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Newbury Street 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. Boston United States 42.349302 -71.083646
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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

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  • Address:

    Newbury Street between Massachusetts Avenue and Arlington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02116

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  • Hours:

    Daily, store hours vary

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Newbury Street Review

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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.

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.

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Tip from Adriana:

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.

  • Crowd

    Affluent Bostonians, stylish shoppers, groups of girlfriends, international tourists, and Berklee College students, 20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    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).

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    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).

  • Prices

    Browsing is free. Shop prices vary from moderate to expensive.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes, from trendy women in sleek designer clothes to casual tourists in T-shirts and jeans.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    During the day on Saturdays and Sundays for shopping, especially in warm weather, and Friday and Saturday evenings for dinner and drinks.

  • Close By

    Top of the Hub (800 Boylston Street) is great for after-shopping cocktails and a panoramic view of the Boston skyline.

Newbury Street User Reviews

Average rating:
Awesome street
Eddie T. Aug 9, 2013
I go to Boston now and then to see some friends but I always stop by newbury street. From food to smoke shops, it has everything. My favorite places are newbury comics at the end of the street and Johnny cupcakes. If you like to shop I suggest bringing a lot of money because you can spend a few hours just visiting all it has to offer
A very Pretty Penny
Chelsea T. Jun 19, 2013
Newbury street is beautiful and classy, with a variety of shops and restaurants. While it's an extremely popular tourist attraction, there's a good number of natives that frequent it's high-end stores. On the weekends and when the weather is nice, the sidewalks are packed with people. If you're going to shop, there's high end stores like Gucci and Armani as well as more affordable shops like H&M and Urban Outfitters. For food, there's the famous Stephanie's or Daisy Buchannan's, along with the less expensive burger joint, B.good and a great coffeeshop, Espresso Royale. Along the sidewalk are Berklee kids playing music and other street artists, so there's always something interesting to see. Even if you're not there to spend a lot of money, it's a nice people-watching spot or good for a leisurely walk--the crowds make it difficult to get anywhere fast. If you start walking from the Hynes Convention Center end you'll be rewarded at the end with the Public Gardens downtown. Despite it's upscale reputation, you can easily enjoy the atmosphere without spending your entire paycheck.
Don't Break Your Bank
Licia C. Jun 10, 2013
Newbury Street can either make you or break you. Your surrounded by hundreds of beautiful people all for the most part wanting the same thing: to shop . Luckily Newbury Street isn't all high end fashion retail . Its got a variety of clothing stores to fit your budget. If your looking for some of the hottest trends look no further. Forever 21, H&M , Bebe, Juicy Couture , Burberry, And Chanel are all located on the same strip .The upper crust is definitely a hot spot on Newbury street where you can get phenomenal pizza. If your looking for some place to relax after a long day of shopping Tridents Book and Cafe located a few doors down from Hynes Convention Center is a great spot to grab a burger and a new novel to add to your bookshelf . At Tridents they also offer quite the variety of herbal made drinks that relieve backaches , stress , and other everyday pains. Street artists gather outside of Hynes time to time and sell their work for reasonable , negotiable prices. If your looking for something edgy to spice up your room their art work would do the trick . Newbury street can be pricey but if your looking to blow some time , browse the beautiful shops on this strip. Hey, its Free.
Something For Everyone
Abby H. May 13, 2013
Newbury Street boasts beautiful buildings and shopping ranging from Urban Outfitters to Chanel. The street is busy, but not crowded like Manhattan's commercial areas. It's even a nice area to walk your dog, with a park nearby. There's also plenty of cafes along the way should you work up a hunger as you shop. Avoid bringing a car unless you want to pay a decent amount for parking.
Chic and Charming
Kelly G. Apr 25, 2013
If you're in Boston and don't take a trip to Newbury Street, you have truly missed out. Not only is it some of the best shopping around, but the mix of quaint coffee shops and huge retail stores ensure that there is something for everyone. Even if you can't afford a shopping spree right now, just strolling down the street with a good cup of coffee and doing some window shopping is guaranteed to clear your mind. If you want to really see the beauty of Boston, the clash of old and new world, of professionals and college students, of rush and leisure, there is no better place to do it.
You'll Bring A Friend Who's Visiting
Chris J. Apr 22, 2013
Newbury Street is the first place I think of bringing family or friends to whenever they are visiting. As a college student in a college town, you'd think it would be hard to know where to bring your parents, or a friend that's either a little too old or a little too young, but Newbury is your guaranteed solution for a great time. The street is full of energy, but at the same time it's very relaxed. You can spend the day exploring the awesome stores and shops, and stop in the same area for a relaxing break at a beautiful outdoors cafe that is most likely serving exactly what you're craving. The ambience on Newbury is a product of an exciting combination of culture, history, and like-minded youth. Everyone's there to have a blast, and believe me, the attitude is contagious.
Definite Hot Spot!
Jillian B. Apr 18, 2013
