Downtown Crossing
Downtown Crossing
3.5
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Dorchester / Roxbury / Mattapan
How to get there
  • Downtown Crossing • 1 min walk
  • Park St • 2 min walk
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3.5
3.5 of 5 bubbles182 reviews
Excellent
48
Very good
38
Average
55
Poor
35
Terrible
6

Bigamus
Boston, MA258 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019
Downtown Crossing is a bustling hub of activity during the day, with workers from the Financial District seeking out shopping and lunch. At night, there's much less foot traffic, and there's no reason to be there.
Written September 24, 2019
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Lisetteki
1,621 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
This is the center of the square. The old school house. Statues and a little free library. You can usually find a tourist stand with free maps and a guide to hell answer any questions you may have.
Written July 29, 2019
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maxrebos
Boston, MA629 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Couples
Lots of expensive stores. Leads into Chinatown and borders the Commons. Keep your head on a swivel. Lots of seedy and shady people walking around. Many homeless and people asking for handouts. Do not walk through alone at night.
Written March 5, 2016
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Piotr H.
Lodz, Poland3,877 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Great area for shopping. I think it is the best place. There are a lot of malls and well known brands. You can also find great places for food and drink
Written October 3, 2019
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Beverly M
Springfield, MA47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
The shops at downtown crossing are excellent. We travel here at least once a month. The past 2 times there has been a heavy police presence. We had no idea why until our last trip which was in the 1st week of November. The ongoing problem is the homeless people and the drug addicts. They are more aggressive when panhandling. Our 1st night here we witnessed many people drinking liquor openly and chasing tourists to try to get money. We made sure we were always near the groups of policemen. If the police were not present, I don’t think I would feel safe shopping in this area. Our hotel concierge told us that the city is faced with not only the COVID epidemic but also a heroin pandemic. It certainly is true in this area. People were stumbling around, passed out or screaming obscenities to passerby’s. I would recommend only traveling to this area in the day time hours.
Written November 7, 2020
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Cathy M.
Boston, MA15 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
Unclear why this area is always filled with tourists, there really isn't much interesting to see or do. Primarily chain stores, chain restaurants, meh. Always a bit trashy. "Food court" is super gross. Really creepy at night as almost nothing is open and it's dark and deserted. Go to a neighborhood instead and find some cool bars.
Written May 30, 2019
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Boston Resident
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
Most dangerous part of the city. Do not walk alone, there are always people watching you. Violent jumpings happen daily and police do not patrol. For such an affluent area and tourist destination you think the city would do more. BEWARE
Written March 16, 2019
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206aliceo
Folsom, CA184 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
There are a lot of typical stores here, eg, Macy’s, but definitely stop at Primark. I believe this is a store in England that has opened in Boston. Clothes are not the best quality like at Macys but the prices are great. It was raining so I bought a pair of knee high waterproof boots for $15. Very comfy and worked in the rain. My husband also got some waterproof shoes for $22 and they were so comfy he wore them for 10
days straight. Also purchased some fun costume jewelry and a sweater. The store is huge and they have everything you need. Make it a stop if you like to shop. You will definitely find something
Written October 28, 2019
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Stephen T
Preston, UK20,063 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
This is a fantastic shopping area not just because it houses Boston's edition of Macy's but, for me at least, because it is the location of the best supermarket that I've ever come across anywhere in the USA - Roche Bros. Not so much an opportunity to shop more an experience to be savoured.

That said the whole area is safe and vibrant with street entertainers / musicians frequenting the area on a structured basis to entertain all in the mood for such - quirky, innovative and always enjoyable - a colourful insight into the lot of a Bostonian.

Eateries abound ..... you could, literally, make a day of it. And finally it is quite smart and picturesque too with the characterfully designed buildings most impressive on the eye - do give it a go !
Written July 29, 2018
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Adrian Marano
Buenos Aires, Argentina6,421 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
Walking the Freedom Trail (must-do) you will find Downton Crossing shopping area... Lot’s of stores and beautiful modern buildings...
Written July 15, 2018
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