June 25, 2019

Boston Magazine


WS x Best of Boston 2019

2019 Best Shopping Complex, South

Derby St. Shops

No need to don a fancy hat to enjoy this derby: With community events, pop-ups from local entrepreneurs, and new shops and eateries cropping up all the time, it’s clear that this browsers’ paradise has become the modern, beating heart of the South Shore since opening 15 years ago. Shop classics like Anthropologie as well as harder-to-find spots such as Evereve and Nic+Zoe—then stop by Cava to pick up a hearty grain bowl, all without having to race back to your car.


2019 Best Shopping Complex, North

MarketStreet Lynnfield

Don’t call it a mall—MarketStreet Lynnfield is open-air shopping—but do call it super convenient. Some 80 businesses include national faves as well as small-batch offerings such as Polkadog Bakery and the beauty spot Mane & Mani; restaurants like Otto Pizza and Temazcal Tequila Cantina; and entertainment in the form of Kings bowling. There’s even a nine-hole golf course and—if you truly enjoy shopping till you drop—180 on-site apartments.


2019 Best Women’s Clothing, High-End

Copious Row

Boston’s best high-end women’s clothing store is in—the ’burbs? Hear us out for a minute. Like the most coveted of closets, this jaw-droppingly pretty new boutique in Chestnut Hill is home to a tightly curated selection from fashion’s biggest stars—Balenciaga, Dior, Fendi—alongside up-and-coming darlings like Adam Lippes, Brock Collection, and Khaite. The smart selection of high-end shoes and jewelry, meanwhile, feels polished, but not too precious to wear on a Friday-night dinner date with pals, whether you’re headed to the city or just outside of it.

33 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, 617-608-3530,


2019 Best Retail Innovation

For Now

If you’re a budding small brand, how do you get your products into the public’s hands when you can’t afford Boston’s high rents? Connect with For Now, a shop that acts as a revolving showcase for indie labels, with about a dozen lines—from soaps to shoes—displayed at any given time.

68 Seaport Blvd., Boston, 857-233-4639,


2019 Best Bowling Alley

Kings Seaport

Forget the dive-y, fluorescent-lit bowling alleys of yore: Kings has turned the classic pastime upscale. Lounge on a tufted-leather couch, Manhattan in hand, while waiting to bowl on one of 16 glowing lanes. The 20,000-square-foot Seaport hot spot, which debuted in 2017, also features retro arcade games and swanky gastropub fare—including a bourbon-glazed pork-belly BLT so good you might even forget to bowl

60 Seaport Blvd., Boston, 617-401-0025,


2019 Best Dance Night

The Grand

Kelly Brabants. Travis Scott. Drake. Boldfacers from near and far flock to this Seaport nightclub, known for its VIP vibe, attractive yo-pro crowd, and never-ending lineup of celebrity DJs—plus a killer light and sound system (amped up by smoke machines, of course). And the party isn’t just on the weekend: The Grand throws down on Mondays and Thursdays, too.

58 Seaport Blvd. , Boston, 617-322-0200,


2019 Best Athletic Apparel

Outdoor Voices

Whether your idea of a workout is a leisurely stroll around Jamaica Pond or endless squats at Burnin’ by Ray, this newcomer to the Boston fitness scene has you covered, with lightweight athletic dresses, super-soft knit hoodies, and color-blocked leggings designed with performance and comfort in mind. The Seaport outpost of the chainlet even hosts a hikers’ club, rock-climbing outings, and ’90s-themed yoga, should you need a place to put your new duds to good use.

31 Northern Ave., Boston, 617-982-6903,

By: Boston Magazine

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