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The Best Shopping Spots in the Back Bay

Shopping is something of a rite of passage in Boston, especially if you stay in the Back Bay. Countless shops, local boutiques, and big box stores are sandwiched between the landmarks you probably came to Boston for, like Trinity Chruchy and Boston Public Garden. As with the rest of its sights, Boston shopping reminds you both of the city’s rich history as well as its vibrant present. 

Back Bay Boston shopping is particularly enchanting. Quaint brick storefronts and lush, old-growth trees make for a charming window-shopping experience. But the Back Bay District also strikes a balance between local boutiques and global brands, creating a diverse and memorable shopping offering. 

Whether you’re stepping out for a new pair of sightseeing sneakers or some treats for your pup, we recommend you start with these streets and shops.

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Copley Square Hotel: The Best Window on Boston Shopping

If shopping is your bag, you’ve found the perfect staging point. Dress to impress, fuel up at our Power Hour, and hit some of the world’s best boutiques, haberdasheries and havens of haute couture, just a few fashionable steps from your door.

Prudential Center, Newbury Street, South End/Tremont Street, and our very own namesake, Copley Square, are the area’s must-browse, but share your wish list with our personal concierge and discover the perfect “fit” for you.

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Newbury Street

When you think Boston shopping, Newbury Street is probably what comes to mind. This tree-lined street is home to both historical buildings and boutiques. Sip a coffee or cocktail at a sidewalk café, then browse the international and local goods sold along Newbury Street

Newbury Street is also the place to try that daring haircut you’ve always wanted at one of the area’s luxurious salons. But don’t think it’s all upscale. You’ll also find bohemian and hole-in-the-wall shops. 

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Copley Place

Though smaller than its neighbor Prudential Center, Copley Place is a well thought out mall with both shopping and dining options. Hugo Boss, Burberry, and Chanel have all set up shop here, along with similar luxury brands from around the world. But you can also get a bite to eat while you’re there. Try salads at tendergreens or seafood at Legal Sea Foods. 

Copley Place also hosts fun shopping events, like Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer and releases of new fashion collections. 

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Prudential Center

Be awe-inspired by Boston’s biggest mall. 75 shops and and restaurants fill Prudential Center’s halls, as does the city’s only Eataly. Though this is the place to go for luxury brands like Saks Fifth Avenue and Kate Spade, Prudential Center also offers attractions that make it a memorable Boston destination. 

Boston Duck Tours and Old Town Trolley Tours both depart here, making the mall an ideal jumping off point for exploring Boston. You’ll also find that Prudential Center’s public areas are studded with colorful art installations. But the cherry on top is the Skywalk Observatory, which offers 360-degree views of Greater Boston and beyond. 

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Boylston Street

Boylson Street is not only one of Boston’s major east-west thoroughfares, but it’s also a hot spot for Back Bay shopping. With Fenway Park on one end and Boston Public Garden and Boston Common on the other, there’s plenty to see and do along its full length. You can even check out some books at the Boston Public Library along the way.

While walking Boylston Street, you can peruse chocolate and gifts at Max Brenner, high end retailer Lord + Taylor, and cute local stationary at Paper Source. Boylston Street is also where Boston Marathon finishers will wrap up their run, so it’s also the place to be for this beloved annual event. 

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Top Local Shops

Johnny Cupcakes

Quirky Johnny Cupcakes bills itself as the first t-shirt bakery. Snag a t-shirt or two from this food-themed clothing brand. 

The Fish & Bone

Stop in at Fish & Bone to get your furry friend a treat, whether you’ve brought them along to Boston or they’re eagerly awaiting your return. 

Trident Booksellers & Cafe

This indie bookstore of course sells book, but they can also satisfy your caffeine cravings. Pick up a new book, then dig in over coffe and all-day breakfast. 

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Shop & Stay

At Copley Square Hotel, you can truly shop until you drop. Or, at least until our complimentary Wine Down Hour. We'll provide you with luxury accommodations, coupons for shopping discounts, and a $50 American Express Gift Card to treat yourself to something special.

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