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Boston: Adventures on Newbury Street

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An October 2005 trip to Boston by notso62

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Quote: Boston's answer to New York's Madison Avenue and LA's Rodeo Drive is filled with upscale shops and dining destinations.

Boston: Adventures on Newbury Street

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Newbury Street Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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New York has Madison Avenue. Los Angeles has Rodeo Drive. Boston's answer to a neighborhood dedicated to fashionistas is Newbury Street. Beginning at the Public Garden and stretching to Massachusetts Avenue, Newbury spans several blocks of swanky stores, hipper-than-thou restaurants, art galleries, and upscale salons. It is truly the place to go in Boston if you have money to burn! Chanel, Asquantum, Zenga, and Marc Jacobs are among the fashion houses that have a shop on Newbury Street. Several stores, like Intermix, have a variety of designer merchandise featuring brands such as Escada and Gucci. Do not go to these stores unless you are prepared to spend over ,000 on an outfit. They don't cater we...Read More

Sonsie

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Sonsie is the place to see people and be seen when the weather is nice outside. The front windows, which open onto Newbury Street, offer prime viewing of the "runway" where fashionistas strut on their shopping adventures. To get a window seat, you might sometimes have to be famous (depending on the demand and the time of day) and the hostess might act like you've overstepped the social caste system if you ask for one at the wrong time. Some truly famous people have reportedly visited Sonsie during the prime time business hours, though I have yet to see any celebrities there for myself. Of the Boston elite, Matt Damon and Steven Tyler have been rumored to stop by during home stays. As you...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 26, 2005

Sonsie
327 Newbury St
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
+1 617 351 2500

Stephanie's of Newbury

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Restaurant | "Stephanie's on Newbury"

Stephanie's of Newbury Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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Stephanie's on Newbury is a very nice place to dine alfresco during the warm months of Boston springs and summers. It has a large patio area that is perfect for people-watching on the swanky Newbury Street as you dine. Though it is not as popular during the colder months, Stephanie's has a very nice interior that is nicely warmed by their fireplace. During the summer months, when nobody feels much like heavy meals, Stephanie's serves the very best salads in Boston. The size of these is enough for an entire meal and then some. Though $15 to $20 sounds like a lot for lettuce, Stephanie's more than justifies this price with unusual gourmet ingredients and the huge portions. All are freshly prepared an...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 26, 2005

Stephanie's of Newbury
190 Newbury St.
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
(617) 236-0990

Armani Cafe

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Restaurant

Armani Cafe Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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The Armani Cafe on Newbury Street is one of the obscure places in the world where fashion and food actually work together! Right next to the Emporio Armani store in the Back Bay neighborhood sits this swanky cafe with a European feel. The servers wear all black, and this place is frequented by Euro transplants, fashionistas, power-lunchers, and some tourists. It is an extremely jet-set crowd. People go to the Armani cafe mainly for the scene. What better place than Boston's Newbury Street, which is often equated with a fashion runway, to play host to this fashion-oriented cafe. The people-watching in this area is very entertaining. Expect to see the hipper-than-thou art students strutting down th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 28, 2005

Armani Cafe
214 Newbury St.
Boston, Massachusetts
617/437-0909

Ciao Bella

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Ciao Bella Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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To get the best Italian food Boston has to offer you have to visit the North End. But if you happen to be on Newbury Street and don't feel like crossing town, Ciao Bella is a good alternative for Italian fare in this predominately American-inspired restaurant neighborhood. Ciao Bella is open for lunch and dinner on weekdays and brunch and dinner on weekends. Brunch lends itself towards egg dishes and fare that is easily complimented by tomatos or garlic. There are no pancakes on the menu, but few would miss them if they cared more for savory breakfast food as opposed to sweeter fare. Lunch and dinner menus have a plethora of pasta dishes as well as other traditional Italian fare. The Spaghetti al P...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 29, 2005

Ciao Bella
240 Newbury St
Boston, Massachusetts
617/536-2626

Daisy Buchanan's

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Daisy Buchanan's is one of the most overrated bar scenes in Boston. Supposedly athletes and famous people come here to mix among the "commoners," but the only athlete I've ever seen there was the Red Sox's Bronson Arroyo, and that's probably because he got denied from a classy bar for having those ugly cornrows in his hair. Daisy Buchanan's has remained popular for years, often having a line that stretches around the building to get in. I, however, do not see what the attraction is to this place. The dankly lit interior is crowded with pickup artists, and I'm sure once the lights are turned on that it looks disgustingly dirty inside. It just has that cheesy pickup joint feel to it. ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on October 29, 2005

Daisy Buchanan's
240 Newbury St
Boston, Massachusetts 01226
+1 617 247 8516

Marc Jacobs

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Funky! If asked to sum up the clothing designed by hipster-gone-mainstream house of Marc Jacobs, "funky" might have to be it. However, so many other adjectives apply; original, artsy, urban, cool, finely crafted, young...The list is endless, but you get the idea. At Marc Jacobs store on Newbury Street, you may forget that you are in the historically stodgy Puritanical city of Boston! His designs are for the young and adventurous. You will not find much in the way of uptight turtlenecks, wool skirts, and boring outerwear here as is most often associated with how stereotypical Bostonians dress. Instead you may see things like a gorgeously woven wool coat in bright jade green with white accent pipin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 25, 2006

Marc Jacobs
81 Newbury Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
(617) 425-0707