My textbook has a sentence which reads,
Le samedi matin vers onze heures, j'adore retrouver mes amies pour visiter les magasins et les boutiques de notre centre-ville.
On Saturday mornings, around eleven o'clock, I like getting together with my friends to visit the shops and boutiques in our downtown.
Is a boutique just a more upscale version of a magasin? Is it the same distinction that we have here in America between shops and boutiques?