Party Earth Review An eight-block stretch containing some of the city’s best high-end shopping, restaurants, and cafés, Newbury Street is sometimes referred to as the Rodeo Drive of the East. Hidden under water until... ... read full review
Newbury Street between Massachusetts Avenue and Arlington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
Green Line: Hynes Convention Center
Daily, store hours vary
Back Bay, Boston –
An eight-block stretch containing some of the city’s best high-end shopping, restaurants, and cafés, Newbury Street is sometimes referred to as the Rodeo Drive of the East.
Hidden under water until 1860 when part of the Boston Harbor was filled in to create the Back Bay neighborhood, the street is now a bustling thoroughfare of affluent Bostonians shopping, eating, and taking in the sights and sounds with the city’s upper crust.
Fashionable young women spend lazy afternoons browsing at chains like Anthropologie (799 Boylston Street), designer boutiques like Marc Jacobs (81 Newbury Street), or the occasional small vintage clothing and jewelry shop like Poor Little Rich Girl (166 Newbury Street) and Small Pleasures (142 Newbury Street), while warm weather sees trendsetting ladies and their stylish boyfriends relaxing over coffee or cocktails at outdoor cafés like The Otherside Café (407 Newbury Street).
Students from nearby Berklee College of Music pour into the area for drinks and to peruse the excellent selection of comics and new and used records at Newbury Comics (332 Newbury Street), but the area’s real nightlife centers around the plentiful but pricey restaurants and bars including Capital Grille (359 Newbury Street) and Sonsie (327 Newbury Street), an Italian restaurant and wine bar that attracts everyone from tourists to older businessmen and daters.
With a lively atmosphere and impeccable taste, Newbury Street remains the standard for Boston’s shopaholics.
The twice-annual Restaurant Week can be a busy time, especially at exclusive restaurants like 29 Newbury (29 Newbury Street). Be aware that all the venues get packed, so to have any hope of getting seated after carrying your shopping bags all day, be sure to make reservations well in advance.
Affluent Bostonians, stylish shoppers, groups of girlfriends, international tourists, and Berklee College students, 20s to 40s.
Many shopping options from mid-range stores like Ben Sherman (154 Newbury Street) and The Puma Store (333 Newbury Street) to high-end shops like Burberry (2 Newbury Street), Diane Von Furstenberg (73 Newbury Street), and Ted Baker (201 Newbury Street).
Restaurant Week twice a year (summer and winter).
Upscale restaurants include Capital Grille, Papa Razzi Trattoria (159 Newbury Street), and Sonsie.
More affordable eateries include Mexican restaurant Boloco (347 Newbury Street), The Upper Crust Pizzeria (222 Newbury Street), and L’Aroma (85 Newbury Street).
Browsing is free. Shop prices vary from moderate to expensive.
Anything goes, from trendy women in sleek designer clothes to casual tourists in T-shirts and jeans.
During the day on Saturdays and Sundays for shopping, especially in warm weather, and Friday and Saturday evenings for dinner and drinks.
Top of the Hub (800 Boylston Street) is great for after-shopping cocktails and a panoramic view of the Boston skyline.