Best of Boston

1999 Best Discount Shopping

Filene’s Basement

The thrill is definitely back. Don’t even bother with the suburban locations (you’ll do just as well at Marshall’s or TJ Maxx), but the Boston store has gotten its groove back. Other than for the big sales (bridal gowns, men’s and ladies’ suits, Ferragamo shoes, and whatever upscale New York City emporium is dumping its past-season stuff), the most successful bargain shoppers drizzle in frequently, armed with no specific purchasing agenda, an absence of modesty, and a big-city sense of style.

Downtown Crossing, 426 Washington St., Boston, 617-542-2011,