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Your guide to the best holiday shopping

It’s that time of year when the skies turn to snowflakes and thoughts turn to gifts.

shopping center with holiday lighting

Boston is filled with distinctive places to explore fun, seasonal ideas and the best shopping in Boston is near Boston Park Plaza.

Newbury Street

Begin your holiday shopping just a stroll from our front door. Newbury Street offers a sought-after selection of stores from high-end couture brands such as Chanel to more accessible retailers such as Zara, and almost everything in between. The charm of the historic shop fronts and the selection of cafes and restaurants make it a great destination for a day dedicated to shopping.

Charles Street, Beacon Hill

If you’re looking for rare collectibles and one-of-a-kind gift ideas, continue across the Public Garden to Charles Street in Beacon Hill. Since the city was founded, Beacon Hill has been Boston’s most celebrated neighborhood, and the antique stores on Charles Street reflect its location. Just a half-dozen blocks long, it’s a destination designed for those who love lingering amid first edition books, incomparable items and vintage jewelry. It’s a uniquely Boston experience.

Prudential Center

A few minutes from our property is one of the most popular malls in Boston. The Prudential Center, at the base of the Prudential Office Tower, is home to 75 shops, kiosks and carts. Whether you’re in the mood for locally inspired gifts, college or university clothing, or other items, the range of shops such as Lord & Taylor and Barnes and Noble ensure you’ll find something for the elves on your list. Once your shopping is done, relax at the Prudential Center’s many restaurants. Then top off your day with 360-degree views of the city at the Prudential Tower’s Skywalk Observatory and take in the stunning sights of the city.

North End

If you have a foodie on your list, head to Boston’s North End neighborhood. Here, the best of Italian food and wine await. Fill your shopping with homemade sausages and smoked meats, freshly made mozzarella, delicate olive oils and specially aged vinegars. Or stroll past Paul Revere’s House and visit V. Cirace & Son at 173 North Street. This family business has been part of the community for more than 110 years, and offers a taste of Italy with a wonderful selection of specialty wines, cordials, grappa and Murano glassware. If you can’t decide on what to choose, grab a gift basket and bring a selection of flavors to the connoisseur in your life.


The SoWa Art + Design District is home to artist studios and art galleries, boutiques, showrooms and restaurants. What was once a series of warehouses located “South of Washington”, the area has become a vibrant community that supports some of the city’s most talented artists and craftspeople. It’s also home to the annual SoWa Winter Festival. Over two weekends, the area transforms into the largest holiday festival and shopping village in Boston. Choose from handcrafted gifts, seasonal cocktails and an endless selection of one-of-a-kind items. The SoWa Winter Festival is family friendly and free to attend. It runs on two weekends: Friday, November 30 – Sunday, December 2, and Friday, December 7 – Sunday, December 9, 2018.

The best Boston shopping starts right outside our door. If you are looking for unique gifts for someone special on your list this year, speak with our Concierge to discover some of our city’s remarkable holiday-inspired destinations.

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