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.
GUILDHALL SHOPPING CENTER.: ALL UNDER ONE ROOF.
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.
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GANDY STREET: QUAINT STREET
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 MAIN EXETER HIGH STREET.
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.
HARLEQUINS SHOPPING CENTER.
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.
Exeter Shopping Centre: Shop till you drop
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.
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Ordenance Survey Shop: Maps Galore
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.
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The Farmers Market: Is Slightly Removed
And is now on the corner of South and Fore Street, but still good for a free lunch - see previous tip.
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, fresh fish, pies, pickles and chutneys, organic veg - whatever, yep, still well worth a visit!
What to pay: As and what, not necessarily cheap but think QUALITY!
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- Arts and Culture
The Ex-Bedford Street Market: There Is Such A Thing As A Free Lunch!
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!
Now relocated to the corner of Fore St and South St - see next tip.
What to buy: The market specialises in small local suppliers, seafood from Brixham and 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.
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Head Over Heels: Gorgeous handmade handbags
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
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Go gaga on Gandy Street
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.
For those of you who prefer to spend your hard-earned cash in somewhere like Debenhams or Next instead of The Ship or The Wellhouse, then you may like to take a look at Princesshay, a re-developed shopping precinct in the city centre.
Not being a shopaholic myself, don’t ask me to tell you what the difference is between Saks and Fat Face, but I can tell you a bit about Princesshay itself.
Prior to WW2 the area around today’s Princesshay included an elegant crescent known as Bedford Circus and St. John’s Hospital School. An air raid on May 4th 1942 decimated the area, but when the war was over plans were drawn up to create a new modern shopping area.
It got its new name from Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) who opened it in 1949. As with many of these post-war shopping centres, it gradually lost its appeal to would-be shoppers and in 2007 a new Princesshay was born.
As you enter into the new precinct from Paris St you can’t help but notice a small statue of a blue boy. This statue stands on the site of the entrance to St. John’s Hospital School whose students wore blue caps and gowns. A statue was erected of a ‘Blue Boy’ at the school and after the bombing raid it was salvaged from the debris and located at this spot in the first Princesshay shopping centre. During re-construction of the new precinct it was mothballed for safe keeping and returned on a new plinth in what is now called Blue Boy Square.
Apart from shops there are plenty of places to eat - and the really good news is that it’s only a few minutes walk to The Ship or The Wellhouse from the Cathedral end of the street.
Shop til you drop....
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.
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The Bike Shed: Sale, Spares or Repairs
This is both a "Shopping" and a "Sports" tip and so I'll put a copy of it under "Sports" too. Thus if you happen to be reading my whole Exeter page and think you've read this all before then you may have.
When I bought my present bicycle, about 7 years ago, it was from the Bike Shed in Barnstaple, where I was extremely impressed with the service. So when some b'tard stole my bike chain whilst I was visiting Exeter it was to the Bike Shed here I first dropped into to get a quote for a replacement.
As with the Barnstaple shop the guy I talked to was friendly, knew his stuff and the quote more than reasonable.
Returning the following day, having walked my chainless bike a couple of miles, the same guy recognised me and immediately got the repair guy to stop the job he was on. The repair guy too was amiable and professional and when he took my back wheel off noticed that the tyre was badly worn. He gave me the option of having a patch job done on it or replacement, but without any sales pressure, so to speak.
I went for the replacement.
What to buy: The new chain cost £10, the replacement tyre £20 but the fitting of both, which took about twenty minutes, was free of charge.
So another thumbs-up from me for the excellent service at The Bike Shed - outlets in Exeter, Crediton and Barnstaple.
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Various: Shop till you drop
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.