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5 Best Shops in Boston's Back Bay Neighborhood

Shopping in Back BayWhen you walk down the steps from your brownstone and out to the sidewalk in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood on Saturday morning you will find yourself moments away from a wide palette of shops. The colorful offerings range from luxury upscale brands to unique and lovely boutique treasures on Newbury Street, Boylston Street, Copley Place & Prudential Center. Nestled between Grand Victorian mansions on both sides of Newbury Street you will find the best of both worlds in eight short blocks of shopping enchantment. 

1. Trident Booksellers & Cafe: Start your morning off right shopping in Back Bay with a delicious breakfast of eggs benedict, or create your own egg adventure, from Trident Booksellers & Cafe on 338 Newbury Street. This independent book store serves breakfast all day long, so you can roll out of bed at your leisure without fear of missing out (they distribute eggs and bacon to early and late risers alike). After breakfast, you can peruse the shelves to find the perfect novel or short story anthology. You’ll be happy to have a good book to relax with after a day of shopping in the Back Bay. 

2. Top Drawer: This shop prides itself in offering “tools for nomads”. Whether you are outfitting yourself and your beloved with travel journals, collapsible house shoes, and portable speakers for a summer getaway, or looking to replace your trusty old bento-box style lunch box for school or office this shop has you covered. Top Drawer has locations in Japan, California, Illinois, and Massachusetts. The 273 Newbury Street location opened in 2016 to offer the urban nomad a curated collection of tools to help you do your best work. The written word is no stranger to finer things, as so finely illustrated by this heavyweight Kaweco brass fountain pen made in Germany. You’ll sign documents, write letters to your sweetheart, and compose the beginnings of your next great literary work with definitive confidence and weighty determination with this brass pen in hand. 

3. The Fish & Bone: Yes, yes, of course, Rag & Bone is just up the street at 111 Newberry. You will be there soon enough picking out a little something for yourself that speaks to your sensibility of understated evolving urban style, but they don’t have cat toys! Lucky for you The Fish & Bone is just a few steps away at 217 Newbury Street. They have a full array of toys, treats, nutrition, collars & fashion for your furry feline (or canine) companion. Has your feline fashion diva lost its favorite cat bowtie? Fear not, The Fish & Bone has got you covered. You and your cat will look dapper walking through Boston Common in style just the way mother nature intended (mother nature is a fashion designer by all accounts). 

4. Copley Society of Art: There are a handful of delightful galleries to peruse as you shop along Newbury Street. Works by old masters and new masters can be had for a song and a dance (provided you are commanding dance prices akin to Twyla Tharp or Baryshnikov). For those on a more conservative budget, we highly suggest visiting the monthly exhibits at the Copely Society of Art at 158 Newbury Street. The non-profit art association is the oldest in the United States, founded in 1879, and features new works by emerging artists in three galleries. The works will still run you a pretty penny or two, but you will be supporting an artist in the dawn of his, her, or their career with that pretty penny. The walls of your brownstone study, conservatively painted in eggshell cream, will blush with jealous admiration from your beautiful acquisition! 

5. Cartier: A trip to Newberry Street isn’t quite finished until you stop by Cartier at number 28 to check the time if your watch is running a little off and you find yourself late for your appointment (appointments at this location are recommended) you will be happy to discover there are Cartier timepiece experts on site to diagnose and rectify problems immediately. Or perhaps it is better to select a new exceptional timepiece to complement your current collection and return for repairs later. You don’t want to feel underdressed for your Sunday morning stroll in Boston Common with your sharply dressed feline companion. 

Remmes & Company is Boston’s premier real estate team. We look forward to helping you find your perfect home in the Back Bay neighborhood or one of the other many fine upscale Boston neighborhoods we serve. Contact us today!

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