Exeter has a cosmopolitan shopping centre which is an eclectic mix of ultra modern shopping arcades and old traditional buildings. The shopping streets are jam packed with every shop selling everything you would want and more! We called in on a busy Saturday afternoon when it was really busy, I would love to return on a quieter weekday to have a really good look round without having to avoid the masses!
The City centre shopping area is nice and flat and has an extensive pedestrianised are which makes getting around a breeze.
is now on the corner of South and Fore Street, but still good for a free lunch!!! Dropped in this afternoon whilst I was awaiting the bus and a quick nibble of cheese from Norsworthy, a dip of Devon Chilli and a little toasty bit soaked in local honey. Yep, there is still a free lunch here in Exeter :)
What to buy: Cheese here is superb - try Norsworthy's "Nanny Bloo" :) Local meat and game, pies, pickles and chutneys, organic veg - whatever, yep, well worth a visit!
What to pay: As and what, not necessarily cheap but think QUALITY!
Gandy Street still has a medieval look with its cobbled road - has a great assortment of smaller shops and some good cafes/wine bars to grab some lunch. Take the alley beside Top Shop in the High Street; this leads to Gandy Street. Clayhanger has lots of quirky nick-nacks if you're present hunting.
This is a gorgeous little shop that sells handmade handbags by Becky Oh, as well as shoes and a few other little knick-knacky girlie things.
What to buy: One of the lovely handbags! I bought a jewelry hanger in the shape of a bust. It was called "hollywood" because of the ball gown it is wearing but there are all different themes.
What to pay: £20 abouts
Obviously this is not a shop!
Every Thursday Bedford Street hosts a "farmer's market".
If you want a free lunch take a wander round and try all the samples on offer. Start with Pennie's canapes move on to nibbles of cheese and progress to sausages, take your time, go round twice and you needn't bother about lunch! I think you can even get bread and jam for pudding!
I suppose you could also buy something too!
What to buy: The market specialises in small local suppliers, seafood from Lyme Regis, chillies from the Devon Chilli Farm, local meats, cheeses, organic vegetables plus all sorts of bits and bobs.
This is well worth a visit
What to pay: Perhaps a tad more expensive than supermarket prices, but quality is everything.
Exeter is a great city for shopping, the best in Devon I feel. With there being a large university here there is the full range of chain stores, plus individual more unique clothes shops, one in particular I enjoy browsing around (& buying in) is called "The Real Mcoy" which has quite funky unusual clothes.
I can pretty much guarantee you can pick up what ever you would want here.
I just love this shop, I always pop in, maps galore, a fantastic selection of Lonely Planets, Olde Worlde globes, nice pens & stationary, much of the merchandise reminds me of the style of a gentlemans study.
As you can see in the photo, the shop in in a wonderful Tudor building , built in 1596 over the lower two floors.
What to buy: On my last visit I bought a really nice stationary set, cream paper & envelopes with a nice elephant print on. Not especially cheap, but unusual.
The Harlequins shopping center is another lovely place for shopping in Exeter,its attached to the Guidhall shopping center and all under cover in case of bad weather.It has a great number of shops and a food hall.
The main Exeter High Street has lots of shops,Restaurants and cafes and small side streets branching off along the way with even more shops.Alot of people come into Exeter to do most of there shopping as its a great little city.
Debenhams is Exeters largest department store,situated in the main Exeter high street,it sells everything from perfume,household goods,clothes,shoes etc,it has a restaurant with veiws looking out over the city and cathedral.
Gandy Street is a lovely street.Little old buildings unusual shops and local craft.It has a gorgeous cobbled street to walk through.There is also some lovely places to eat and drink here as well.
The Guildhall shopping center has everything under one roof,clothes,shoes, cds, books etc.There are some restaurants and coffee shops as well,A lift and toilets upstairs.nice even if its raining.
Exeter is full of shops, shopping streets and shopping centers. It seems that people also come from the surrounding towns for a big shopping spree. You can find it all.