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Epicenter of Boston shopping, centered on Macy's, Downtown Crossing is just two blocks from Boston Common.




Two short blocks southeast of Boston Common is Downtown Crossing, the intersection of winter, Summer and Washington Street (map) at the heart of Boston's department store and jewelry shopping district.

Between West and Winter streets, Washington Street is a pedestrian zone that was once crowded with shoppers every day of the week.

In past years the great department stores of Filene's and Jordan Marsh faced each other across Summer Street in the battle for customers.

Jordan Marsh is now Macy's, Filene's (and its famous Filene's Basement store) has closed, its historic building partly demolished and waiting—years!—for redevelopment.

Jewelers are concentrated in the Jewelry Building at 387 Washington Street. If you're at all interested in bling, have a look: the building is filled with individual shops and millions worth of glitter. (My wife and I bought our wedding rings at Joseph Gann Jewelers.)

Boston's Beacon Hill is just a few blocks northwest of Downtown Crossing, and Chinatown is just a few blocks south, so if you crave Chinese or Vietnamese cuisine (Dim Sum, anyone?), it's not far away.

Beyond Chinatown is Boston's Theater District, only a short stroll from Downtown Crossing.

Some of my recommended Hotels near Boston Common are also quite close to Downtown Crossing. More...

South Station Transportation Center, with its train station and intercity bus terminal, is 3/10 mile (500 meters) southeast of Downtown Crossing.

It's easy to get to Downtown Crossing by subway. It has its own underground station on the T's Red Line and Orange Lines.

When you visit, take time for a bit of history: Old South Meetinghouse is just two blocks north of Downtown Crossing along Washington Street.

Downtown Crossing Partnership
101 Arch Street
Boston MA 02110
Tel: 617-482-2139

—by Tom Brosnahan

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Downtown Crossing, Boston MA

Downtown Crossing, with the former Filene's department store to the left and Macy's to the right.





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