Best place to shop: NEWBURY STREET

Best place to shop: NEWBURY STREET

Whether you are looking for an elegant Betsey Johnson dress, designer Diesel jeans, a venti mocha latte or an obscure used CD, chances are Newbury Street will have it.

Stretching eight blocks from Massachusetts Avenue to Boston Common, Newbury Street has long served as an all-purpose strip for fashionistas and stylish shopaholics.

Marked by its brownstone buildings and bustling sidewalks, Newbury Street is a mere 10-minute walk from Northeastern’s campus.

The street became the shopping mecca it is today when the CD and record shop that bears its name, Newbury Comics, was founded in 1978. Virgin Records recently vacated its retail space at the corner of Newbury Street and Massachusetts Avenue, and never dethroned Newbury Comics, which has remained a No. 1 destination for college students citywide for years. Whether you’re looking for the new issue of X-Men, a current DVD release, band T-shirts or Red Sox paraphernalia, Newbury Comics has delivered for more than 25 years.

Referred to by some as the “Rodeo Drive of the East,” Newbury Street caters especially to those in need of post-modern fashion (Urban Outfitters, Johnny Cupcakes) and those who crave the classy (Valentino, A/X Armani Exchange). The street is also home to clothing stores like Banana Republic, H’M and Guess, which can save consumers from making a trip to Cambridgeside Galleria.

The street also offers a number of fine pubs and culturally rich restaurants for those who work up an appetite while shopping. The Piattini Wine Caf

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