Address: 100 Cambridgeside Place, Cambridge, MA
Year Built: 1990
The thing about waterfront malls is that, if you like, you can pull up in a boat. Nothing feels more official than arriving somewhere by water. The mall itself, however, has a misleading exterior. With a disproportionate number of shoe stores, and no one store holding a better or higher Nike account than the other, it's a monotonous sea of kicks with little variety. The food variety, too, is like every restaurant ever name-dropped in a season of South Park: P.F. Chang's, California Pizza Kitchen, and the Cheesecake Factory are all delicious, but in a historic, tourist-magnet city like Boston, where are all the specialty cuisine spots? But in winter time, you can't beat the view of the mall on the riverfront; it's romantic, so bring a date.