Luckily, the scene for holiday shopping in Somerville features everything you need to wow friends and loved ones on your gift list.
With traffic, weather, parking, and lines, shopping on Newbury Street can quickly go from visions of sugarplums to a stressful nightmare. Fortunately Somerville offers a wealth of diverse options right on your doorstep. From well-known brands at Assembly Row and CambridgeSide Galleria to quirky neighborhood gems like Hub Comics and independent boutiques like Magpie, holiday shopping in Somerville offers something for everyone on your list.
Here are our picks for holiday shopping in Somerville.
Distance from Metro9: 0.8 miles
With a beautiful waterfront location and over 80 shops and restaurants in one place, CambridgeSide Galleria is this side of the river’s answer to the Prudential Center.
From high-end brands like Armani Exchange to Macy’s and Old Navy, there are plenty of options for apparel. For the early adopters on your list, CambridgeSide has a brand new Apple Store and a Best Buy.
For the pastry-lovers in your life, Whoops! has opened a boutique kiosk at CambridgeSide, with 20 macaron flavors and artisanal pastries. Macaron flavors include Cookies & Cream, Nutella, Red Velvet, Passion Fruit, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Dark Chocolate… just to get started.
Distance from Metro9: 2.1 miles
For big national brands, Assembly Row is your convenient one-stop shopping trip. Just over five years old, the shopping area boasts over 40 national brands, outlets, and unique shops, as well as a wide variety of dining and entertainment options for when you’re ready for a shopping break.
From Saks Off Fifth to J. Crew Factory to True Religion (to name a few), there are plenty of options of the fashionistas in your life. For your foodie friends, stop by Le Creuset or Bed, Bath & Beyond. There’s also a TJMaxx, seven different shoe stores, and even a Trader Joe’s, so you can get your grocery shopping in at the same time.
The 25 dining options range from Legal Seafood to Toto Ramen – and stop by Mike’s Pastry for a sweet treat! When you need a break from shopping, catch a movie AMC Assembly Row 12, let your creative side out at Muse Paintbar, or hit the lanes at Lucky Strike Social.
This guide to Assembly Row gives you a map and a full store directory.
Independent Clothing Stores
From the funky to the classic, shopping in Somerville wouldn’t be complete without a visit to at least a few of these legendary independent boutiques.
Distance from Metro9: 2.2 miles
This warm, inviting boutique in Porter Square was established in 1982 as a place where women can go to feel confident about themselves. Their clothes are edgy and funky, but wearable for a variety of occasions.
Distance from Metro9: 2.6 miles
This Davis Square standby is independently owned and offers the best of handmade craft and indie design produced by artists local to the Boston/New England region and beyond. They carry a wide range of products and unique gifts including jewelry, art, cards, stationery, housewares, baby, T-shirts, and more.
Distance from Metro9: 1 mile
A great option for the kids on your list, Two Little Monkeys offers affordable prices for children’s apparel through the environmentally friendly idea of resale/consignment.
Odds and Ends
On every gift list, there are those people who either seem to have everything already or have impossibly specific taste. WIth them in mind, check out these unique and quirky options for holiday shopping in Somerville.
Distance from Metro9: 0.9 miles
Even if you’re not an avowed comic book nerd, Hub Comics is worth a visit. This Somerville mainstay is truly a cultural institution. In addition to offering the best in graphic novels and comic books, owner Tim Finn and manager Jesse Farrell run regular art and design competitions aimed at discovering and fostering local talent.
Distance from Metro9: 2.7 miles
For the cocktail aficionado, The Boston Shaker might as well be a toy shop! In addition to a passionate and well-informed staff and any type of barware/equipment you can dream of, the Somerville store boasts the Bitters Tasting Bar, where you can sample every single bitter they sell, so you know what you’re getting before you take a bottle home.
Distance from Metro9: 2.2 miles
The selection of bicycles, apparel, accessories, and parts at Wheelworks is second to none. Not only that, this civic-minded business sponsors and supports many local amateur cycling teams, clubs, charity rides, and cycling events.
Distance from Metro9: 0.6 miles
Since 1987, Brickbottom residents have volunteered their time, energy and efforts to make the Brickbottom Artists Association what it is today — a vital community arts organization in Somerville’s thriving contemporary art scene. The Gallery’s next exhibition opens December 5, and features selections from the Mixit Print Studio.
Living at Metro9 makes holiday shopping in Somerville that much easier. Schedule your tour today.