Morning: Start the day as you mean to go on with a serious dose of style at high-end shopping district Back Bay. Take a stroll down Newbury Street and discover eight blocks of designer boutiques, fine art galleries and trendy eateries serving hearty breakfasts. Next, venture inside Prudential Center for more than 75 fashion and leisure stores, anchored by upscale New York department store Saks Fifth Avenue and home to the famous Skywalk Observatory. If you’ve got money to burn, make a beeline for Copley Place, a trend-setting shopping hub which houses brands from across the globe, such as Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York, Tiffany & Co., Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior, among others.
Afternoon: Hop in the car and venture further afield to greater Boston’s best shopping malls. Spend the afternoon exploring Burlington Mall in nearby Burlington, known as the location of 2009 movie Paul Blart: Mall Cop. Alternatively, programme CambridgeSide Galleria into the Sat Nav and discover a variety of major retailers such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Armani Exchange, Banana Republic and J. Crew.
Evening: If you’ve still got the energy, treat yourself (and your bank balance) to some discount shopping at one of the area’s outlet malls. The giant Wrentham Village, a 40-minute drive from central Boston, specialises in designer labels at wallet-friendly prices. If you prefer high street haul, Assembly Row to the north of the city offers a smaller but excellent selection of brands. Both outlet malls are open until 9pm, so there’s plenty of time to snap up a bargain before bedtime.
Newbury Street, Boston © iStock: benedek
Window shopping © iStock: Ivanko_Brnjakovic