous Filene's Basement was the anchor here, there are still plenty of shopping options to browse, as well as some cool restaurants. Macy's is the big-box store now, and there are plenty of smaller shops and pushcarts with unique goods. The business district has stepped up recently to... More

Take a breather at Boston Common, the country’s oldest park, established in 1634. The 50-acre park offers plenty of places to relax and is great for people watching. This landmark space was once used for grazing livestock, then for hanging criminals and now, happily, it is just a great place to escape from city sidewalks.

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148 Tremont Street

From the Common, cross the street to enter the beautiful Public Garden, home to Boston’s famous swan boats. Established in 1837, it’s the oldest public botanical garden in the country. Hundreds of species of trees and flowers abound in this beautiful park. It’s a luxurious 24 acres, right in the heart of the city. Enjoy the peace and quiet, take a... More

Now you’re on your way down boutique (and salon) heaven, following Newbury Street from the Public Garden down to Massachusetts Avenue. “The Street,” as it’s known to many people who work on it, is a fun mix of big-name stores, unique boutiques, dozens of salons and any number of coffeeshops, cafes, restaurants and bars. With its desirable location... More

One of THE places to see and be seen, especially in warm weather, on The Street. Owner Stephanie Sokolove serves up "sophisticated comfort food" on the sidewalk cafe, in the clubby bar or in the large dining area. Salads here are enormous—we recommend sharing—and the mac-and-cheese is amazing.

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Address: 190 Newbury Street
Phone: 617... More

Sonsie, another Newbury Street classic, has been serving up international cuisine and tasty cocktails for almost 20 years. It’s also a great place to people watch and celebrity sightings are common. Toast yourself at the end of your trek.

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Address: 327 Newbury Street
Phone: 617-351-2500
Hours: Monday & Tuesday 11:30am – 2:30pm and 6pm –... More