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The Best Malls in Boston

Boston has everything you can imagine. It is one of those cities that you have to visit sometime in your life, it is one of the most beautiful in the whole country and has everything: nice and historic building, great museums & parks in addition to being the home of excellent sports teams. If that wasn’t enough, it’s also a great shopping destination. In our guide you can learn more about the best malls in Boston, the shops you can visit on Newbury Street and where to get good deals.

Natick Mall

The best way to start talking about the best malls in Boston is with the largest and most visited in the city: the Natick Mall. You will not be able to complain about missing options for shopping or dining as there are more than 200 shops and restaurants. Among the best in the shopping center we highlight clothing stores such as Uniqlo, Abercrombie & Fitch, Brooks Brothers, and of course, the famous French luxury fashion brand: Louis Vuitton.

Best Malls in Boston

They’re not the only major stores there, as there are also Tommy Bahama, Madewell, J.Crew and Tiffany & Co. You can also go to the Apple Store, buy makeup and body care products at Sephora or buy shoes at stores like Allen Edmonds, Famous Footwear and Johnston & Murphy. In the Natick Mall there are also two important department stores: Nordstrom and Macy’s as well as the Wegmans supermarket.

  • Other Stores: Anthropologie, Athleta, Club Monaco, Cotton:On, Free People, J.Jill, Lego Store, Nike, Pottery Barn
  • Hours: Monday to Thursday 11AM to 7PM, Friday & Saturday 10AM to 9PM, Sunday 11AM to 6PM

Copley Place

If you want to buy clothes or accessories from some luxury fashion brand you have to go to Copey Place. Among all malls in Boston this is the best option if you are looking for this type of stores since there are several of the most famous high-end brands in the world. It is located in one of the best shopping areas in the city as there is another large mall that we will talk about later as well as Newbury Street.

Best Malls in Boston

You must have your wallet ready (and full) as the brands you can find here include Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Dior, Gucci and Moncler. That’s just a little bit of what the retail offer of this mall includes as here you can also buy the new collections of Louis Vuitton, Versace, Fendi, Burberry or Golden Goose, among many other great clothing & accessories stores. There are also several jewelry stores, a restaurant as well as two department stores: Neiman Marcus and Saks (although it only has the menswear department).

  • Other Stores: APM Monaco, Boss, Carolina Herrera, Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, John Varvatos
  • Hours: Monday to Saturday 11AM to 7PM, Sunday 12PM to 6PM

Prudential Center

If you go to Copley Place, you just have to cross a bridge to get to one of the most complete malls in Boston, The Prudential Center. You can’t miss this mall as it is located at the base of Boston’s second tallest tower, with which it shares a name. Although there aren’t that many stores, all the businesses here are top notch. We highlight several clothing stores such as Lululemon, Vineyard Vines, Canada Goose, Madewell, Johnny Was and Polo Ralph Lauren.

Best Malls in Boston

The famous department store Saks Fifth Avenue also has a presence here, with its women’s clothing department (the men’s department is in Copey Place). In addition, new stores such as the Harvard Bookstore will open soon. After a long shopping day, it is best to gather strength and take a break in one of the many restaurants located in this great mall as Cava, Porto or Del Frisco’s. And if you are a fan of Italian food, then you will love Eataly which is a small market that has several restaurants of food from that country as well as a gourmet store.

  • Other Stores: Aritzia, Bonobos, Club Monaco, Kate Spade, Oakley, Sephora, Under Armour
  • Hours: Monday to Sunday 10AM to 9PM

Burlington Mall

When you’re in Burlington, on the north side of this town, you shouldn’t miss the Burlington Mall. Although it is one of the oldest malls in Boston, this place is still being renovated and has had a new expansion recently. This includes the arrival of new shops and restaurants (including Fogo De Chao and the Italian restaurant Parm), a very cool outdoor space (with seating benches and fire tables) and an event area. There are many shops to highlight in the mall either Nordstrom, the Apple Store, Anthropologie, Eddie Bauer, Untuckit or Michal Kors in addition to several furniture stores.

