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Newbury Street Shopping in Boston
Newbury Street, comprised of eight blocks that stretch through Back Bay all the way to the Boston Public Garden, is Boston’s ultimate fashion destination. The neighborhood offers everything from unique clothing and jewelry boutiques to art galleries and cafés.
Newbury Street has long been known as an exclusive, high-end district, even during its early days as a residential street. Today, the picturesque street is still lined with trees, classic Boston brownstones, and food markets along with dozens of storefronts. It’s a one-way street the whole way, making it safe for the hordes of pedestrians that frequent it every day. It is also well-lit and busy at night. Newbury connects Back Bay to downtown and provides a direct path into the heart of Boston. The crowd tends to be a mix of locals and tourists – from visitors people-watching from a sidewalk café to local students checking out the original Newbury Comics.
Clothing & Accessories
Newbury Street is home to a mix of independent boutiques and fashion brands that have earned it the title “Rodeo Drive of the East.” Shoppers will find dozens of familiar favorites dotting the length of the street, including American Apparel, Urban Outfitters, H&M, and Banana Republic. For those with designer tastes, there is no better place to go in Boston – famous designers such as Marc Jacobs, Armani, Burberry, Juicy Couture, and Valentino all have Newbury Street locations.
Visitors will also find unique gems such as the colorful store of spunky designer Betsey Johnson, or Johnny Cupcakes, a globally recognized, Massachusetts-founded T-shirt brand that opened its Newbury boutique in 2006. The Blue Jeans Bar, a well-known designer jeans store, also has its only east coast location on Newbury Street, on the block between Clarendon and Berkeley streets.
Shoppers looking for a fun, offbeat experience will also enjoy stores like The Hempest, a clothing and accessories shop that advocates for green production and the use of hemp as a material. There are also several consignment stores including Second Time Around, Rescue, and the Closet for shoppers who like a bit of a challenge.
Art & Specialties
Newbury Street is also Boston’s gallery district, and is home to more than 30 art galleries, including the Arden Gallery, Galerie d’Orsday (featuring the works of masters such as Picasso and Rembrandt as well as contemporary work), and the headquarters of the Guild of Boston Artists. L’attitude Gallery/Sculpture Garden is also worth checking out – the spacious gallery features dozens of unique sculptural pieces and wall art.
Food & Drink
The food options on Newbury Street are almost as numerous and diverse as the fashion offerings. Hungry shoppers will find everything from Italian and Indian to sushi and tapas, and many restaurants have outdoor sidewalk seating available in the warmer months. The Otherside Café, located right by the intersection with Massachusetts Avenue, is a hip spot for a relaxed brunch, and Stephanie’s on Newbury offers a more sophisticated café atmosphere. Another local favorite is Trident Booksellers & Café – an independent bookstore with a fun café inside featuring delicious signature sandwiches.
Newbury Street runs parallel in between Boylston Street and Commonwealth Avenue. Take the Green line of the T to Hynes Convention Center, Copley, or Arlington to begin at, respectively, the west end, middle, or east end of the street.