The pretty seaside town of Weymouth, Dorset, is well-known for its sandy beaches, welcoming restaurants and easy access to the stunning Jurassic Coast. But if you like a spot of retail therapy, you'll also feel at home in Weymouth. You could spend days mooching around its small one-off boutiques and world-recognised chains, looking for gifts, clothing, art and more. Here is your ultimate guide to shopping in Weymouth.
Visit St Mary Street for Cute Gifts
One of Weymouth's main shopping streets, St Mary Street, between The Esplanade and the harbour, has everything you need. The pedestrianised shopping street is full of cafes, high-street shops and boutiques. Stop for a cup of coffee or afternoon tea in the cute Sophia's Kitchen, stock up on health products at Holland and Barrett or buy clothes and gifts at Weird Fish. If you're into fossils, don't miss a browse at Fossil Beach, which has all things geological - think crystals and gemstones, Jurassic coast fossils and mineral samples.
Shop till You Drop on St Thomas Street
Running parallel to St Mary Street, St Thomas Street is just as stuffed with shops, cafes and beauty salons. Alongside famous chains such as Caffè Nero, New Look and WHSmith sit local boutiques selling jewellery, gifts and clothing. Pause for a cuppa and a sandwich at the cosy Stanleys Coffee Shop, pamper yourself with a manicure at the American Nails salon or pick up some vintage clothing at the Weldmar Hospicecare Trust charity store.
Head to Cove Gallery to Buy Local Art
On the south side of the harbour, Cove Gallery showcases and sells the work of West Country artists. You can learn about each artist, browse the collection and buy a piece to remember your time in Weymouth. You can also pick up jewellery, bronze pieces, ceramic artworks and handmade glass. Nearby, small coffee shops are ready to welcome you and your new artwork with a hot chocolate: The T Shop is particularly cosy and has great views of the harbour.
Shop for Essentials at Jubilee Close Retail Park
For everything you need in one place, drive to Jubilee Close Retail Park. It might not be as charming as the boutiques and coffee shops by the harbour, but it has lots of essential stores. Pick up pet supplies at Pets at Home, shop for clothing and homeware at Matalan or grab car essentials at Halfords or Kwik Fit. There's also a KFC and a McDonald's if you get peckish.
Pick Up a Bargain at Weymouth Market
Each Thursday during the warmer months, the Weymouth Market and car boot sale takes place in the Swannery Car Park. Selling fresh fish and meat, fruit and vegetables as well as clothing and gifts, it's a relaxed market with a laidback vibe - go along for the experience and to chat with locals as well as to pick up excellently priced goods.
Shop the High Street Stores on New Bond Street
Close to St Thomas Street and St Mary Street, Weymouth's New Bond Street is the place to go for beauty bargains and seriously discounted designer clothes at TK Maxx. Household names such as Debenhams and Accessorize are also here alongside a Costa Coffee for when you need a caffeine boost. After a long day of shopping, catch a film at Cineworld.
Stroll the Harbourside to Buy Souvenirs
One of Weymouth's prettiest places to shop, the picturesque harbour has some lovely boutiques to browse in. A favourite for visitors and locals alike is The Bridge Fair Trade Shop, which is both a store and a coffee shop. Browse its fairtrade and ethical gifts, cards, foods and handmade toys, and enjoy a fairtrade tea or coffee overlooking the harbour. Next door, Vintage Weymouth sells homeware, gifts and unique collectibles that you'll want to snap up and take home with you. And a little further down the road, stop by cute boutique Finishing Touches for an eclectic selection of gifts, homeware and jewellery at affordable prices.
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