Fish markets are, at least in America, a dying breed. But this is just like the ones I used to visit...tile floor (usually wet), big holding tanks of lobsters, and a case chock full of wild-caught finnies, crab cakes, and small containers of picked lobster and crab meat, all under the careful eye of the seafaring proprietors, Ben and Kevin.
Just ask for whatever has just been brought in from the chilly Atlantic, and prepare to feast! The Gilmores will boil up your lobsters to perfection for an additional $1.00 charge per, so you can grab some and picnic if that's to your liking. They also package lobster, clams, shrimp and other fish for travel if you want to bring back a special souvenir of your time in Maine.
What to buy: wild-caught anything!
What to pay: Top price, in October 2012, was $9.99 for fresh swordfish and haddock.
Okay, I can hearing you thinking...why would a tourist want to visit a shop with various cooking implements for sale? Stop that! Perhaps you aren't a cook, so you don't understand the lure of a truly spectacular kitchen shop. One that has pans in every conceivable size. One that stocks really good quality dishclothes. One that also has wine, and tea, and a variety of goodies that you might want to have if you've just rented a cabin in Phippsburg and want to entertain your sailing buddies.
Personally, I can't resist a shop like this. I went in because I had a few minutes to kill while my hostess was procuring something at the local grocer's. An hour later, I'd bought a new potato masher (a handle that felt really good in my hand), the most amazingly cushy mat to reside in front of my cooktop so my aching knees wouldn't protest while I stir the risotto, a huge box of PG Tips (a tea I liked from the UK), and a selection of hand-made-in-Maine cards, at least one of which was destined as a thank you note for my hostess. SHE walked out with a wine cooler, six new fruitcake pans, and a variety of other things. The point is, you'll find some things to love there, too. So treat yourself.
What to pay: The only really expensive thing was the high-tech mat, which ran $120.00. Everything else was roughly equivalent to what I'd have paid on-line or at a non-Williams-Sonoma retailer.
The retail stretch is only two blocks but they have some interesting looking shops to sample some local fare and take home souvenirs.