The Bear Shop: An Assembly of Teddy Bears
Walking back from the boat into the city centre I passed this teddy bear shop. I've been in many bear shops, but this one was one of the best. Teddy bears from tiny to huge, from 99 p to several hundred pound, just about anything you can think of with a teddy bear.I bought several gifts there and asked if I could take a picture. As you can see, I was allowed to.
The Castle Mall: Right under the castle!
I loved the Castle mall, because you can shop for "non-gift shop" items. This mall has all the normal types of stores: women's and men's clothing, books, cards, footwear, etc. It also has a number of restaurants and cafes. Whether you want Burger King, or something more refined, you can find it.
Castle Mall is open Mon, Tues, Weds, Fri: 9am - 5:30pm; Thurs: 9am - 8pm; Sat: 9am - 6pm; Sun: 10:30am - 4:30pm
What to buy: My favorite place to eat was Auberge Café & Bar.
What to pay: Depends entirely on the store
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Castle Mall: Mall
Underneath Norwich Castle is the Castle Mall shopping centre, opened in 1993 the site redeveloped one of the oldest streets in Norwich (Timberhill) as well replacing the unsightly area of the old cattle market. The Castle Mall features a vast array of shops on three levels, food courts, two car parks, bars and restaurants, a cinema and even park gardens on the top.
Chapelfield Shopping Centre and Castle Mall: Shopping centres
There are two shopping centres in Norwich city centre - the old one is Castle Mall which
has been rebranded "The Mall" in a bid to market itself against the new competition - Chapelfield Shopping Centre. Both has a range of shops but Chapelfield has the edge over Castle Mall in terms of women's clothes. Tony has asked me to point out that I,
his girlfriend, (not his cross-dressing shopping obsessed alter-ego) am the author of this tip.
Chapelfield has Mango, Zara, French Connection, Monsoon, USC, H&M, and House of Fraser among other shops. There is also a Hotel Chocolat for all your expensive chocolate needs! I'm told that Chapelfield is boring for men as there's not a lot of choice in men's clothes and no intersting gadget shops.
Also has a Borders bookshop with cafe.
The Mall has a Jane Norman, La Sensa, Bay Trading, a craft shop, a Tea Junction (selling an amazing range of teas and coffees), and a Norwich Football Club shop.
There are lots of other shops in the city too, so don't spend all day in shopping centres (unless it is raining!)
What to buy: Clothes, shoes, books, chocs
Norwich Market: Have a browse
Apparently the largest open air market open 6 days a week in England. Clothes, local fruit and veg, flowers etc etc. Recently undergone a controversial modernisation and possibly lost a little of its shabby charm (although others might say it has smartened itself up).
What to buy: Excellent hot roast pork sandwiches. Great for a cheap and hearty lunch. Great organic fruit and veg stall.
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