From electronics, upscale fashion and jewelry, to specialty foods, local souvenirs and artistry, Boston-area shopping malls aren’t exactly your typical suburban variety. Here’s a glimpse at six of the best. 1. Fanueil Hall Marketplace: Sure, it can be a tourist trap, but it’s also a prime destination for unique gifts in the heart of the city. Not only will you find popular brands such as Ann Taylor, Crate and Barrel, and Newbury Comics here, but also an abundance of shopping carts boasting an assortment of specialty items. Quincy Market claims a food court unparalleled in New England , with something for every discerning palette.
1 Faneuil Hall Square
2. The Shops at Prudential Center: More than 75 shops and restaurants call this popular mall home at the base of Boston ’s most recognizable building. Find popular brands such as Lacoste, Express, and Yankee Candle. There’s a food court here, but the choices pale in comparison to the options available at Legal Sea Foods, Cheesecake Factory, and L’Espalier, voted most romantic Boston restaurant several years running byBoston Magazine.
800 Boylston St.
3. Cambridgeside Galleria: The Galleria leans more your typical big box store mall, with omnipresent franchises such as Best Buy, Borders, Macy’s, and Sears, just a few of the more than 120 stores. Techies will appreciate the Apple store, and garage parking is a breeze, starting at just $1.99 per hour.
100 Cambridgeside Place
4. Copley Place: This upscale Back Bay shopping destination is almost like an extension of nearby Newbury St. With chic stores such as Barney’s New York, Tiffany and Co., and Jimmy Choo, it’s obvious this isn’t your average suburban mall, anchored by a Sears. There is a food court and a Legal Sea Foods for dining options. The theater that had long called this place home for many Back Bay movie-goers closed its doors for good in 2005.
2 Copley Place
5. The Mall at Chestnut Hill: Another upscale destination, this one in nearby Chestnut Hill, is a two-level posh mall, lacking certain elements that make other malls the suburban clichés they may have become. Still, it has a reputation for being mostly a hangout for snooty, rich professionals of Newton , aiming their best at keeping out the riff-raff. In any case, here you’ll find Bloomingdale’s, Apple store, and Sur La Table among the shopping options. There is no food court, but the Improper Bostonian has called Bernard's Gourmet Asian Cuisine the best Asian restaurant in the city.
199 Boylston St.
Chestnut Hill, Mass.
6. Atrium Mall: Built in a circle shape, this Chestnut Hill mall offers a unique shopping experience, with many familiar stores including Williams Sonoma , J. Crew, Restoration Hardware, and Border’s. There is also a Cheesecake Factory and Bertucci’s for your dining pleasure. It’s a pleasant place once you get past the garage parking experience, which can snarl traffic on Route 9. Valet parking is available.
300 Boylston St.
Chestnut Hill, Mass.