Newbury Street is filled with all the right things. There's great food, great shopping and a fun, care-free atmosphere, perfect elements that are bound to create an awesome time. It's the perfect place to to find fashion-forward, trendy styles or a nice spot to walk around and just enjoy the scenery either solo or with a group of your closest friends. Newbury may seem like an exclusively affluent place to hang, but there's a little bit of everything for everyone. Stores range from H&M to Chanel and there are plenty of places to eat after a long day of exploring this bustling street. Some of the buildings may be old, giving Newbury it's Boston charm, but don't worry young people are everywhere. There's always something new happening on Newbury!
A street of stores, restaurants, offices, galleries and more
Annie L. Apr 15, 2013
I love brick buildings and historical sites. The neighborhood is a mix of old and new. I also love how it's at the heart of everything. There are so many universities and activities around as well. The Boston Common park is also at the end of the street.
Favorite Place in Boston
Nicole T. Apr 12, 2013
I could spend all day, every day on Newbury Street. The good variety of restaurants and shops look beautiful and historic. Though many businesses are pricy and street parking is hard to find, you can find anything and everything you need on Newbury. My favorite restaurants are Piattini's Wine Cafe, Paparazzi, and Stephanie's. I enjoy shopping at Urban Outfitters, Marc Jacobs, Alex and Ani, In the Pink, and DVF each time that I visit. Even just walking down the street and enjoying the beautiful scenery with friends makes for an enjoyable day.
The Sartorial Saving Grace of Boston
Sahra S. Mar 4, 2013
Newbury Street is THE PLACE to shop for fashion forward and modern culture loving folk in Boston. With shops like KarmaLoop, Zara, H&M, Urban Outfitters, Rag and Bone, Scoop NYC, and Marc Jacobs, you remember that Boston is a city, and not just an over populated college town. Shops range from streetwear, to second hand, to high fashion with designer labels, proving it to be a place for all shoppers from hipster to successful business types. There's also a great deal of restaurants and bars, but most close around 11pm or midnight, making this spot more for brunch or dinner. My personal favorite restaurants on this 8 block stretch is PapaRazzi and Cafeteria Boston, both great for any time of day or evening. Newbury Street is best visited in the warmer months, where you can enjoy the trees lining the street and the outdoor seating, and the bustling crowds without worrying about freezing in the arctic of Boston Winters.
Jaimie A. Feb 28, 2013
If Newbury streets high end shops mixed with funky boutiques, gourmet food mixed with vendors, and amazing night life and daytime activities don't get you, the seasons will. The atmosphere anytime of year provides and amazing scene on Newbury. I recommend experiencing Newbury while it's snowing, and especially in the Spring. The allure of Newbury is heightened by the Bostonian feel and I recommend visiting Newbury street regardless of plans to shop! Just walking down Newbury and seeing the shops and experiencing the feel is worth the while.
Rodeo Drive of the East- Unique commercial district
Shasha S. Feb 25, 2013
Known as the "Rodeo Drive of the East", Newbury street left me an unforgettable memory. The area is a combination of history and contemporariness. Walk along the sidewalk, numerous beautiful shops, vendors, restaurants will seize your eyes. You can spend the whole day here with your friends and partners and never get bored!
An Ecelctic Mix of Stores, Restaurants and Sights
Alyssa S. Feb 22, 2013
While Newbury Street boasts some of the most beautiful brownstones, the stretch of shops and restaurants range from high-end, pricey stores to accessible chains perfect for the everyday Joe or broke college kid. If you want to simply take the sights, Newbury street is an iconic New England spot every visitor should take a stroll down. Constantly bustling with 20-somethings, business men, tourists and the occasional street vendors, Newbury can offer a day filled with perusing a variety of stores or a relaxing night complete with the perfect cocktail.
Anything and Everything
Amanda M. Jan 8, 2013
If you cant find it here you cant find it anywhere! Okay, maybe a slight exaggeration, but I know if I need something, whether it be a new dress for a nice occasion, or a slice of (delicious!) pizza from Upper Crust, Newbury Street is where I head! The great thing about Newbury Street is that you could spend all day or even just an hour there's so much to do. Walking down the street is gorgeous with its classic New England charm, and you might even be able to steal some fashion ideas from the ever so trendy people always walking around on Newbury.
Talk about serious New England charm!
sarah j. Dec 28, 2012
History, charm, water! Boston is amazing! I could spend all day on Newbury street. I can shop anywhere, but this street has got it! American Apparel, Anthropologie, Burberry, Chanel, Zara and on and on and on and onnn! Very pricey, but so beautiful to even just walk around! A very young crowd walking around, working, and lounging. You will not be dissapointed!
Great shopping trip!
Elyse H. Dec 12, 2012
I love shopping on this street! Ok, I love shopping pretty much everywhere, but Newbury Street is amazing! There are so many shops all the way up and down the street, and all the old buildings really add to the trip. I spent all day here when I was here after starting in the Boston Common Park and then I just walked down and spent way too much money but it was totally worth it! There are so many different stores and especially because either time I’ve been here it was either freezing cold or really hot, it’s nice to get into aircon/ heat depending on the weather outside!
Shop til you drop
Tara R. Dec 9, 2012
I love my shopping in any city I go, and Newbury Street is Boston’s never-disappointing version. My first (very expensive) trip to Marc Jacobs was on Newbury Street, and even though Apple Stores are streamlined and beautiful in most locations, Newbury Street’s outlet has a particularly glossy feel. The buildings have an old-East-coast feel that satisfies any tourist guilt that you should be doing something historic. Newbury Street can easily take all day, starting on one end with breakfast and finishing on the other end at Boston Common, so give it enough of your time to enjoy the whole gamut of activities.
Favorite Street
Sarah P. Nov 27, 2012
Perfect mix of big city feel and small east coast boston feel. Great shops, wide range of stores, parallels other popular shopping streets, and has great restaurants. Favorite restaurant here is Stephanies! Great place to spend the day or part of it.
Lots to do
Ross S. Oct 30, 2012
My favorite street in Boston! Lots of fun stores & restaurants on here. My favorite is a record shop called Newbury Comics. They have all sorts of other items too like posters, calendars and books! This street is comparable to LA's Melrose Avenue! Don't freeze but have a great time!
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