Shopping in Boston
The main reason why Americans even visit Boston is shopping. When we know
that for centuries Boston has been a market town that has attracted merchants
and merchants, everything should cater for the merchant.
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Most are heading directly for Newbury Street, where you will find all kinds
of shops scattered on both sides of the street over eight blocks.
The other major shopping district is Downtown Crossing, located right by
Boston Common Park. This is an old town with pedestrian streets full of shops,
market stalls and department stores.
Downtown's most famous store is Filene's Basement, two floors below the
ground that sells tons of surplus goods from the chain of the same name. Here
you can find everything from designer clothes and perfume to wedding dresses and
jewels at dumping prices.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston
We also do not get outside the tourists' favorite area, the traditional
Faneuil Hall Marketplace. [See image first in article]. Here you can
spend hours looking through the offerings of sovereign stalls and carts, while
jugglers, jugglers and other street performers are attracting the attention of
many visitors. There are also many fun stores indoors, such as the upper floors
of Quincy Market.
If you want a slightly less tourist-oriented market, try Haymarked just
around the corner, which is open Fridays and Saturdays.
Souvenirs in Boston
The most typical souvenir of the Boston tourist is probably war antiques.
Boston and New England are the oldest region in the United States, and you will
find many galleries and antique shops where you can purchase items from both the
Civil War and the War of Independence. The area at Beacon Hill should be the
first stop if tempted.
Generally about shopping in Boston
Most shops are open from 1000 to 1900 every day except Sundays. Some of the
largest department stores close even later, and of course have Sundays open.
Tax-free shopping in the United Statesis a chapter for itself, and sales tax
varies from state to state. In Massachusetts, for example, there are no taxes
and taxes on clothing and fabrics, and only 5% sales tax on other items. If you
buy something expensive, you should investigate in advance whether the sales tax
is refundable, but often this can be a complicated affair that requires the
goods to be exported where you live.
Eating in Boston
Boston has a good selection of eateries in all price categories. Thanks to a
population of roots from all over the world, you will find countless ethnic
restaurants, be it Vietnamese, Italian, Mexican, Indian, Japanese, Caribbean,
Chinese or Russian restaurants in Boston.
Boston has food for everyone, and you can easily find restaurants in the wide
avenues of Back Bay and in North End's narrow alleyways. A safe place for
restaurants in the north end of Boston is Hannover Street, [see
photo first in article].
Seafood in Boston
Boston has always been known for its many good seafood restaurants, and the
best of these are naturally located down by the harbor. Legal Sea Foods is a
chain of nearly ten restaurants in Boston that has a very good reputation. You
will find Legal Sea Foods at 255 State Street, 26 Park Plaza
and 100 Hungtington avenue.
You also have a very large selection of eateries at Quincy Market, a
historic 1820s building at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Here you will find
both exclusive restaurants and cheap fast food stalls serving everything from
lobster to shish kebab.
And always there are street performers who entertain in the square outside.
Yes, it is aimed at the tourists, and there are always a lot of people here, but
definitely an entertaining experience. The address of Faneuil Hall Marketplace
is Market Street.
Chinese food in Boston
If you love Chinese food, you'll find a number of authentic Chinese
restaurants in Boston's Chinatown, located in the streets of Washington
Street, Beach Street, Essex Street and Kneeland
Street, southeast of Boston Common Park.
The East Ocean City restaurant at 27 Beach Street is considered one of the
best, but the fierce competition means that many of the restaurants keep high
quality and low prices.
Exclusive restaurants in Boston
The slightly more trendy and upscale restaurants are located in the theater
district of the South End. Also in Back Bay you will find several of the better
(and more expensive) eateries, such as L'Espalier at 774 Boylston Street
and the stylish Excelsior at 272 Boylston Street. At both places a reservation
is usually required.
Pub and nightlife in Boston
The many Irish who emigrated to America have made a definite mark on Boston's
nightlife, for there are many genuine Irish pubs, unlike the many like-Irish
pubs you find around the world. Boston also boasts of having America's oldest
pub that has been in continuous operation. At 45-55 Union Street is
Bell In Hand Tavern, which celebrated its 200th anniversary as early as 1995.
Bell In Hand is open until 0200 every day of the week.
Although Monty Python has forever and ever made sure to give American beer
words for being thin and tasteless ("Like making love in a canoe; it's f *** ing
close to water"), Boston can turn in the table of producing the beer that has
been voted the best in the United States on several occasions; Samuel Adams. In
good American spirit, you actually have to confirm that you are over 21 years of
age to enter your date of birth before you are allowed to visit their website at
No, we have not forgotten the TV series and the world success Cheers. It is
inspired by the Bull and Finch Pub, located on Beacon Hill, specifically at
84 Beacon Street. This one is not at all similar to the bar you know from
the TV, but it definitely does the replica located in Faneuil Hall in Market