This vibrant, collegiate New England city is home to waterfront designer stores, dreamy home boutiques and tons of killer vintage. You'll like them apples.
A small but stellar women’s section—’70s plaid shirts and utility boots, piles of thrifted Levi’s—makes this mostly guys’, Ivy League clubhousey vintage shop worth a visit.
19 Thayer St., 617-423-9299
The minimalist white decor keeps the focus on this Argentine-born, Boston-based designer’s specialty: floral laces and fun, graphic fruity prints that cover everything from gowns to bikinis.
211 Newbury St., 617-608-4778, danielacorte.com
The boho-print scarves and witty, graphic pillows are found worldwide (a recent collaboration with Target says it all), but only at its HQ, tucked away in a serene South End courtyard, can you shop this New York–born, Boston-based line’s entire collection.
46 Waltham St., 617-426-0592, patchnyc.com
At this pinup-themed vintage-and-new spot, score ’40s midriff tops, retro-inspired fit-and-flare dresses (up to size 18!) and ’20s silk scarves. Then go get yourself some rad Bettie Page bangs.
121 Charles St., 617-367-5854, artifaktori.com
This home store’s relaxed-preppy vignettes—tweed benches piled with plaid pillows, striped ottomans stacked with glossy books—put us in a cozy-cottage-in-the-Cape state of mind.
12 Union Park St., 617-292-0900, hudson-boston.com
Open since 1925, Boston’s premier luxury store is the oldest on this list— but it’s also the edgiest, thanks to a perennially cool edit of designer labels (Proenza Schouler, Marni) and a stunning waterfront space.
60 Northern Ave., 617-262-6100, louisboston.com
There are conical Danish candles, Finnish spa towels, French Saint James striped tees—and don’t miss this worldly general-store-esque shop’s Boston-themed typography art, created by Ms. Willey herself.
8 Union Park St., 617-424-6700, michellewilley.com
The only things sweeter than this cheery Little Italy boutique’s gifty items (ceramic cupcake plates, cute Ella Moss tops, teeny terrariums) are the famous cream-filled sfogliatelles from nearby Mike’s Pastry.
67 Salem St., 617-742-0484, shakethetreeboston.com
Everything here meets at least six of owners Miggy Mason and Roisin Giese’s 12 pillars of sustainability and social responsibility. So the urban-rustic mix—chevron-print lamps, colorful handprinted Tulu quilts, ledger paper collages—is as eco-friendly as it is pretty.
319 A St., 617-701-3496, twelvechairsboston.com
Forget the Pats game. This rambling indoor weekly flea market featuring more than 50 vendors (offering ’60s cocktail rings, ’70s coats, ’80s Gucci bags) is the place to spend your Boston Sunday.
460 Harrison Ave., 800-403-8305, sowavintagemarket.com