The most fashionable street in all of Boston must surely be Newbury streeet. Lined with beautiful Brownstones and shops on the ground levels, Newbury street is a great place to find yourself during your visit to Boston.
A very trendy street with high end shopping and dinning, you're sure to find everything and anything your little heart desires with stores like Armani, Gucci, why would you want to be anywhere else???
You can also just take a stroll, stop in at one of the many cafes and bars and just people watch.
Newbury Street is often touted as Boston’s answer to Fifth Avenue in New York. As I have never visited New York, I can’t really give an evaluation of that claim, but I can tell you that, on a pleasant spring or summer day (the weather on Good Friday was more like an early summer day than spring), this chic part of the Back Bay area is certainly very fun to stroll down. The houses are well-maintained brownstones that I suspect are now too expensive to use as actual dwellings, and as such they have been converted into high-end luxury boutiques. This is where you will find Armani, Ermenegildo Zegna and other luxury retailers, in addition to places like H&M and Banana Republic. Newbury also has a number of chi-chi cafes and trattorie, so you can plan on a whole day of nouveaux riches hedonism by having lunch here in between shopping.
Throughout the years, Newbury Street has evolved from an upper-class residential area to an upscale shopping district. The street's beautiful brownstone buildings are now home to hundreds of boutiques and restaurants, which have earned it the nickname of "Rodeo Drive of the East". The most expensive boutiques (Chanel, Armani, Donna Karan, Cartier, Gucci, Valentino, Yves Saint-Laurent, Hermès, Versace, Prada, Marc Jacobs...) are located at the beginning of the street, near the Boston Public Garden. As you walk down the street, however, shopping and dining both become much more affordable. In fact, we found it hard to resist the sunny patios on Newbury Street and were therefore quite happy to find more than one restaurant where we could eat lunch at a very decent price and in a great atmosphere. Loved it!
Newbury Street in the Back Bay is the most desired residential area in Boston. Victorian-style brick red houses line up in neat rows. Chic restaurants, cafes and boutiques can be found here. I enjoyed sitting by the window at one of the cafes, sipping a cappucino and watching the world go by. Some of the buildings have colourful wall murals painted on the sides, giving the illusion of another block.
to sum up Newberry Street...SHOPS! Just picking a day to walk around, see the different people, hear the vast diversity of languages spoken and to check out what's "in" in those stores that you may (or may not) ever be able to afford to buy anything in. Newberry isnt just expensive shopping. There are great stores that offer amazing bargains, hilarious hats (for a good price, too!), and, of course, posters. There's not a better place to go at night to meet people, either. You can walk down the road at 11pm and find many bars and restaurants still open. Besides all the shopping, the place is BEAUTIFUL! Newberry Street is very clean, boasting a trashcan on every street corner. Don't forget to check out Newberry Comics (a great music store)! There are TONS of colleges that have dorms/buildings within a couple of blocks of Newberry (Berklee, Northeastern, Boston College, Boston University) so if it's a great city for college that you may be looking for i highly suggest checking out Boston.
The first time I visited Newbury St I was touring with a band and only had one day off to explore. Perfect for unusual shops, cafes, restaurants and bars, Newbury St covers it all.
I continued my days out to Newbury St after moving to Boston. The red brick Victorian buildings and quirky shops would always make for a pleasant stroll incorporating fine dellis, designer (towards the common) and cheaper funky clothing (other end). Cafes, art galleries, bars and best of all it's good for people watching. I say 'stroll' because if you go too fast, you could miss an interesting little bar or unusual shop tucked away in a basement setting.
There are some great cafe book shops, florists, retro, designer clothes, a Harley Davidson shop, second hand record and cd stores, shoe shops etc The 'funkier' end was more my thing, but there really is something there for everyone.
Flanked by the historic Ritz-Carlton Hotel on one end and the Virgin Megastore at the 'funkier, more hip' end, Newbury is where locals and tourists really do mix.
Newbury Comics (where my old band Dreamfield cds are stocked), it's full of cds new and used, posters, comics and general kitsch rock and roll parafanalia
Urban Outfitters, for funky clothes and unusual home acessories (just around the corner).
For food :
Bohemian hangout 'Other Side Cosmic Cafe' (across the road, but worth it).
Tapeo Spanish Tapas bar and restaurant .
(Had the best falafel there in a Greek place once, sorry can't remember the name, might have been 'Steve's' - it's Newbury Comics end).
There are loads of bars in the Newbury St. Can't remember all the names but often the best ones are down a side street. Try Tapeo Tapas Bar (as mentioned), The Blue Cat (Martinis, Mass Ave) Daisy Buchanan's (less trendy), Sonsie (High energy), Bukowski's (Dalton St) for starters and you will stumble across more. There are also loads of bars and restaurants along Mass Ave. Have fun!
Take a stroll along Newbury Street in Boston. It is particularly nice in the summer time when there are tons of people out on the outdoor coffee house patio. There are tons of stores for you to browse through, some of them belonging to the higher end chains. The street itself is very green and pleasant to walk on.
Whether you want a pleasant stroll, people watch, drink coffee on the patios or shop, Newbury Street will always make for a good afternoon.
DuBarry’s Newbury Street Mural includes 81 of Boston’s personalities, including JFK, Babe Ruth, Bette Davis and Isabella Stewart Gardner. It was painted in 1991 and is now in terrible disrepair. I don't know if it will be restored, so if you want to see this, go now.
Take a walk down Newbury Street, Boston's centre for style and trends. All the deisgners have set up shop on this formerly residential street- Gucci, Armani, Versace...the list goes on. Cafes, bistros, record shops...it's all on Newbury. In recent years the parts of the street closest to the Public Garden have been somewhat overtaken by generic designer chain stores (there's even an 'Armani Cafe'), but much of the street remains quite interesting, including the portion pictured here near Massachusetts Avenue. At one time, the street seems to overflow with European students showing off their styles, but now locals have taken to the area as well. In fact, many girls I talk to claim they take the train to the city constantly to 'hang out on Newbury Street'. Although the street doesn't offer much of interest to me (shopping for expensive clothes and eating overpriced bagels isn't my thing), it's definately an experience that must be had while in Boston, if only to watch the stylish people pass or soak in the cafe scene and elegant atmosphere.
The most fashionable street in Boston. This street is full of exclusive stores, trendy restaurants and sophisticated art galleries. The Victorian townhouse architecture in this formerly residential street has been embellished to became an unique commercial area.-
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