Best Malls in Boston

One of its best stores and one that will be the favorite of children (and also adults) is Camp, a place that not only sells toys, books and other stuff but offers a retail experience unlike any other. If you’ve never visited this shopping center before and think you’ve seen it before, it’s because the comedy film Paul Blart: Mall Cop was filmed here. Within walking distance of Burlington Mall there are several restaurants, clothing stores, Barnes & Noble bookstore, movie theatres as well as the Kohl´s department store.

  • Other Stores: Free People, Hollister, Kate Spade, Lego, Lululemon, Macy´s, Primark, Sephora, Urban Outfiters
  • Hours: Monday to Thursday 10AM to 8PM, Friday & Saturday 10AM to 9PM, Sunday 12PM to 6PM

The Shops at Chestnut Hill

Now we travel to the southwest side of Boston, more specifically to Chestnut Hill which also has one of the malls in Boston that you should visit. The Shops at Chestnut Hill has a limited but great store lineup in which Bloomingdale s is its main store (which is divided into two buildings). But that’s not the only store worth visiting as you can also find the famous Japanese fashion brand Uniqlo, as well as Wolford, J.Crew, Michael Kors, Brooks Brothers and Coach.

It is also a great place for dining (or even having breakfast) as there are very good restaurants among which we recommend The Friendly Toast which has a good variety of casual food. There are several other places: if you want pizza you can go Frank Pepe, if you prefer asian food you can go Daikanyama or Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse.

  • Other Stores: Ann Taylor, Chico´s, Evereve, J.Jill, Nic + Zoe, Soft Surroundings, TUMI, Vineyard Vines
  • Hours: Monday to Saturday 11AM to 8PM, Sunday 12PM to 6PM

South Shore Plaza

As the name suggests, South Shore Plaza is on the south side of the city. This is one of the largest malls in Boston (and across the state) having been open for over 60 years. Since then it has had several expansions and renovations having nowdays almost 200 shops and restaurants. There are three department stores, a Target as well as several major clothing stores. Some of the most popular are Forever 21, Coach, Lucky Brand, Superdry and Abercrombie & Fitch. Another store not to be missed when visiting South Shore is Primark, where you can buy clothes for women, men and children at fairly low prices.

Just as there are many shops in this shopping center, the amount of dining options is not far behind. There is a big food court with several interesting options, but if you have more time and prefer to sit down restaurant there is much to choose from. You can go to The Cheesecake Factory, eat a burger at Red Robin, Italian food at Davio’s, seafood at Cap’t Loui or some casual bites at California Pizza Kitchen or BWW. If in addition to eating you want to have fun with friends, we recommend you go to Dave & Buster’s.

  • Other Stores: Aldo, Francesca´s, G by Guess, GAP, H&M, Hot Topic, J.Jill, J.Crew, Old Navy, White House Black Market
  • Hours: Monday to Thursday 10AM to 8PM, Friday & Saturday 10AM to 9PM, Sunday 12PM to 6PM

Wrentham Village Premium Outlets

Although, as you may have seen before, there are plenty of places to shop in this city, if you want to get the best deals you will have to go to the outlets in Boston. The largest are the Wrentham Village located in the southwest (near Gillette Stadium). This is one of the largest outlets in the country having more than 150 stores. If you like luxury fashion and don’t want to pay the full retail price of stores on Newbury Street or Copley Place, you can come here and take advantage of discounts on brands like Salvatore Ferragamo, Versace, Prada, Burberry and Gucci.

There are many popular stores in these outlets in Boston such as Vineyard Vines, Calvin Klein, Armani Exchange, Diesel, MaxMara or Boss. There are also several sports brands including Under Armour and Nike as well as the outlet versions of the famous department stores Bloomingdale’s and Saks. Not only will you find promotions on clothes and accessories as you can also get good discounts in the outlet store of the famous furniture brand Restoration Hardware.

