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An international student's perspective: 5 best shopping areas in Boston

25 Feb, 2020
An international student's perspective: 5 best shopping areas in Boston

Kings Premium Universities student Jongseong Ryu is from Busan, Korea. Jongseong is in his 3rd semester at Pine Manor College. He is studying communication and has strong interests in marketing, advertising, and film. Below, he shares his thoughts on local shopping areas as a student studying in Boston.

So, when you come to Boston, don't be shy and order everything online because here are some things for you to know before you head out into the city to shop!

As an international student, I know that studying in a country like the US can present us with a lot of different challenges. Buying good clothes at a good price can be one of these hard things. However, based on my experience, I can tell you about the 5 best shopping areas in or near Boston.

5. The Shops at Chestnut Hill (199 Boylston St, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467)

This shopping center is both an indoor & outdoor mall outside of downtown Boston. I often go there because it was the nearest shopping center from my school, Pine Manor College. In this shopping mall, you can shop for more luxury brands than you can find at most other malls. They even sell high quality kitchen stuff and furniture. Also, it has a luxury movie theater and many great restaurants. However, this place is little bit expensive for students.

* Extra information! They hold international food festivals near this mall sometimes.

4. Faneuil Hall Marketplace (4 S Market St, Boston, MA 02109)

This is an indoor & outdoor shopping center in downtown Boston. I highly recommend going to this place if you want to shop and eat something delicious at the same time. Many travelers visit this place to go to Quincy Market, which is famous for selling Boston’s traditional food and souvenirs. Also, many events are held in here such as circus acts and street performances. They have many different clothes stores, but not many people shop for clothing there.

* Extra information! This marketplace is very close to the North End, or “Little Italy”, which has a lot of delicious Italian restaurants.

3. Downtown Crossing (10 Summer St, Boston, MA 02110)

This is an outdoor shopping area located in center of downtown Boston. I like to go shopping here because there are many big and cheap clothes stores and many small stores selling many different things. Also, they have many shoe stores in Downtown Crossing. I usually go there to look at and buy shoes.

* Extra information! If you are interested in trying something new or eating something familiar, you can find a variety of food in Chinatown, which is very close by.

2. Prudential Center & Copley Square (60 School St, Boston, MA 02108)

This is actually two connected indoor malls, located in the center of downtown Boston. This place is one of the biggest and most famous indoor malls in Boston. They have a bookstore, a grocery store, a pharmacy, gyms, and a lot of different stores. There are especially a lot of luxury brands on the Copley Square side. But I cannot shop here too often because of the high prices.

* Extra information! If you are looking for a large bookstore, the Prudential Center is the best place to buy books.

1. Newbury Street – Back Bay (361 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115)

This is an outdoor shopping street located in the center of the city. A variety of famous and luxury brand stores are located on this street. Also, you can find many good restaurants and cafes there. Newbury Street is my favorite shopping area because of its location. This street starts at Hynes Convention Center and ends at Boston Public Garden. It is right by Copley Square, which also has a lot of great attractions. It is also very close to several green line “T” stations and is a short walk from the famous Boston Common.

* Extra information! This street is a popular choice for couples because it is so beautiful and romantic.