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New to Boston or simply looking for new stomping grounds? Summer is the perfect time to explore our dozens of neighborhoods, so for your shopping ease, we'll be mapping the top shops in each area over the coming weeks.


Top: Billykirk Bike Pouch at the ICA, $120; Bottom: 36 Hours in Europe at Twelve Chairs, $39.99; Aryn K Dress at Ku De Ta, $100

With roots in both tradition and innovation—for example, Louis versus the ICA Store—South Boston and the Waterfront are a blossoming district for retail outlets serving area fashion, food, and fantasy needs. Several boutiques are garnering well-deserved attention beyond the blockbuster restaurant openings along Fort Point Channel, while others are mainstays in the Boston shopping landscape. Make sure to swing by these clusters of eight shops next time you venture toward the Harbor.


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1. Louis

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60 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 262-6100
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Does Louis even need an introduction? As far as the ultimate Boston shopping experience goes, this is it. Nearly a century old and having inhabited a historic Back Bay building for the latter part of the twentieth century, the fine retailer moved itself to the waterfront several seasons ago—thus upping the cool factor of this burgeoning district significantly (understatement of the millennium?). Since then, fashion lovers have adored this one-stop-shop for Proenza, intoxicating Diptyque candles, snacks at Sam's, and new hairdos at Salon Mario Russo.

2. ICA Store

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100 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 478-3104
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If you've ever pined for a shopping environment like that of MoMa in NYC here in Boston, then you're in luck. The ICA store is one compact, curated destination for the best in coffee table books and catalogues, wacky kitchen gadgets, exhibition merch, accessories, and more.

3. Bee's Knees Supply Company

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12 Farnsworth Street
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 292-2337
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People are raving about this culinary addition to an increasingly trendy neighborhood. Aside from premium deli goods, top-notch booze and gourmet foodstuffs, Bee's Knees also offers flower arrangements from Somerville's Forêt and fancy-pants kitchen tools. An amazing gift spot.

4. Twelve Chairs

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319 A Street
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 701-3496
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This loft-like boutique in Fort Point Channel is a vibrant addition to the creative-driven neighborhood, with mix and match pieces from all design genres that somehow blend perfectly. Plus the owners offer a menu of at-home consultations and services.

5. Machine Age

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550-698 Pappas Way
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 464-0099
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Machine Age is pretty amazing—9,000 square feet are filled with the largest collection of twentieth-century home design in the region. Expect to find notable names like Eames and Knoll in prime condition, as well as objets d'art.

6. Closet Connection

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553 East Broadway
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 268-2949
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A high-low consignment mix rules the floor at Closet Connection, with everything from secondhand Louboutins to Kate Spade and Tiffany's up for grabs. And when it comes time for neighborhood ladies to unload past season's gear, they don't need to trek downtown to consign.

7. Ku De Ta

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663 East Broadway
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 269-0008
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This Southie boutique not only dresses you for the best night out without breaking the bank, but they also host "Girls Night Out" for discounts and vino. Uber girly brands like MINKPINK, Lucca Couture, and Aryn K are displayed with cute jewelry from Gorjana and Alex and Ani.

8. Habit

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703 East Broadway
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 269-1998
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Another local haunt for wallet-pleasing apparel and accessories, Habit stocks statement-making costume baubles, denim from lines like Hudson and Denimocracy, as well as frocks from BB Dakota and more. Regular events make for enriched (and often discounted) shopping shindigs.

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1. Louis

60 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02110
Does Louis even need an introduction? As far as the ultimate Boston shopping experience goes, this is it. Nearly a century old and having inhabited a historic Back Bay building for the latter part of the twentieth century, the fine retailer moved itself to the waterfront several seasons ago—thus upping the cool factor of this burgeoning district significantly (understatement of the millennium?). Since then, fashion lovers have adored this one-stop-shop for Proenza, intoxicating Diptyque candles, snacks at Sam's, and new hairdos at Salon Mario Russo.
60 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 02110

2. ICA Store

100 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210
If you've ever pined for a shopping environment like that of MoMa in NYC here in Boston, then you're in luck. The ICA store is one compact, curated destination for the best in coffee table books and catalogues, wacky kitchen gadgets, exhibition merch, accessories, and more.
100 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210

3. Bee's Knees Supply Company

12 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210
People are raving about this culinary addition to an increasingly trendy neighborhood. Aside from premium deli goods, top-notch booze and gourmet foodstuffs, Bee's Knees also offers flower arrangements from Somerville's Forêt and fancy-pants kitchen tools. An amazing gift spot.
12 Farnsworth Street
Boston, MA 02210

4. Twelve Chairs

319 A Street, Boston, MA 02210
This loft-like boutique in Fort Point Channel is a vibrant addition to the creative-driven neighborhood, with mix and match pieces from all design genres that somehow blend perfectly. Plus the owners offer a menu of at-home consultations and services.
319 A Street
Boston, MA 02210

5. Machine Age

550-698 Pappas Way, Boston, MA 02210
Machine Age is pretty amazing—9,000 square feet are filled with the largest collection of twentieth-century home design in the region. Expect to find notable names like Eames and Knoll in prime condition, as well as objets d'art.
550-698 Pappas Way
Boston, MA 02210

6. Closet Connection

553 East Broadway, Boston, MA 02127
A high-low consignment mix rules the floor at Closet Connection, with everything from secondhand Louboutins to Kate Spade and Tiffany's up for grabs. And when it comes time for neighborhood ladies to unload past season's gear, they don't need to trek downtown to consign.
553 East Broadway
Boston, MA 02127

7. Ku De Ta

663 East Broadway, Boston, MA 02127
This Southie boutique not only dresses you for the best night out without breaking the bank, but they also host "Girls Night Out" for discounts and vino. Uber girly brands like MINKPINK, Lucca Couture, and Aryn K are displayed with cute jewelry from Gorjana and Alex and Ani.
663 East Broadway
Boston, MA 02127

8. Habit

703 East Broadway, Boston, MA 02127
Another local haunt for wallet-pleasing apparel and accessories, Habit stocks statement-making costume baubles, denim from lines like Hudson and Denimocracy, as well as frocks from BB Dakota and more. Regular events make for enriched (and often discounted) shopping shindigs.
703 East Broadway
Boston, MA 02127