  • Other Stores: AllSaints, Asics, Brooks Brothers, Champion, DKNY, Jimmy Choo, Lacoste, Lululemon, Psycho Bunny
  • Hours: Monday to Saturday 10AM to 9PM, Sunday 10AM to 6PM

Assembly Row

Although Assembly Row doesn’t have as many stores as Wrentham Village, there is something that makes it one of the best outlets in Boston: its various entertainment venues. This is open-are mixed use development in the Somerville area. This place should be a must visit in any shopping trip at Boston as it is a pretty nice place with lots to do. We will start with the activities you can do here, as in addition to visiting its many shops, you can also go to watch a movie, play bowling or eat in one of its restaurants.

Kids will surely want to go to Legoland Discovery Center and enjoy one of the many fun activities they can do there. Meanwhile their parents can go to the outlet stores of brands like Columbia, Ann Taylor, Express, Lucky Brand, Polo Ralph Lauren or J.Crew. Also, you can cross the street and go to its Marketplace which has several big box stores such as T.J.Maxx, Bed Bath & Beyond or Burlington, among others.

  • Other Stores: Adidas, Ashley, Athleta, Carter´s, Converse, Levi´s, Puma, Sephora, Trader Joe´s
  • Hours: Monday to Thursday 10AM to 8PM, Friday & Saturday 10AM to 9PM, Sunday 11AM to 6PM

Merrimack Premium Outlets

If none of the outlets in Boston we’ve shown you have just convinced you, there is one more option. Merrimack Premium Outlets offers visitors more than 100 stores with discounts throughout the year. The best thing about visiting these outlets is that as they are located in New Hampshire you do not have to pay taxes, so you will get even better prices.

This outlet hosts many national and international brands such as Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade, Barbour, Tommy Hilfiger, Banana Republic and Adidas. The only thing wrong with the outlet is that it is a bit far from Downtown Boston, so it is advisable to visit it only if you are taking your own car or renting one. This, since there is no public transport to there and it is expensive to go by taxi or Uber.

  • Other Stores: Aeropostale, Bloomingdale´s Outlet, Chico´s, Columbia, Michael Kors, Nautica, Nike
  • Hours: Monday to Thursday 10AM to 8PM, Friday & Saturday 10AM to 9PM, Sunday 10AM to 6PM

Other Places to Go Shopping in Boston

Newbury Street: Although there are many malls in Boston, there is one street that continues to be the best for shopping in this city. We talk about Newbury Street where you will find the most famous fashion stores, as well as several restaurants and other businesses. Here we will focus on the large number of shops on this street and others around it. Some of the best are Ralph Lauren, COS, Indochino, Anthropologie, Reformation and Zara. Also two of the most famous Japanese shops have presence in this street: Muji & Uniqlo.

There are several sports brands that have stores in Newbury St, such as The North Face, Lululemon, Athleta and Nike. You will eventually encounter several of the most popular high-end stores in the world. One of the great attractions of this street is that here is the only boutique of the legendary French brand, Chanel. It is not the only luxury store in the area as you can also go to Giorgio Armani and Valentino, as well as to the jewelry stores Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels or Bvlgari.

Shoppers World: Very close to the Natick Mall is this other place that although not so big, has good shops. It is even considered among the best malls in Boston if you are looking for bargains as there are several discount stores. For example here is Nordstrom Rack, famous for its discounts on clothing and accessories from premium and luxury fashion brands. It is not the only shop of this type since Marshalls and T.J.Maxx are also here. You can also get cheap shoes at DSW or visit more stores like Best Buy, World Market, Sierra and Five Below.

CambridgeSide: Near Lechmere Canal Park and the Museum of Science is this mall that has been operating since the 90s. Unfortunately it has lost many of its anchor stores in recent years. But if you visit the museum or are in the area, you can make a stop here as still some interesting places remain open. Above all, it is famous for having a big food court or you can also eat at The Cheesecake Factory. As for its retail directory, it is headed by the discount store T.J.Maxx in addition to having the Apple Store, Foot Locker or Sephora as well as clothing brands like Superdry or American Eagle.

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