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beacon hill shop bostonBoston is a fabulous shopping spot, from the upscale boutiques of the Back Bay neighborhood to the bustling stalls and shops of Faneuil Hall Marketplace. To make things easier on your pocketbook, there's no sales tax on food items or most clothing. Need souvenir ideas? Popular buys include Harvard and M.I.T. sweatshirts, Red Sox paraphernalia, "Cheers" mugs and anything with a lobster logo.

Near the Common are the expensive shops of Newbury Street, which is Boston shopping nirvana (more shops, including Neiman Marcus, can be found a few blocks away in the mall settings of Copley Place and the Prudential Center).

For distinctive, one-of-a-kind antiques and contemporary crafts, we love the Beacon Hill area's boutiques.

The Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a lively historical spot with street performers, a huge food court, restaurants, bars and lots of shopping opportunities. This is a great place to pick up souvenirs for the folks at home.

In Cambridge, don't miss Harvard Square. There are about a dozen bookstores and newsstands here (including the famous Harvard Coop), plus indie clothing stores and a variety of other boutiques.
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